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Spruce Up a 'California Contemporary' Right on Lake Michigan

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Location: West Olive, Michigan
Price: $895,000
Another charming midwestern midcentury home is on the market, but this one—a "california contemporary" in the unincorporated community of West Olive, Michigan, about a half-hour's drive from Grand Rapids—has not been restored for you. Some may protest that these midcentury features should have stayed where it was warmer, but this fixer-upper could be great in the right hands. Just look at that snazzy tile.

Listed for $895,000 in late December, the 1962 home comes on 1.62 acres with 75 feet of private waterfront. It's only had a single owner in its lifetime, so the alterations are probably at a minimum.

Apart from the 912-square-foot main house, there's a "large cement patio with wonderful panoramic views of the lake," and "an additional building that can be a playhouse, storage or art studio with a tornado shelter underneath."


6335 Lakeshore Drive West Olive [Coldwell Banker]