Humorist Keilor puts historic house on market

March 5, 2008 5:51:10 PM PST
Humorist Garrison Keillor put his historic St. Paul home up for sale, a few weeks after a dispute with his neighbor over her building plans ended up in court. The host of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" is asking $1.65 million for the seven-bedroom, five-bath home, according to its listing on

In January, Keillor and his wife sued next-door neighbor Lori Anderson to stop her from building a two-story garage-and-studio addition to her house. Keillor's lawsuit said the project would "obstruct the access of light and air" to his property.

The lawsuit was settled through mediation about a week later.

The terms were not made public.

Real estate agent Mary Hardy told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that the dispute isn't why Keillor is selling the house. She said he wanted a house with an airy, first-floor studio where he can work, and to that end he's made an offer for a nearby house with 4,000 square feet more space and a larger lot on a bluff.

That house's listing price is no longer public, but its taxable value was listed at just under $1.6 million.

Keillor had not commented on the sale, his spokesman David O'Neill told the Star Tribune.