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In fact, his friends and family, which includes three grown children, are disappointed that their days as party guests are numbered. “I’ll get e-mails with two words: ‘Don’t sell,’ ” he said. But he’s ready to move to a house on which he can collaborate with his wife.
Will it seem boring to live in a “normal house” after inhabiting the house of his fantasies? “Who says I’m going to live in a normal house?” he said with a laugh.
He knows that the house’s proximity to the planned new stadium increases the odds that someone will buy it for the land and raze the house. “Obviously, this takes a unique buyer,” he said. “We want someone to treat it like the Gaudi House [a landmark building in Barcelona by architect Antoni Gaudi]. But the reality is, Paul and I could drive past in 30 days and see this sticking out of a Dumpster. We joke about it. But I’ve got to let go.”
Whatever happens, the project was worth it.
“I got to create something with a blank canvas,” Arundel said. “For 10, 11 years, I had an amazing, iconic house. It gives me a lot of peace and joy.”
Jeff Dewing of Coldwell Banker Burnet has the listing, 612-597-0424.
Kim Palmer • 612-673-4784