Holland filmmaker puts 95-year-old manor on the market for $1.149M
HOLLAND, MI - Hopwood DePree's home at 720 Goldenrod Ave. is a blend of old and new, recalling the glamor of the Roaring 20s while meeting today's standards for high-end luxury homes.
DePree, CEO of TicTock Studios, has listed the 95-year-old French Normandy manor house for $1.149 million with Century 21.
"I did many updates and changes to restore the home to its original 1920's grandeur," said DePree, who also updated the kitchen and finished the lower level into a speakeasy-style recreation room.
The home also had several updates when it was used as a designer showcase as part of a 2009 fundraiser, said DePree, who also has made the house available for weddings and parties.
Originally built on South Shore Drive on Lake Macatawa's south shore, the 6-bedroom manor was originally built for one of DePree's family members, using materials from his great-grandfather's company, DePree Hardware and Lumber.
After a series of ownership changes, the property was eventually purchased by Amway co-founder Richard DeVos, who sold the house in 1981 to Richard and Judy DeWitt. They moved it about a quarter of a mile south to its current location.
When Hopwood DePree bought the ivy-covered mansion in 2008, he set about restoring it to its original 1920s character while taking advantage of its up-to-date foundation and its 2-acre site.
"The great thing about relocating the home at that time is that it allowed for a modern foundation, plumbing and utilities to be installed while keeping the historical elegance of the home," he said.
Those updates are hidden when you walk through the arched front door into the foyer, where the original oak flooring has been retained and continues into the living room and the small tea room off to the side.
The living room, which DePree has converted into a large dining hall, is brightly lit by the original transom windows and a French door leading to the broad flagstone patio. A gas fireplace with a green marble hearth is flanked by mirrored niches on the north wall.
Although DePree used the original dining room as an intimate living room, the next owner could easily revert the two rooms back to their original configuration.
The updated kitchen retains its original character with black and white ceramic tile flooring and an old telephone niche along the wall.
Marble counter tops, back splashes and mahogany cabinets keep the setting traditional along with the farmhouse sink and the large stainless steel Viking gas range.
Next to the kitchen, there's a butler's pantry, mudroom and laundry room with two sets of washers and dryers to keep the house operating for entertainment functions or on a day-to-day basis.
At the other end of the house, there's a home office that includes French doors at either end, a throwback to the days when cool air entered a room through screen doors instead of air conditioning.
Beyond the office, there's a master suite that was added with the move to Goldenrod Avenue. It includes a skylight and two bathrooms and walk-in closets. One of the bathrooms features a walk-in shower, the other a Jacuzzi bath tub.
Climb the winding staircase past the leaded glass windows and you will find the home's original bedrooms with maple flooring. The master suite, currently used as two bedrooms, includes the bathrooms with the original tub and green ceramic tiles.
Of the remaining three bedrooms, the most interesting is in the original maid's quarters, whose bathroom includes a small tub with a well for soaking sore feet. A pipe stub protruding above the bed connects to the "wireless" intercom system from which the maid could be beckoned.
The upstairs bedroom serving the children's bedrooms includes the original pink and gray tile in pristine condition.
Downstairs, DePree put his imprint on the home with a "speakeasy" room that is dominated by a mahogany bar that hides an icemaker, dishwasher and refrigerator.
In deference to the speakeasy theme, a wide-screen television in the speakeasy is hidden by mirrored glass doors above the fireplace.
In one corner, DePree installed a wine cellar behind by antique doors that were imported from Europe and are at least 300 years old. "The stained glass window in the wine cellar is thought to be Murano glass from Italy and about 400 years old," he said.
On the wall of the wine cellar, there's a mural of the home with the DePree family crest dating back the family's French Huguenot roots.
Written by Jim Harger. Jim covers business for MLive/Grand Rapids Press.