Updated 1920s Home Near Great Minnesota Get-Together Fair Game $389,700

Once you’re a fair fan, you’re always a fair fan.

And for the 12-day Minnesota State Fair, no one has an easier commute than the residents who live nearby.

This is what Paula Lee Roberts discovered after moving to St. Paul from Seattle after buying a home a few blocks from the fairgrounds. For Lee Roberts, home was all about location, location, and location.

At first, it had nothing to do with the show. She and her family landed in a house on Pascal Street because it was just a short drive from the University of Minnesota.

We bought the house so that my daughter can go to it [medical and business] Roberts told me, “My daughter just came across the house. It’s been updated with all new electrical and plumbing….It’s already been renovated, which makes it very attractive.”

It was spacious enough to host a family visit from out of town. The lower level has been completed. The main floor has a beautiful floor plan and an updated kitchen with features such as granite countertops.

“Its design was really cool,” Roberts told me. “The house was built in 1926, so you know how it can be broken into pieces.” “When it was renovated they must have already opened things up. It’s a nice open layout. The kitchen wasn’t closed.”

tight-knit community

While living there, Lee Roberts made a few updates including giving the place a new coat of paint, replacing the piano window, and updating the landscaping.

“There was just dirt, weeds and some hostas,” she said. “I put in grass plants and made it a great place to be.”

Whenever she was gardening, the neighbors would stop by to say hi.

“When I got to know the neighborhood, a lot of people grew up here. And when they became adults, they buy a house here,” she said. “Neighbors are very invested in the community.”

And as the fair started, the Como neighborhood became part of a larger community. Lee Roberts will be joining her neighbors as part of an informal welcome committee of some sort. “Neighbours will fill the water and serve sweets to people who walk in the neighborhood,” she said.

Lee Roberts and her family came to appreciate the 15-minute walk to the fair, which quickly became a family tradition. A SkyGlider ride to enjoy the aerial views of the grounds and the roasted corn stand is now a must.

“Our favorite food was corn. I’ve never had that kind of corn in my life,” she said. “It was such a fun time. We made it an annual thing.”

fair game

While her family has enjoyed the home for the past six years, they have put the three-bedroom, two-bathroom 2,100-square-foot home on the market.

“My daughter is residing” out of state, Roberts told me. “It’s time for me to move forward.”

I enjoyed living in the house, with the sunroom and other light filled spaces as well as my private backyard.

“I really appreciated and enjoyed all the windows because you can get a lot of natural light and winters here are harsh,” Roberts told me. “I think the back yard was great. Being in the corner with a fenced yard was nice. You can have kids here and it’s a nice and safe place. We had dogs. He was nice to them.”

Listing agent Carrie Peterlin said the location offers more than proximity to the fairgrounds. It is also within walking distance of Como Park with its zoo, conservatory, golf course, recreation center and Lake Como.

And being part of a tight-knit community is second to none. “I’m sad I’m leaving,” Roberts told me. “I’ve never lived in a neighborhood quite like this.

Carrie Peterlin ([email protected]; 218-393-3219) from eXp Realty has $389,700 existing.

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