Earl Young’s Thatched Mushroom House For Sale

The Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan is for sale

House Crazy Sarah has long been a sucker for Earl Young’s famed mushroom houses in Charlevoix, Michigan.

Her dream would be to someday own one of these quirky vintage beauties. But keep dreaming House Crazy Sarah because they don’t come cheap!

This month Earl Young’s first attempt at a mushroom house – 304 Park Ave, Charlevoix – hit the market for $4,500,000!

The Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan is for sale

The Thatch House, as it is known, was built from the original stone walls erected by Earl Young in 1918. But what you see today is a far cry from what it originally looked like.

Built as his first home, the house did not yet feature Young’s eventual unique hobbit-home style, but after a dramatic re-imagining, it now has the full storybook cottage feel of the famous Earl Young mushroom houses. The new mushroom house design was conceived on a napkin by the current owner and took nearly 2 years to complete.

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix for sale

Here’s what it looked like before the “re-imagining”:

The Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan is for sale

Quite the difference eh?

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix for sale

The home sits just across the way from gorgeous Lake Michigan.

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix for sale

The owner spared no expense as he went all-out for the Earl Young signature look: the extensive wavy roof is “crafted from the finest natural thatch hand-reaped in Europe and shipped to the USA”, and worked by a “master thatch-man”.

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix for sale

The new version of the Thatch house has a little bump-out guest cottage on the rear side, pictured below left:

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix for sale

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix for sale

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix for sale

Aren’t you curious to see what the re-worked Thatch House looks like inside?

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix for sale

Have a look:

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix for sale

The interior features the large stones and beam-work that are characteristic of all Earl Young’s buildings.

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix for sale

There are numerous wood-burning fireplaces throughout the home which lends to the perpetual coziness of the place.

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix for sale

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

One of the best things about this house is how the windows frame peeks of the blue waters of Lake Michigan.

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

The bedrooms:

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

The home now has a whopping 7 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in a total of 6,000 square feet.

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

So it is now more of a McMansion than a true Mushroom cottage.

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

Nonetheless, it is a happy sight that the owner kept all the rustic mushroom-cottage style, rather than modernizing and sanitizing the place.

The bathrooms:

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

Even the bathrooms got a careful Earl Young-inspired treatment!

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

The Guest Cottage:

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

The guest house is just an addition to the main house, but with all the mushroom house charm so it blends seamlessly with the original structure.

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

It is a fully contained granny flat, or rental, or guest house, or mommy hideaway.

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

So quirky and charming!

Earl Young Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan

Outside, the yard of the Thatch House has numerous little landscaped and mushroom-styled nooks.

We’ll never know if Earl Young would have given this revamped home his blessing.

The Thatch House in Charlevoix Michigan is for sale

But it certainly is the best effort that money could buy!

 

Sources:

https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/304-Park-Ave_Charlevoix_MI_49720_M37098-16579

https://nypost.com/2022/08/01/michigans-thatched-mushroom-house-hits-market-for-4-5m/

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