Not a Bad Tornado Shelter, Either (Assuming You Can Get Into It)

After showing, I dunno, 5,000 homes over a decade, the surprise isn’t how much is familiar by now, but how much is (still) new.

Like the home with a rather massive basement cistern I showed earlier this week.

At first, it was a puzzle:  what was this 10 feet by 10 feet brick enclosure doing in the southeast corner of the basement?

Then, my client noticed that it was open on top.

Sure enough, I climbed up to see a now-empty reservoir that looked like it could hold a couple thousand gallons of . . . something.

According to the listing agent, the cistern used to be connected to the gutters, and collected rainwater that was redistributed to the rest of the household.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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