223 S Mears Avenue, Whitehall, MI 49461

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An Arts and Crafts Lovers Utopia! Authentically restored, 1912 Arts & Crafts bungalow and gardens. No detail was missed in this restoration nor in the 19 years maintained as a successful destination Bed & Breakfast that features Chocolate! Voted 1st annual White Lake Area Historical Society's 2004 Award for Preserving & Improving the Historical Resources of the White Lake Area. The quiet refined character and world-class attention to detail features many very special qualities not found in other properties: Nine original stained, beveled and leaded glass windows; Vintage original oak A&C dining room chandelier believed to be designed and created by Davis Lighting Esq.; Beautiful oak floors and quarter-sawn oak trim-work throughout the entire home. Bradbury & Bradbury hand silk-screened reproduction A&C wallpapers throughout the first floor. UL Approved, reproduction push-button light switches return you to a gone by era. Antique A&C light fixtures throughout the house blend perfectly with matching, reproduction fixtures made from a vintage catalog owned by Rejuvenation Light and Fixture Company. The real wood-burning fireplace insert adds ambiance, comfort and energy efficiency to this outstanding home! The entire home is wired with CAT-5 wire for Internet and phone. Shortly after, restoration, wireless became the norm, which is in use today. With the safety concerns of the upcoming 5G, having the option to go back to top-line wired connections is priceless for your family/guest health and welfare. Time will tell, but this home is equipped to accommodate for both systems! The kitchen is a chef's dream! True A&C style with modern amenities. Black seamless, granite countertops and large island, enclosed with bookcases on one long side. Commercial Vulcan oven with 6 burner stovetop and pot-filler and Viking 3-phase range hood. Top of the line Kitchen-Aid NSF dishwasher and refrigerator. Cantilever countertop seating for 2 that overlooks the pergola enclosed gardens. Very relaxing! Beautiful vintage glass front cupboards. Lots of storage. Desk area with drawer for taking reservations or family scheduling and bookkeeping. The early 20th century inspired all white, ceramic tiled, "Sanitary Bathrooms", are a glimpse into the past and into the future; now when "clean and disinfected" are the buzz-words of 2020. Sanitary bathrooms were a post-plague solution so anyone could see the cleanliness of this very private space. This still holds true today and all 4.5 bathrooms fit the sanitary bathroom style and function. Each bedroom/guest room features a full, private en suite bathroom and some unique amenities. The 1st floor Ghirardelli room, our largest guestroom, features an en suite with a large whirlpool tub built for two! The 2nd floor Godiva room features a full, private en suite bathroom and a private balcony. We call this our, "Martini deck"! Perfect for 2 people and 2 Martinis! Toast and enjoy! The Hershey and Cadbury rooms are mirror images of each other. Each hosting a full, private en suite bathroom. The 3-season porch is an artist's haven. 11 large, airy windows enclose this very special energy place to enjoy morning coffee, a favorite book in the afternoon or catch a glimpse of the evening sunset. Generous bookcases surround the lower half so reading material in never far from reach. The yard and gardens are an artist and master gardener's extension of the Arts and Crafts style. The purple wisteria-covered pergola enclosed patio is magical in the spring, and enchanting and private any time of day. Perfect for enjoying breakfast on a Michigan summer's day, or a gathering of friends and guests in the evening for special events or wine and chocolate! Or just kick back and relax in this entrancing extension of the home. Well-established trees including gingko, redwood, Japanese maple, wisteria and climbing hydrangea are all hallmarks of the Arts and Crafts era, planted by design in the Cocoa Cottage gardens. Healthy, established perennial and spring bulb beds surround this very special, magical property. The handmade A&C inspired copper rose and garden trellis' are a special artists accent. Designed to fit the garden spaces perfectly and accent the style of the home. A delightful touch! The same pergola design wraps around the property, enclosing the north gardens with climbing hydrangeas and ruby red viburnum bushes. Perfect for weddings, musical events or family gatherings. A 20 x 30 tent fits perfectly to enclose this space and make it even more magical! The pergola extends behind the garage to provide the most artistic, efficient firewood storage area in West Michigan! An otherwise useless and neglected space has been transformed into beautiful and artistic firewood storage! Compact, easy access to over 4.5 cords of firewood. The 2-car A&C inspired garage with ample storage also contains a level 2 Tesla Charging station. Which is a unique plus. Guests travel to and stay at the Cocoa Cottage for this unique feature. Perfect if you own or dream of owning a Tesla. Between the gas, forced air Energy Star heating system, Central AC and real wood burning fireplace, cozy and comfortable has been the name of the game at this home/guest retreat! No space was left untouched! Ample, "hidden storage", has been created in all the 2nd floor knee-walls, perfect for holiday storage and items you don't need on a regular basis. Under the staircase hosts the, "Harry Potter", room which has ample storage for items needed on a day by day basis. The basement is well designed and organized. An efficient, laminate cabinet and countertop enclosed workroom is the handy man's delight. The original, "Coal Room", has been transformed into an efficient shelf and cabinet surrounded pantry and storage area.

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Homestead Percentage
Additional Items
All Window Treatments, Ceiling Fans, Ceramic Floor, Garage Door Opener, Humidifier, Security System, Whirlpool Tub
Air Conditioning
Dishwasher, Dryer, Garbage Disposal, Oven, Range, Refrigerator, Washer
Exterior Features
3 Season Room, Patio, Porch(es), Scrn Porch
Exterior Material
Forced Air
Heat Source
Natural Gas
Decor Fence, Flower Garden, Fruit Trees
Lot Description
Corner, Level, Wooded
Lot Dimensions
120 x 95
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