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Best of the North

829 Washington Ave S

Best of the North

829 Washington Ave S
829 Washington Ave S 829 Washington Ave S 829 Washington Ave S
829 Washington Ave S
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Best of the North


  • Only a block south of the Lueken's South grocery store and the First National Bank south branch.
  • Very high traffic count: Situated near the entrance to the busy industrial park and transfer station.
  • Highway #197 is the major artery through town and the section from Lueken's Grocery and south was recently upgraded to a five lane road (two travel lanes each direction and a center turn lane). MnDot did this project because of anticipated Bemidji traffic patterns to and from the US #2 bypass.
  • Today the south end of Bemidji along #197 is a "transition area", currently a combination of small businesses and older residential homes gradually disappearing and being replaced with new businesses. We believe the improved highway will accelerate this changeover as an emerging growth area.
  • South Bemidji's new look is already underway. Consider the following: The huge Sanford Event Center built on the south Lake Bemidji shore, an upscale Doubletree Hotel recently open on the lake, a new Country Suites Hotel and JJ's Dockside Restaurant attached to the event center, a 30 townhome development under construction east of Sanford, a proposed 70 unit apartment complex and 34 unit condo all by the lake, a new commercial plat behind Southside Restaurant at the bypass with a planned Kenworth truck sales and service facility and Nortrax (John Deere parts), the continually expanding Irvingboro residential project just to the west on Lake Irving, another new residential plat south of Horace May School, big church expansions along #197 at Evangelical Free and Calvary Lutheran. All together, these developments and commercial growth indicate that this highly visible location will be a good place for business in the coming years. Perhaps not a "big-Box" store area, but nonetheless a solid commercial location. Traffic on #197 south will be going up.
  • We're not done: Just up #197 at 1st Street South is an "island" four acre property (former MnDot headquarters), purchased and cleared by the city for commercial redevelopment. This is now the site of a new Candlewood Suites extended stay hotel near completion. All these new businesses are certain to drive more surrounding expansions.
  • Less competition here! The northwest (mall side) of town has high traffic and lots of people, but it also has a substantial level of business competition. Sometimes it makes sense to set a business apart, and this location can do it!


  • A very deep rectangular shaped parcel with 75' of street frontage and over 330' depth on the west side of Washington Avenue South. Only about half the property toward the highway is currently utilized and the back could be garages, warehouse, equipment storage, etc.
  • Real estate taxes payable in 2016 are $3,764. Beltrami County parcel number R80.04230.00. All assessments have been paid.
  • The lot is fairly level but has good drainage away from the building, which was situated to preserve a huge 100+ year old white oak just to its rear. A 20' asphalt entry drive lies along the south edge of the lot with unlimited parking behind the structure, along with a private street light for security. Other property improvements include:
    • Completely new city sewer and water lines underground
    • Paul Bunyan, CenturyLink, and Midcontinent cable all brought to the building for phone, TV, and internet options.
    • New well drilled for irrigation system
    • Sign base installed toward the highway (includes electric for lighting)
    • A total landscape package for the lot with shrubs around the building
  • I have recently purchased and cleared the adjacent vacant lot to the north, also 75' x 330', to create options for expansion. Total with this lot is about 1.15 acres. This lot is also available at additional cost.


  • • Originally a small home that was lifted up, relocated further back, and placed on a new basement. This was a COMPLETE REBUILD, not a remodel (only the floor and some walls remain. Current status: the wide open main level interior has been sheet rocked and a unisex restroom installed, ready for improvements to meet occupant needs. Approximate dimensions are 26' x 34' with a new 8' x 14' entry addition (main level about 1,000 sq. ft.). This is upscale construction with highest quality components, well above normal commercial buildings.
  • Foundation and Full Basement:
    • Insulated concrete forms (poured concrete into Styrofoam blocks)
    • 9' clear height with two side egress windows for light
    • Utility room (no wasted main level space) and second unisex restroom
    • Warm floor heat created dry, comfortable, fully usable rooms
    • Ready to finish to your requirements (finish materials stored in basement)
  • Structural Features:
    • Large, wide casement windows bring in plenty of light
    • Exceptional insulation from polyurethane foamed (high R) walls and R60 blown in ceilings
    • Vaulted ceiling (approximately 14' peak) on main level provides spacious, open feel
    • Ceiling fans and extensive recessed lighting accent the vault
  • Heating/Cooling (Dual Fuel):
    • Heat pump on "off peak" electric (reversed for central air)
    • Backed up by high efficiency natural gas forced air furnace
    • Off peak electric cable floor heat in basement
    • An air exchanger brings in fresh air to a system specially zoned to equalize comfort on both levels
    • The tight new building should be warm and very cost effective to heat
  • Exterior:
    • Enjoys high street appeal with a unique, non-commercial cottage look. The eye catching building achieves this appeal from a combination of color coordinated brick, cedar tone vinyl shake siding and designer red roof shingles (all with minimal exterior maintenance).
    • To the rear, the entry walk from the parking area has colored concrete for a special flair that matches the landscape block around the oak tree nearby.

So, get noticed on the south side! Benefit by:

  • The already very busy #197 south artery. The high traffic exposure means easy access and lots of people at your door
  • More south end development now underway or planned
  • Less surrounding business competition – your business will be SEEN here by lots of people!
  • A larger land parcel possible for expansion needs


  • Reduced $15,000 to $264,500. Seller will do some interior finishing subject to your needs and negotiation.
  • Ready today for improvements to accommodate your specific plans
  • Ideal for business or governmental office, service businesses, even light retail
  • May consider longer term lease. Tenant responsible for specific use changes to fit needs.
  • Will consider sale on low interest Contract for Deed for two years with reasonable down payment, then balloon. Or, may consider partial local real estate trade.
Best of the North


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For additional information contact:
Mike Ettesvold

(218) 444-4100

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