This is the kind of house you might expect to find hidden away in the wilderness of Southwest Michigan, an estate for someone very wealthy and very desirous of privacy. But this estate is almost hidden in plain sight, just a few blocks from some of Kalamazoo's most traveled streets.

The home is located at 1040 Inkster Avenue in the Westnedge Hill neighborhood and found at the dead-end of Inkster, just over the bridge that spans Bronson Boulevard and a few blocks west of Westnedge Avenue.

The home has 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms has more than 8500 square feet and described as

This luxurious, private-estate is located in the heart of Kalamazoo. Chef's kitchen w/custom cabinetry, lg island, fireplace, copper sinks, butler's pantry & turret eating area. Formal dining rm w/oak paneling. Double doors that lead out to the multi-level terrace w/panoramic views of the beautiful pool. Sun rm, living rm w/fireplace & double doors leading to the front porch, great for morning coffee. Also on the main floor, mud room w/lockers & laundry. Upstairs is a beautiful master suite w/private balcony & bath w/spa tub, steam shower, heated floors, onyx tiles & lg closets. An open library connects 3 other BR & 2 baths along with an entrance to the studio/workout rm. 3rd flr has an extra BR, sitting area & bath. LL w/home theater, kitchenette & rec rm.

In addition to the main house, there are three other buildings on the property, a pool house, a 3-car heated carriage house (not a garage, mind you, when one is dropping this kind of cheddar, one parks one's car in a carriage house) and an additional 2300 square feet for a barn/shop.

The reason the home has such a secluded field in the heart of Kalamazoo is the property butts up to the Kleinstuck Preserve, a Western Michigan University-managed wilderness area called one of the few remaining open spaces in the city.

The house has been on the market for nearly at year as of this writing, so perhaps you can get that $1.675 million asking price down just a bit.

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[Jaqua Realtors]