Children of a certain age grew up building amazing structures with Lincoln Logs. Now imagine the set of logs you'd need to build anything approximating this $4.2 million log castle in Northern Michigan. Set next to a private lake amid 345 acres, this three-bedroom home is a rustic retreat to the nth power.
The 8,145-square-foot main house is impressive enough with its custom-made front doors and extensive use of local stone. But there are also two two-bedroom guest cottages, a six-stall horse barn, a shooting shack, and other outbuildings that truly make this a woodland world unto itself.
"It is so hard to really capture it all in photographs and videos," says listing agent Dee Dee Blizard. "It's so amazing when you're actually out there. What's amazing is the detail, the detail that went into every little thing."
For example, the stonework took a local mason a year and a half to complete. Double ovens, a massive farm sink, and granite counters with embedded Petoskey stones round out the kitchen. It also features a Wolf range with a faucet over the stove and a beaten copper hood.
The front doors were made with glass salvaged from a century-old Petoskey church, Blizard notes. A massive main staircase was built from one tree. Behind the staircase is a wall of granite with a waterfall that empties into a koi pond.
An upstairs game room is equipped with a full kitchen, and each bedroom comes with a laundry room and a bathroom. The master bath includes a steam shower.
Bookcases in the home office were designed to follow the curve of a wall, an example of the exacting detail the owners sought when they built the home over a two-year period, finishing in 2005.
While it is being used as a single-family home now, the home has wonderful commercial potential, Blizard says.
"It's such a beautiful area, I could see it being a bed-and-breakfast," she says. "You pretty much get great lake views from every room."
The owners fell in love with the property at first sight more than a decade ago, and planned to build their dream log cabin. The secluded property is about three and a half hours from Detroit and a half-hour from Traverse City.
But don't call it just a log cabin -- this home is so much more.