Situated on its own little island on Lake Minnetonka’s Saint Albans Bay is the not-so-little Windermere Estate. This unique and one-of-a-kind four-story property was constructed on a 1.37-acre island—featuring a total of 19,253 square feet and seamless, breathtaking architecture designed and inspired by the guiding principles of renowned architect Andrea Palladio. For example, the various columns that align most of the house (especially the stairwells) are influenced by this Palladian style, which mimics that of ancient Greek and Roman architecture. To provide a modern touch to the estate, the interior was recently updated with a 21st-century aesthetic—boasting leather seats in the movie theater, large windows to let in abundant natural light, and various design elements fit for a modern-day family.
With an asking price of $15 million, the offerings of this glorious estate—which include one of Minnesota’s largest glass-enclosed atriums—are truly endless. Coming fully equipped with five bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and a grand kitchen and dining area, the abode is loaded with more than enough space for entertaining and hosting guests. The master bedroom consists of a full bathroom, as well as a walk-in closet for all your clothing pieces and accessories. Appliances in the kitchen include a range, dishwasher, fridge and freezer, and filtration system among others. This kitchen also features balcony access where you can uncover beautiful views of the lake and surrounding landscape.
With security being a main focal point, a private drive was created for personal access to the property. In fact, as soon as you cross the bridge that connects the island to the mainland, you’ll arrive at a terraced motor court where access to a tunnel leads to the garage. This eight-car garage has enough storage space for your entire car collection, as well as your very own car wash to use at your disposal.
With four stories to cover, stairs can only take you so far before you run out of breath. Thankfully, the estate includes an elevator to take you from top to bottom. As if that wasn’t enough, the home also includes a 12-person theater, bar lounge, wine rooms, an indoor grotto, fully equipped gym, and outdoor pool. Fireplaces also make their presence known in the living room, family room, and master bedroom respectively.