In 1951 Elmer and Irene Wetlaufer built their lakeside retreat on a 290 foot lake front lot. Their “cottage” was nearly 2300 square feet on the ground level, with full walk out basement and finished “attic”. In reality, it was a beautiful four bedroom, three bath home with finished basement. They needed more room for entertainment so they added on a 17 X 21 sun room adjoining the living room.
They had a two car detached garage, with an upstairs one bedroom apartment for the caretaker/grounds keeper. Next to the garage was their two bedroom, two bathroom guest house. Reportedly, the entire complex was featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine in the early 1950’s.
In 1959 the property was divided and sold. The main house with all its furnishings and garage was purchased by Harold Kinde. In the late 80’s this property was inherited by Harold’s son, Bob. Bob had thoughts of one day moving into this home. Due to the health of his in-laws and then his wife, this never happened. In fact, the house was closed up tight with no one spending a night there for over 10 years.
The guest house went through a succession of owners: McAlpine, Johnson and Carriveau. In 2010 the home was purchased by Lynnea Rabideau Matthews. As Lynnea got to know her neighbors, she discovered that Bob Kinde had been a childhood playmate of her father’s. Lynnea did orchestrate a meeting between Bob and her only surviving uncle. They were both 85, and they had not seen each other since they were 8 years old!
Lynnea approached Bob about the possibility of purchasing a portion of his property. He was not willing to divide the property, but agreed to sell it in its entirety. So late in 2011 the original Wetlaufer estate was reunited.
When Lynnea bought the home it was basically unchanged since the early 50’s. Paint, wallpaper, drapery, carpeting, furniture, were all original. Except for a kitchen refrigerator purchased in the early 80’s, all the appliances, fixtures, lighting, plumbing and heating were also original. With fresh paint, new siding and insulation, new windows, new window dressings, carpets removed, new plumbing and heating, updated appliances, new furniture and many hours of endless cleaning the home has been transformed. It is once again a lakeside retreat.
We invite you to stay at Caseville Beach House Estate on the sandy shores of Saginaw Bay.