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HOGWARTS HOUSE: $2.7 million for right buyer

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It looks like something straight out of a movie with hobbits. Merlin the Magician may be trying to get out, but just about everyone else wants a peek inside the home located on 10th Avenue South.

Jeff Arundel's home is truly his castle, and he has a very specific aesthetic.

"This has been called Hogwarts meets Lord of the Rings," he said.

It's a Middle Earth time warp with gothic arches, elaborate staircases, massive fireplaces and stained glass.

"There are people who come in and they just gasp, they're so connected to the ambiance," Arundel said.

Even the kitchen looks like it belongs in the Kiebler tree house. Arundel's music room is downstairs.

A musician and New Age composer, the Renaissance man who owns the Astor Café bought his home for a song a decade ago from John and Sage Cowles, the former publishers of the Star Tribune. Arundel stripped the structure that was once a blacksmith shop and a mechanic's garage down to its original bones. Then, he brought in artist Paul Tierney to create some meticulous metal work.

Yet, after a decade of living in his fantastic surroundings, Arundel is now looking to sell -- all décor included.

"It's the person who likes this. Many people walk in and say, 'I'm not against looking, but I wouldn't spend one night in this place," he admitted.

There's also the small matter of the absent neighbors -- the Minnesota Vikings. The deflated Metrodome is just a football field away.

Of course, in the summer months, any occupant of the home could look down on the "remarkable number" of tailgating Vikings fans from the safety of a rooftop deck.

For interested parties, the asking price is $2.7 million. So far, it's been on the market for 140 days -- but there are no real comparable properties in the neighborhood. Plenty of condos, but nothing like the Hogwarts House.

Additionally, the neighborhood -- Downtown East, as they like to call it -- is about to go through a major makeover. Not only will the new People's Stadium be constructed for the Minnesota Vikings, but also a new city park, the Wells Fargo headquarters and 1,000 new apartments and condos. As such, the property alone could be worth a couple of million.

"Whoever wants to come in would be getting that appreciation," Arundel said. "I'm fine if someone buys it now, fine if they don't because I love it here."

While those may not sound like the words of a motivated seller, Arundel swears he's ready to move on -- even if it's a sequel.

"Just think it's time to find a new thing -- although I don't know if it's a castle," he said. "There is one in south Minneapolis most don't know about."

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