Grosse Pointe Shores For $15,900,000, this could all be yours: A 28,000-square-foot French Chateau with two pools one inside, one out a tennis court, swirling marble staircases, six bedrooms and 12 bathrooms spread over nearly four acres along Lake St. Clair.
Furniture magnate Art Van Elslander and his wife, Mary Ann, are selling the home in a downsizing move, and its hitting the market for the first time since it was built in 1991.
The founder of Art Van furniture and his wife will leave behind a manor home with extensive landscaping, including a putting green, two sand traps and a boardwalk that stretches across nearly 100 yards of the lake in Grosse Pointe Shores. It is one of the most expensive homes currently on the market in Michigan.
Its truly a luxury playground, said Jaime Rae Turnbull, the real estate agent handling the home, which went on the market last week.
And it will bring a sizable property tax bill too: The Van Elslanders paid more than $129,000 in property taxes last year.
The brick and limestone chateau-style home is recognizable to almost anyone who has driven Lake Shore or any boater who has sailed across the lake. What they cant see inside would impress as well: Winding stairways, painted murals, pillared entryways and parquet floors. The bedrooms have private balconies and there are eight fireplaces.
Its an iconic piece of real estate, Turnbull said.
There are other million-plus dollar homes for salein Michigan, including several in the Pointes. But the Van Elslander home is the most expensive currently on the market.
It is currently listed by the Higbie Maxon Agney agency.