I’ve lived in my four-unit apartment house in 1996, and 11 of us moved in sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. the morning after Halloween. Personally, I was happy to stop sharing a kitchen with 8 of my best (male) friends, and to be conveniently located in Uptown. Since then, the formerly-barren yard has become an orchard of sorts, with the most successful plantings being a North Star pie-cherry tree and white raspberries.
The house is three stories, with four apartments — one on each floor, and one garden level. I live in the 2-bedroom apartent, and rent the 2nd floor 3-bedroom, 1st floor 3-bedroom, and the efficiency unit to friendly folks.
The backyard hosts a stunning garden. It includes a large rain garden, raised beds that host an organic community garden, a space to grill and a patio, a quiet bench, a food forest, and a nectary. This space was totally relandscaped 2011-2015, having been converted from a parking lot in 2011.
The summer of 2018 the house was featured in the Home and Garden section of the StarTribune.
Everyone in the house has free access to secure bike parking in a dedicated bike garage located off the alley.
You can download an application here.