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1008 E. Leeward Shores, Traverse City // Michael Fitzhugh Architect, AIA, 231.499.6965, mfarchitect.com //
Paul Maurer General Contracting, 231.941.1448, paulmaurer.com
Earth, wind, fire and water define this magnificent home built on a bluff overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay and beyond. Earth: Handsome Chilton stone from across the lake in Wisconsin forms the structure of the home. Polished concrete throughout the home grounds it further. Wind: Feel it sailing off Lake Michigan, and watch it from plate glass windows so huge they had to be shipped from overseas—we just don’t make them that big here. Fire: Suspended fireplace makes the hearth magical. Water: You’ll see Lake Michigan from almost every room in this house. More water? A waterfall cascades down the entry wall nourishing three bamboo trees, and twin infinity hot tub and cool plunge pools form the center of the in-home spa.
You’ll also want to know that this home quietly boasts its own (cutting-edge) hydroelectric power system.