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Amazing Northern Michigan Homes: Timber Frame Beachside Retreat

For this week’s Amazing Northern Michigan homes, Whitney Amann and chief photojournalist Jeremy Erickson take us to Grand Traverse County to see a fantastic, beachside retreat that is the perfect gathering spot for the whole family.

“It’s just a magnificent home that sits on the shores of East Grand Traverse Bay with sunset views on the north end of Deepwater Point,” said associate broker Shawn Smith with Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors.

What started out as a cozy cabin on the beach turned into this fantastic family getaway with plenty of space for everyone.

“The vision of the owners was to have their three boys bring their families and their grandchildren and this home really embodies family retreat so there’s plenty of bedrooms and space for everyone, the working spaces are beautiful, there’s privacy when needed for people in their own wings of the home,” said Smith.

When you’re ready to socialize there are several great places to get together, like the main living room with the big, stone fireplace and built-in custom artwork.

With the apartment over the garage and a colossal kitchen on the main floor, there’s no shortage of places or provisions for guests.

“So there is a full lower level almost house down below with a full kitchen, bathroom, sauna pool with a fireplace inside that room so lots of fun, even in the coldest of winter days, you can crank up the fireplace, be watching the snow fall down and be swimming in the pool down there after your sauna,” she said.

If you decide to venture out, you don’t have to go far to find a good time.

“Lochenheath is right out your backyard here, which is pretty cool again for a lifestyle and then we’re relatively close to downtown Traverse City as well, you’re 10 minutes away so everything you need for a fun, interesting retreat and life is right here.”

But if you’re looking for a quiet night in, this stunning estate is great place to enjoy the view while you catch up with family and friends.

“One of my favorite features about this is there’s a basketball hoop on the beach,” said Smith. “It speaks to the history of a loving family, it’s near and dear to the hearts of this family who are ready to turn over the keys to the next generation.”

Click for the listing of this Amazing Northern Michigan Home.