Fairytale 'castle' in NE Minneapolis sells after just a week on the market

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It didn't take long for the unique "castle" put up for sale in northeast Minneapolis to find a buyer.

The fairytale-esque 1,842-square-foot, one-bedroom home at 3359 Tyler St. was put on the market for $149,900 last week, after being transformed by owner and artist Lauri Svedberg over the past 35 years with stone mosaics and painted wall murals.

And with the house gaining international attention, it's unsurprising the Pioneer Press reports a buyer for the house has been found, with Edina Realty saying it had received 10 offers for it since the listing went up.

The Star Tribune says with so many offers submitted, it's "safe to assume" the winning bid was for more than the asking price. The identity of the buyer has not been revealed, but realtor Michael Gacek said they are an artist "who plans to preserve much of Svedberg's painting and stone work."

Svedberg had expressed a desire for a buyer who would keep much of house the way it is, ideally an artist. She had said if she came back five years after selling to find it "all pink and hearts and flowers," she would "probably throw up."

Gacek told the Pioneer Press his office had been contacted from media in the UK and Australia, while the listing on its website received nearly half a million hits.

"This was nonstop email and phone-call replying for seven, eight hours each day," Realtor Michael Gacek told the newspaper.

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