Sunday, March 27, 2011

Another Grosse Pointe House

We got back from our trip Friday night and the first thing I did was check the news and read my e-mail. To my surprise a house in Grosse Pointe Farms on one of, what I think is, the prettiest streets in the Farms, had a major price reduction according to my e-mail alerts. I clicked over to the site and I gasped a little bit when I realized the major price reduction was on a house the we had driven by last week and looked longingly at but realized it was way over our budget so we moved on. I had seen the house and put it in my saved listings because it had everything we would want in a house even though it was out of our price range.
Isn't the back of the house beautiful? I love that it has a big tree shading the patio area and the ivy climbing up the trees base adds to it's charm.
Pool House

This is the pool house that is behind the main house. We entertain out of town family so this extra space would be a real bonus. It is winterized and would be a welcome addition to accommodate the overflow we experience when the whole family is here.
Guests would have their own little kitchen, bath, and even a fireplace to warm cold winter nights.
I love this fabric and wallpaper in the Pool House bedroom.
The front of the house has a big circle drive right off of Cloverly.
The box woods in the Chippendale planters soften the entrance.
The kitchen is a rarity at this new price point. Most of the homes in Grosse Pointe are older and the kitchens are often dated. This kitchen is an exception. There are loads of cupboards on the other side of the kitchen and a nice eating area.
I like how they furnished the cozy den.
Another bonus is the completely updated master suite. There is an updated bath and dressing area through the door at the back of the bedroom.

This house is probably around 2,400 square feet with the Pool House adding addition square footage which is a good size for us. The main house would be big enough for us to use efficiently and when family is here we could accommodate them for visits while not having to use resources to maintain the extra room when it is just us.

The Grosse Pointe's are unique in that home owners also have access to Lake St. Clair via the individual parks that are available to each of the Pointe's communities. The parks have pools, boat slips, and most have tennis courts. With a house in the Grosse Pointe's there really is no need to have a separate cottage some place else although many of it residents do and I probably would too if it wasn't such a long drive up north. We have a saying here in SE Michigan that we have two seasons ~ Winter & Road Construction. Where we live now it is almost impossible to get out of town on a Friday night to head up north during Road Construction season.

The Pointe's are also walking communities. From most locations you can walk either/or to the lake and the parks or to the two town centers. The house above is within walking distance to both which I love. Where we live now you have to get in the car to go anywhere which I don't love.

I have my eye on a church that we would join and there are many opportunities for community involvement in The Pointe's that I have missed over the last 9 years living here in the suburbs. We are spoiled here with the fabulous markets and restaurants, but maybe by moving to GP I could walk off some of the extra weight that has crept up from the close proximity to all that fabulousness. We will see....

All of these bargins are tempting but I am not sure I have what it takes left in me for a move. So, thanks for coming along on this journey of sorting it all out. I hope you enjoy seeing the GP eye candy.


  1. Hi Sue,
    It looks like a really pretty home with lots of pluses. It would be a big change from Shelby.
    I remember living in Sterling Hts. and going down to Grosse Pte. to going shopping on "The Hill". Is it still called that? Loved going to Jacobson's to shop and eat at their restaurant.
    I had a Dr. that I would see there. It was so much fun shopping there.
    Good luck whatever you decide.
    I just read an article about MI losing 25% of their population due to the economy.
    I visited in July and went through Detroit to find the flat we lived in when we first got married 40 yrs. ago. How sad the way things have changed.
    Take care!

  2. Jacobson's was located in what we call "The Village". The Hill has a bunch of banks, restaurants and of course The League Shop. Still sad that the Pointe Pedelar closed! :(

    Anyway, my parents actually live 3 blocks over from listing on Cloverly.

    Michigan will turn around, positive thoughts!!!

  3. Thanks LPD for filling in HOH. Wow, three blocks away, maybe if we move you can introduce us.

    HOH, Sorry you had a sad visit to your old flat. There are nice parts left in the "D" but they seem to need to combine services due to the loss of population which will not be easy. Let me know when you visit again and maybe we can meet up.

  4. Anonymous3:59 PM

    Sue if you love it and the numbers work, go for it :)

    You and your Dana have such great taste, I am sure you'd have a ball !!!

    Kathy :)

  5. Beautiful home! It certainly is a buyers market now; hope Michigan gets out of this slump soon though.

  6. Oh Sue, what a beautiful house! And in one of my favorite areas, I have always liked that the Pointes are much more about walking than other communities. The idea of having the separate pool house for out of town guests is made for you all, it looks perfect.

    I send a hug and hopes that whatever is meant to happen happens, and that it brings you happiness and peace. :)

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