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MI Dream Home: Tudor in Oxford comes with 8 acres of 'beautiful land'


Five bedrooms. Six fireplaces. Eight acres.

It all adds up to a pretty great place to hang your hat. Or maybe your crown, since it's a Tudor-style house.

Located at 735 Indian Lake Road between South Lapeer and North Conklin roads in Oxford, the nearly 9,000-square-foot home will be on the market soon.

Originally built in the 1960s, the house has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and one half-bathroom. The asking price is about $2.3 million and the owners, Bob and Lee Howard, are selling the house. 

Bob Howard said while the house itself is beautiful, the land surrounding it is breathtaking. It's what made him and his wife, Lee, buy it 33 years ago.

"Truth be known, my wife and I were so taken aback by the beauty of the land that we paid little attention to the house itself," Howard said. "It made us think of the 'The Hills Are Alive' song in 'The Sound of Music.'"

Part of the property's beauty is that it's on one of the highest elevations in Oakland County, he said.

When they bought the home, it was basically a three-level, brick and stone A-frame that covered about 2,000 square feet and had a steep roof line of cedar shake shingles, Howard said. 

He said he and his wife began renovating the existing home and expanding it to its current size in 2004.

Guests of the home first park in a brick courtyard for vehicles. It has six 4-foot-tall brick and limestone lamp posts. It is also surrounded by roses, hydrangeas, peonies, myrtle, pachysandra and boxwoods.

The house's mahogany front door is 8 feet by 4 feet and opens to a two-story foyer.

From there, a combined kitchen and dining space is visible.

The gourmet kitchen comes with custom cabinets, a wine rack, a pot rack above the butcher block countertop as well as a commercial stove. There's also a Schonbek crystal chandelier hanging over the 10-foot harvest table. The table is surrounded by European-style chairs.

Next to the dining area, stands the great room with its oak floors and 18-foot ceiling. It has a fireplace with a custom oak mantle and soapstone surround. There are also floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a view of the woods.

The most recent of the upgrades — an overhaul of the master suite — was done last year. The spacious room boasts an adjacent dressing room with a large marble-topped dressing counter that separates his and her closets. The suite's bathroom features white marble with gray veins from the floor to the ceiling. His and her vanities flank the soaking tub. 

The other areas of the house are also fit for a king. Sumptuous woodwork abounds throughout the home's interior. Natural light is provided through its large number of windows.

And while it was designed to be warm and cozy, the house was also crafted to be the ultimate space for entertaining.

First of all, the property has its own hill suitable for toboggans or skiing. There's also a soccer field on the grounds. Howard said the field is also perfect for either football and baseball. He also said there's also a 2-acre piece of land surrounded by an oak, four-board fence that serves as a horse paddock.

Furthermore, the house has its very own English pub furnished with tables imported from Europe, a kitchen, a fireplace and a hand-scraped walnut floor. The pub opens to a blue-stone courtyard that overlooks a wooded ravine that leads to the sports field.

The house also has a private, screened-in porch surrounded by pine trees. Howard said it's a great place for either morning coffee or a nightcap. "You can see the pool, the pool house, the pub's courtyard and the ravine from the porch," he said. "And when it rains, you can hear the drops bouncing off of the copper roof."

Speaking of the pool, it's a basin of saltwater. Both it and the adjacent pool house are surrounded by boulders, a wrought iron fence and brick pavers. The house is mostly boulders and limestone under its copper roof. Inside, it has a large fireplace.

Howard said he and his wife plan to have Ursula Mullen, an agent with Arterra Luxe Collection in Birmingham, list the house soon.

He said the house is perfect for entertaining, raising a family and enjoying the property's natural beauty.

"We will greatly miss this magnificent house when it's time to say goodbye," Howard said. "We've been privileged to enjoy it for 33 years, but now it's available to bless another family."

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