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Minnesota Nice Homes: A home 30 mins from the metro, but feels like a country retreat

It's located just north of Stillwater, and comes with its own sauna.
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This home in rural Washington County offers the best of both worlds: a taste of the Minnesota outdoors while being within striking distance of the Twin Cities.

The 4,000-square-foot can home be found at 14967 130th Street Lane North in May Township, about 7 miles north of Stillwater and around a half-hour from St. Paul.

While not on the shorefront, the house does come with its own access to Big Carnelian Lake, which is just a few hundred feet away.

As listing agent Judy Craig, of Edina Realty, explains, the house is a "private sanctuary" for those looking to get away from it all and sample the best of Minnesota's countryside, with the surroundings perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Then the lake comes into its own in the summer, where kayaking and boating is a popular pursuit among locals.

What's more, the house is itself like a country retreat thanks to the 6x6 sauna room it has on its lower level, and the patio spaces and large windows dotted around the home look out over nearby woodland.

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The house has four bedrooms across three floors, as well as 2.5 baths, a family room and a game room.

It's on the market for $685,000, down $15,000 from the price it was in October. 

Judy Craig has the listing, she can be contacted at, or by phone 651-303-1200. Her website can be found here.

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