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Gary Petersen



Gary began his real estate career in 1976 buying single family homes in the LakeMinnetonka area and remodeling or renting them. He moved on to land developmentand building. Some of his more notable developments include Abingdon Glen,Crystal Creek, and Woodhill Ridge of Orono; Serenity on Hadley Lake, NeighborsCreek, and Killian's Gate of Plymouth; and Mary Lake Woods of Shorewood. From1980 to 1986, Gary built approximately 25 upper bracket homes in the LakeMinnetonka area before settling into the listing and selling of single familyhomes. He is one of the original members of Coldwell Banker Burnet's powerfulDistinctive Homes Division and has been with the Wayzata Office since 1982.

Throughoutthe years, Gary has honed his knowledge of the Magical Lake Minnetonka area bypersonally living on Halstead's Bay, Lafayette Bay, Carson's Bay, Robinson'Bay, main Lower Lake, and Brown's Bay. He currently resides in quaint downtownWayzata where he has lived since 2008.

In2008, Gary was involved in over 30% of all the transactions on Lake Minnetonkaover $1 mil east of Navarre. In 1997, he was involved in over 25% of alltransactions in Wayzata proper. Gary has been a member of the Coldwell BankerPresident's Club ( top 50 in the company) for 19 of the past 20 years. He feelsprivileged to be able to work in such a beautiful, unique area!

Garyis a 1972 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in education andwas a member of the hockey and golf teams. He has 4 adult children, 4 stepchildren(triplet 16 yr olds) and 12 grandchildren.


Ian Petersen

Ian followed Gary into the real estate business. After a short exploration of a career as a builder (working with a top-tier builder in Colorado’s Vail Valley), Ian moved to selling the homes rather than building the homes. A former Orono and Lake Minnetonka resident, Ian and his family now live near Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. He has been able to combine his unique, first hand knowledge of the Minneapolis market with that of the Lake Minnetonka area to give our clients a broad understanding of their choices in our local real estate market. Besides his focus on single family homes, Ian spent a couple years selling new condo projects where he learned the nuances of condos and town homes. Ian is also our marketing coordinator - always looking for interesting and effective new ways to expand the exposure of your home. He has been a lifetime Twin Cities resident with stints in Vancouver, Fargo/Moorhead, Colorado Springs and Edwards, CO as well as S'Hertogenbosch, Holland. He was fortunate enough to have played hockey at Bloomington Jefferson High School and Colorado College where he graduated in 2000 with a degree in Art History.

Lauren (Wyman) Nesset


Lauren is a 2005 graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a BA in Psychology and Family Studies. In continuing with her liberal arts education, she then attended the Professional Chef's Program at the Cambridge (MA) School of Culinary Arts. Since graduating from culinary school in 2007, Lauren has transitioned her professional cooking skills as a personal chef into a career as a real estate professional where her excellent organization and communication skills are very important to her clients and our team.

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