Every time a bell rings, it seems, we fall in love with another old house.
It's not exactly the same place (that one was just a set, after all), but in historical Lapeer, Michigan might be the closet thing we've ever seen to the greatest movie house of all time in real life: the large and looming Victorian that stars in It's a Wonderful Life. Boasting a tall center tower capped with a mansard roof, it's every bit as whimsical as the home in the movie, but requiring decidedly less work (phew!). You'll find no broken windows here—fully restored and with gleaming original woodwork, it's a dream-come-true for some lucky buyer.
It's the kind of place that seems to have been built just for the holidays—or, at least, the holidays of yesteryear, when well-dressed children ran up and down grand staircases laughing and singing, and fireplaces roared while families wined and dined. Ah, those were the days.
Originally constructed in 1865, the house differs from many historical homes in that it's set far back from the road, giving it that majestic quality that so embodies the home in the movie. It wasn't always this way—once a city home, the mansion was moved to the 23-acre plot in 1993.
The foundation is mostly new (it has its original stone veneer), but all the antique charm can still be found in the historical doors, light fixtures, wainscoting, banisters, and exquisite plasterwork that decorates the interior. These halls were made for decking—and with located just a hop, skip, and a jump away, the possibilities are endless.
Santa, pretty please?
For more information, contact Cindy Kozlowski, Lake Homes Realty at (248) 765-6607.