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Historic 1948 ‘hobbit house’ with lake views asks $2.75M

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Designed by inventive architect Earl Young

This low-slung home is clad in boulders and sits among a clearing of trees amid a sprawling lawns. In keeping with architect Earl Young’s style, the home evokes a “hobbit” feel in its connection to nature, although it’s certainly not small, as the three b
This low-slung home is clad in boulders and features stunning Lake Michigan views.
Photos via Sotheby’s

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Location: Charlevoix, Michigan

Price: $2,750,000

Here’s your chance to own a rocky slice of architectural history. This beautifully unique home in Charlevoix, Michigan, was designed by the inventive architect Earl Young, who became known for his “hobbit houses”—or “mushroom houses”—that heavily employed boulders to assert an underlying connection with nature.

The low-slung Sucher House was built in 1948 and sits right on the shore of Lake Michigan, nestled among the trees. The 2,428-square-foot home features a remodeled interior that retains the original charm while adding 21st-century flair. The three bedrooms each have a private bathroom, and plenty of windows allow for natural light and great lake views.

The centerpiece of the home is the sunburst-style stone hearth that anchors the living room, while French doors open up to a flagstone patio and sprawling beachfront lawn.

Elsewhere in the home, the ceilings have been raised and the floors lowered, while the kitchen has been upgraded to bring a more contemporary feel. It is at once a midcentury icon—complete with influences from Frank Lloyd Wright—while eschewing utilitarian form for more natural sensibilities.

Got some spare change and want to make this one-of-a-kind historical gem your own? 14581 Park Ave. is on the market now for $2.75M after a slight price cut last week.