Michael Seitz spent three years renovating a 1918 stone cottage in Charlevoix, Michigan. Known as “The Thatch House” due to its roof, he’s now listing the home for $4.5 million.
The house was originally constructed by famous local builder Earl Young, who was known for his whimsical, fairytale-like stone cottages that have been referred to as “mushroom houses,” and even “Hobbit homes.”
Located on 304 Park Avenue, the Thatch House was where Young lived up until the late 1940s with his wife and their children, per the Charlevoix Earl Young District report.
“This happened to be the house that Young built for himself when he was 20,” Seitz, a mechanical engineer, told Insider.
Houses in Charlevoix, which is near the northern tip of Michigan, have a median listing home price of $399,900, per data from real-estate platform Realtor.com. There are currently 45 single-family homes in the area for sale, with prices that range from $79,900 to $4.5 million — making the Thatch House the most expensive listing in the neighborhood.
Nate Granata from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan holds the listing.