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Wingland, A Lakefront Summer Cottage turned Modern Estate

5635 Wing Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, USA
$2,475,000

Description

Exquisitely updated historic estate on private lake will have you dreaming of Gatsby-esque garden parties and modern museums alike.

This magnificent estate was the original summer home of Frank T. Book, one of the famous Book brothers whose goal of creating a ‘5th Avenue’ in Detroit gave the city some of its most iconic buildings, including the Book Tower and the Book-Cadillac Hotel. Wingland, as the home was called, was completed in 1922 and most likely designed by the Book’s own architect Louis Kamper. Situated on quiet and picturesque Wing Lake in Oakland County, just north of Detroit, this summer home hosted many famous and well-to-do guests of its time, including the Fords and the Firestones.

Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford, was a close friend of Frank Book and eventually bought the home from him during the Great Depression. One of the historical highlights of this home is the original 88 ft long mural in the living room, depicting a 1915 road trip that the Frank Book went on with Edsel Ford and others across the country. In the dining room, the original medallions feature Frank Book’s initials in their design.

The history of the home has been impeccably maintained through the years, and in 2002 a modern addition from architect Michael Willoughby enhanced these features. Maintaining a home’s history while providing modern lifestyle updates can be a real challenge, but it was handled marvelously with this renovation. From the soaring three story rotunda in the foyer with art deco detailing, to the original fieldstone fireplace in the updated master suite, nearly every room showcases the perfect marriage of history and modern living.

Three quarters of an acre of carefully manicured gardens, overlooking private Wing Lake, preserve the summer estate feeling of the home, and all can be viewed from within through original French doorways that line the dining and living rooms. In the fully finished lower level, there is a media room, recreation room, exercise room and a wine cellar (which sits at the opening of a now closed off tunnel to the former garage).

Additional features include a fully updated kitchen with Thermador appliances and original octagonal light fixture, sun porch with built in grill, widow’s walk looking over property and lake, original stone shed, and a wood paneled library. Historical details abound in this updated marvel, and truly one-of-a-kind workmanship will please the most discerning old-home lover.

Detail

  • Property ID
    148493
  • 4
    Bedrooms
  • 5.2
    Bathrooms
  • Property Size
    5778 sqft
  • Land Size
    0.73 acres
  • Early Classical Revival
    Style
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    Year Built
    1922

Updated on May 2, 2019 at 4:57 pm

Address

  • Address: 5635 Wing Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, USA
  • City: Bloomfield Hills
  • State/county: Michigan
  • Zip/Postal Code: 48301
  • Country: United States

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Renee Lossia Acho
  • Renee Lossia Acho
  • Renee Lossia Acho Real Estate Group | KW Domain
  • [email protected]
  • (248) 587-7521
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