For $600,000, this sweet Taylors Falls castle cabin could be yours


In the game of life, you’re kicking ass. Thanks to that stockpile of degrees or well-connected daddy, you’re making legit coin.

But you work hard to be in that top tax bracket. After a 60-hour workweek, you need an escape — a fortress of solitude where tranquility reigns, yet you can still stream Netflix on your phone. Something cookie-cutter won’t do, for you are no stranger to style.

For a Target run under $600,000, this crazy cool Taylors Falls house could be yours, affluent Twin Citian of distinction. Mike Lynch, the Lake Sotheby's realtor repping the seller, says this two-bedroom, one-bathroom abode isn’t for the average buyer, and could be a getaway crib for a well-to-do someone who digs their privacy.

“Is it a poet or an athlete?” Lynch wonders.

Well, it might outprice the average street poet. But the house’s panoramic view from a third-level observation deck overlooking the St. Croix River bluffs could be inspiring. The stone-and-cedar hideaway was designed by Stillwater-based architect Michael McGuire, whose modern prairie and organic stylings are scattered across the river valley. While it sits on a wooded 30-acre lot, the 1,500-square-foot house has a tiny footprint, ascending up not out and making use of a sweet castle-like stone spiral staircase.

The current owner had the place built in 1972 and hasn’t done much to it, leading Lynch to bandy the term “fixer upper.”


“It’s sort of a look back in time,” he says.

Check out more photos of this bluff-side sanctuary here, then get back to that 60-hour workweek. Or if you’re a poet, start playing the Powerball.