“The Charlevoix Cottage” on the North Shore of Lake Charlevoix
Located just north of the 45th parallel in the northwest section of Michigan’s lower peninsula, Lake Charlevoix, the third largest in the state, was originally named Pine Lake. It is hailed as one of the most beautiful, as well as one of the cleanest lakes in the state. Fed by the Jordan River, a state designated natural river, at the southern tip of the South Arm at East Jordan, and by the Boyne River at the southern tip of the main body at Boyne City, Lake Charlevoix opens to Round Lake at its northern point and then empties into Lake Michigan through the Pine River Channel. This feature alone has made Lake Charlevoix a preferred location for boaters who choose a safe harbor from which to enjoy day trips to Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Northport, Traverse City, Suttons Bay, and Beaver Island – or to travel around the world through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The main body of the lake is 13 miles long and nearly a two and a half wide in some locations. The entire lake encompasses 17,260 acres and is up to 122’ deep. Excellent for fishing, it is home to Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Large Mouth Bass and Small Mouth Bass. Watch salmon enter the lake in the fall for spawning season. The Ironton Ferry, a designated Michigan Historical Site in operation since 1876 and considered by Ripley’s Believe it or Not to be unique for going more miles in the shortest distance of any ferry in the world, carries vehicles and pedestrians across the “narrows” at the northern portion of the South Arm.
An all sports lake, you’ll find plenty of activities to entertain and amaze including swimming, fishing, skiing, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing and is home to many marinas, parks, boat launches, and restaurants with boat dockage. The shoreline ranges from sandy to rocky. During the summer months, the average high temperature is 75 degrees with relatively no humidity.
The area, known for its crystal clear lakes and streams, rolling hills, lush valleys, densely forested landscape and various forms of wildlife, has become the perfect destination for enjoying “the good life” year round. Our resort communities, long a favorite of vacationers from Chicago and Detroit, have become a favorite for second and retirement homes. Along with swimming, boating and some of the finest fishing anywhere, Lake Charlevoix boasts the ability for safe, deep water mooring as well as access to the Great Lakes and the world beyond. World-class golf, snowmobiling, downhill and cross-country skiing, hunting, fly-fishing, bicycle and hiking trails are minutes away. Area events include a community Easter Egg Hunt, the National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City, the Harwood Maple Syrup Open House, Fourth of July Freedom Festival celebrations all around the lake, Boyne Thunder, Lady Biker Days, Portside Art Festival, Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair, Venetian Festival, Fiddlers Jamboree, Classic Car and Boat Shows, Farmer’s Markets, Blissfest, Antique Show, Sidewalk Sales, Poochfest and the Bay Harbor Bow Wow, “Stroll the Streets” in Boyne City, the Boyne Falls Polish Festival, Bay Harbor Ice Festival, Harvest Festival, Apple Festival, and Santa’s Parade to name just a few.
Nearby Boyne Mountain Resort, Bay Harbor Resort and the Odawa Casino offer amenities including spas, shopping, fine dining and entertainment as well as the area’s largest indoor water-park through all seasons.
“The Charlevoix Cottage” overlooks the main body of Lake Charlevoix facing southwest to take advantage of the sun’s path and is midway between the main communities of Charlevoix, Boyne City and Petoskey. The magnificent 14,895 square foot home was built to house the owners, their five adult children and all the grandchildren for summer vacations, family gatherings, holidays and special events. This feat was accomplished with a careful eye to thoughtful design related to the use and comfort of the family by architect Nick White, who worked closely with the owners during planning and building. Shortly after completion of the residence, it was featured on HGTV’s Amazing Waterfront Homes, as an excellent example of cottage living in Northern Michigan.
Upon entering the grounds, to the left is a two-bedroom carriage house perched above a storage building for boats, canoes, jet skis, ATVs and other recreational vehicles. From there you round the cobblestone paved circle drive past the tennis court to the entrance of the main residence. An impressive home, the stately style offers balance and symmetry in a tranquil setting.
Inside, the guest is immediately immersed in a warm family atmosphere created by fine craftsmanship, and tasteful furnishings throughout the home in an eclectic traditional style. A central staircase offers access to all floors, yet the eye is immediately taken to the left to view the spectacular two story living area with magnificent views of the patio, manicured grounds, as well as the lake and hills beyond which complete this inviting room.
A beautifully appointed lounge excellent for entertaining informally, includes a billiard room for recreational pastimes.
The master suite at the far end of the home features custom bedding and draperies, furnishings by Marge Carson, a sitting area with fireplace overlooking the lake, a luxurious master bath with heated floors, his and hers custom vanities as well as separate closet spaces. Step out the door onto the fieldstone patio for morning coffee overlooking the grounds and lake beyond.
A finely appointed formal dining room to the right of the central staircase features a fabulous Bausman dining table and enjoys a grand piano for entertaining family and guests alike. Directly across the hall is a complete home theater room. Antique Turkish and Persian rugs add warmth to the Brazilian cherry floors.
The main kitchen is beyond the dining area and offers ample cooking space with a warm appeal. Chef’s appliances, quality detailed millwork, granite counters, Kitchen & Co. custom cabinetry by William Ohs, a cozy informal breakfast nook with lake views, and a casual seating area with fireplace make this the heart of the home. Hart lighting fixtures enhance the atmosphere throughout the home and unique Maitland Smith accessories offer a fun, tasteful experience. A full laundry and elevator are adjacent to the three car attached garage.
The upper level houses four complete bedroom suites with full baths and fold out sofas for additional sleeping accommodations. Drexel Heritage furnishings are used throughout the bedrooms. At each end of the upper level are bunkrooms. The boy’s area offers custom designed bunk-beds for 12, plus a closet and a bath and a half as well as a large laundry room. The girl’s bunkroom is fit for a princess or many, sleeps six with custom designed single beds and boasts a full bath with two closets.
The lower walkout level is an excellent location for relaxing and entertaining alike. The spacious family room features a full kitchen, and plenty of comfortable seating with a big-screen TV and game table. An impressive full workout room, which could easily compete with a fitness facility the likes of Bally, houses all the equipment you could ever want. In fact, the whole family could exercise together.
A computer and game room for the kids offers TV, videos, computers, juke box karaoke machine and just about everything to keep them occupied during a summer rain or winter blizzard.
The owner’s favorite room is the “Cucina” wine grotto where creative ethnic meals are cooked and enjoyed adjacent to the wine cellar, - a great place for making memories.
A final interior space is designed specifically for lakefront use. A full bath as well as additional showers, lockers, linen and full laundry area allow you to clean up before entering the home from the lakeside. Large storage closets are for each of the children to leave their belongings at this fine residence so that quick trips to the cottage don’t require planning and packing.
The home boasts 934 square feet of covered porches.
Outside, the grounds are meticulously maintained and beautifully landscaped with a custom spa and putting green nestled into the surroundings. At the water’s edge on this private sandy beach, a screened gazebo seats 22 for casual lunches and dinners and a brick paved patio keeps you out of the sand. A handsome maintenance free PVC dock makes access to your inland lake boats and jet skis a breeze. A 2700 pound mooring was placed beyond the dock to accommodate the owner’s 60’ yacht.
There are docking accommodations for your yacht in Charlevoix, East Jordan and Boyne City from which you can take your boat out on the big lake to visit such historical sights as Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Fort Michilimackinaw in Mackinaw City, take a horse drawn carriage ride to The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, or head south to Traverse City and the Leelanau peninsula to tour renowned local wineries.
Now is the time to schedule a tour of this fine luxury residence designed to accommodate the family experience where no expense was spared.