HJ/EDMay 1, 2006

Grass Lake Farm – So much, So near

By Jenni Sebora

One of the newest developments in Winsted is Grass Lake Farm.

Grass lake farm is a 36-acre development located on the west side of Winsted and is conveniently located only one mile west of downtown Winsted.

The development got underway in early 2002 and is scheduled to be built in two phases. According to Winsted city administrator Brent Mareck, when finished, Grass Lake Farm will contain 71 single-family homes.

Mareck related that there are 37 lots in phase one and about two thirds of these have been sold. Mareck added that there will be the same number of lots available in phase two. It was Mareck’s understanding that phase two construction was to possibly get underway this spring. There have been several homes built in the development featuring many different architectural styles.

The layout of the Grass Lake Farm development is also very appealing. There are several different types of lots and several various sizes and configurations. Some of the lots feature pond views or have frontage directly on a pond. Others are located adjacent to wetland preservation areas. Mareck noted that the sizes of the lots range from between 7,500 to 10,000 square feet

Another important feature that Grass Lake Farm features is the street configuration. The layout contains gently winding streets and cul-de-sacs. This type of road construction promotes slower vehicle speed and traffic movements, which is important for pedestrian safety. This makes “family walk time” a more enjoyable experience.

The primary developer of Grass Lake Farm is Richard J. Elsen Construction. Richard J. Elsen Construction is a third generation home builder that prides itself in satisfying the customer before during and after the sale and has built a solid business out of referrals from satisfied customers.

At Grass Lake Farm, Elsen Construction offers many different home plans in it’s “Custom Home Series” from two story family oriented homes to walk outs to single level homes.

Elsen construction has homes starting in the mid - $140,000 and has financing packages for first time home buyers, zero dollar down home buyers, buyers with specific financing needs and those home buyers with “not so perfect credit.”

Arvola Homes is also another builder in the development. Unlike many other builders, Chad Arvola personally inspects the jobs frequently, the website http://regentbroadcasting.com noted.

The website further noted that Arvola Home’s attention to detail and drive for customer satisfaction has earned Arvola a reputation among the best in the building industry.

Ken and Brenda Sterling moved into their home at Grass Lake Farm in September, 2004. While Brenda was originally from the Winsted area, she and Ken had recently also lived in California and Colorado before returning to Winsted. Before settling on a place to live, the Sterlings talked to their friends, Bill and Sharon Norman, who recommended that the Sterlings check out Grass Lake Farm.

They did and found what Ken described as the “perfect lot.”

“The lot is at a dead end which makes it nice for my family, and it has a pond which makes it really nice,” Sterling said.

“They (Elsen Construction) treated us very, very good,” Sterling said. “When we had a concern they bent over backwards to make things right for us.”

Sterling also had high praise for the city of Winsted. “We like the small town atmosphere of Winsted. The city is so clean. It is a fantastic place to bring up our daughter and a marvelous place to have a family.”

And that is one of the great benefits of the Grass Lake Farm development – its proximity to all that is happening in Winsted and all of the amenities of the city.

The development is only one-half mile from downtown Winsted making it convenient for shopping and restaurants. Glenn’s Super-Valu, which is a full-service grocery store featuring fresh meats and a complete produce section, is a mere quarter mile away.

Hanlin Park, on the city’s west side, features several activities, including a roller blading/ skateboarding area, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball, playground equipment, and picnic areas. The park is within easy walking distance of Grass Lake Farm. The park is also a center of events during Winsted’s Summer Festival.

In fact, all of Winsted’s parks, Mill Reserve, with it’s swimming beach, covered picnic shelter and fishing pier, Southview, with it’s open space and ball fields, Barrett, a cozy neighborhood park and May, a McLeod County park with 71 acres to explore are all easily reached from Grass Lake Farm.

If a resident is still not tired, located just to the south of Grass Lake Farm is an access to the Luce Line Trail, where you can hike, bike, snowshoe or horseback on any of it’s 60-plus miles.

The development is scheduled to have access to Millerbernd Park, a future four acre park that will feature hybrid trails, a tot lot, play equipment, and picnic areas.

As for location to the Twin Cities area, Grass Lake Farm is only a 45 minute drive from downtown Minneapolis. And, if one is fortunate enough to work at one of the growing list of Winsted businesses, the commute is no more than a short bike ride away.


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