Opportunities like this are rare. This is more like a combination of great properties, all packaged into one. First, its a spacious custom-built timber-frame home, carefully constructed in every detail. The luxurious living space was thoughtfully planned, and offers comfortable living spaces and privacy on two levels. Second, it's in a gated community that includes 100+ acres of commonly owned recreational property, with a private lake, groomed trails, ponds, family gathering spots, a horse stable, and more, all of which is maintained by a long-term caretaker. And third, this incredible property is centrally located, within easy travel time from Chicago, Cleveland and all points between. In addition, the property was appraised in January, 2017, and is priced accordingly.
Located in the historic and picturesque Irish Hills in southeast Michigan, this custom built Douglas Fir timber frame home was built in 2008 and is ideal for family gatherings and entertaining. With 5,100 square feet of finished living space, the home has 7 bedrooms and 7 full bathrooms, including a 27 x 20 suite, for in-laws or other uses. Suitable as either a primary home or as a second home/family retreat, the home sits on a one-acre lot, on a private all-sports lake, and has unlimitedaccess to 100+ acres of recreational property. The home was built with attention to every detail from the bedrooms, each with private access to an outside patio or deck overlooking the lake, to the awning with a wind sensor over the main deck, which can automatically retract, to the lodge feel of the knotty Alder doors throughout the home and the whitewashed Pine ceiling in the Great Room.
The main floor includes an expansive living area, integrating the Great Room, Dining Area and Kitchen, all beneath a 25 ft. vaulted timber frame ceiling. The Kitchen is designed for flexibility. With two dishwashers, two sinks and two ovens, it can accommodate one or two people, as well as large gatherings of family and friends. Beyond the Kitchen and past the Office, with his & hers built-in work stations, is the main floor Master Suite. Past the Kitchen in the other direction are private guest quarters, one of two Laundry Rooms, and access to the Garage. The entire central area of the home features knotty Hickory hardwood floors.
On the lower level, the Family Room overlooks the lake, and includes a media room with a 10 ft. TV/movie screen and wet bar. This level also features the in-law suite, additional private guest quarters, a second laundry room, and a 1,000 square foot workshop/boat storage area, with stairway access to the garage above it.
The home was built to be energy efficient, comfortable, and require little maintenance. The 85 ft. lakeside deck is made with Trex materials. The geothermal heating & cooling system has 6 zones. There are two 50 gallon hot water heaters, providing continuous hot water. Extra insulation below the lower level floor keeps them always warm. And the entire house is served by a back-up natural gas automatic generator.
In short, this custom-built home is exceptional, and must be seen personally to be fully appreciated.
Located on the grounds of a former Boy Scout camp, this entire property has that up north feel. With over 100 acres of common property, on private all-sports Washington Lake, it is a serene retreat, nature preserve, and a family recreational area all combined into one. Several miles of groomed trails are ideal for quiet walks, hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing or horseback riding. For horse owners, theres a horse stable and four pastures. The abundant wildlife on the property includes deer, turkey, fox and Sandhill Cranes. A private bow-hunting area is ideal for deer and turkey hunters. And at several locations around the property are natural wood carvings and statuary harking back to the days of the Boy Scout camp.
Water features include several ponds and Washington Lake. The common grounds include a concrete boat launch and sandy beach area. Because the lake has no public access, owners can enjoy all water sports, including the privacy for canoeing and kayaking. And the fishing is excellent, year round, for bass, Northern pike and other varieties.
There are numerous family gathering spots on the grounds, ideal for camping, storytelling and relaxing. A nature lookout is ideal for watching wildlife on the pond and star gazing. And the property includes a guest cabin, with kitchen, bathroom and fireplace. And if thats not enough, the property includes a private landing strip, a private cemetery with a gazebo, and a chapel, with stained glass windows.
Perhaps best yet is the fact that all of the common grounds are maintained by a long-term caretaker, for a modest monthly fee per property owner.
For those who seek it all, this property has it. Family and friends, children and grandchildren, can all gather to enjoy fishing, water sports, hunting, hiking, horses, cross-country skiing, and relaxing, all year round, in a private, serene setting, surrounded by nature, outstanding scenery, groomed trails and natural carved statuary.
This is an unique property, conveniently located in southeast Michigan, the following distances from a number of points:
Ann Arbor - 34 miles
Detroit - 70 miles
Toledo - 58 miles
Cleveland - 172 miles
Lansing - 63 miles
Grand Rapids - 130 miles
Kalamazoo - 90 miles
Chicago - 217 miles
Fort Wayne - 106 miles
The property is also close to multiple other lakes, numerous golf courses, and Michigan International Speedway.
East on US-12 (from M-127 or M-50). Washington Lake Trail runs South off US-12, 1/2 miles East of M-50. Second road from M-50 (the first being Washington Lake Rd). Drive straight in on Washington Lake Trail about 1/4 mile to the first house (just past Shawnee Trail on right).
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