Luxury Home Tour Spotlight: TJB Homes (Gem Lake)

This self-guided tour runs three weekends in June: June 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22 and showcases the work of the area’s most sought-after custom builders. The tour is perfect for those who admires architecture and fine craftmanship, those with champagne wishes and caviar dreams, those who are looking for unique ideas to incorporate into their own home, and those interested in hiring a custom builder to create their very own dream home.

Every week through the end of the tour, we will feature one or more of the 14 luxury homes on this blog, so be sure to check back for the full lineup.

Home #13

7 Hillary Farm Lane, Gem Lake, MN 55110

On weekends, the owners of this 6,000-square-foot Gem Lake home don’t need to head across town to bars or clubs in the Twin Cities metro. They can stay home and bring the party to them, right in their very own nightclub-esque lower level.

The space was transformed into a hip hangout with a TV viewing area, large corner built-in bench, custom two-level rounded glass and granite bar, billiards area, rock-and-roll themed game room, display wall, high-tech sound system, and ceiling soffits in the shape of guitars. Rounding out the space is an exercise room, sauna, wine cellar, and guest suite.

“This home was built for entertaining and fun,” says Tom Budzynski of TJB Homes, a family-owned business with 34 years of experience.

The home was also built for modern convenience with professional-grade appliances in the main level kitchen, enough counter space to host a cooking class, a large pantry (with room for a freezer), an expansive bbq deck off the back of the home, floor-to-ceiling windows showing off views of the wooded Hillary Farm lot, high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, a rustic cedar porch, a four-car garage, and master suite with a sitting area and private reading deck, the perfect escape from reality when the weather cooperates. The level of customization is what makes this home so unique.

In the words of John Green, “Some people have lives; some people have music.” And some people, particularly those living at 7 Hillary Farm Lane, have both. • 763-780-2944

The 14 homes are located throughout the metro area. Single-tickets can be purchased at the homes for $5. Passports can be purchased for $20 at Caribou Coffee. For more information about the Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour, visit