On a private elevated corner, overlooking the Franklin Cider Mill to the north and historic downtown Franklin to the east, is the no expenses spared restoration of the registered and documented historic estate that includes:

1. The original Barnum main house built in 1835

2. Its separate complete 2 bedroom guest house

3. The new luxury eco outbuilding currently used as a home gym, yoga studio and home office space

4. The large 2 car garage with storage loft

All of the above sits on one professionally landscaped, Franklin Historic District parcel (single property, single tax ID) that is maintained in balance with nature, using no synthetic chemicals or fertilizers. Healthy, sustainable building materials, and clean organic standards exist throughout.

The land is estimated at 1/3 acre, but lives considerably larger due to adjacent natural space and lack of fences or boundaries.

Top rated Birmingham Schools, but with only $5300 in total annual property taxes for the entire package.

The three separate buildings are perfect for professionals who work from home (as we do). This is also ideal to have a completely separate but nearby home to care for a parent or relative; or for college students or responsible high school students to have quiet study and/or living space. The main house (26255) and guest house (26265) are already set up with individual addresses, utilities, and mail service, and are also picture perfect rental income possibilities within this high rent area.

Non smoking owners with or pets.

Entertain indoors and out, using the new chef's kitchen, and the large custom built, wood-fired grill/smoker.

Perfectly maintained and inspected well and septic saves owners thousands per year in city water, sewer and irrigation bills. We will never own a home with city water & sewer after having such a fantastic (and free) 10 year experience here with this proper well & septic.

Brand new, top of the line water treatment provides beautiful, clean, clear water for showers and laundry, and new 7 stage reverse osmosis RO drinking water systems assure the healthiest drinking and cooking water possible.

Owners are eco and human health enthusiasts who support recycling, re-use, composting, indoor air quality, and balance with nature. We drive an electric vehicle and have a 240v charging station installed in the garage.

Walk to downtown Franklin in 30 seconds out the back of the property, and enjoy the Franklin Grill, Farmhouse Ice Cream & Coffee, and our quality "mom and pop" retailers, plus the Franklin Farmer's Market and the cutest little historic post office around.

For those interested, or from out of the area: Franklin is a small, quiet, exclusive village of about 3,000 people where it's easy to get involved and feel a part of the community. You can call, email, or stop in to see village leadership, the Police Chief or Fire Chief, and feel welcomed. Several known billionaires call this tiny village home, and their statuesque mansions fit perfectly among the diverse architectural and natural landscape here.

We are offering perhaps the largest property available within the Franklin Historic District; and one of the best located in terms of walking distance to downtown. Yet, there is wonderful privacy and green space in every direction here, and owners can walk the grounds in bare feet knowing everything is organically maintained and chemical free. We have been avid bird feeders and watchers for years, and the property is now approaching sanctuary level with many common and rare birds visiting. Hummingbirds and other wildlife are abundant. Plant, flower and vegetable gardening opportunities abound.

Original stone wall wine cellar. Private terraces. Perfect for entertaining. There is so much character and balance here, and the location and setting is unsurpassed. It's so easy and inexpensive to own and operate, with remarkably low property taxes and very low utilities.

Final pre-sale details are being attended to. Realtors agree that no mortgage appraisal comps exist for this historic downtown Franklin main house + guest house + outbuilding, except perhaps at the multi-million dollar estate level. We believe this will need to proceed as a cash (or significant cash down) sale. As such, and because the owners live and work here every day, financial pre qualification for cash is required to set up a showing, and 24 hours notice is necessary. Please do not "drop by" the property and interrupt the owners, who are busy running their two companies from home offices.

Offers will be written and the sale will be processed by one of metro Detroit's top Realtors, whom we have interviewed and contracted with, and title work and closing will proceed through a local title company. Individuals who contact us will have the benefit of working with and asking questions of this top Realtor. Other licensed professional Realtors serving as buyer's agents, who have prospects willing and able to provide the necessary pre qualification for cash, are welcomed to contact us.

Turn key property. Just move in, and enjoy. Full cash offers with significant deposit that include purchasing most of the furnishings will be considered first (minus artwork and some personal effects to be discussed). Includes all appliances and full laundry in both houses. The main house was professionally decorated with high end pieces throughout, and we prefer to sell it that way. We also have lots of flexibility to furnish or unfurnish the spaces to suit.

Qualified buyers may email with questions; no phone calls to start. We will receive your email inquiry instantly via iPhone, and will respond as promptly as possible during reasonable hours. Please check your bulk or spam email box for our reply, in case it is mistakenly sorted as such.

Thanks for your time, and best wishes for finding your perfect new home.

Interior Features

  • Square Feet: 2,529
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Additional Rooms: 8
    • BreakfastNook
    • MasterBath
    • DiningRoom
    • FamilyRoom
    • Office
    • LaundryRoom
    • WalkInCloset
    • RecreationRoom
  • Floor Coverings
    • Hardwood
  • Appliances
    • Dishwasher
    • GarbageDisposal
    • Refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Dryer
    • Freezer
    • RangeOven
    • Washer
  • Heating & Cooling
    • Central AC
    • Central Heating
  • Interior Keywords:
    • Fireplace
    • Furnished
    • Mother-in-law Apartment
    • Basement

Exterior Features

  • Built in: 1835
  • Structure Type: House
  • Lot Size: 0.33 Acres
  • Parking: 2.5 Spaces
    • Detached Garage
  • Exterior Keywords:
    • Deck
    • Patio
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