When High Street Residential scored a deal to buy a wooded 13-acre site next to the Carlson Towers in Minnetonka, it was clear that the parklike setting on an island in a small lake would make this building the perfect setting for the nature lover. (The first order of business was building a bridge.) Right outside the front door are walking paths, an outdoor terrace with lap pool and an outdoor kitchen, and the most unusual of all: a canoe/kayak/stand-up paddleboard (SUP) landing with a SUP that can be used by residents. Bonus: views of the woods from nearly every unit. 501 Carlson Pkwy., Minnetonka, 855-855-6492, theislandresidences.com

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