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Coming home to Meyer Place at Ferndale is like putting on your favorite cashmere sweater: It’s luxurious, comfortable and utterly stylish. After all, the luxe 22-unit rental residential community is at the heart of the Wayzata lake lifestyle. Situated in the Ferndale enclave, the development is far enough off the beaten path to enjoy peace and quiet off the Dakota Trail yet close enough to take a picturesque stroll through the shops, galleries, restaurants and glorious lakefront spots of downtown Wayzata.

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Speaking of quiet, the developer behind Meyer Place at Ferndale even hired a sound engineer to hone the construction techniques and mitigate noise upfront. “We managed noise at every juncture we could,” explains developer Nancy Schoenwetter. Case in point: Patio doors offer a tighter close than sliding doors, so the builder installed the former rather than the latter leading out to all private decks. (By the way, gas grills are allowed on those decks, which offer total seclusion.) The building is also the first in the state to be outfitted with Marvin Windows’ hurricane glass, not because of weather concerns but because the ultra strength windows minimize noise better than any other.

This meticulous attention to detail is exemplified throughout the entire complex, which showcases efficient, luxurious design choices reflecting how people truly want to live. Kitchens are outfitted with Cambria countertops as well as Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. Residences feature laundry rooms with standard equipment, not a stacked washer/dryer combo tucked inside a closet. There are walk-in pantries. Kohler plumbing fixtures. Heated floors in the master bathrooms. Generous, carpeted, same-level storage units. A bike/dog wash station in the climate-controlled parking garage. Even the option for a private three- or four-car garage.

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“You don’t have to get rid of your treasures to live here — you can even move your grand piano in,” says Schoenwetter of the one-of-a-kind residences, which range in size from 1,380 to 4,200 square feet. In other words, downsizing is actually upgrading.

But Meyer Place at Ferndale isn’t just a luxury building; it’s designed to truly be a community. Early on, the developer decided against long, skinny, lonely hallways that are just an avenue to get from your car to your home. Interior designers created public gathering spaces outfitted with artwork and stylish furnishings so that residents can comfortably grab a cup of coffee and visit with neighbors. “A sense of community comes true here,” Schoenwetter exclaims.

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The luxury rental residences are highly secure, with fobs to access the homes and a smart room for receiving and holding deliveries. Additional amenities include energy-efficient HVAC, all-LED lighting, a fitness room, a guest suite to host out-of-town visitors, and an outdoor gathering space complete with fire pit — sure signs that no detail has been overlooked. With Meyer Place at Ferndale, Wayzata has gained a truly transcendent living experience: lakeside luxury in the city, a built-in community, all the comforts of home without the maintenance. It makes coming home a real homecoming every single time.

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