This week: totally updated turn-of-the-century historic property with one of the best barns we’ve ever seen!
Just minutes outside one of the cutest college towns in the western hemisphere sits a darling Michigan horse property that, as George Morris would say, could charm the leaves off the trees.
The historic 1900 home is perfectly complemented by a state-of-the-art barn built in 2008 with absolutely all the trimmings on a quaint 34 acres. Itching for more? Let’s do this.
The home and the barn on this little piece of land make the prettiest picture; from the elegant breezeways to the white Victorian porches and the flawless landscaping, I don’t know that I’d ever go inside. (Okay, well, maybe once or twice during the Michigan winter.) Also, if privacy is your thing, you’ll love that this property is surrounded by rich green forests on all sides. *swoon*
In 2008, the main barn won a national building award for design and ergonomics, so you know it’s good. From the rubber floor pavers to the ceiling heaters, there isn’t a square inch that wasn’t considered. Every stall has auto-waterers, a shoo-fly system, and excellent ventilation.
The aisles feature beautiful lighting, interlocking brick pavers, stunning woodwork, and several safety features. And certainly you can’t ignore the stalls, which the realtors tells me are “custom stalls by Corton BV Holland that have been made in Europe using special Cumaru Teak.” I have no clue what that is, but it sounds fabulous.
The indoor arena includes lights, kicks boards, mirrors, remote controlled sound system and has been designed to maximize natural lighting and ventilation. Oh, and of course a beautiful arena viewing room with full kitchen.
Also, I have a crush on the wash bays. They have hot and cold water, supply cabinets, and heaters. It’s like the Ryan Reynolds of wash bays.
The second barn is for foaling mares, and features larger stalls and a “staff slumber room”. But I’d like to suggest an alternative use of making your inner child’s dreams come true and just make this your bedroom. Because, GOOD MORNING PONIES.
And finally, in what is apparently a minimum standard for fabulous horse properties, an indoor eurocruiser.
The Historic Home
It’s not often you come across a 1900s property that is mechanically as sound as this sweet little thang. The kitchen, bathrooms, floors, windows and doors have all been updated for modern efficiency without sacrificing the look. And the house has an incredible amount of exposed brick and beaming, and a lot of original flooring, trim and moldings. Also, a cupboard under the stairs where you can keep your Harry Potter!
This gorgeous and one-of-a-kind gem is, in my humble opinion, an absolute steal at $1,650,000. Many thanks to Tom Stachler and his team at Real Estate One for sharing his listing with us, and you can see more at www.michiganhorsebarn.com. You can also take a full tour below!