Sabrina (mylittlepeony) wrote in abandonedplaces,
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The Magnetic Mansion - SE Michigan

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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