MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Debbie Ward-Baker camped overnight in 50-degree drizzle to be the first in line Thursday to spend a half-million dollars on a riverfront condo that isn't even built.
"I know exactly which unit I want," she said Wednesday night. "I wasn't going to sleep tonight anyway."
Along with Ward-Baker, prospective homeowners have been lining up for a chance to purchase a spot on the Mississippi River. Numbers will be handed out for those willing to plop down $1,000 to reserve a particular unit in the six-story condominium building developed by HuntGregory on the north bank.
In 10 days, buyers will have to pay 5 percent and sign a purchase agreement. Unit prices run from about $300,000 to more than $1 million.
Ward-Baker has lived in a modified two-story home in Shoreview with her husband and two children for 10 years. They've been watching the St. Anthony Falls area the last few years.
The unit she has in mind will be ready in fall 2004, just as her youngest child heads off to college. It's 1,515 square feet with two bedrooms and a media room. She's not bothered that it will be located next to railroad tracks.
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