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    Making the “Farmhouse Living” Dream Yours

    With the undeniable fame of shows like “Fixer Upper;” the rise of small-scale and more manageable farms; and ubiquitous farmhouse decorating ideas everywhere, one can only help but get drawn into the charm that comes with this lifestyle. For a lot of us though, it’s scrolling through these ideas on our phones or wandering through dreamy displays, and then returning to the reality of a home where it would take a lot of money, work and space to achieve even some of this country allure.

    What if we told you that didn’t have to be the case? What if the authentic character, open skies—still within reasonable distance from the city—, and the opportunity to own your very own small farm could be yours? Take a tour with us through the 12901 Ritchie Ave. property in Cedar Springs, Michigan, and you’ll fall in love just like we did!

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    Can we talk about this curb appeal, especially the front porch? A swing on one side and a seating area on the other means enjoyment and entertainment, all while sheltered from the elements. This home faces east, meaning some pretty incredible sunrises while you’re snuggled in, holding a mug of coffee and enjoying the tranquility of your property.

     

     

        

    Revel in the character this home offers you. Wood floors, built-ins, beautiful moldings and trim, and arched doorways. Multiple windows also flood the space with natural light. How incredible would a woven rug, a leather couch, simple end tables and plants look in this space?

     

     

    A large dining room for that beautiful farmhouse table. Once you’re moved in and settled, either enjoy the lightness and brightness of this space, or consider an accent wall for some extra visual stimulation. Either way would be perfection!

     

     

       

    “Great for entertaining” might be a term you’ve heard before, but if you need an actual example then take a look at this exquisite kitchen. Recently renovated, it boasts vast counter space, a large island, 8-burner stove, ample cabinet space; the list goes on!

     

     

      

    Just past the kitchen, you’ll notice another dining room with great space. If the first dining room provides all you need, then this would make a cozy sitting area with a coffee bar or breakfast nook tucked in the corner, while you look over your country views, pastures and stables. The possibilities are endless!

     

     

    A main floor space with picturesque views. Make this your office or small library. We love this example when it comes to visually maximizing space!

     

     

    Fall in love with the character of the subway tile in this bathroom! Take note of the glass doorknob, too…

     

     

       

    The owner’s suite embraces you with its perfect retreat-like feel, inviting sitting area and walk-in closet! Add a wooden chandelier and a plush rug, and you’ll never want to leave this calming hideaway!

     

     

      

    Two more bedrooms with the same hardwood floors… If we had a space like this, we’d add a bed with a decorative headboard for even more character!

     

     

    The charm we talked about earlier? Enjoy some more! Beautiful tile work, claw footed tub and bead board paneling… We’re picturing some easy DIY wooden shelves and tropical plants to transform this bathroom into a spa-like getaway!

     

     

    Make your way outside to nearly 600 square feet of decking and stunning, mature trees. Add strands of lights, plants, a classic set of deck furniture… *swoon.* Not pictured: a little fire pit off to the side where you can gather and make memories!

     

     

    Now, let’s talk AMAZING outbuildings and property! You have 18 fenced acres with six pastures for any sort of livestock, and a large garden to grow to your heart’s content! You’ll also have automatic watering to the hay barn (coming up next) and one of the pastures.

     

     

       

    The large hip-roof barn—currently used for hay storage—is in excellent condition with a newly shingled roof.

     

     

    6-stall barn and tack room, and 160×120 riding arena!

     

     

       

    Additional buildings on the farm include a 50×110 pole barn, 2 50-amp hook ups for campers, a 30×50 shop with cement floor and water and a 30×20 chicken coop/dog kennel.

     

     

    The property also has two grain bins with 10,000- and 1,000-bushel capacity.

     

     

    This is the small farm that dreams are made of, with so many opportunities to add your personal touches! See more photos and view the entire listing here.  May you feel just as inspired as we did… And give Ginger Baxter Group a call at 616-437-0559 if you’re ready to make this home yours!

     

    Written by Maddie Scurfield, GBG Marketing

     

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