A Midcentury Oasis

A Midcentury Oasis

In the dynamic year of 1964, amidst the cosmic race, the Beatles' US debut, and Muhammad Ali's rise, a hidden gem was quietly taking shape in the outskirts of Grand Rapids. Developers in Plainfield Township were putting the finishing touches on the Hill Top Acres development, and within this development, 3726 Jasmine Ave NE emerged as the stand out lot, a testament to the era's architectural prowess and a timeless tribute to midcentury design.

Situated on one of two identical 3-acre lots, 3726 Jasmine stands out for more than just its picturesque surroundings. Tucked away on the back half of lot 9, while all the neighboring properties reside much closer to the street. That seemingly nonchalant decision transformed this property into a private 3-acre estate, setting it apart as the envy of the neighborhood.

As I approach the residence during a late fall afternoon, the property unfolds in a display of orange and red hues, capturing the essence of Michigan's awe-inspiring autumn. The journey begins with a meandering drive leading to a seemingly unassuming 3-bedroom home, surrounded by a myriad of colors that showcase the brilliance of the season.

The entrance to 3726 Jasmine is a testament to thoughtful design—a neo-Japanese garden featuring a heated koi pond, a rock garden, and a Japanese maple. This tranquil setting serves as a portal, transporting visitors back to the days of mod culture and beat poets. A stone sitting area offers a perfect spot for morning coffee, quiet reading, or nature-infused meditation.

Upon entering the home, the commitment to preserving its midcentury roots becomes immediately apparent. Every corner, fixture, and piece of art has been meticulously chosen to seamlessly weave a midcentury modern theme throughout the residence. The journey through the front door reveals a carefully curated space with tall cathedral pine ceilings and slate floors.

The northern living room wall boasts massive 6' windows, providing a secluded view of the 3.2-acre property. A gas fireplace adorns this space, leading to a sunken lounge area with custom-built maple furniture. Revealing a surprising history, I learn from a neighbor that this room was once enclosed and used as an office, showcasing the flexibility and evolution of the home's design.

To the west, beyond the double-sided gas fireplace, lies the fully updated kitchen and dining area. Renovated in 2022, the kitchen stands as a masterpiece, featuring quartz countertops, custom red maple cabinets, and a 36-inch Thermador dual fuel professional range—a $12,500 appliance that commands special attention. The kitchen seamlessly transitions to the dining area and an expansive deck, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living.

Continuing the tour to the eastern half of the house, known as the owner's wing, a transition from slate to natural hardwood flooring leads to the primary suite. The intentional design of the hallway creates a sense of separation for the owners.

The primary bedroom impresses with its minimalistic design, offering a clean and spacious retreat. The ensuite bath, recently updated, pays homage to midcentury design with modern touches, maintaining the overall subdued nature of the owner's suite.

Descending to the lower level, guests are welcomed to a well-appointed guest suite with two bedrooms and an additional bath. Sliding glass doors in each bedroom provide access to the privacy and tranquility of the outdoor space.

In conclusion, 3726 Jasmine Ave NE in Grand Rapids stands as a timeless ode to midcentury design. From its secluded neo-Japanese garden entrance to the meticulously preserved interiors, the home seamlessly blends past and present. The kitchen, a culinary masterpiece with a standout Thermador range, effortlessly connects to a dining area and expansive deck, embracing indoor-outdoor living.

The owner's wing, marked by a minimalistic primary suite and updated ensuite bath, achieves a perfect balance between midcentury aesthetics and modern comfort. The lower level, with its well-appointed guest suite and sliding glass doors, invites guests to experience the serene outdoor surroundings.

3726 Jasmine Ave NE is not just a residence; it's a living work of art that captures the essence of an era and continues to inspire awe today. It stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of midcentury design, creating a unique charm for those privileged to call it home.

At the time of publishing this blog 3726 Jasmine Ave is currently listed for sale at $924,900.

- Matt Goldman, Grand Rapids House and Home

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