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David Bieker and Jodie Unger

Denali Custom Homes

Denali has planned and built a Designer Dream Home model — and it could be yours. The standout rustic modern retreat is situated near the Minnehaha Creek headwaters off Grays Bay on Lake Minnetonka with nary a neighbor in sight. It was created with a supercharged duo leading the way: Denali owner David Bieker and his longtime colleague Director of Sales and Marketing Jodie Unger.

“We’re bringing both our sets of strengths together,” Bieker explains. “Jodie has strengths in multiple facets as an artist, interior designer and real-estate advisor, paired with my experience designing and building unique, architecturally significant homes for more than 20 years. This home showcases our wide range of talents in the luxury housing market.”

Unger’s creative background and work as a real-estate developer and even photographer help support Denali’s artistic vision found across its entire portfolio. Together, she and Bieker bridge the gap between architects, contractors and clients to create a one-of-a-kind abode unique to each homeowner. Above all, the team has a passion for advocating on behalf of their clients, from first touch to handing off the keys. This project lets their combined experience creating exclusive, custom-designed homes shine. 

“I was in awe of the privacy, nature views and towering white pines on each side of the site that would frame the view looking out over Minnehaha Creek,” Bieker says. “I immediately had this feeling that we were way up north somewhere instead of in Wayzata. This site is so spectacular it deserved a home that spoke to it. I used my 20 years of experience to inspire the design team from a builder’s perspective, like it was my own home.”

That includes thoughtful details like a four-season pool lounge with a fireplace, wet bar, and fabulous vistas of the headwaters of Minnehaha Creek and Grays Bay. “It’s a home especially designed for entertaining and indoor/outdoor living,” notes Unger. And come June, it will be available to tour during the Artisan Home Tour. A dream home, in a dream location — perhaps just waiting for you to move in.

Read this article as it appears in the magazine.

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