About 1666 Coffman

Revised 3/19/14

AN INVITATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY AT 1666 COFFMAN

Enjoy carefree gracious living among friends in a University of Minnesota Community

Since the founding of 1666 Coffman in 1986, the University of Minnesota faculty and staff who live here have created a stimulating and congenial community. They lead busy, active lives—working, traveling, enjoying summers at the lake or winters in the South or West, volunteering in diverse ways, or joining friends and neighbors in the many unique activities at 1666.

WHAT IS 1666 COFFMAN?

1666 is an active University community for independent living, designed specifically for people who have worked at the University at some time during their careers. There are no assisted living services provided directly by the Association for persons with special needs.

It is a 93-unit condominium association with a seven-member Board of Directors who are elected for two-year terms. The Association is served by strong professional management including several full-time employees. The Board provides oversight under a formal Declaration, Bylaws, and Regulations. This has enabled the Association to achieve a positive financial structure with reserves.

The Palladian-style building with well-planned apartments is on 6.5 acres of land leased from the University of Minnesota. It is surrounded by protected natural areas: woods, private garden plots, wildflower gardens, Grove Park, the University Golf Course and Driving Range, and the UM agricultural fields.

                          Blue Moon over 1666 Coffman - photo by George Anderson

WHAT DOES 1666 COFFMAN OFFER ITS OWNERS?

Whether you are actively employed or actively retired, you will appreciate the convenience of living at 1666. When the spirit moves, you can lock your unit and GO. Whether you are in residence or absent, the professional management assures you that the building remains secure and continues running...no snow to shovel, no grass to mow, no worries. "Effective  June 25, 2013, the Board of Directors has declared 1666 Coffman Condominium and grounds a SMOKE FREE facility."

Those who work find the accessibility to all campuses a great convenience. Leave your car in the underground heated garage. A free campus Circulator picks you up in front of the building and takes you to the St. Paul Campus where a free Connector transports you to Minneapolis and West Bank Campuses.

Have another destination in mind? Take the Metro Transit Bus 61 from directly in front of 1666 to downtown St. Paul or cross Larpenteur Avenue to the  bus stop directly in front of the Driving Range to have the 61 Bus whisk you to downtown Minneapolis in 20 minutes. If you wish to travel to Minneapolis International Airport Lindberg Terminal I or Mall of America, simply alight from the 61 bus at 5th and Hennepin and cross the street to the Light Rail. Depending upon the time of day, you can travel from 1666 all the way to the airport in approximately in 60 minutes...in comfort at one low fare.

At no extra cost, your monthly fee allows use of the fine facilities. Here you will find opportunities to develop or maintain hobbies. There is a two-story library, a fully equipped, newly renovated workshop, a craft room.  You can work your green thumb on your own garden plot. You can pedal or walk to nowhere in the upgraded exercise room; relax in the exercise room sauna; or picnic in a charming gazebo in the courtyard.

Coffman offers a wealth of rich intellectual stimulation through concerts, lecture series on science, technology and the humanities, book reviews, art exhibits and a library with a wide range of holdings.

There is more. The volunteer committees arrange many interactive programs, e.g., bridge, the Coffman Players, Storytellers, Book Review, Technology Education, etc. The gracious Social Room is the scene of many delightful concerts, the Hummanities and Coffman Lecture Series, the Saturday Forums, Sunday movies on the large-screen, and other activities. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers onsite classes free to 1666 Coffman residents.

With pleasure, the Board of Directors announces that Chef Madeleine Kaudy of CMK Dining Service began managing the 1666 Garden Terrace Dining Room on November 1, 2012. Dinner service at moderate cost is Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 6:00 P.M. Brunch on Sunday is at Noon. The Dining Room is closed Monday. If possible and if adequate notice is given, attention will be given to special dietary requirements. Menus are distributed monthly to Owners.

The 1666 Board Dining Service Committee will work with Chef Maddy throughout the coming year to plan special events and to ensure an enjoyable dining experience..

Other optional amenities include two guest rooms with baths, beauty/barber shop, opportunity for private parties in the Garden Terrace Dining Room or Social Room, coin-operated laundries, free car wash in the garage and cable TV.

Beyond 1666, the University Golf Course and Driving Range just across Larpenteur Avenue provides the opportunity to learn about and play golf. It also affords wonderful views for many units and a delightful place to cross-country ski or snowshoe in winter. The recently updated St. Paul Campus gym, swimming pool, running tracks and tennis courts are only a short walk away.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO JOIN THE 1666 COMMUNITY?

First and foremost, a 1666 resident does NOT have to be retired. We welcome you, actively working or actively retired. An eligible buyer is a current or former University of Minnesota faculty, professional and administrative, or civil service staff member (at least 55 years of age) and spouse (regardless of age). The widow or widower (at least 55 years of age) of an eligible person may also apply.

If you decide to purchase a unit, it is necessary to indicate in some detail the nature and dates of your employment with the University of Minnesota. A brief application form is available.  Click HERE to download the form or request a copy from the 1666 Coffman Condominium Association (1666 Coffman Street, Falcon Heights, MN 55108-1330, 651-644-4541). If a couple will be applying, both applicants must sign the application form and attach proof of birth dates with a copy of a government issued ID such as a passport or drivers license.

First, the Board of Directors reviews your application and sends a letter of acceptance. Then, if you are eligible, the financial transaction between you and the seller must be completed. Third, you become a member of the 1666 Coffman Condominium Association. Each unit has a percentage of voting power determined by the square footage.

HOW ARE COSTS ASSESSED AT 1666 COFFMAN?

• Based on square footage of the unit, a monthly fee is assessed that includes heating, air conditioning, water, sewer, trash removal and recycling, insurance on the building, contingency and capital reserves, professional management and building maintenance indoors and outdoors, and access to the Garden Terrace Dining Room.

• You are responsible for Ramsey County real estate taxes, homeowners insurance on your apartment contents, telephone, electricity, repairs and decorating within your home.

Other costs are optional. If you use them, you pay for coin-operated laundries on the first floor, guest rooms, meals in the Garden Terrace Dining Room, private parties in the dining room or social room, beauty/barber shop, and cable TV hook-up.

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Contact the Promotions Committee

Email:  coffman@umn.edu

Regular mail:

Promotions Committee
1666 Coffman Condominium Association
1666 Coffman Street
Falcon Heights, MN 55108-1330.

Fax: 651-647-4370.

Call the office: 651-644-4541.

The Board-appointed Promotions Committee arranges tours upon request and follows up on inquiries.

RESIDENCES AVAILABLE for sale

Check in the section on Apartments FOR SALE for availability of apartments.

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