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August 19, 2018

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Charlevoix, MI

By RetroRuth

This week we have a home that is off-the-scale charming!


This home is located at 306 Park Ave in Charlevoix, Michigan. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms and is 1900 square feet. It was built by Earl Young, which is exciting for me, because I’ve been to Charlevoix several times and I am just now finally finding out who built all the “mushroom” houses in the area! I couldn’t find the date this particular home was built, but the current asking price is $824,000. The home is listed by Berkshire Hathaway, and you can see the listing here. From the listing:

Unique and rare Earl Young home on Park Avenue. 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with open floor plan all on one level. Lake Michigan views, also close to all that Charlevoix has to offer. Beautifully decorated with features only unique to Earl Young. Features include 2 stone fireplaces, leaded glass windows, built~in cabinets and specialty lighting for pictures and paintings. Large Deck for entertaining as well several levels of fine stone work. Including a one car garage and walk to lake Michigan beach across the street…

A quick note before we get into the home pictures: Charlevoix has embraced Earl Young, and they offer lots of info on his architecture. You can check out the visitor’s website, which includes a little video clip, there is a digital brochure here, which has listing of all the resources on Young available at the Historical Society Museum and, if you call ahead, they also offer architectural walking tours.


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Living Room




Family Room

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So, what do you think? It looks like all the built-ins were painted and it was given a facelift in the 90’s, but the tile bathrooms are still mostly intact and the built-ins are still there, which is really half the battle. The kitchen looks like it still has the original cabinets, and they didn’t paint those amazing fireplaces, so this would probably be a pretty easy restoration. And did you see those “melting” chimney stacks on the roof? Those are wild! But I’m totally in love with that living room fireplace. Wow.


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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2 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Charlevoix, MI

  1. BobinAlabama Reply

    August 19, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I can’t imagine what re-roofing this house must entail. There’s a lot going on inside the house with all the walls and ceiling surfaces, but it’s certainly unique!

  2. Will Fox Reply

    September 6, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    I would estimate this unique home was probably built around 1946-49 timeframe. It’s certainly a one-of-a-kind, with ceilings, nooks, display spaces, etc. that all harken back to the early post-WWII era. (The nook for the front door bell ass’y. is very typical of this period!)

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