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Our Review of Heather’s

We love the newest neighborhood restaurant. It’s that simple.

But if you’d like a little more info, here you go.

First we’re just so happy this place is no longer sitting empty, for those of you that don’t know this building sat empty for 15 years. And we’re not fans of empty buildings, they do absolutely nothing for the neighborhood. Unlike neighborhood restaurants.

Second, it’s adorable inside. For the most part the restaurant is white and full of natural light so the green tile wall behind the bar and all the gold accents easily steels the show.

Our review of Heather's in Minneapolis the latest neighborhood restaurant | Matt Engen Group

Next we should probably talk about the food. You place your order at the counter. Which as you can see in the picture is filled with so many delicious options it was hard to narrow it down. So we didn’t, we ordered what we wanted and then some, including a chocolate chip cookie, because why not?

Beautiful bowls of food behind the counter at Heather's in Minneapolis the latest neighborhood restaurant.
The options are fresh and tasted as good as they looked
Orzo salad with greens and pine nuts at Heather's in Minneapolis the latest neighborhood restaurant.
The Orzo Salad
A plate of food featuring a pesto grilled cheese sandwich, french fries and ketchup at Heather's in Minneapolis the latest neighborhood restaurant
Pesto Grilled Cheese and Fries
A chocolate chip cookie on a plate at Heather's in Minneapolis the latest neighborhood restaurant
A Chocolate Chip Cookie

The food did not disappoint, over all we were very happy with everything we ordered. A few highlights, the tuna salad (not pictured) had artichokes instead of noodles, the french fries are fantastic (seriously do not skip these) and that chocolate chip cookie was to die for. We were suppose to share it but I accidentally ate it all.

In short we will be back. Next time I think I’ll order the fries and a glass of wine because life is short and why not get exactly what you want. Hope to see you there!

The Nokomis Nest

We did it! We converted one of our three rental properties to an Airbnb and it’s now available for bookings.

I promise to share more on our decision and the process but for now let me introduce you to The Nokomis Nest, our sweet little 3 bed, 2 bathroom home in the City of Minneapolis.

Located within blocks of Lake Nokomis and so many fantastic restaurants and fun shops. It’s also close to the airport, Mall of American and both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul.

When you stay at The Nokomis Nest you will have the entire house to yourself. That’s 1600 finished square feet of space.

There are two bedrooms on the main floor; one has a queen size bed and one has a full size bed. The third bedroom occupies the entire top floor and has a queen size bed.

Main floor bedroom with queen bed
Main floor bedroom with full bed

Upstairs bedroom with queen bed

Both the living room and the downstairs family room are equipped with High Speed Internet and 4K 55 inch TV’s and have Xfinity/ Comcast Cable.

If you’re headed to Minneapolis anytime soon we would love to be your host. We truly love this house and our beautiful city and can’t wait to welcome you.

Our Favorite Sold Listings of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close we’re looking back at a few of our favorite listings. These are the homes we personally loved for one reason or another and if we weren’t in the business we would have moved right in.

Let’s start with 3837 22nd Avenue South. This 3 bed, 1 bath house was built in 1960 and was simply charming. It sold prior to hitting the market and when you take a look at the pics I’m sure you’ll see why.

The exterior view of 3837 22nd Avenue South, Minneapolis MN
The updated and gorgeous kitchen was filled with everything today’s buyers want. White cabinetry, marble countertops and stainless steel appliances.
Open to the kitchen this dining room is the perfect spot for dinner parties or game night.
The living room was light and bright and the most beautiful welcome
to the home.

Next up is 5734 Garfield Avenue South. It’s a mid century rambler with a fantastic backyard and an even better 3 season porch. When you live in Minnesota and the mosquitos are as big as your head you appreciate a screened in porch.

See what I’m talking about?
Fireplace, a large picture window, what more could a girl want?
Turns out she wants a dining room with the same window. Just imagine all the natural light.
And finally the 3 season porch. I can see myself here enjoying a glass of wine without having to slap a mosquito every 10 seconds.

And finally I give you 3215 Wellington Lane another mid century dream with an updated kitchen and a 3 season porch. I’m sure you’re starting to see a trend here.

The exterior shot of 3215 Wellington Lane. What you can’t see from this picture is that it sits on a quiet cul-de-sac.
The best part of this gorgeous kitchen is oh who am I kidding it’s all so good!
I could invite all my friends over to enjoy a bottle of wine and no mosquitoes here. Plus the view is completely wooded and private.
I have two very active boys with a lot of friends and this space would be perfect for them.

And there you have it my favorite listings of 2019. Looking forward to 2020 and the opportunity to continue doing what we do best, selling houses and helping buyers find their dream home.

A Look Back at our Week

I can’t believe we are already wrapping up our third Week by Week blog post and the final week of September. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

September is always a great month for our family. I love the opportunity to re-set, the cooler temps give me energy and the boys going back to school brings back some much needed structure to our days.

We used that time to cross a variety of things off our to do list, our business income/expense worksheets for one. I’m not a huge fan of collecting and organizing receipts but I’m a huge fan of being organized and understanding what we need to do for the next 3 months to achieve our business goals.

We closed on 3215 Wellington Lane in Plymouth. This house was seriously one of my faves. I’m a huge fan of mid century ramblers, 3 season porches and updated kitchens. I’m sure the buyers are tickled pink to be moving in and getting settled.

3215 Wellington Lane | Matt Engen Group
3215 Wellington Lane | Matt Engen Group

Matt and I escaped to the SLS Baha Mar in the Bahamas to celebrate our soon to be sis-in-law and even with the rain we had a great time. I had no idea we were going to a mini Las Vegas. There was a full blown casino in our hotel. In addition there were multiple restaurants (and they were all so good) fun bars and multiple swimming pools. We also had the opportunity to get up close and personal with flamingos, nurse sharks and sea turtles. If you ever find yourself in the Bahamas we highly recommend staying here.

SLS Baha Mar Swimming Pool | Matt Engen Group
Our favorite swimming pool.
SLS Baha Mar | Matt Engen Group
The cabana’s were to die for. So cute!
The flamingo’s were incredible. A highlight of our trip.

Sold signs & A Coming Soon!

The week of September 16 was a pretty good week for our team. We put a sold sign on two of our listings!

And we spent some time getting our latest listing, a 3 bed, 1 bath, side by side duplex prepped and ready for the market. It’s not officially ready to go yet but it’s coming soon.

Outside of work we managed to shop for our upcoming trip to the Bahamas and enjoy a few dinners with the fam.

We booked our trip prior to Hurricane Dorians arrival. Thankfully the island and hotel we are staying at did not get hit. But as you know there were a lot of people affected by the storm. So the staff at Baha Mar are asking us to pack with love and bring some much needed comfort and supplies for those affected by the storm. Now that is something we can do.

We’re looking forward to visiting the Bahamas and can’t wait to share the highlights with you when we get back. Cheers!

Back to school and back to work!

Sharing the highlights of the week. From work to home and everything in between. Some weeks will be better than others.

The week of September 9, 2019

School started last week and it may have taken us a few days but I think we got our groove back. I love the structure back to school brings, for me it proves to be a great time to re-focus on exercise, sleep and family dinners.

Dillon’s first year as a freshman at Southwest High School.
Preston is a Sophomore this year. It’s so nice to have them at the same school.

We introduced two new houses to the market this week. I know the Spring market gets all the attention but Fall really is a good time to sell a home.

We helped our clients sell this adorable house and buy a new one. We closed both houses on Friday and couldn’t be happier for everyone involved.

And that’s it for this week. See you next time!

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Southwest Minneapolis Homes

If you follow us on Instagram it’s no secret, I have a thing for pretty houses, some would say I’m obsessed. Good thing Minneapolis has a lot of pretty houses to keep happy. Here are a few of my current faves.

Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
The front porch, the hydrangea’s, the details under the soffits, it’s all so good.
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
Again with the front porch and the landscaping!
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
I love how the window boxes match the chairs in the front yard.
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
This house has always been a favorite, it’s just so grand!
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
Yes please to the curves, the peaks and that door.
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
Sweet and detailed simplicity.
Southwest Minneapolis Homes | Real Estate Blog | Matt Engen Group
The tulips compliment the house.

Our Favorite Lynnhurst Neighborhood Restaurants

It’s no secret, we love to eat out. We also love to support the small businesses in our neighborhood. So I’m working our way through Southwest Minneapolis sharing our go to spots in each neighborhood. If you remember from my previous posts there are 9 different neighborhoods that make up Southwest Minneapolis. I started with our favorite Kingfield restaurants mostly because there are so many. But today I thought it was time to share our favorite Lynnhurst neighborhood restaurants. It’s a smaller list compared to Kingfield but I think you’ll agree, they’re both awesome.

Let’s start with George and the Dragon, this is our go to family neighborhood spot. Seriously we can’t go here without running in to at least a few people we know. It’s cozy and warm just like the staff and the food. The Ultimate Burger and the Asian Hangover are family favorites. Just be sure to call ahead because as I mentioned this really is a Lynnhurst neighborhood favorite and it fills up fast.

A Burger piled high with pickles and a side of fries. @ganddpub
Doesn’t that look good? @ganddpub

Next up is Terzo. Matt and I don’t typically bring the kids here mostly because we like to order a bottle of wine and sit at the bar. But we love it for some of the same reasons we love George and the Dragon. It’s cozy and warm and the staff is friendly and the food is so fantastic. Your dining experience always starts with a small bite, it’s a little bite of something spectacular on a spoon and I love it. It makes us happy and sets the tone for a wonderful dining experience.

A plate piled high with delicious looking food @terompls
I mean come on, it’s so good. @terzompls

10 things we love about Southwest Minneapolis

  1. All the pretty houses. Tudors happen to be our favorite but there are so many amazing and different styles of homes in Southwest Minneapolis.
  2. The food scene here is amazing. Seriously it’s so good. We’re so lucky to have had multiple James Beard winners open restaurants in our neighborhoods.
  3. The cute shops. Looking for a unique pieces, something you just can’t find at Target, from Vintage to Modern there’s a store for you.
  4. Minnehaha Creek. Walk, run, bike or simply sit and enjoy the beautiful views. The Creek runs through the majority of the Southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods and brings much needed recreation and enjoyment for all ages.
  5. The Lakes; Nokomis, Harriet, Bde Maka Ska, Isles and Cedar. Each and every one is pretty awesome and unique in their own way. Enjoy a day at the beach, get some exercise, enjoy a concert or grab a quick bite to eat. The options are endless.
  6. The Rose and Peace Gardens. These gardens are so pretty. We love to wander around and look at all the pretty flowers but it’s also a great place to have a picnic or read a book. Just don’t forget your camera.
  7. Dog Parks. We think everyone has a dog in Minneapolis or at least it feels like it so it’s great that we have so many places to let them run. They’re also a really great place for Fido and his or her parents to make new friends.
  8. Proximity to downtown, uptown and the U of M. No matter where you want to be, what you want to see or do you can be there in 15 minutes.
  9. The arts. From murals to museums and galleries, our community is very creative.
  10. The people. Turns out there are just under 50 thousand people living in Southwest Minneapolis and the majority of them are pretty great. We’ve made so many friends over the years.

Welcoming the New Year!

Today is January 2nd and we’re sitting at our desks rested from vacation and ready to start the new year. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves and too busy with work and life in general we’d like to stop and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, 2018 was quite the year. Here are a few highlights:

  • Matt was featured in the Top Agent Magazine for Minnesota. They wrote a lovely article highlighting his many years of experience and how growing up and working in Minneapolis his entire life has helped him succeed as a Realtor.
  • Brian was named a Minneapolis Super Real Agent for 2018 by Twin Cities Business and the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine (mspmag.com) for the second year in a row.
  • Espen decided to take on a new role with the team while going back to school full time to pursue a career in Forestry and Natural Resource Management.
  • Our team was nominated and came in second for the first ever Twin Cities Collective Best of 2018 awards.
  • And finally we helped quite a lot of people achieve their real estate goals in 2018. To be exact we helped 29 people purchase their dream home while listing and selling 38 homes.

Thanks again for trusting us to help with all your real estate needs. We appreciate your business and your support.

Cheers to a happy and prosperous 2019!