Stillwater, Minn. – September 22, 2021 – Justin and Sonya Fox, owners of local real estate franchise, RE/MAX Professionals, are thrilled to announce their purchase of the historic William Sauntry Mansion. Their company 626 4th, LLC closed the purchase on September 22, 2021. The previous owners will remain in the property until mid-October. The conversion of the current Bed & Breakfast to a real estate office for RE/MAX Professionals' associates will begin thereafter.
"As a company, we have been very involved in the Stillwater community since we opened our office on Main Street in 2015. We sponsor area Chamber of Commerce events including last year's inaugural Fire & Ice Winter Social, Hometown for the Holidays, Stillwater's Lumberjack Days, Summer Tuesdays and more," said Sonya Fox. "We are committed to this community and are thrilled to be able to invest in its history, preserving and maintaining this iconic property."
The William Sauntry Mansion was built in 1881 by lumber-baron William Sauntry and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been meticulously restored and maintained by the former owners, Thomas and Sandra Lynum, who have owned the Mansion since 1999.
The property was zoned two-family residential and has been operating as a Bed & Breakfast under a conditional use permit. For the property to be used as a commercial office, the Fox's company 626 4th, LLC engaged an attorney from Larkin Hoffman to draft a zoning ordinance text amendment, which the City of Stillwater adopted in July. This new law allows a Historic Preservation Use Variance to be proposed for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historic Preservation Use Variance for the Sauntry Mansion was approved by Stillwater's Historic Preservation Commission, in July.
"This was quite an undertaking with a lot of moving parts," said Justin Fox. "We are grateful to the sellers, Mr. and Mrs. Lynum, the City of Stillwater and the community for seeing our vision for this property. We look forward to being both great stewards of this historic landmark and great community partners."
Once renovations are complete, including ADA accessibility improvements and installation of a fire suppression system, the 7,000+ square foot property will offer five executive office suites, complete with gas fireplaces and private restrooms, a gourmet commercial kitchen, off-street parking, conference room and private meeting areas. The property also features beautiful gardens, a fountain and wrap-around veranda. Renovations will be completed by the end of this year and the new office will open in January 2022.
"We know how successful real estate professionals conduct their business and we are extremely excited to offer this property as a space for our Professionals to meet clients, network and be productive," added Sonya Fox.
About RE/MAX Professionals
RE/MAX Professionals is a locally owned and operated franchise of RE/MAX, the world's premier real estate company. In 2005, we opened our headquarters office in Cottage Grove, and since then, expanded to downtown Stillwater, and Saint Paul's Downtown/Lowertown. Our associates specialize in the Greater Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin real estate markets.