Judy Rose Special to the Detroit Free Press
Published 7:00 AM EST Nov 10, 2018
A waterfall cascades through the craggy stone grotto down into a pond. Beside the pond a large heated swimming pool includes a shelf off on one side. Toddlers can splash here next to the pool, or adults not swimming can hang their feet in the water.
You can look down on it all from a 90-foot-long, granite terrace, one floor up. Should you desire a dip while you are upstairs, there is a hot tub.
Yes, it’s time to close up pools everywhere unless you live in the Deep South. But first grab a look at the water-lovers’ extravaganza built behind this Ann Arbor house.
It has a heated pool for swimming and the wide shallow shelf for wading. It has a 90,000-gallon man-made pond that’s not heated, but landscaped with large rocks into a waterfall and a grotto. All of this is salt water.
“The kids really enjoy hanging out in the waterfall, then jumping into the pond,” the owner said.
Inside, the house is a thing of beauty. A prominent builder made it for his own family in 1978. It has stained- and cut-glass windows. Ceilings are high, floors are limestone or oak. The deeply peaked roof is copper.
Whether original or from renovations, the interior now is sleek and modern. The handsome foyer staircase has a striking Art Deco iron railing. Natural finish cherry runs through the house as cabinetry and built-ins, the kind of cherry where colors range from amber to gold.
In the living room and dining room, distinctive custom fireplaces are built from this cherry in gently Post Modern styles — fat tapered pillars, puffed-up mantels. The lighter cherry is trimmed with thin insets of dark Brazilian cherry.
In the living room, two very fine cherry cabinets are built in for storage and display. One is open faced and goes around a corner. The other has doors that close, as for a bar.
Surely a master craftsman worked here because the list of fine cherry built-ins goes on. The entrance to the dining room has two round tapered cherry pillars. In Post-Modern’s sly tongue-in-cheek mood, they are a slightly different size.
The kitchen and dining room are fine pieces of work, again in natural cherry cabinets. The kitchen has a lighted dome cut into its ceiling and painted blue. It also has an eye-catching island made of two circular cabinets with glass between.
Its take-no-prisoners range is a 48-inch Thermador with six gas burners, a griddle, a conventional oven and a convection steam oven.
All this is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that look out at the waterscape and landscape. The house sits on two acres in an estate area near Gallup Park and Devonshire Park, close to Geddes Road and the Huron River.
The owners’ suite is especially large, with a large dressing room and vanity area built between the sleeping room and bath. These dressing and bath rooms have rows of cut-glass windows for privacy.
Finally, the walk-out lower level has been finished for parties and play. There’s a family room, a stone fireplace, a billiards room, a big gym, and a handsome wine cellar built of, you guessed it, cherry.
Where: 2997 Devonshire, Ann Arbor
How much: $1,995,000
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Square feet: 7,912
Key features: Unusual water facilities of swimming pool, wading shelf, pond and waterfall, hot tub all in this renovated house with a sleek, modern interior. Fine built-ins throughout, cut- and stained glass windows, ceiling details, more. Estate area, close to parks.
Contact: Matt Dejanovich, Real Estate One, 734-447-3571.
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