St. Paul Home Brings the Mediterranean to the Mississippi River

Rending of home 5 on Luxury Home Tour from Detail Homes

With its classic white columns, red roof, loggia (covered exterior patio), balcony, stucco walls, arches, and simple landscaping—this Mediterranean-style home, situated along a quiet tree-lined street across from the Mississippi River, evokes olive groves and turquoise seas. It really makes a statement here in Minnesota.

Making a statement comes naturally to Ben Richter and Chris Van Klei of Detail Homes, whose outside-the-box homes—the majority located in the St. Paul neighborhoods of Crocus Hill, Macalester-Groveland, Highland, Summit, or along the river—are anything but cookie-cutter.

Richter and Van Klei not only deliver exceptional homes, they believe in using products true to the neighborhoods during the particular era a home was built, or—if that’s not a feasible option—go to extreme lengths to find new products that look and feel like the original materials. In this case, they partnered with talented local residential design studio Charlie & Co. Design to perfect classic architectural elements inside and out. The open, airy interior, with clean lines and ornamental details, has both a contemporary edge and fresh vibe.

Memorable details can be seen throughout the five-bedroom, five-bathroom, 5,235-square-foot home, from the Gothic arch shape of the doorways to the center island with intricately carved legs, a pattern that is repeated in the custom cabinetry of the powder room and master bath. With an outstanding location across the street from the river, the home was designed to connect to outdoor spaces. This is evident not only in the loggia, but also the sun-filled panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass flex space off the kitchen and master suite bedroom tower with 270-degree treetop views.

This elegant and timeless house looks right at home  in St. Paul, like it could have been built more than 200 years ago.

The Luxury Home Tour takes place the first three weekends in June (June 2-4, 9-11 & 16-18). Tour nine million-dollar-plus homes across the Twin Cities built by some of the best custom builders in the market. Whether you’re looking to build, remodel, or simply dream, you’ll find inspiration on this year’s Luxury Home Tour.

Buy your Luxury Home Tour Passport Ticket online at or at your local Kowalski’s Markets. Passport Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the homes and provide one-time entry into each home during the tour, and a one-time bonus revisit to the home of your choice. Tickets for single home visits are available at the door for $5 each.

Whether you’re looking to build, remodel or simply dream, you’ll find inspiration on this year’s Luxury Home Tour.



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