LIFE AMONG THE TREETOPS IS NOT WHAT IT IS HERE BELOW -- AND IF YOU REALLY WANT TO FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF, A VISIT TO EAGLE ISLAND ON LAKE VERMILION IS IN ORDER.
Eagle Island is one of a very few privately held, single-owner islands on Minnesota's fourth largest lake. The island comprises five-plus acres of towering forest and boasts a majestic year-round luxury home originally built by and for nature lovers.
Everything about this house -- from the floor-to-ceiling custom windows that bring wilderness vistas into every room, to the lower-level walkout to two lakeside docks -- is designed to enhance the occupants' experience of the natural surroundings.
The crowning touch of that endeavor is the observation deck, affording treetop-level views of nesting bald eagles and the stunning panorama of Lake Vermilion and its environs. An electric-powered, vintage-look elevator provides access to all four levels, as do wide stairways between each level.
The house was completed in 2016 through collaboration by a talented architectural team led by Brian Nowak of Sharatt Design Company in Excelsior, Minnesota, working with some of the most prestigious builders and craftsmen in the Northland. Key contributions were handcrafted log construction by Brooks Minde of Minde Log Construction in Alborn, Minnesota; custom metal fabrication by Gene Trenda of Amery Welding & Fabrication in Amery, Wisconsin; and stonework by master mason Ken Johnston of Johnston Masonry in Duluth, who also crafted the two-story wood-burning stone fireplace.
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