Herald Journal, July 14, 2003
Grass Lake Farm progressing as planned; first family moved in
By Ryan Gueningsman
Mark Neys and his fiance Robin Langehaug are the first homeowners at the Grass Lake Farm addition in Winsted.
Neys and Langehaug, along with children Brian, 13, and Cody, 10, moved into their home earlier this month.
"We lived in Lester Prairie for five years," Neys said. "We were renting there, and are first-time home buyers. The interest rates were at a low point, and the financing that Tony (Matczynski of the Hatch Group) did was really good."
Neys works two jobs; one at Choice, Inc. where he is an instructor and works with disabled people, and his other job is at the Shakopee Prison as a recreational therapist.
Langehaug is employed at Fullerton Lumber in Watertown. Brian and Cody will attend school at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted next fall.
"So far, so good," Neys said. "They have a lot of big plans for out here."
Several modular homes were brought in earlier in the planning stages of Grass Lake Farm, and caused some misconceptions about the product being produced at the development.
"Ever since we got rid of the modular homes, there has been a lot more interest out there," said president of Bridgeland Development Neal Krzyzaniak. Homes are now being hand-built by expert carpenters.
When people purchase a home at Grass Lake Farm, they get the quality of an $800,000 to a million dollar home, just a smaller version of it, Krzyzaniak said. Richard Elson, a third-generation custom builder, is bringing his award winning ideas to Grass Lake in hopes that it will thrive with affordable homes of the same high quality that has won awards in the past.
"We can have a custom built home within a 60-day time frame," Krzyzaniak said. There is also an on-site designer who will sit down with the new homeowner to actually design the home.
"That is a huge issue for people to be able to do that," he said. Two more model homes are in the process of being built; one a rambler, and the other a split-level home.
For more information, or to check out one of the model homes at Grass Lake Farm, hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
To arrange an appointment or more more information, call Matczynski at (952) 829-1578. Additional information is also available at www.grasslakefarm.com.
A grand opening will be Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20 from noon to 5 p.m.
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