Clear View is located in Lakeside, MI, just south of the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Warren Woods Road. This amazing house puts you literally on the lakefront, right in the middle of a quiet, woodsy lakeside neighborhood. The private association beach is only for the four lakefront houses in the immediate area, which means there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the sunshine and surf.
The house was designed to accentuate the attributes of the site by connecting to the elements of sky, water, light, weather, and trees throughout the seasons. With the dwelling located just over the bluff and directly on the lake, there is a panorama of almost 270 degrees with almost complete and total privacy. Window placement focuses the views and varied ceiling heights create a sense of protection and intimacy, especially in the winter months. Circulation flow allows for multiple ways between rooms and decks, and makes the spaces feel more fluid.
The front door enters the main living level, which has a well done living room with kitchen and dining area attached. Easy to follow instructions for range, coffee machine, grill, and media are posted. Large windows provide amazing views of the lake from this area, and there is a flat-screen TV and selection of movies to enjoy. The master bedroom is one floor up, with a queen bed and a desk overlooking the lake. Once again, there are stunning views of the lake from many angles.
The second and third bedrooms are on the lower level of the house, one level below the main living area. The second bedroom also has a queen bed and the third bedroom has one queen and two single beds. This level also has a bathroom and laundry area. There are two lakeside exits from the lower level- one opens up to the huge deck overlooking the lake and the other opens to a cute screened in room with a daybed for naps (not suitable for overnight guests).
Multiple decks maximize outdoor living: a rooftop deck for sunsets and drinks; a private promenade deck off the master bedroom; a dining deck off the living space for the bounty of fresh food from the local markets; a generous, multi-level, pergola deck facing the lake to while away the day; and a floating dune deck apart from the house when you feel like being at the beach, but don’t want to actually go to the beach.
This house is very efficient and extremely well insulated. As a vacation home we prefer to always keep the house as open as possible to both lake and summer breezes. Multiple ceiling fans provide comfort. On very hot and humid days, we wait until the sun hits the west elevation around noon before closing all the doors & windows and turning on the AC. We never need to set the temperature below 72 degrees. Within minutes, the humidity drops and the house becomes very comfortable.
For heating, there is a forced air for most of the house - the two lower floor bedrooms have sealed baseboard heaters. 70 degrees is the maximum temperature we ever need.
The driveway can accommodate up to four cars parked in tandem; however, it’s more practical to park one or two cars in the drive and park the other cars along Lakeshore Road- there is room for five cars immediately adjacent to our drive. It is important to be respectful of our neighbor and do loading and unloading in the driveway.