Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Charlevoix, Michigan's Hobbit Houses....."

As we drove up the east coast of Michigan's mainland towards Petoskey, MI, we stopped in Charlevoix to, once again (we did some of this drive a few years ago), look at the "Hobbit Houses". Some are very organic in shape, while others are more traditional in form.

I thought you might enjoy seeing a few. I LOVE all of the rock used in their construction.


Some are large.....some are small......


Each fit neatly into the landscape.......


One of my favorite "small" (everything is relative) homes........


Another view......


And one of my favorite "larger" homes.......view #1......


View #2........notice the permanent "snow capped" chimney.


And view #3........don't you just love the undulating roof line?


Some are perched upon hills......


Others on flat spaces overlooking Lake Michigan.


Entry post with lighting.......


And the "traditional" Boulder Manor. :)


If you ever get the chance to drive through Charlevoix, take a short detour and head towards lake Michigan from the downtown area, and take a look at these individualistic beauties.

6 comments:

MollyBeees said...

Just so you know, if you move into one of those houses, I'm coming with you so plan for an extra bedroom! :-)

Barb said...

OMG, these are so cool! Are tehy all built by the same people? How did it all come to be?

yardsnacker said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Looks like a little Frank Lloyd Wright influence in that community!

Anonymous said...

Earl Young was the Architect, and these home's were built between 1930-40's.Another link to these Custome Home's...enjoy!! ;)

http://www.mynorth.com/My-North/October-2008/Tour-the-Hobbit-Houses/

arrielle_p said...

Stunning stone houses you have shared in this blog. Keep it up!

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Jenny Bellairs said...

I drive past them every day when I'm going to work across from the hospital at Bay St. Orthopaedics.

Earl Young was quite creative in using Michigan stone and boulders.

When I first moved to Charlevoix, I lived across the street from most of the ones you pictured. My former sister-in-law grew up in one (Earl Young was her grandfather). A friend lives in the mushroom house and is constantly having bus tours stop in front of her house to take pictures; my old boss used to rent one of the small ones, and another friend (another granddaughter of EY)lived in one on the next street-a more traditional style house. Did you go up past the hospital to see more of them?