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Minnesota’s Midcentury Erickson House Is a Must-See Time Capsule

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From the road, the facade of the Erickson House in Duluth, MN, looks like any other house.

But when you get closer, you notice just how special this remarkable midcentury modern residence truly is.

“It’s the first house I’ve encountered that is built on a steel bridge structure, so that inherently just makes it unique and one of a kind,” says Jessica Buelow, co-listing agent with Karen Rue. Both are with the Gulliford & Rue Realty Team at Edina Realty.

On the market for $750,000, the 2,452-square-foot house is suspended over a creek, which necessitates the bridge-like support structure. Thanks to the steel girders holding the home in place, it appears to hover weightlessly above the ground. The elevation of the home also helps connect it with its natural surroundings.

“You really feel like you’re in a tree house when you’re in the property,” Buelow says. “Even as you approach the front door and are walking along the driveway, you look down and lo and behold, there’s the creek. It’s a pretty cool experience.”

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You can hear the water running underneath the residence, Buelow says. It’s a difficult parcel of land that required a unique solution back in the late 1950s.

“The story I have heard is that the original owner, Mr. Erickson, was an engineer and his wife may have been from a family that was in the steel business,” she says. “We kind of think it was the brainchild of an engineer with a connection to steel.”

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Whoever buys the house will be the fourth owner since it was built in 1959. The current owner moved into the place in 2005 and didn’t make many changes.

“It is a time capsule. It is a great slate that is ready for someone to come in and really just make it shine in all its glory,” Buelow says. “It’s got the midcentury modern vibes all the way throughout.”

Those vibes also helped propel the home to social media notoriety. After receiving tens of thousands of clicks, the home was our most popular property last week.

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In the main living space, there’s a wall of windows overlooking the trees. The bathrooms and kitchen are original, which will surely thrill midcentury enthusiasts.

“Nobody is have going to have to undo anything. Some of the midcentury modern purists can find themselves frustrated when they find these houses that have been updated and are perhaps not appropriate to the period,” Buelow explains. “This is a really great canvas for a purist to come in and bring it up to more modern standards in a way that makes sense with the house.”

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There are three bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and one extremely unique recreational feature.

“The indoor pool is underneath the garage and about halfway underneath the driveway,” Buelow says. “The pool room is kind of your classic late ’50s in-ground kind of bean shaped pool, and then on one side of that pool room are two separate shower rooms.”

The current owner has never filled the pool, so the agent says the condition and functionality of it are uncertain.

The home sits amongst mature trees, and Buelow says it’s possible to see nearby Lake Superior in the winter.

“I think [the perfect buyer is] someone that’s been waiting and watching for something just really super unique in a really lovely setting,” she says. “It’s somewhere that you’d want to be year round and watch the four seasons change in the beautiful north shore area of Minnesota.”

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