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April 8, 2018

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Midland, Michigan

By RetroRuth

This week we have a fabulous home built by architect Alden B. Dow, and it is located in town I live in, Midland, Michigan. So you get a chance this week to actually be my real-life neighbor!


This house is located at 1015 W Sugnet Road in Midland, Michigan. It has five bedrooms and three bathrooms and is approximately 5,000 square feet. The asking price is $619,500 and the home was built in 1951. The home is listed by Mary Stutelberg, and you can see the listing on Zillow here. There is a virtual tour of the home here. From the listing:

One of a kind Alden B. Dow home, the “Gallery House” is centrally located in the city next to the Midland Country Club and within walking distance of the Grace A. Dow Library, the Midland Center for the Arts, downtown Midland and several area parks. The house sits on a double lot with a large patio and gorgeous landscaping including mature yews, red and white pines, and several fruit trees (apple, cherry, crabapple, etc.). The brick and stucco exterior is simple with straight lines and is contrasted by the interior that features edge grain fir throughout, mirrors, vaulted ceilings and an inviting open-air design with large windowed walls and built-in desks providing stunning views of the golf course. The spacious living room and sitting areas feature several beautiful built-ins, including sofas and tables. Two fireplaces in the heart of the home create a warm atmosphere for family and social gatherings. The spectacular dining room has a glass and wood canopy over the dining table providing enchantment as well as illumination. Bathrooms feature beautiful art deco ceramic tile and timeless features and fixtures. The updated fully finished basement and workshop provide additional space for music, games and hobbies. 2 new furnaces were installed in 2010. Documentation for the home is preserved in the Dow Archives. This home is truly an architectural treasure located in a beautiful neighborhood providing a wonderful environment to raise a family. The house has been preinspected and a copy of the report is available upon request.







Living Room/Great Room








Dining Room


Three Season Room



















Laundry Room


So, what is your favorite detail?  I am in love with that great room. The woodwork and the built-ins! So amazing!


This post is sponsored by Real Estate Broker Adrian Kinney, Denver’s Mid-Century Modern Expert! If you want to learn more about the mid-mod scene in Denver, you can visit Adrian’s site here. Thank you, Adrian!

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8 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Midland, Michigan

  1. Dan Reply

    April 8, 2018 at 8:07 am

    What a stunner, although I find the façade surprisingly unattractive and institutional looking. For such a large house, the kitchen looks a bit tight. I think those are metal cabinets.
    This place certainly is designed for living on a grand scale – such lavish spaces! What would I do with all that room? I even like that one wall of wallpaper.
    The baths are simpler than expected – not necessarily a bad thing.

  2. BobinAlabama Reply

    April 8, 2018 at 9:01 am

    What a great blank slate to work with, and the house interior appears to be in great condition. Previous owner(s) apparently loved this house, and it shows.

  3. Jean Salomone Reply

    April 8, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Who would think I could be so in love with a laundry room?!? Literally the one I dream of… the checkerboard linoleum, the built-ins, the aqua color… all perfect for me!

  4. Debra Unruh Reply

    April 8, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I agree completely. The street view of this home is incongruous with its interior. The living areas are gorgeous and inviting. Yet I can’t find much charm in the kitchen, and the bathrooms are nice, but except for the master, nothing memorable. This home is stunning and wonderful, I would love to own it. I envy the space and neatness of the laundry room. It just has a few spaces that could be ramped up to match the glory of the living areas.

  5. Max Reply

    April 8, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I’d love to have the laundry room cabinets in the kitchen, right now it is too white for me. I know they are loved by many, but I find metal cabinets too industrial / institutional to have in a kitchen. Some colorful counter tops and wall tile would help. Maybe some turquoise appliances.
    The wood light fixture in the dining room looks pretty impressive.

  6. dkzody Reply

    April 15, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I love the kitchen. Definitely minimalist which is just what I like.

  7. Pat in PA Reply

    April 23, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Built-ins, built-ins, built-ins!!! Although it is quite humorous that the bathrooms that are shown have no great storage areas…hmmm. I think they should have continued on with the lovely wood in the kitchen, or some sort of color (walls/appliances) to accentuate the white metal cabinets…to me the laundry room seems more pleasant and inviting than the kitchen! Overall, a lovely home!

  8. Will Fox Reply

    September 6, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Wow…are there any rooms in this palace that ARE in the same zip code? That LR is so huge, you need to mail a letter to the kitchen! And that 3 season room is big enough to hold a wedding! A beautiful back yard as well! The only thing I see lacking is a second garage stall. Otherwise, it’s perfect!! Oh, and I could never possibly fill all those built-ins.

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