This picturesque Clinton Township property has evolved over the years with centuries of thoughtful stewardship reflected in the unity of its historic and modern features. The home is a bank-style home built along a scenic winding country road with easy access to shopping and commuting highways, with an orientation that maximizes natural vistas and enjoyment of the secluded, sanctuary-like backyard.
The casual elegance of this renovated four-bedroom vintage farmhouse is established upon entering the driveway. The gravel parking courtyard defined by the home and detached garage is accented by mature shade trees and perennial gardens. Generous parking areas near the home and the garage are accented by stacked fieldstone walls with established flowering and evergreen landscaping.
Visitors are welcomed to the residence by a fieldstone walkway and steps to the more informal entrance of the home through a divided light wooden door opening into an informal area with terracotta tile floors. Two double reach-in coat closets and deep built-in bookshelves accent the beauty and functionality of this welcoming space.
Immediately adjacent to the foyer is the home’s dining room which also serves as a hub of the home making this space more useful than homes with dining rooms used only for formal occasions. The dining room features wood floors and a gas fireplace flanked by east-facing windows and leads to the kitchen, pantry, and stair to the upper levels of the home.
The home’s south-facing sun-filled eat-in kitchen blends historic details with stylish and functional contemporary updates. The generous eat-in area overlooks a large, south-facing brick patio making the patio space a natural extension of the kitchen in warmer months. The kitchen’s features include custom white-painted wood cabinetry, white ceramic tile backsplashes, terra cotta tile floor, a stainless steel six-burner gas range with double ovens and stainless steel ventilation hood, wood panel dishwasher, and Sub-Zero refrigerator with wood panelling matching the cabinetry, granite counters, and undermount stainless steel sink with nickel faucet. The kitchen sink area overlooks the patio area through south-facing windows and is adjacent to a spacious pantry closet. This area also leads to additional pantry space with built-in cabinets, shelving, and closets, a powder room with pedestal sink and striking stucco walls, and a large laundry/utility room with plenty of room for storage and folding laundry.
The stairs in the central dining room lead up to the main level of the house with its gathering spaces and bedroom suites, all of which are at ground level because the home is nestled into the hillside. At the top of these stairs, one direction leads to bedrooms and the other to the gathering areas. The living room is the largest of the areas of the central (and oldest) part of the house. It’s vintage stone construction is underscored by the deep window wells, pumpkin pine floors, and exposed hand hewn beams. The focal point of the room is a large cooking-hearth style wood-burning fireplace accented by bookshelves and cabinetry into which a wet bar is discreetly located. Opposite the fireplace is a wall of bookshelves, and between the two is a dutch door leading to a covered bluestone patio which serves as an extension of this space in clement weather.
A short hallway unites the living room with the family room, a hideaway bedroom currently used as an office/guest room, a full bathroom for the humans as well as a flap door to a small fenced relief space for four-legged occupants of the home. The family room’s striking wall of bookshelves and cabinetry includes a space to hide away a large television above a gas fireplace and has window and sconces to add lighting accents throughout the day. The far end of the room has a large window and double French doors. This space is currently used for a treadmill but would be perfect as an office space, reading nook, or additional entrance area in the home. The family room is a perfect addition to this vintage home to accommodate a wide range of uses for modern requirements for entertaining and daily living.
Above the family room at the top of a carpeted stair is a private bedroom with windows on three sides. It currently serves double-duty as a guest room and office and has room for a bed, a built-in desk and additional furniture. It and the family room and living room are served by the full bathroom at the bottom of the stairs. This bathroom’s striking mix of new and vintage features are consistent with this theme throughout the home with its toile wallpaper, a vanity fashioned from an antique dresser and a stall shower with white subway tile walls, frameless glass door, and matte black fixtures.
Returning to the top of the stairs that originally led us from the lower level brings us to the additional bedroom spaces of the home. Immediately at the top of the stairs is a bedroom with large sitting/dressing room that leads to the covered patio which is also adjacent to the living room. This area also leads to a central sitting area with wood floors, built-in shelves and cabinetry, as well as an additional bedroom with vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, and ceiling fan . The nearby main bathroom of the home features a tub-shower with rimless glass doors and striking navy tilework and walls with whitewashed wood panelling accents.
From the central sitting area, a turned staircase with walls with painted wood panelling leads to the master bedroom suite on the second floor of the stone portion of the home. The suite’s central room is a dressing room with multiple closets. The dressing room features wood floors and leaded glass accent windows. A painted brick archway leads to the master bedroom which features vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden beams, ceiling fan, and neutral carpeting. Across the dressing room from the master bedroom is the master bathroom which features a white pedestal sink, white subway tile shower with rimless glass enclosure, and built-in shelving.
Outside the home, a free-standing cottage currently serves as an office. This sunny space includes a built-in desk space and overhead shelving, a kitchen area with stainless steel overmount sink and under-counter cabinetry, and a separate toilet room. This space is heated by electric heat and is cooled by the addition of a window air conditioning unit.
The home’s two car garage has automatic door openers in each bay, extra space for garden and/or workshop benches, as well as two large rooms on the upper level. These upper level rooms currently have rough finishes that can be used as is or renovated for more polished recreational or studio space.
The exterior of the home is consistent with the upscale vintage features of the inside of the home. Wood shutters sit on hinges and are kept in place by shutterdogs. A large brick patio area outside the kitchen connects the home with the south side of the yard and has plenty of room for a dining table as well as lounge chairs. The covered bluestone patio can be accessed from the living room and one of the bedrooms and is a perfect private nook for relaxing outside in the shade. The home has an asphalt roof and wood siding.
At the northern edge of the property, in the dappled shade of mature evergreen trees, a large koi pond surrounded by post-and-board fencing is bordered with stone walls offers a beautiful meditative setting. At the western edge of the property and thoughtfully-located out of sight of the house is a sport court with VersaCourt flooring over concrete set up for use as a basketball half-court, volleyball court, or badminton court. This area has lighting to allow for a little fun even when the days get shorter.
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