Provocative documentarian and author Michael Moore has earned fame, notoriety and fortune with his film and book projects. But who knew that the title of Moore's book "Downsized This!" could arguably apply to one of his most infamous productions – the sprawling lakeside home that Moore and his wife and early collaborator Kathleen Glynn purchased and renovated?
Glynn gained the house after her 23-year marriage to Moore collapsed, and now the 11,058-square-foot property has been listed for $5.2 million.
That is remarkable pricing for such a property, especially when the two main features are size and well, more size. The property, with a main house and a guest lodge, has 300 feet of frontage on Torch Lake, seven bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three three-quarter bathrooms and one half-bathroom. Sounds like the right setup for a large family that is big on entertaining during the summer.
Right from the foyer entrance, the house's grand features are on display, including a massive stone fireplace that leads the way to a large living room, and a custom staircase leading to the second floor, according to the property's listing with Real Estate One. Actually, it is one of two staircases and an elevator that provide access to the second floor. The large dining room can certainly be considered formal, since it extends from the property's east to west end, and has deck access. For more intimate gatherings, the space can be closed off with an accordion-fold door. A library overlooks the dining room.
The master suite in the main house offers a wife's dream: his and hers water closets. Other attention-catching details include sweeping views of Torch Lake, separate closets, lots of storage and a spacious bathroom.
Aside from the main property, a guest house offers a master suite, plus a living room with fireplace and a kitchen on the first floor. A loft offers another bathroom and kitchenette.