Authentic Cape Cod/Early Mid-Century home on .14 acres in beautiful downtown Cheboygan.
337 North Bailey Street was a summer home for the spouse of a Great Lakes ship's Captain. Built at a time when most of the work was done by hand, the construction was beautifully detailed, well-funded and well supervised and the care shows.
The hand-set fieldstone basement is deep, warm and dry owing to an elevated building site and substantial construction. Featuring a functioning quarter bath w/room for two or three bedrooms.
The Main Floor is larger than the basement at about 880 sq. ft. and features two bedrooms and a generous period tiled full bath, living/dining room with fireplace, kitchen with nook and a sun porch in front. There are coved ceilings and hardwood floors throughout.
The original plank front door offers a stained-glass lite with a teeny section of clear glass for a peephole. The sun porch has two radiators and tile floors which would be a great place for coffee and your green house plants on sunny winter mornings. A southeast exposure brings cheerful morning light to start every day.
The period kitchen has a charming breakfast nook. A small remodel of the pocket door enclosure in the kitchen would restore the flow and functionality to the original plan from the two unit remodel. The bedrooms can all then converge on the kitchen for a family breakfast.
The spacious second floor was converted to a 2/1 apartment of about 600 square feet some time ago with a paneled apartment kitchen/living/dining area, 2 bedrooms and full period tile bath. There's a wide hallway and generous open staircase with numerous storage areas and closets.
This solid home could easily convert to a generous 5/2 without incorporating the basement, or you could rent out the upstairs and let your tenant pay the bigger half of the mortgage, or even add bedrooms and a bath in the basement. It's bigger than you would guess with much flexibility.
The property also features two, single-vehicle "plus-size" garages, One with alley access, the other at the end of the driveway with passage into the kitchen. You'd have flexibility to offer tenant vehicle parking, or storage or a workshop space for remodeling the home by yourself or with contractor.
The roomy back yard has a 6' wooden fence for a safe and private place for your kids or pets or just recreation and a picnic spot. Not too much lawn to mow, but enough for a garden party barbecue.
This warm and solid house is centrally located to downtown. Two blocks to the library, 3 blocks to downtown stores and the Festival Square Farmer's Market and the North Central Bicycle Trail, and 4 blocks to the riverfront and the Riverfront Park entrance just a little further on. Restaurants within walking distance. Walmart is 1.7 miles, Hospital is 1.3, Mackinaw City is 16 miles.
Dairy Queen is 3.5 Blocks away. (Just sayin'.)
This would be a wonderful home for a young couple just starting out, a larger family or even a B&B. All in all, about 2500 square feet including the basement and probably another 500 or so square feet of garage space. Plenty of space to grow into and constructed better than anything built today.
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