Flushing mansion has lower level pond and waterfall

Thursday March 03, 2016

Article written by the Judy Rose as seen in Detroit Free Press  on March 5th, 2016

This large house in Flushing was built in 2000 to be a showplace with multiple two-story rooms, elaborate millwork, gold-leafed crown moldings and hand-troweled frescoes

The Colorado Lodge-themed lower level even has a small pond and waterfall.

The home’s location is flashy, too — five acres of pine, birch and oak on a bluff 40 feet over the Flint River — 200 feet of river frontage.

A walk through the house shows extreme detail. The two-story foyer has limestone floors and elaborate trim, pillars, arches and a handsome staircase. The living room has two-story walls with scenic frescoes painted into the skim-coat plaster.

The dining room evokes a grand old theater. It has paneled walls with a statuary niche, elaborate golf-leafed crown molding and velvet draperies trimmed with gold fringe. The owner said all such furnishings can be purchased.

The kitchen is 26 feet long with generous cupboard and counter space. That includes a 12-foot-long granite island owners call “the continent,” which has a sink and work space plus seating for six. Cherry cabinets are the high-end Grabill brand.

It opens to the large family room, which has French doors and a two-story limestone fireplace.  The library is another two-story room, paneled with cherry, with a spiral staircase that climbs to a reading room.

The main floor holds the opulent owners’ suite. Crown molding here is four levels deep and gold leafed. One wall is cherry built-ins — a black marble fireplace with a TV on one side and a kitchenette on the other.

In the owners’ bath, the ceiling trim gets even more elaborate. It’s five levels deep now, still gold-leafed, with a painted mural

The owners are Don and Kali Weber, who met in 2000 when he was building the house and hired her as interior designer.  Kali Weber said they made a point to hire local artisans.

The second floor has three bed-bath suites, plus a private area for teens. This has two more bedrooms, each with a sink and a walk-in closet, a shared bath, plus a loft for hanging out.

The lower level is meant to evoke a Colorado hunting lodge, fit for Michigan winters, Kali Weber said. It’s a mix of materials that include a blond slate floor, hand-carved doors, pine, ledge stone, brick and logs.

A small pond is framed with stone and a waterfall splashes into it.  Stuffed ducks are poised above to look like they’re about to land. There’s a big comfy sitting room with a kitchenette and a projection TV with a popcorn machine where the family watches movies. In  an area that holds a bath and a sauna, the walls are finished like a log cabin.

The Flushing community has a vibrant small-town vibe. It was settled in the 1830s by loggers, because the river made transport easy.  There’s a picturesque 19th-Century downtown, the 3.4-mile Riverview Trail, launch sites for canoes and kayaks and 10 parks.

Activities include the Winter Candlewalk with an ice sculpture contest and horse carriage rides, the Summer Festival, a fishing tournament, a concert series and the Harvest Festival with a scarecrow contest and chili cook-off.

Flushing mansion
Where:  9209 N. Island Ct., Flushing
How much:  $1,999,000
Bedrooms:  6
Baths:  6 full, 2 half
Square feet:  About 8,200 on main levels, plus 4,000 in finished lower level.
Key features:   Large house on five forested acres of river shoreline is full of luxury finishes, opulent master suite, big kitchen, good entertaining spaces, separate teen space, whimsical lower level “Colorado lodge,” vibrant old-time town of Flushing.

Contact:  Eric Yetter, Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty, 231-409-8798.

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