Featured Listing: 1896 Victorian, with Views of . . . Canada

detroit_river_frontEvery once in awhile on this blog, we highlight a historic property that captures our attention.  These houses are usually currently offered for sale, and are usually listed on our sponsor website, .  We hope that you will not only enjoy a look at a beautiful antique property, but you might even pick up some marketing ideas for selling your historic listing .  Today, we feature an 1896 Victorian, uniquely located on the Detroit River in Grosse Ile, Michigan.

detroit-river_2Grosse Ile is an upscale community with 11,000 residents, historic homes and excellent schools. It is a sportsman/nature lover’s paradise. Located in a major migratory flyway, birdwatchers will see a wide variety of species including Baltimore Orioles, Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. Boaters have easy access to Lake Erie with its island destinations. Hunting opportunities include ducks in the fall and geese in the winter. Fishermen on Grosse Ile, because of one of the great water quality improvement stories, are located in the middle of America’s best Walleye fishery. Grosse Ile is 25 minutes from Detroit’s cultural center and restaurants.

detroit-river_3This home was constructed by a prominent Detroit Attorney (William Beaubie) as a place to get away from Detroit’s hot summers. Beaubie commuted between Grosse Ile and Detroit by steam launches that serviced commuters. In 1912 Beaubie sold the house to Thomas Fulwell who owned hotels in Detroit and Cleveland. In 1985 descendants of Thomas Fulwell sold the home to its present owners, who implemented a loving restoration.

The home is a two story Queen Anne Victorian featuring a spectacular 120’ wraparound porch and a 10 foot square turret. The porch and front yard lie along the shipping channel and provide a great venue for quiet freighter watching or formal entertaining. The front yard features 131 feet of direct frontage and a boat dock with a 30 foot slip.

detroitriver_mapThe turret, with an 18 foot beamed ceiling, is the prominent feature of a 650 square foot master bedroom suite. The foyer features beveled, leaded glass in the door and sidelights. Restoration included replacing the porches and turret, creating the MBR suite, a foyer and a kitchen featuring art pottery tile, brass accents, butler’s pantry and two Gagganeau cook tops with ovens.

This home has seven bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and is approximately 4,200 square feet. Most of the original bathroom fixtures and bed room configurations have been retained.

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  1. by kevin - moncton realtor, on 07.14.10 @ 7:21 AM


    Wow! these historical houses are so cool. If people would be interested to buy one like those, they could consult REALTORS® or visit sites like this which could give people some insights of what does a good house looks like, how much does it cost and what are the things needed for it to be successfully bought. But having a REALTOR® will be much more helpful because they could be with you all the way from the researching up to the house buying. Thank you for this post!:)

  2. by john, on 12.10.11 @ 1:20 PM


    your link is an advertisement site, BLA

  3. by john, on 12.10.11 @ 1:21 PM


    Lame Kevin, seriously, lame, lame lame.

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