Windemere Summer House was designed by architect Frederick Crosley Ball, and has a towering two-story living room atrium with white-washed Aspen paneling and cherry wood flooring throughout. Enormous wrap-around windows allow you to look at the many moods of Lake Michigan and know the schedules of bald eagle overflights.
The kitchen boasts a blue-enameled La Cornue Stove and a big farm house table can seat a crowd. An adjacent screened-in porch off the kitchen also includes a table for breezy dinning on warm summer nights. Multiple decks allow you to enjoy cocktails, casual dinners and star gazing.
On a chilly evening, there are two fire places (kitchen and living room) and a wood burning stove in the downstairs bar.
Up on the second floor, enjoy a floor-to-vaulted ceiling library --complete with full literary, history and art collections; as well as gardening and home decorating books. A cherry-paneled office looks over a flower garden.
All bedrooms have their own full bath. On the lower level, there is an artist's studio, film room with lg HD TV, and a wood paneled log room also with HD TV. Walk-out double doors make for easy beach access.
Cobble/sandy shoreline for long beach walks. Lake suitable for bathing/swimming. Outdoor shower; steam shower and deep soaking bath. This is the perfect place to get away from it all and ponder life's possibilities. The effect is magical. No smoking or cats.
Douglas and Heidi Marshall. Douglas, Ph.D., was on the faculty of Univ-MI for 12 years before becoming part of the automotive industry for 16 years, primarily on the GM Corporate Strategy staff, and later as part of the International group at GM Japan and GM Europe. Up here he took a 2 year assignment as CEO of the Little Traverse History Museum in Petoskey. Heidi, MFA, is a professional pastel artist and instructor at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.
Harbor Springs is in Forbes Magazine's list of the 10 best places to retire. It is a New England town plunked down in the Midwest. I grew up in the Great Lakes region and could not ask for a more beautiful spot, central to nature, and with magnificent summers and sunsets. We rented houses along Lower Shore Drive for 14 years before acquiring this land and building.
Advantage is living in close proximity to nature. We are surrounded by conifers right on Little Traverse Bay. Our house is astride Indian trails through the woods with Chief Petoskey's campfire site a 6-minute walk away. Thorne Swift Nature Preserve is the adjacent property with hiking opportunities on trails and shore.