MnDOT commissioner bought new home from Queen Elizabeth


Queen Elizabeth never lived there, but "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II" was listed as the owner before Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner Charlie Zelle bought the $1.65 million house, real estate records show.

The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis was the official residence of the Canadian consulate general, but Zelle didn't buy the house because of the previous owner.

"The purchase of the house was not predicated on the fact that the Queen of England was on the purchase agreement," MnDOT spokesperson Kevin Gutknecht told the Pioneer Press. "But he does think that will make an interesting story to go along with the house."

The 4,500-square-foot home on Park Lane was built in 1949, records show, and it's dubbed as a great home for entertaining. See more photos of the house and property here.

The sale of the home will benefit the city and county because now the government will be able to collect property taxes on it, The Associated Press says. When it was under ownership from the Queen of England, it was exempt from paying property taxes.

Zelle was appointed commissioner by Gov. Mark Dayton and began the job in 2013, according to his bio on MnDOT's website. He was formally an investment banker. His family founded Jefferson Lines regional bus service, where he worked for more than 20 years, serving as president and CEO, until he was appointed commissioner.

The sale closed in September, records show.

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