We’ve seen this castle before – five years ago, when longtime owners put it up for sale after pampering it for four decades.
Built in the late 1920s, the castle is now 93 years old – and not to be confused with the 30-year-old “Game of Thrones”-like castle in Rochester that recently made headlines. This castle had been the trophy of a successful developer who lost it after the stock market crash of 1929.
Thanks to his vision and that of the 40-year-old owners who followed, the interior of the house is full of lavish finishes.
These owners have filled the house with lavish effects like trompe l’oeil – that painting technique that makes scenes eerily real by painting them in 3D. Other lush walls and ceilings have faux-finish glazing, murals, and a small fortune in silver and gold leaf.
Its construction features intricate arches, elaborate sculpted plaster, huge architectural antiques, antique fireplaces, and a spectacular ladies’ bathroom where art deco design combines 10 or 12 different vintage art tiles.
The morning room, which faces east, is absolutely stunning. The walls, ceiling, arches and floors are fully painted with scenes, geometric patterns, gold leaf patterns, faux marble, real marble, carved wood and tiles. The images and patterns overlap and everything sparkles with gold and silver leaf. The current owners call it the Italian room.
The formal dining room is also striking with black and white marble flooring. Its deeply stacked carved woodwork and plasterwork is highlighted with enamels of blue, green and gold leaf. It shines in the light of two large crystal chandeliers and five crystal wall sconces.
The lower level has a stunning vintage ballroom full of trompe-l’oeiland special effects. A covered passage connects a shed with the main house. There is a 10,000 gallon pool and natural pool for koi carp.
Now, after five years, the pampered chateau is back in public view – refreshed and refurbished. This includes a large outdoor basketball and sports court, colored in bright corn and University of Michigan blue.
To the lavishly furnished existing house, the current owners have added more embellishment. Hardly possible, you will tell me? It’s possible.
They invited Pjeter Frroku, an artist based in Sterling Heights, into the house and gave him carte blanche.
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In a hallway on the second floor, Frroku painted lake scenes, framed by trompe-l’oeil stone arches. In the lower level billiard room, he painted a trompe l’oeil picture window with an ocean outside and four dogs playing pool.
Using paint stains, he transformed the entrance to the lower level entertainment area into a cave-like area. Around some of the doors he painted faux stone and marble.
During this time, these owners lightened the interior by removing the window coverings. They brought up all the carpeting on the second floor and finished the beautiful two-tone inlaid hardwood floors. The effect is fresher.
They replaced the rows of leaky windows, but left all the overhead vaults of stained glass or leaded glass.
They renovated the kitchen and more with stone and stone tiles. The two-part kitchen is completely new, with stone floors and stone tiles on the walls and ceiling.
They did a complete remodel of the Carriage House apartment – a new kitchen, new bathroom, and gray-streaked ceramic tile floors made to look like wood. There is a garage for seven cars.
In particular, they redesigned the landscape and brick patios, walkways and boardwalks. They leveled the land to end the drainage problems. They installed central air conditioning.
In the 1920s, this land near Adams Road and 16 Mile was far out in the country. This street didn’t even have a name. It ended up bearing the name of its most famous structure. It’s Adams Castle Drive.
Sumptuous emblematic house
Or: 900 Adams Castle Drive, Bloomfield Township
How much: $ 3,699,000
Bathrooms : 8 full, 5 half
Square feet: 10,462 in the two main floors, plus 4,813 in the lower level of the ballroom.
Main characteristics: A historic home – the 1920s chateau is lavishly finished with trompe-l’oeil, sculptures, murals, silver and gold leaf, architectural antiques, leaded glass, enamels art, extravagant art tiles. Ballroom, shed with renovated apartment, parking for seven cars, swimming pool, koi pool.
Interesting fact: Between the first owner and the 40-year-old owners, this chateau has become a residence for well-off singles. They dined together, shared his comfort, and had staff to meet their needs.
Contact: Dan Gutfreund, Signature Sotheby’s, 248-978-5774.