Home Floor designer Luxury Artist’s Dream Home in North Oaks on the Market for $...

Luxury Artist’s Dream Home in North Oaks on the Market for $ 3.275 Million


When Mahendra and Asha Nath were looking to build their home, they were drawn to the subway north of North Oaks, built on the former farm of railroad magnate James J. Hill.

“It’s a countryside environment and not too far from the city center,” Mahendra said. “The vision was that we wanted a big house, an open house, a contemporary house that at the same time has a warm atmosphere.”

The husband and wife team picked a property and brought in luxury home builder Smuckler Architectural Custom Homes, interior designer Jim Snustad, and landscape architecture firm Southview Design.

“It’s 1.6 acres, but it looks bigger. It’s all surrounded by trees,” Mahendra said. “All three of them worked together to coordinate the exterior and the interior. It was about inviting nature into these two spaces.”

To accomplish this, most rooms in the house have high ceilings, large windows, and skylights. The outdoor spaces, including three patios, have been designed to maximize views of nature from all angles.

“Sitting in our kitchen, sitting in our porch, sitting in our living room, sitting in the bedroom, the house has amazing views of the different seasons,” Mahendra said. “I can see the leaves on the trees. I can see the snow on the trees. I can see the flowers outside.”

Built in 1989, the house is an example of contemporary design that still resonates today, with clean lines, open concept, and high-end finishes enhanced with exquisite detailing.

The foyer features six Bellagio-style water fountains. Common areas are spacious, including a two-story living room, gourmet kitchen, and a bright atrium-shaped veranda with a domed glass ceiling. There is also a main level family room with a movie screen and wet bar with sink.

The lower level features a second kitchen, hobby / exercise room, and game / club room with a full bar, pool table, and nightclub-style dance floor with studio lighting and a DJ station.

The master bedroom has double height ceilings and all bedrooms have a seating area and an en suite bathroom. High-end mood lighting and technology have been installed throughout the house and all three levels are accessible by elevator.

“There is a fireplace in almost every room. We have a sauna. We have a steam shower. We have bars on every level,” Mahendra added. “There are a lot of modern conveniences. The idea and the goal was to have a large contemporary house that at the same time gave a feeling of warmth. We are very satisfied with all the work that has gone into it.”


The Naths, who own the Nath Cos restaurant, hotel and real estate company, are ready to relocate now that their adult children are involved in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business.

“We are at a point where we want to be advisers,” Mahendra said. “And that next phase of life is six months in a Florida condo, six months in a Minnesota condo.”

After living there for nearly 33 years, they brought the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 11,000-square-foot home to market.

Mahendra said there are advantages to living in the private community of North Oaks. This includes easy access to the North Oaks Golf Club, tennis courts, a playground, and several lakes with walking trails. The house is one block from Pleasant Lake with a trail system that spans 5½ miles.

“It’s really unique from a amenities standpoint,” he said.

Listing agent Sonia Kohli said the house is one of North Oaks’ iconic homes in terms of architecture and size. She added that the location – 12 minutes from downtown St. Paul and 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America are also convenient.

“On the ground floor alone, it’s almost 6,500 square feet. It’s an artist’s dream with multiple seating and entertainment areas, which is quite unique,” ​​Kohli said. “The beauty is you can feel like you’re in the north with the terrain and the setting, but you’re just minutes away from all the main things you want to access. “

For Mahendra, being at one with nature, whether indoors or outdoors, is unbeatable.

“Sometimes we are sitting on the veranda and we see the full moon above our heads,” he said. “How many people can see a full moon inside their house? It is just beautiful.”

Sonia Kohli ([email protected]; 651-428-5105) and Sanjay Kohli ([email protected]; 651-428-5109) from Edina Realty have the $ 3.275 million SEO.