5237 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

September 8, 2021


Welcome to this beautifully updated & renovated 1.5 story home in the Fulton Neighborhood of Minneapolis. This home boasts an immense amount of charm and character throughout the interior and exterior. Walking in you are welcomed by refinished hardwood floors throughout, fresh warm paint tones and sun-filled, open spaces. Intricately detailed stonework around the gas fireplace for you to cozy up to in the fall and winter months in the large living room. The expansive kitchen and formal dining areas are great for entertaining and preparing all of your holiday meals.

Downstairs includes heated floors in the family room, a workout/play area, an office space and a built-in bar – plenty of space for entertaining year-round. In addition, there is plenty of storage in the large utility room and the multitude of closets throughout the home.

The upstairs has a wonderful Master Suite with a separate office space and is great spot for soaking up the sun through the many windows and solar tube lighting as you work from home, all while utilizing the reliable and amazingly fast US Fiber Optic Internet. If you prefer to work where the air flows and you can hear the birds chirping, sit out in the beautifully updated 3-season porch that includes new knotty pine ceiling, tile floors and spectacular views of your professionally landscaped backyard oasis. The landscaping is filled with native perennials that create the perfect backdrop to the flagstone patio & walkway.

Just a short walk or bike ride to get you to all of the shops & dining of 50th & France, the outdoor recreation activities at Lake Harriett and all of the parks in SW Minneapolis. This home offers an abundant amount of options for all seasons.

If you are considering a move to SW Minneapolis, this is the home for you! Do not miss this opportunity to have your very own private oasis and move-in ready home located nearby all of the amenities of the Edina/Minneapolis areas!

Our team is here to assist in answering any questions about this property and to schedule a private viewing. Contact us today!!

For more information and photos on this listing click here. 

Chelsea Knutson & Georgie Christian






Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

What does it mean to be in a Seller’s Market?

April 1, 2021

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I am sure you have heard it over and over…Now is the time to really think seriously about making a move. But it truly is an optimal time to make your home available to Buyer’s who are looking for a home to purchase.

Currently we have historically low inventory which results in greater competition and increases bidding wars. It is essential to understand how to make a confident and competitive offer on your dream home.

Here are a few tips to success:

1. Listen to your Real Estate Advisor – putting trust in us as your Realtor is critical to help Buyer’s stay focused. The process can get emotional, a reminder to keep you from compromising on what you are looking for in a home.

2. Understand your finances – having a complete understanding of your budget and what you can afford is essential.

3. Be prepared to move quickly- we are seeing homes go extremely quickly here in the MSP area.

4. Make a fair offer – expertise of an Agent will help you make an informed offer based on the market value of the home.

5. Stay flexible with negotiations – strengthening your offer with move-in dates, price point and contingencies. Oftentimes in this market, offers are forgoing inspection contingencies and appraisal clauses.

Our local market is a big win for Seller’s, but these conditions will not last forever!

Our BLG team is here to advise our Buyers. This competitive market makes it more important than ever to work with a trusted professional.

Darcy Warcken

Realtor, Buyer & Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

Year Round Cabin on Mille Lacs Lake

December 3, 2020


No matter the weather outside, purchasing a vacation property will bring you immediate joy!  42015 Vista Road located in Isle, MN is a charming year round cabin located on Mille Lacs Lake. This is the perfect location for families in the Minneapolis area. In less than 2 hours, this location makes weekend trips an easy getaway.  This property has 54 feet of lake frontage and is fully furnished, including the dock. The converted garage is a separated bunk room paradise for the kids.

Future trips to the family cabin are what memories are made of for children and adults alike. A shelter for yourself, somewhere quiet, and a place to offer warm hospitality to friends.  Owning a cabin is good for your body, mind, and soul. Spending time outdoors, encourages you to disconnect from mobile devices. Even at the times when you are eating smores and drinking wine, you’re engaging in face-to-face social interactions, which have a positive impact on your overall health and well-being.

This can also be an investment; you can create a second income for short term gains. List on Airbnb as an accommodation.

These are just a few considerations and possibilities of years of enjoyment you’ll get from owning this Mille Lacs private getaway. You can’t put a price tag on memories!

For more information on this property click here now.

Contact us today to schedule your private showing!!


Darcy Warcken

Realtor, Buyer & Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

Maple Lake Lot Available to Build Your Dream Home

October 30, 2020


A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about all of the new construction properties going up in and around the Twin Cities area. In addition to all that new construction there are individual lots that are for sale. With these individual lots, there is an expensive amount of opportunity for you to build exactly what you want.

Currently, our team has a beautiful lot in Maple Lake, MN located at 361 Cedar Ave. This lot is for sale for $28,000 and is just under half an acre. A partial survey has been completed in addition to having access to city sewer and water, it is ready for your new home. The opportunities on this lot are are Vast. With this individual lot you are able to build through the builder of your choosing. Many times when you are building new construction you are buying a lot through a specific builder and are required to use that builder to build your new home. Not in this case. 361 Cedar Ave. has potential for you to build a single-family home of your dreams through a builder that you highly trust and worked hard to come by.

If you are interested in building, this lot in Maple Lake, MN may be a great option for you. Maple Lake may be a small town but there are many wonderful things that it encompasses. A couple big ones are the ice fishing derby, typically held beginning of February. And also St. Patrick’s Day, which is a huge celebration for the town of Maple Lake. There are also restaurants close by 361 Cedar Ave. And in addition to all of the above it is a 45 minute drive to downtown and easy access to 94 and 55 so you may get to all of your destinations.

If building is something that you are considering but do not know where to start, please feel free to reach out. Our team has great referrals with an abundance of builders that build custom homes. We would so happily help in making a decision of which builder you would choose to build on 361 Cedar Ave.

Georgie Christian
Realtor, 763-807-5021
The Better Living Group
Avenue Realty

Small Improvements That Can Make A World Of Difference

August 13, 2020


With fall right around the corner it is a great time to start thinking about things you can do to prep your home for the market.


As inexpensive as paint is, the painting of any space is something that will give it a whole new look at a lower cost. This is something that can really spice up a space that you are struggling to decorate or simply imagine. Calm neutral colors are extremely popular and easy for new homeowners to touch up and picture themselves in.


Knobs on all drawers and cabinets may be something small but they sure can make your cabinets feel a bit more modern, rustic, or whatever style you are going for. Another inexpensive cost that can really make a noticeable difference.


Usually it is not necessary to replace all the flooring in your home, but if you have a room where the carpet is very worn down or a kitchen floor that is very scratched up, lifting or cracking, it may be worth a small investment to just replace the flooring in that room. Be sure that when you do so it matches the rest of the flooring in the home to the best of its ability. There are so many different types of great flooring options, hardwood, tile, vinyl, laminate and so much more. Of course, some are much more expensive than others so you must base this on your budget and what will be most beneficial for you in the sale of your home.

If you are considering selling and have a few spaces in your home you are struggling to finish or just decorate, reach out to us. Not only will we be able to assist you in making an informed decision on finishes for that space, but we will also help stage your property for the market.

Georgie Christian





Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

Slice of Heaven on County Road 47 ~ Plymouth, MN

November 5, 2015

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Tucked away in the award winning Wayzata School District of Plymouth, this 5.8 acre property is a prime spot to build a beautiful new construction neighborhood. Located among newly built communities and easy access to parks, shops and entertainment.

A residential home and large pole barn are currently located on the property. There is a small pond on the southeast corner, perfect for ice skating in the winter and tadpole hunts in the summer.

An all-around great opportunity for the developer, builder or private buyer who’s looking to purchase land and build new in Plymouth. Take a drive to 16405 County Rd 47 and check out this fantastic piece of Mother Earth.

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If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact The Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

To see your current home value click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

NEW LISTING: 5.8 Acres in Plymouth, MN

November 2, 2015

Check out this amazing land we have listed in Plymouth, MN on the corner of County Road 47 & Vicksburg Lane. 5.8 acres that are waiting for you!

Click here to see a private tour by Chelsea.
The Better Living Group
Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE
cknutson@kw.com ~ 763-496-2903 ~ BLGHomesMN.com
Keller Williams Classic Realty NW


Sunshine on the Corner of 15th and Sycamore

September 16, 2015


Nearby the Luce Line Trail, sits this stunning half acre property and two story home with incredible potential. A private setting, filled with hydrangeas and the most beautiful chestnut tree that greets you as you walk up the drive. The sun sparkles through and peaks into the many window panes, giving off a warm glow.

Three bedrooms and a large craft or playroom on the upper level, easily converted into a 4th bedroom or combined with another bedroom for a fabulous Master Suite. An expansive main level with a huge family room addition and screened-in porch. More potential for added finish-able square feet in the lower level with an already completed and updated 3/4 bath.





Tucked away and yet easily accessible to Hwy 55 and Downtown Minneapolis, the location is ideal. This is a fantastic opportunity to move into, remodel or even build new in the Wayzata School District. There are so many options with this rare find, a place to let your imagination run free.

Yes, it is time to open the door, opportunity is knocking on 15th and Sycamore.

Contact the Better Living Group for more information about this property and/or the area of Plymouth. Experience real estate the way it should be.

Chelsea K – Team Lead and Listing Specialist, Better Living Group, Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

cknutson@kw.com, 763-496-2903


The Beauty of Bryant

July 16, 2015

This two-story home is an absolutely stunning renovation located in the coveted Lynnhurst neighborhood of South Minneapolis. The modern-day design is filled with light and luxury while capturing the beauty of the time-honored craftsmanship throughout.

Take note of the custom, Gourmet Kitchen with New cabinetry, countertops and appliances, including a built-in beverage cooler. The newly designed Master Suite with his & hers closets and a private 3/4 bath with double vanity and custom tile work. Throughout the home you will see the beauty of the hardwood floors, restored solid wood doors and built-in storage with glass knobs. In the lower level you will find endless opportunity with more finishable living space and unbeatable storage.




Not only will you will fall in love with the beauty of this home, you will also fall in love with all the neighborhood has to offer. Shop and enjoy the local retailers and restaurants nearby or walk to Lake Harriet and listen to the music play at the bandshell.

This home truly shines from end to end. A timeless design, a classic in its own right, the beauty of Bryant starts from the inside-out.

Contact The Better Living Group to schedule a showing today!

Chelsea Knutson 763-496-2903, cknutson@kw.com


3 most frequently asked questions from buyers

April 28, 2014

There are many questions that buyers have when purchasing a home. All relate to the entire transaction from start to finish. As your local Real Estate Economists, we ensure all of our clients know what the process is to purchase a new home, every step of the way. We hear many of the same questions from buyers who are in the market to purchase a home and here are the answers to those frequently asked questions.
What is earnest money and where does it go? When writing an offer on a home you put down, what is called earnest money. This is to let the sellers know that you are earnest about purchasing the property. This earnest money is put into the Listing Brokers trust account within 2 business days of final acceptance and goes towards your loan at closing.
How do you (my Realtor) get paid? When working with a Licensed Realtor many clients ask how we get paid. There is typically a commission payout amount that the seller has previously agreed to pay to the listing agent, as well as the selling (buyers) agent. The buyer does not pay the commission.
Is this home worth the list price? Prior to writing an offer we do a Current Comparable Market Analysis to make sure the home you are looking to purchase is priced appropriately. There are many things that go in to this analysis. This will give us the correct price range at which the market suggests it is worth and will better prepare you for the price you choose to offer.
If you are thinking about purchasing a home and/or need to sell your home, contact us today. We go over current market trends and have fantastic lender referrals available, all who are ready and able to assist you. My team and I are licensed Realtors in MN, working in the Twin Cities and greater Metro Areas. We’re dedicated to providing the very best service to all of our clients – past, present and future.

Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW