#5 Beauty is Therapy
800 Cottageview Dr unit 219, Traverse City // Marsha Minervini, 231.947.1006, marshaminervini.com
This unit in beautiful, 19th-century Victorian-Italianate Building 50 was once the men’s dining room in the former Traverse City State Hospital. The philosophy that guided the design of the old state hospital grounds—now known as the Village at Grand Traverse Commons—was known as “Beauty is Therapy.” Every attempt was made to make the grounds and architecture as lovely and healing as possible.
When the current homeowners moved in over a century later, they were blessed with the remnants of that philosophy as manifested in a terrazzo floor, 13-foot ceilings, 8-foot-tall windows and handsome cream-brick walls. The homeowners carried on the theme with Mission-style furnishings and kitchen cabinetry and trim to match the Craftsman-era burnt red and sage green tiles in the floor. A creative use of space (the old dumbwaiter shaft that once brought food up from the kitchen is now a bathroom) and build-outs for privacy and storage turned the historic hall into a family home. Take a moment to stand on the deck of this lovely unit and admire the view of the surrounding buildings, the wooded grounds and the hustle and bustle from the wineries, shops and restaurants now housed in the Village and you’ll have the complete picture of this one-of-a-kind community.