House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 10+ Sleeps
About Jim Casey
Caryn and Jim Casey have been married for 33 years (as of 2015). We have two grown daughters, a small dog and two grand-dogs. We love Lindstrom and being at the lake as a contrast to our busy lives in Burbank, CA. Jim has a background in architecture and sells real estate in California.
Jim Casey purchased this House in 1999
Why Jim Casey chose Lindstrom
It was love at first sight. We found the house quite by accident. Jim was doing research comparing different real estate websites back in 1999 for a seminar he was giving to a real estate board in Florida. Jim was an internationally recognized technology speaker and trainer in the real estate industry just as the internet and digital technology was changing the real estate business. Our dream house scenario was an older home with wrap around porches on a lake and within 45 minutes of the Twin Cities. Fridhem popped up on his computer screen and the family jumped in the car and drove to the property more out of curiosity than anything else. When we walked up the front sidewalk we were captivated. Because of the original condition of the home and the unfinished attic we knew we could make this a special home for our family and for our retirement (you can live entirely on the first floor if necessary). That same year our two daughters announced their dreams of acting so we packed them up and took them to Burbank to attend school and audition for television and film. Jim spent over a year remodeling the home and commuting back and forth to California until the whole family returned for summer vacation. We never imagined we'd be turning the house into a vacation rental, but it has been a wonderful experience for us sharing the house and still getting to enjoy it throughout the year.
What makes this House unique
Walk to downtown on our tree lined street and enjoy privacy and incredible views of the lake from our large deck. The house is large and yet features lots of little, intimate spaces to congregate or enjoy some alone time. Live in a historic home with all the amenities you'd expect from a 5 star hotel including an exercise room, free WIFI and a smart TV for your Netflix and Amazon Prime viewing pleasure. With a local winery, many restaurants, antique shopping, nearby trails, tennis courts and golf, not to mention the wonderful lake and trophy fishing, everyone can find something to pass the time. Fridhem is a local treasure which everyone in the community has heard stories about in its over 100 year history. We purposely do NOT rent the house for large events like weddings because we feel it is best for family get togethers and quiet vacations. Our friendly neighbors are there when you need them, but will give you your privacy. We hope you will treat them with the same friendly respect!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great family get away
A great place for entire family gathering to relax and have a great time.
Great Place for Family Gathering
Great house for our family gathering. Loved the neighborhood and Lindstrom’s small town atmosphere. Many local shopping opportunities: WineHaven, Gustaf’s Up North, Lindstrom Bakery, etc. Great Lake access.
Awesome lakeside location close to downtown
Great location, good space. Lake was high so shoreline was not ideal for easy swimming/kayaking. Nice shady deck and good dock for boating (but swim raft was next door). Great fishing! Nice City beach down the street. Kitchen well equipped. This is an old house that has been updated, but a bit worn. Not super clean. Price was a decent value, so would recommend. Can't beat the location!
Best Ladies Getaway Weekend Spot
Nine of us spent a lovely weekend at this perfectly laid out getaway. We had all of the amenities we could ever ask for plus plenty of room to very comfortably hang out-either all together or just a couple of us in one of the comfy nooks overlooking the lake. The view of the lake from the kitchen and great room is stunning, the beds and furnishings were comfy and there were plenty of bathrooms to please us all.
Thanks to our host, Jim, for his attention to all of the important details and making sure we had the perfect weekend to get away and reconnect with each other!
Great place for a girl's weekend
We loved the property. It has all the charm and character of an old house but with a beautiful modern kitchen and jetted bath tub upstairs. We loved the beautiful lakeviews from the family room and the kitchen. The house is large enough that there is plenty of spaces to gather, but everyone can also have their own space when necessary. We appreciated the warm welcoming call from the the owner, who also provided a helpful binder with tips and tricks for the home and advice on places to eat and drink within Lindstrom. Our group is looking forward to booking again, we loved our stay!
Kitchen was well equipped. It was full of historical charm. We all enjoyed it very much.
We had beautiful fires in the wood burning fireplace. Plenty of room to spread out. 8 adults and a baby. We enjoyed looking out over the frozen lake on a sunny day. Beautiful! Thanks!
Thanks for the kind words, Sharon. We are really glad you enjoyed your stay. Come back in the summer and enjoy the beach!
Jim & Caryn
Swim off the dock out to the swim raft or take the little ones a block down the street to the town beach with swingsets and playground.
There's plenty of pizza places, Chinese food, a Sports Bar and grocery stores in the immediate area. Dairy Queen is a short walk from the house. Forest Lake is only 11 miles west and features chain restaurants, Cub Foods and a movie theater.
Fishing licenses, rods and live bait are available just a few minutes away at Frankie's Bait and Marine in Chisago City.
Jump in the car and go 11 miles east to Taylors Falls for more restaurants, quaint shops and a Scenic Paddleboat ride down the St. Croix River. There's plenty of hiking and scenic views on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the St. Croix river. On your way to or from Taylors Falls make sure to check out the live Buffalo at Eichten's Cheese & Bison Store and the Franconia Sculpture Garden.
The area features miles of bike trails and hiking as well as a waterslide and Go Karts at Wild Mountain Resort about 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. Downhill and Cross Country Skiing make this a hot spot in the winter months too!
Golfers! There's "18 Holes of Pure Playable Fun" just 2 minutes from the house at The Chisago Lakes Public Golf Course.
More restaurants and antique shopping are 27 miles south in historic Stillwater. You'll love all the little shops and candy store.
Don't forget the Mall of America (50 miles) and all the attractions of Downtown Minneapolis (40 miles) and St. Paul (37 miles) less than an hour away. The Minneapolis Airport (MSP) is 45 minutes away.