$3.9M mansion has lavish theater, custom design — and stunning backyard

$3.9M mansion has lavish theater, custom design — and stunning backyard

Special to the Detroit Free Press This spectacular mansion on Lake Angelus has an imposing stone waterfall that’s a long wall of boulders. It encloses a rustic pond with a cabana shelter over it. Water comes from under this cabana and cascades down the face of the fall.

The 2003 mansion sits on land once part of the Kresge summer estate. It is so thoroughly set up for entertaining that the house has two butler’s pantries — one for the casual space, one for the formal.

On top of that it has just been through a massive interior remodeling. Michigan House Envy is mainly about real estate, but the interior design is such a factor here it should be mentioned.

It’s all metallic silver and glitter and white. Even the baby grand piano is alabaster over clear acrylic. Long silver draperies hang 12 and 20 feet.

Exotic wallpapers, carpets and lighting are the biggest feature. Silver wallpaper in different designs covers many walls. The dining room wallpaper is leather with beads worked into it.

The design has won a stack of awards. “There are about 15 magazines in my office where parts of this house have been featured,” one owner said. “It’s really a contemporary, beautiful space.”

What’s more, a buyer who likes it can keep it. It’s not exactly a turnkey house, because the lavish custom furnishings are not included. But the owners have relocated to another state and the furnishings will be sold.

“If they like it, they can make it a whole package,” the other owner said. “If not they can do what we did.”

That would be a massive remodeling. When this couple bought the house a few years ago it had an “Up North feel,” she said, and colors like red, orange and purple — a different esthetic for sure.

Now it’s 50 shades of pearl-gray with beautiful light fixtures in silver and crystal. Handsome Stark area rugs define many spaces. All have textured designs in white and pale gray.

The living room is stately — with a large stone fireplace anchoring one side and two-story straight draperies emphasizing the height.

The kitchen and family room are one long space, 34 feet, with an outdoor terrace facing the pool. The owners’ suite is on the main floor with a sleeping room that’s 26 feet long and an owners’ bath that’s 22.

Powder rooms are inventive plays with silver, especially the main guest powder room. This has silver striped walls with a sink set into an elaborate chest — its art nouveau designs brought out with silver.The walkout lower level is finished as glamorously as the floors above. It has tall arches, a two-way fireplace and a large lounge area with the acrylic baby grand. It has a 31-foot rec room with a pool table and a large curving bar.The theater may be as lavish as you can find — a dozen seats custom-made like new luxury theater seats. They are reclining leather, trimmed with silver hobnails with a drink holder in the thick arm.At different levels, […]

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