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The Magnetic Mansion - SE Michigan

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Jan. 11th, 2009 | 01:20 pm
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posted by: mylittlepeony in abandonedplaces

I wasn't aware of this stately home's history until after I photographed it. In fact, I've known of its existence for over a decade, but only recently re-stumbled upon it. It was abandoned for several years and is still in that state, though is now on the market to be sold by the previous owner's lawyer, so please let me know if it technically doesn't fit the "abandoned" category anymore, thus not fitting for this community!

According to Amazon.com's synopsis, a man buys the home and a lot of mysterious things go on, such as sounds from the fireplace and faces in mirrors. He finds a secret dungeon in the basement and all sorts of creepy stuff, and uncovers some artifacts and records of "illegal rackets" in the Chicago and Detroit areas in the 30s. Also found is a jar of formaldehyde containing nine fingers, three of which are wearing an identical ring.

I'll leave the rest for you to Google, or you can check out the book titled "The Magnetic Mansion" by Forrest Haskell (I'll sure be picking it up next time I'm at the bookstore!). Supposedly it is based on true experiences of his, but the characters have different names. And it claims the house in Dexter, MI when in fact it is in a town about 45 minutes away from Dexter.

It is currently for sale (5,000 square feet on 20 "lakefront" acres for only $250,000!!!) so things are locked and sealed up pretty tightly, but I did manage to see the main areas of the first floor interior through windows.

From the road. It has a long, windy driveway that's quite fun to drive on!
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The "front door" seeing as the front of the house is on the edge of a huge hill and has no entrance.
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Love the beautiful iron accents.
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Through the beveled glass window on the front door. The front room expands across almost the entire first floor.
That's the fireplace that is said to have some kind of door or room underneath.
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The pool is almost completely overgrown and pulling away from the paved patio outside the sunroom.
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The breathtaking Fall view. You can't really tell, but the front yard goes on a bit and then just drops almost straight down to the road.
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The front. There's a little window in the chimney.
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Through one of the front windows toward the door.
There's a little foyer there with a hall into the kitchen on left and stairs to the second floor.
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Beautiful drapes.
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Into the kitchen. Through that doorway is the living room, where you can see the glass doors leading to the sunroom, which leads to the pool.
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More of the view and the lake the property has access to. It's more of a large pond and motorized boats are not permitted on it.
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Some kind of workhouse on the other side of the driveway.
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There was a huge dumpster in front of the garage, full of stuff, but it's no longer there. I'm really not sure of the details as the house has been vacant for at least three years or so (I know someone who lives down the road and she thinks the previous owner died in 2003)... so I don't know if it was just recently cleaned out and put on the market or what.
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Tiny little poolhouse in the background.
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This is another shot through the little window on the front door, shooting slightly diagonally across the front room out a window, so you can get a pretty good idea of how amazing the view is from the front of the house.
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And here's an aerial view from Google, which shows the little circle drive =)
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realbruts

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from: realbruts
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
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What an unusual place...!

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Amy

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from: afranjes
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
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I want this house.

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espresso bandito

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from: fresica
date: Jan. 12th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
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Ditto.

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
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No wonder it's so cheap, that place really needs repair/updating! And a yard that big screams to be turned back into natural prairie grass (instead of spending DAYS mowing the grass!!) That said, I like the design! I hope someone fixes it up!! ^__^

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Sabrina

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from: mylittlepeony
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Well, behind the driveway and down the hill are actually natural prairie grass, so it's only the bits around the house and about 4 yards behind the driveway that need to be kept up. And I agree, hopefully someone with the resources spots it and turns it back into the lovely home it used to be =)

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I watch hope come over me

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from: loveanddarkness
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
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It could be an exquisite house again. Serious renovation needed but the lines and space are beautiful.

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spiked_n_bloody

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from: spiked_n_bloody
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Someone needs to buy this while it still has tiles on the roof. When they start to go it's pretty much irreversable water damage.
If I had the money I'd have it in a heartbeat. You can't get a terrace hours here for that money now.

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spiked_n_bloody

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from: spiked_n_bloody
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Terrace house even. Finger/brain miscommunication there.

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Ms. Liberal

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from: liberalms
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
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In some parts of America, anyway.

In my city, for 250,000 you could maybe get a hovel adjacent to the highway with questionable wildlife living in the bathtub...

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Julia

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from: squeakthefreak
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
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The house looks beautiful, and it seems you had a glorious day for exploring as well!
I can almost feel that sun on my skin.

So glad it's in the market to be used instead of torn down.

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Sabrina

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from: mylittlepeony
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I was fortunate enough to have my camera with me at the time. Hopefully when it warms back up and things are starting to bloom I'll stop by again for some better shots. It was midday and as you can tell, the sun was beating down pretty forcefully lol

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Sabrina

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from: mylittlepeony
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

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.

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from: wolfsilveroak
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
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That house looks so damned familier to me.

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Sabrina

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from: mylittlepeony
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Hmm really? Where are you from?

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One Nation Under Cthulhu

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from: pitbullgirl65
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Wow, nice. I don't like the country style walls, but that is an amazing buy. I don't even think you could get something like that in my area, which abounds in property bargins. Haunted eh?

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Sabrina

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from: mylittlepeony
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Haunted eh?

Supposedly! I read on a book review site that the SE Michigan Ghost Hunters Society paid the place a visit and did record some activity, but I can't seem to find it listed on their own website =(

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Cassandra Terra

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from: cassandraterra
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I want it. And I live near it (as I found out). That's so cool. I may have to drive by and see it.

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The Newt of Death

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from: dragons_wine
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
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My husband refuses to move to Michigan, I checked.

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Speed-metal zombie penguin!

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from: gridlore
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Wise man. They have winter there.

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prisoner__24601

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from: prisoner__24601
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
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It's cool to see all these abandoned places in Michigan popping up on the comm. Really interesting shots. Thanks for sharing them!

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Aub

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from: aesthetik_dekay
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
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wow! im dying to see the room under the fireplace...how spectacularly creepy!

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gwen666

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from: gwen666
date: Jan. 13th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
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I want to know if the hidden room under the fireplace is real or just fiction.
I look at that window through the chimney and think whoever built this house may just have built a secret passage through the fireplace.
How about you contact the real estate agent and get a tour, we'll all chip in ten dollars each and we'll have the first virtual abandoned places community rescued building.

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Red

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from: twatlund
date: Jan. 11th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Did you photoshop the pictures, to adjust the contrast and such?
If not the house has really unique weathering, very intriguing house.

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from: nehmet
date: Jan. 12th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
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What a great house! It has such potential; I really hope someone buys it and lovingly restores it. ::off to look up the haunted legends about it::

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tasha_kitten

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from: tasha_kitten
date: Jan. 12th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
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Very cool! Michigan has a ton of big abandoned houses... and depending on the work you want to put into it/pay for you can get a great deal! We got a 1,700 square ft home for $16,500. Of course we're STILL working on it (the wiring was terrible, so we gutted it all and started over),

but still - for that much space and that kind of location - $250,000 sounds like a decent deal!

Nice find!

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adafrog

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from: adafrog
date: Jan. 12th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
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Wow, but so much work needed. And the damage at the baseboards-I wonder what sort of water damage there is.

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Shapeshft

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from: shapeshft
date: Jan. 12th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
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As a child I lived in Southeastern Michigan. I love how many homes there are made of brick.

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Shapeshft

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from: shapeshft
date: Jan. 12th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
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It has a long, windy driveway that's quite fun to drive on!

Winding drives like the one here were made specifically to give people a series of pleasant views and a slow undulating sensation (believed to be relaxing) as they approached their destination. Many of the "parkways" designed in the early 20th century were done with that in mind, too.

Sadly this idea has been completely lost on most modern road designers.

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espresso bandito

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from: fresica
date: Jan. 12th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
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What a beautiful piece of property! Wish I had the money; I'd buy it. It clearly needs a lot of work, but what you can see of the interior is gorgeous.

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There's no I in Lysa

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from: lysa_with_a_y
date: Jan. 12th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
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Ha. Our little three-bedroom ranch in suburban New York cost nearly twice that. Siiiigh.

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Sabrina

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from: mylittlepeony
date: Jan. 12th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
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One of the few perks of living in the Great Lake state!

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memento_mary

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from: memento_mary
date: Jan. 12th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
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What a beautiful house and area! But knowing the story I see it in a bit more ominous light...

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Stacey01

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from: stacey01
date: Jan. 13th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
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I say we all pitch in and take a room. I'm paying $800 a month for a one bedroom in Farmington Hills. I work construction and can help rebuild for cheap! LOL

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