Published 07:00 ET May 23, 2020
Stunning architecture, amazing site in a house expanded and renovated by Detroit Lion Matthew Stafford with his wife Kelly.
The Detroit Lions quarterback lakeside house, Matthew Stafford, was sold, and it was amazing. Quarterback and his wife Kelly have put their contemporary showplace in the market for $ 6.5 million.
Not because they were going to leave Detroit, even though the rumor was spinning for a while. As Kelly Stafford said in a recent Instagram post, with the fourth child expected this summer, it feels wise to get out of the water.
For households that don’t have four toddlers to care for, this house and site is amazing.
Some features show the latest sports connections. The lower level walkout has a room with two tubs side by side where an athlete can take hard training by soaking briefly in ice water, then briefly in hot water. There is a cedar sauna and a steam shower room next to it.
There is a basketball court in the middle of the field with the Detroit Pistons logo. The wood was lifted from the Silverdome floor where the Pistons used to play.
Not sports related, but surprisingly, is the floor in one dining room. It’s made of a glass case that lets you look down into the wine cellar below. You can also see from the wine cellar to the dining room above. Maybe you want to show your guests two wine above and let them choose?
These and other changes were in the extraordinary house designed by Bloomfield Township architect Louis DesRosiers in 1980. Staffords bought it in 2013, remodeled the interior and added 2,600 square feet.
“This has to be one of the most spectacular homes in Michigan,” said Realtor Jeff Barker, a friend of the couple, who had made a list of houses with his son Matt Barker. “That’s the type of house you usually find in a California neighborhood.”
This arrangement is the end of the spiky peninsula that reaches all of Upper Long Lake which are all sports. That means there are lakes on three sides. Facing this water, the back of the house is a large semicircular glass wall that gives a 180 degree look.
A spectacular infinity pool is wrapped around it – a large bow that follows the curve of the house with its edges disappearing under running water. Wide stairs, built into stone terraces around these wings, lead to the swimming pool.
Staffords added a striking new owner’s suite and turned the original owner’s suite into a large entertainment area with a fireplace, TV wall and bar.
Next to this bar is a glass wall that operates like a garage door. In good weather, walls can be pulled to the ceiling. This opens up the entertainment area to the stone terrace and outside swimming pool.
The main stairs and elevator are framed in glass, so you never miss the lake view.
Staffords also added two new bedroom suites with balconies. This forms a partial third floor above the original two – the lower floor and the main floor with glass walls.
They remodel the entire interior with conspicuous cabinets throughout and polished granite floors. All bathrooms are new.
A new kitchen with two islands and all Wolf equipment. The white stone which was dug outside also covered several walls inside, especially those that had fireplaces.
On the approach to the building – the side facing the ground – the house has its own contemporary iron gate. The three-car garage has sleek mirror doors, so the impression is not the garage door, but the view reflected around you.
Where: 1867 Long Pointe Dr., Bloomfield Twp.
How many: $ 6.5 million
Bath: 5 full, 2 half
Main feature: Stunning architecture, a stunning site in a house originally designed by Louis DesRosiers, expanded and renovated by Detroit Lion Matthew Stafford with his wife Kelly. 441 foot peninsula coastline, jetty, large infinity pool. All new interiors with exotic cabinets and polished granite floors
Contact: Jeff Barker or Matt Barker, Max Broock Realtors, 248-425-6000.
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