If ever a lake home was built with love, this is it. But it’s history that adds even more allure to this extraordinary Cedar Creek English Manor-style waterfront estate.
No one is more equipped to tell the story than listing agent Susan Waterman. That’s because the homebuilder was her dad, who purchased the land back in the 1980s. Locals remember it as the old Green Oaks Marina and campground.
“My father kept his eye on the property. When it fell into disrepair, he scooped it up,” she says.
He cleaned up the land himself, then worked hand-in-hand with the contractor to build his family’s dream home: a 6,665-square-foot castle-like abode with spectacular views and close to 1100 waterfront feet.
Hometime, a PBS home improvement show, provided inspiration. According to Waterman, her father was particularly intrigued with a 1997 segment focusing on shingle style cottages.
“My father took the basic plan and turned it into a giant estate.”
The impressive exterior features solid-cut stone and a European-designed shingle roof. Distinguishing details abound, including a handcrafted copper spire and authentic clay fireplace pots.
Inside, high ceilings give the lake home an open, airy feel. Massive wood casement Marvin windows look out onto the lake and grounds. Wood is plentiful, with Bruce hardwood floors, solid maple doors, and custom cabinetry. Waterman’s father also sourced maple beams from an old Canadian train station.
A stained glass ceiling provides ambient light in the formal dining room. The kitchen features a domed eating area along with ceramic tile flooring and marble countertops.
The wood theme extends to the home office, where maple is plentiful. Also on the main floor: a spacious master bedroom, bath, custom closet system, and oversized laundry room. This level also leads out to an outdoor garden, where Waterman’s mother grew her own vegetables. Upstairs, two additional bedrooms share an adjoining bath.
Downstairs, there’s a second living area; large bedroom/bath; and an indoor geothermal-heated swim spa. Specialized spaces include a craft room and 5,200-square-foot, custom-designed Athens steel workshop. (Waterman’s dad was a car aficionado.) There’s also a fully finished-out apartment above the garage.
Yet the most coveted asset of this lake home just might be nature itself.
Outdoor amenities include a stone covered porch, patio, balcony and gazebo. And acres and acres of lush grounds offer infinite opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, from hiking and swimming, to rafting and boating. And did we mention a touch of nostalgia?
“There used to be a gas station where the house sits now,” recalls Waterman. “We left the original pump house where people would come to pay for their gas.”
Now in her 11th year of selling waterfront properties, she’s bullish on the demand for lakefront homes.
“Anything good that hits the market is a free-for-all. Immediately people are calling me saying they’ve got to see it right away.”