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House is located between Island Lake on left and Lower Long Lake on right. Lower Long Lake connects to Upper Long Lake and Forest Lake, above. Potographed by Aerial Graphics L.L.C. Grand Rapids, MI
surrounding area is defined by its private lakes and the Kirk in the
Hills. The main entrance is through Colonel George's original
stone gate designed by Wirt
and over a new arched bridge. You have access to 4
lakes, Island Lake in
the front yard, Lower Long Lake
its islands and connected lakes in the back. Through the
lagoon and under the bridge, Lower Long Lake connects directly
to Dollar Pond, Forest Lake with its multiple small islands and canals
boy scout camp), and Upper Long Lake by canoe or kayak. This
affords you and your family endless
exploring, bird watching, etc. by boat in the summer and cross country
skates in the winter.
|Your immediate neighbor to the south is the Kirk in the Hills. Its gothic design is patterned after the once-famous 13 century Melrose Abbey in Scotland. This magnificent edifice is situated on 40 acres with manicured meadows, formal gardens, and its tower houses the world's largest carillon in the number of bells. This affords you and your guests front row seats (on the upstairs porch) to carillon concerts and year-round walking in a pastoral setting.|
|Looking south to the Kirk from the 3 season porch on the second floor.|
|The new stone bridge in the back yard is the entrance to the this exclusive area of fine homes and allows access to Lower Long Lake by canoe, kayak or pontoon boat.|
|The lakes, except Upper Long are private and allow only electric motors. Consequently you will experience a rare constant tranquility. Island Lake with its prevailing westerly winds is perfect for sailing or windsurfing in the summer. The property boast a 70 foot (Epay wood) private dock on Island Lake for these activities, plus swimming, sun bathing and paddling around the sandy shore. In the winter, Island Lake is ideal for ice boating and the Lower Long Lake Lagoon is protected and perfect for skating parties.|
|If you like to fish it doesn’t get much better than this! The fishing in Oakland County is well known. Island, Lower Long, Forest Lake etc. are rarely fished so they are teeming with fish; Bluegill, Crappie, Sunfish, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, etc. and an occasional catfish. Fly-fishing (or bait casting) from the dock is excellent at dusk and with luck you will catch a 20” large mouth bass. If you are a little more energetic you can work the lakes shore lines. One fly-fisherman claims to have caught a 32-35 inch pike in Dollar Pond.|
The Township of Bloomfield Hills
Bloomfield Township is in Oakland County which also includes Birmingham and Troy for close shopping. The Bloomfield Hills Public Schools are outstanding and its International Academy remains one of the best in the nation, rated 7th by Newsweek in 2007. There are also exceptional local private schools to choose from, Cranbrook, Detroit Country Day, etc.
There are many private Golf Clubs starting with Oakland Hills Country Club, site of the 2004 Ryder Cup and the PGA Championships in 2008, Forest Lake Country Club, Bloomfield Hills Country Club, Pine Lake Country Club, Orchard Lake Country Club, Franklin Hills Country Club, etc. If you are an equestrian there is the Bloomfield Open Hunt.Most denominations of worship are also close by. Large boat marine facilities are available on Lake St Clair and the Detroit River. The main Detroit airport is Detroit Metro (DTW) 34 miles away; you can keep a jet at Oakland County International Airport (PTK), (11 miles), or a small plane at Oakland Troy which is only 8 mile drive. This home is centrally located to the Detroit metropolitan area and all that it offers plus you have the benefits of not driving “up north” to take advantage of abundant wildlife and exceptional recreational activities.