Michael Moore Is Selling His Michigan Estate

by Sasha CarterAugust 10, 2015

Moving in to the Former Home of a Famous Filmmaker

Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore has long been a lightning rod for controversy. In fact, he was roundly criticized for building this very home back in 2011. To many of Moore’s followers, living in such a palatial retreat while simultaneously espousing (and profiting from) populist, everyman politics seemed more than a tad hypocritical.

Well, Moore’s detractors now have reason to gloat. It seems the muckraking auteur’s fortunes have hit a rough patch. Moore’s ex-wife, producer Kathleen Glynn, won the home in the divorce settlement, and now she’s putting it on the market for $5.2 million.

If you’re in the market for a lakefront estate unlike any other, then Moore’s loss could be your gain. Let’s take a tour of 222 East Torch Lake Drive, which is currently for sale.

The Three L’s Are Alive in Michigan

Location, location, location. You’ve heard that saying before, and nowhere is it more applicable than at Torch Lake. The sparkling, crystal-clear waters here are often compared to the turquoise bays of the Caribbean, and anyone who has spent time at Anguilla will notice the striking resemblance. Moore couldn’t have picked a more idyllic spot for a private retreat. Say what you like about the man’s politics, but given this lovely home, it’s certainly difficult to question his taste.

Luxe Rustica

At more than 11,000 square feet, this log palace is certainly capacious, but there are plenty of intimate, cozy spaces that are perfect for curling up and watching your favorite documentaries or reading books. For such an expansive home, it’s amazing just how homey and quintessentially Midwestern it feels. The home’s plan takes full advantage of its pristine surroundings, and there are picturesque vistas from every room.
Of all this home’s impressive features, the woodwork has to be one of the most breathtaking. The home is simply full of top-quality timber, from the exposed beams throughout to the doorways, the walls, and the hardwood floors. There’s a richness and warmth that is altogether uncommon in modern homes; the ambiance is more like that of a regal, old-world hunting lodge than a recently constructed luxury home.

All the Amenities You Need at 222 East Torch Lake Drive in Michigan

It should come as no surprise that a home built for an artist comes equipped with an art studio. There’s also a full wet bar that’s perfect for social events; a custom, professional-grade kitchen; a well-appointed gym with dedicated shower; and an elevator, for those times when you just don’t feel like taking the stairs.
It’s somewhat surprising that a movie-maker didn’t put in a home theater as one of his first orders of business, but there is a separate theater structure already framed. All it needs is a bit of work, and then you’ll have your own private screening room.

A Rare Opportunity to Own a Lakefront Luxury Property in Michigan

It’s not often that a lakeside home this opulent comes on the market. But for a limited time, the expansive retreat at 222 East Torch Lake Drive is available for purchase. The price? $5.2 million. No small sum, but perfection like this comes at a price.

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About The Author
Sasha Carter
Sasha is a writer and interior designer who lives in Virginia with her husband and three kids. She developed an interest in high profile homes through her work writing feature stories on them in a local magazine. She knows who is selling and who is buying, and is our go-to gal for any celebrity-owned or million-dollar real estate listings.