Earl Young’s Boulder Manor in Charlevoix, Michigan is for sale!

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Last year I did a post about the unusual and adorable stone cottages designed by Earl Young in Charlevoix, Michigan. I still get emails about that post from people wanting to know if they can buy one.

Well, if you have the cash, YES YOU CAN buy one of Earl Young’s creations because his Boulder Manor is now for sale!

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The listing agents Christopher Edwards and Kelly Small contacted me to announce that Boulder Manor is on the market for $1,195,000.

The 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom 2,467 square foot home was built between 1928 – 1939 by famed local builder Earl Young.

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This is the first time the property has been on the market in nearly half a century! Boulder Manor has been owned (and cherished) by the same family as a summer retreat for some 50 years.

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From the Realtors:

This is a rare opportunity to own one of Charlevoix’s crown jewels and defining landmarks. Overlooking Lake Michigan and out to the lighthouse, this residence offers original detailing throughout but w/remodeled kitchen & bathrooms, adorable boulder dollhouse w/fireplace, 3-car garage w/guest apartment.

Have a look inside…

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It is everything you would expect from a vintage Earl Young masterpiece.

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In the listing photos, the house was creatively staged with local artists’ work such as Todd Warner’s “The Maid” (pictured above).

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The living room features a HUGE signature stone fireplace.

Earl Young actually dug up all of the boulders for this house himself and hid them away underground in the woods, or even under water in Lake Michigan during the building of Boulder Manor.

(Quirky, paranoid, creative genius – √ CHECK!)

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The house was designed specifically for Young’s own family but a year after he began building it in 1928, the stock market crashed and America was thrown into the Great Depression. For several years, Young had to make his living by building homes for other people. He lost Boulder Manor to the bank but, mercifully, he was able to regain possession of it by 1937 and finished building it in 1939. [source]

The dining room area is filled with storybook cottage touches…

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How can you not fall head-over-heels-in-love with this home?

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Below is the updated kitchen, which retains a lot of charm as you can see:

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen stone walls look as ‘happy’ as they do in an Earl Young House!

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Every bit of the interior is a delight for the senses…

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The home features arched stone doorways and wood-beamed ceilings, not to mention hardwood floors throughout.

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Have a peek in the three bedrooms…

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That last one has white-painted stone walls, making it reminiscent of a European stone cottage interior!

Outside, there is a matching 3-car garage with guest quarters…

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image from: Trulia.com

And the icing on the cake is the adorable stone play house that Earl Young built for his daughters:

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What child (or adult for that matter) wouldn’t squeal with delight when they see this place?

It even has a working fireplace and electricity.

For more information on the whimsical Boulder Manor, see the complete listing at Edwards Estates.

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ps………

If you would like learn more about Earl Young’s Mushroom Houses or the beautiful Charlevoix, Michigan area and its local artisans, check out Chris & Kelly’s online boutique and art gallery at:  www.EdwardsEclectics.com.

 

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