Want to buy a legit 1940s castle on the St. Croix River?

Castles: they are not reserved only for elite inbred patients.

In fact, depending on your pre-approval figure, a stone masterpiece evoking the Middle Ages on the banks of the Holy Cross could be yours for $2.5 million. “This truly one-of-a-kind home is steeped in history and full of remarkable design,” it read. the property sheet by Josh Schrock with Rize Realty.

Built in 1940, Marine On Saint Croix Castle at 801 Pine Cone Trl. N. has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 3,774 square feet of living space on six acres that adjoins William O’Brien State Park. “Most of the furniture and docks are included in the sale,” notes Schrock. The 256 feet of shoreline along a federally protected river? Rather sweet. Just like the history of the castle, whose one meter thick walls were extracted on site.

“It was built for the MacMillan family, who were cousins ​​of the Cargills,” said owner John Norusis. told me in 2019. “It’s a really unique and special place; it is literally something out of a fairy tale. The moment I saw it online I kinda thought looking at it would be less appealing, but the pictures didn’t do it justice. The know-how… I don’t know if there are any living masons who could do that.

South Dakota-born, St. Paul-based architect Edwin Lundie designed the castle for the Cargill-MacMillan dynasty – the fourth richest family in America as of 2020, Forbes reports. (Food processor Wayzata is the largest private company in the United States; environmental advocacy group Mighty Earth once dubbed it “The worst company in the world” citing his business/labour practices, health violations, and ecological devastation.) Anyway! The historically underrated Lundie seemed to be a pretty nice boyhaving designed beloved Minnesota spaces like the Lutsen Resort on the North Shore and the Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen.

In recent years, the classic castle of Lundie on the Holy Cross has been used as an Airbnb, although the city has recently put an end to this. In John P. Norusis v. City of Marine in St. Croix, a district judge ruled last June against Norusis, which plans to appeal. The property, which is zoned residential but was used for events like weddings, is now prohibited from operating as a rental until its owner acquires a license. The castle has attracted more than 30 formal complaints from neighbors alleging “excessive traffic, speeding on a shared route, party buses, drunken guests parking on neighboring property and shouting and late night parties “. reports the Country Messenger newspaper. Opinion on the Airbnb listingwhich is still active and charges $689 per night, shines for the most part.

Let’s take a photo tour of the castle by the river, courtesy of the MLS listing:

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