Astonishing Antique Victorian in Marine City, MI, Is (Somehow) Just $290K – SFGATE

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A meticulously restored, three-bedroom Victorian in Marine City, MI, just hit the market for a modest $289,899.

The 1,702-square-foot antique was built in 1882. Dubbed The Pink Lady, the home features a modernized interior combined with period details.

“The woman who owns it has been there 11 years and is an avid antique collector,” says listing agent Joan Schinderle-King, of Realty Executives Home Towne Chesterfield. “She fell in love with the structure and wanted to bring back its integrity.”

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Schinderle-King notes that the 142-year-old abode was originally owned by Capt. James Taylor, who commissioned architect George Barber to design the place. She adds that the current owner “went to great lengths to find the original blueprints of the home.”

Historic elements

Remaining historic highlights include preserved-hardwood floors, vintage door knobs; built-in cabinetry; jeweled, stained-glass windows; and a fireplace with a custom mantel.

“She wanted to keep the aesthetic of the home back in the day,” Schinderle-King explains. “In doing so, she modernized the home but kept the feeling of the era. All of the shelving in the kitchen is original. She added a beadboard ceiling, because the original tin ceiling was in horrible shape.”

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Living room

Dining room

A light-filled, windowed living room on the first floor offers a cozy fireplace.

“When you walk into the foyer and enter the main living room, there are 10-foot ceilings, and the space feels wide open,” Schinderle-King says. “Then you walk into a formal dining room that is almost like a perfect square. The owner respects the home’s heritage and has restored it with real integrity.”

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Nearby, a bright kitchen is fully outfitted with modern appliances, granite countertops, and a butler’s pantry.


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“There is a half-bathroom on the main level, so you could take it to the next level, if you wanted to, and transform the butler’s pantry into a suite,” Schinderle-King suggests.



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A primary bedroom with a bonus room, that could be used as an office or nursery, is situated upstairs with two more bedrooms and a full bathroom.

The 1,700-square-foot building also comes with a detached, gingerbread-style garden shed adorned with a chandelier. It’s a space that would be ideal for outdoor entertaining or other purposes.

“It is so cute and could be used for everything from a she shed to a work-from-home studio,” Schinderle-King notes.

Unique locale

Walkability and waterside charm make this property uniquely appealing.

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“Marine City is a waterfront community with a real artist vibe,” Schinderle-King points out. “The next owner will probably want to live here year round and appreciate the walkable community. It could be a single person or a family, but I feel it is going to be used as a primary residence.”


Garden shed

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