Above: Six new homes in Edina’s Morningside neigborhood will face Sidell Trail.
For more than 50 years, home for the Sidell family of Edina was a sprawling Tudor on a 3-plus acres tucked into the Morningside neighborhood. With two greenhouses, gardens, and lawns rimmed by pine trees, the property was as much park as estate. The late Dr. Franklin DuBois Sidell purchased the residence and grounds in the early 1960s; matriarch Iris Sidell still lived in the house.
At her urging a couple years ago, the family decided to sell the property, but wanted some say about what would be built there. Developers lined up for the opportunity to build a new subdivision in the highly desirable location. After interviewing 10 of them, the Sidells decided to sell to City Homes Design + Build LLC, a Minneapolis builder that frequently works in the area.
“We connected with them,” says Rebecca Remick, general manager/owner of City Homes. The Sidells were familiar with City Homes’ work and liked it—the builder attends to exterior detailing that blends new homes into their neighborhoods, doesn’t build to the edges of every lot, and tries to be a good steward of the land. “The family really did believe we were the right fit for this development and we would be the best people to build a legacy for their family,” she says.
Acres DuBois, named to honor Dr. Sidell, broke ground late last year. It consists of six .25- to .42-acre tree-lined lots arrayed around a cul-de-sac—Sidell Trail, the first new street in Edina in at least a decade—plus a seventh on nearby Littel Street. Three houses, designed by Ben Nelson of Ben Nelson Residential Design, are already well underway.
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By Chris Lee
Rendering courtesy of City Homes Design + Build LLC