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MLive tours the Hasserton

Over the weekend, MLive.com took a tour of our parade home, the Hasserton.  Check out this great article with fun details about the features of this home as well as a pictorial and video tour.  You still have a chance to take a tour of this one for yourself this week Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, the last three days of the Fall Parade of Homes.  And don't forget to VOTE so your favorite parade home can win the People's Choice award (we highly recommend #7, the Hasserton, or #27, the Lenox, just sayin')!  There are ballots at each parade home or you can click here to visit Lake Michigan Credit Union's website to cast your vote online.

Built for $1 million-plus, this Parade of Homes entry creates a peaceful and logical world

Jim Harger | jharger@mlive.comBy Jim Harger | jharger@mlive.com 
on October 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM, updated October 13, 2012 at 9:16 AM

6973 Wildermere Drive NE, Parade of Homes
EnlargeOutside 6973 Wildermere Drive NE, Rockford, Tuesday, October 9, 2012. The house, built by Scott Christopher Homes, is part of the Parade of Homes. (Cory Morse | Mlive.com)6973 Wildermere Drive NE, Parade of Homes gallery (35 photos)

ROCKFORD, MI – Walk into the sleek Fall Parade of Homes entry by Scott Christopher Homes and enter a peaceful and logical world in which everything makes sense.
At least it makes sense if you’ve got more than $1 million to spend.
The 6,700-square-foot home at 7973 Wildermere Dr. NE is one of two homes worth more than $1 million on the 2012 parade. The other entry is a$2.8 million “cottage” along Lake Michigan near Fennville.
Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids, the Lakeshore Homebuilders Association and Lake Michigan Credit Union, this year’s parade features 27 new homes, two remodeled homes and two “conceptual homes” that can be toured online.

Among the most unique homes on the tour is the contemporary home designed by Visbeen Associates and Jeffery Roberts on the east shore of Silver Lake.
Matthew Reinsma, of Scott Christopher Homes, describes the design as “urban prairie with an Asian flair.” He’s not authorized to say how much it cost, except that it was more than $1 million.

Designed for a professional couple with dogs and a family in mind, the house features big rooms for entertaining on two levels, peaceful views of Silver Lake, a dog wash and boarding room, plenty of room for kids and high-tech systems that knit everything together.
Light flows into the house through large insulated windows with mitered corners that offer a sleek, contemporary look.
“This house can live small or it can live large,” Reinsma said as he showed off the home’s mix of large rooms and private spaces.

With its large living areas that include a bar and a theater, a screened-in porch with heated floors and a fireplace, the house can handle a party of more than 130 guests, Reinsma said. It includes a catering kitchen designed to set up for and serve large parties.

But the house also off becomes an oasis for just two through its intimate furniture arrangements and room placements, Reinsma said.

Parade of Homes - House 7
Parade of Homes - House 7Video tour of House #7 on the Parade of Homes 2012 with Jim Harger, Todd Chance, and Cory Morse.Watch video

For personal space, the master suite includes a sitting room with 10-foot ceilings outside of a 225-square foot walk-in closet and dressing area.
In the bathroom, the centerpiece is a bathtub that faces a television that emerges magically from the mirror above the vanity. The bathroom also features a walk-in shower with two drying areas and heated floors.

On the second floor, two bedrooms are set around a “flex area” aimed at entertaining kids or providing homework space. “It’s set up to handle an expanding family,” said Reinsma.

Downstairs, there’s a guest room that has its own bathroom and a door with direct access to a patio overlooking the swimming pool.

Outdoors, the pool and hot tub offer the opportunity to relax, provided the lake is too cold for a swim. There’s also a large changing area and shower just inside the door on the ground floor.

Outside of the three-stall garage and leading up to the front door, the sidewalks are heated to melt the snow.

Inside the garage, light flows onto the textured flooring through translucent garage door panels. A ramp provides accessibility into the home.

In the basement’s mechanical room, a five-zone heating and cooling system manage the climate. There’s also a closet which houses a six-foot bank of computers, receivers and monitors. “This is what it takes to run the house from a media perspective,”
Reinsma said.

The tour, which began Oct. 5, continues today and tomorrow and on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next week. Tickets can be purchased online for $10, for $11 at Lake Michigan Credit Unions or for $12 at the homes.

RELATED: Visitors to 2012 Fall Parade of Homes can vote on their favorite entries

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