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The Original Mushroom House in Michigan Presents a Delicious Opportunity

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The original mushroom house is for sale in Charlevoix, MI.

Built in 1955, the home has had only one owner since 1964 and is now available for $1,395,000.

Famed architect Earl Young built this home and at least 20 others like it in the area over the decades.

Young’s designs are known for their stone walls and unique rooflines designed to echo natural beauty.

“The cedar roof just undulates. Young tried to have a flowing roof that was similar to the waves on Lake Michigan. That was his inspiration,” explains listing agent Steve Andreae with Pat O’Brien & Associates.

To achieve those distinctive rooflines, Young used multiple layers of shingles and often employed unique framing techniques.

“It’s crazy. The story is when it was first built, [construction workers] would throw a pile of building materials up on the roof to create an elevated area in which to lay the cedar shake over it,” Andreae explains. “When they redid the roof, they actually found an old storm door up there, an old screen door, and just crazy things that he would throw up on the roof to allow for him to create that undulating feeling.”

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This particular residence helped popularize the term that came to embody Young’s work.

“Some people refer to [all of Young’s homes] as mushroom houses. But this particular one is truly the mushroom house because it’s fashioned after a button mushroom that seems to have sprouted from the ground,” Andreae explains.

“All of these homes are stone homes,” he adds. “Fortunately, the glaciers left behind an abundance of great stones on our shoreline and fields.”

Interior

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Main bathroom

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Inside, the home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms spread across 2,085 square feet.

“It is probably one of the crown jewels of [Young’s] stone homes and is circular in design,” Andreae says. “It’s made of boulder and ottaway stone and the leaded glass comes from a Polish castle.”

Those same local stones were sourced to build another of Young’s signature elements—a grand stone fireplace.

Fireplace

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Over the years, the current owner has made a few improvements to the home.

“It’s hard to tell what Earl Young’s design intentions were at the time, but there were a couple of deficiencies in the house which she corrected,” Andreae explains. “She created a larger master bath and enlarged the kitchen. Young wasn’t very well known for spacious kitchens. I had one cottage that I sold where you could touch all four walls with outstretched arms.”

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Most of the furnishings seen in the listing photos are part of the sale, and Andreae says a new owner might want to make a few more changes to match personal tastes.

A 1,000-square-foot guest home with two bedrooms and a garage sits close to the main house and has served as a rental property.

“It’s very similar with iconic stone and leaded glass windows,” Andreae says.

Guest house

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The property sits in a historic zone dedicated to Young’s work, so a new owner can’t alter the home’s exterior. But the interiors are not regulated.

“Even standing in the driveway, you can feel the sense of history that Earl Young created with these houses. It’s artwork,” Andreae says. “If somebody wants to buy a 2,000-square-foot home just run of the mill, they’re not going to find it intriguing. But tons of people find it intriguing, mostly just because of the creativity.”

Andreae credits Young with putting the town on the map.

“Some people would come to the area to see the stone homes, not knowing what a unique town it is,” Andreae notes. “On the shores of Lake Michigan with its own perfect harbor of Round Lake, [the homes] helped make Charlevoix a unique place for sure.”

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Outdoor space

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Bathroom

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Bedroom

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Interior

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Dining space

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