Weekly Top Ten Real Estate Hot List Tue: 10-30-2012
In its entirety, Sur la Baie is likely the largest, most lavish and possibly the most expensive single-family estate in the Midwest. Its address in Door County, Wisconsin is known worldwide to be one of the most sought after locations in the country for its more than 250 miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan, jutting out into a 70-mile long peninsula with five state parks and ten lighthouses. The county is also known for its performing arts, galleries and shops and has been named by Money magazine as one of the top ten vacation destinations in North America.
In 1996 reclusive heiress, Judith Blazer, built this glamorous estate. Judith is heir to the Appleton based Miller Electric founded by her grandfather, now a part of Illinois Tool Works. It has never been clearly understood why the home was not lived in from 1999 and went on and off the market from then until she sold it in 2005. The couple who bought it have now had it on the market for over three years without a sale, prompting them to consider alternative sales options. The end result was a decision to auction the property either as a whole or in four divisions, depending on what the market will currently bear. Sealed bids can be presented to the auction house along with deposits, on the entire estate, mansion and studio, beach house, guest chalet, or a separate 80 acres. Each division has a character and ambiance of its own.
The 43-room, 35,000 square foot main house consists of four ensuite bedrooms, two-story grand parlor, formal dining room, 14-seat Art Deco theatre with ticket booth, candy counter and popcorn, two-story walnut paneled library, indoor pool and spa, 8 fireplaces and elevator. The master suite alone is 5,000 square feet including parlor. The three guest suites are joined by a parlor and kitchenette. The kitchen is sized for grand scale entertaining. The main house is situated on a 100’ cliff overlooking Ellison Bay and beautifully landscaped grounds.
Sur la Baie was priced at $19.5 million - will be auctioned by sealed bid November 14th.