Five Bridgeland homes on tour

Angie and Matt Toomey show off their home at 2313 Cole Ave. SE.

BRIDGELAND—Five Bridgeland homes are among 52 on view during the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour May 6–7. Three show off older homes lovingly kept up, while two are newly built.

Matt and Angie Toomey will have barely lived 10 weeks in the brand new house they built on Cole Avenue Southeast in the Como neighborhood. Matt, a contractor who was building his first house, said the four-square-style home took four months to complete. He said the couple is now turning their attention to landscaping what was previously an empty lot—a sidelot to the house they also own next door, which he spent most of last year renovating.

The tour is Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, May 7, 1–5 p.m. Learn more at or pick up a printed Minneapolis–St. Paul home tour guide (look for guides inserted in the Star Tribune and City Pages or at your local library.)

Here are the other local homes on the tour, with the homeowners’ or sponsors’ descriptions:

3119 S. 29th Ave.
Barbara Scotford

This pretty 1912 farm-style, two-story house in South Minneapolis has all the leaded glass, wood trim and built-ins one would expect. The entire house is being renovated, with the kitchen complete. The kitchen was designed to be true to the aesthetics and materials of 1912 but with all the modern appliances that make it fun to cook and entertain. It features handmade lighting fixtures, period cabinetry and hardware. A wonderful, 17 × 5-foot mural of the Bayeux Tapestry, painted in place, graces one wall. The stove is on a central island with lots of comfy stools for guests to sit on and watch the cook perform, which she loves to do.

2808 S. 34th Ave.
Sandi and Katie Shoen

This home allows us to have three generations under one roof. We were looking for a house to share when we found our 1933 Tudor in beautiful Longfellow. It was updated with a modern kitchen and bath on the main floor and a family room addition. The upstairs deck overlooks the fenced yard and fountain, with a nice view of downtown. We’re within walking distance of many restaurants and wonderful Brackett Park. We’re looking forward to the revitalization of “our” end of Lake Street as well as the new library now under construction. We’ve painted almost every room in rich colors, added some new carpet and hardwood flooring. We had lived in South Minneapolis, moved to the suburbs and came back home to the convenience of city living. I am very lucky to share every day with my grandchildren.

1101 SE 15th Ave.
Richard Venberg and Lynn Baete

We’ve personalized our 1910 home to reflect our travels, but have kept or restored its original wood. As a cabinetmaker, one of the first things I did was remodel the kitchen, using several kinds of birch, the wood of the era. We’re finishing our basement, adding a bath, and have redone our second-floor bath and bedroom. Most everything used in the house has had another life, salvaged or eco-friendly. We are replacing all windows in daylighting strategies such as greenhouse or box bay windows detailed to keep with the original wood character. My design studio/cabinet shop/ garage is heated year-round by a solar array that involves three types of panels. It also has a living roof that provides the family’s vegetables, and a built-in rain water catchment system.

2313 SE Cole Ave.
Angie and Matt Toomey

Modeling our plans and interior design after the 1920s four-square -style home, we were able to blend modern-day amenities with a classic style. Features include Brazilian redwood floors, Mission-style maple trim with a classic cherry finish, built-in sound system, tiled fireplace, slate tile bathrooms, cherry kitchen cabinets, quartz counter top, stainless appliances, ample storage throughout, cement board siding, and location. The proximity to downtown, the trains, the University, the parks and the trail systems all remind us of our neighborhood’s character that we love!

851 East River Mews Court
East River Mews is located in Minneapolis’s charming and historic Prospect Park neighborhood, only blocks from St. Paul, minutes from the University of Minnesota and just a step away from the Mississippi River. Designed by ESG Architects, the Mews is inspired by old English gardens and courtyards and features brick-clad townhomes and a three-story condominium building. All homes feature expansive windows, 10-foot ceilings and open floor plans. Available townhomes range in size from 2,145 to 2,402 square feet and range in price from $474,600 to $573,700. Available condominiums start at $406,400. East River Mews is a true gem in this lovely and eclectic setting.

last revised: June 1, 2006