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Louis Aguilar
The Detroit News

The Grosse Pointe Shores mansion built by furniture magnate Art Van Elslander that once had one of the highest price tags in the state ended up selling for the relatively bargain rate of $3.75 million.

Compared to the original $15.9 million asking price, the sale for the sprawling Lake Shore Drive estate was the equivalent of a clearance center bargain — a trademark feature at Art Van Furniture.

The mansion was sold in an auction this fall but the price was only revealed recently through public records of the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores.

The buyers of the home are listed as James and Patricia Anderson.

Grand Estates Auction Co., the Charlotte, N.C., firm that handled the auction of the home, announced on its website it had been sold in October but didn't include details. Before the auction, a company official said 30 people had viewed the property.

Van Elslander and his wife, Mary Ann, built the home in 1991. The French chateau is 17,912 square feet. Mary Ann Van Elslander was the previous listed owner of the home before the Andersons.

It has six bedrooms, all suites — and 13 bathrooms, nine full and four half. The dining room held a table that could expand to 281/2feet; room to sit 22 people. Every room had its own personality, with different carvings, crystals and draperies.

The indoors also holds an elevator, wine cellar, swimming pool and five-car garage.

Outdoors, the 3.75 acres includes a tennis court, basketball court, putting green, outdoor pond and a fountain. One neighbor is Lake St. Clair. Another is the home built by Edsel and Eleanor Ford.


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