Let the spirit move you in this grand U.P. sanctuary, a 1925-built former church now ready for a searching soul to call it home. Not a speck of historical character was compromised during the building’s recent renovation, which included brand-new electrical wiring and plumbing. The home, just one mile from Lake Superior and two blocks from cozy downtown Marquette, has a must-see centerpiece: an opulent ballroom complete with a seven-foot Italian-crystal chandelier (hello, housewarming party). Fractional ownership is available, but with a master suite boasting 13-foot ceilings, heated bathroom floors, more chandeliers and a kitchenette, would you really want to share? $699,900. MLS: 1686134. Exit Realty Paramount, Thomas Taylor, 231-946-4404, tcexit.com

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Emily Bingham is assistant editor of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. ebingham@traversemagazine.com

Note: This article ran in the March 2008 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.

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