We are starting a comprehensive renovation with the talented Kristy Conlin at Martha O’Hara Interiors on an alluring home in the heart of the Ferndale neighborhood in Wayzata. The area has a rich history in the Victorian era as a summer retreat for wealthy families at the turn of the 20th century.
In the late 1800s, Lake Minnetonka became a mecca for Minneapolis residents seeking leisure pursuits – yachting, fishing, golf, and lawn tennis. In the warm summers, train loads of tourists would arrive in the heart of the bustling Wayzata village. Tourists would stay at lavish seasonal hotels in Wayzata and lakeside cottages.
Wealthy vacationers began to build palatial “cottages” in the Ferndale neighborhood, a rocky, forested area that stretches between Wayzata Bay and Brown’s Bay. Many of the properties were hobby farms, ornately decorated with registered cattle, thoroughbred horses, and stone walls. By the early 20th century, Ferndale was one of the most elegant summer cottage colonies in the country.
This property emanates old-world charm, and the complete home renovation will only enhance the appeal of this delightful home.
We are excited to work on a project that has so much character, and will post photos when we are complete!
*Special thanks to the Wayzata Historical Preservation Board for the fascinating summer reading and rich history on Lake Minnetonka