This might be the most “shop”-looking Amish shop home I’ve seen in quite some time. The location is Mahnomen County in Minnesota, way up in the northern end of the state. According to Wikipedia, this is the only county in the state lying entirely within an Indian reservation (White Earth Indian Reservation). There is a small Amish community – one church district – in the area of Lengby (a town which actually lies just outside county borders). It may be that Amish live in both this and neighboring Polk County.

So let’s have a look at this shop-home, which hardly resembles a standard home, but perhaps for its front screen door with planter, and windows:

This structure looks very utilitarian – basically like a large industrial structure, with windows added. You might recall other shop-homes we’ve had a look at here, including a much smaller one and another large one with even more shop space, both in Kentucky. It’s fairly common that Amish when starting out will build a combination structure like this, and live in part of it until they build a proper home.

The listing also describes this a farmette:

The possibilities are endless on this 31+ acre farmette! Amish craftsmanship is evident throughout the 3,744 square foot shop/woodworking shop/house along with the 1,728 square foot barn with loft. The 31.7 acres is a perfect balance of woods, pasture, tillable and wildlife wetlands. Situated along a paved county highway and only a couple minutes from Island Lake.

Looking first inside the “home” portion, we see it looks just like other Amish homes we’ve seen:

Spacious pantry:

The ceiling here which appears to be the same corrugated metal as on the exterior gives the place a different feel than your typical home.

This room or section looks to be the office. You can see where the shop begins through the glass door and window:

Now in the shop section, a closer look at this space dedicated to some sort of woodworking:

At 3,744 square feet of shop room there is a lot of workspace here. We also see used as buggy storage and what look to be some sort of gourds or pumpkins there on the floor.

There is a nice-looking barn as well:

These shop-homes are interesting as far as selling to an English market – I’m not sure if an English buyer would also see this as a residential opportunity, or look at the structure more as an industrial workplace or storage building on a nice chunk of land.

The price?

This shop-home-farmette is currently on the market at $149,900 (Carol Sollie/Sollie Realty).

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