The Waterwood Estate – $9,900,000

The Waterwood Estate

5605 West Lake Street, Vermilion, Ohio, United States, 44089

The Waterwood Estate, owned by the late Don & Shirley Brown, has come on the market for the first time.  The home was built by the Browns in the early 90’s and is completely hidden from the road.  Don was the inventor of the dropped ceiling and at one time owned Donn Products in Westlake.  Don was 89 and his wife, Shirley, 87, when they were killed in a plane crash at the Lorain County Regional Airport in January 2010.  Two pilots were also killed in the crash.

The Waterwood Estate is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.  The 160 acre estate includes a 38,000 square foot custom designed residence, a marina, and one mile of sprawling beachfront.  The property has never before been shown or seen by the public, until now.  This Estate has been long admired from its commanding position on the beach overlooking one of the countries Great Lakes, Lake Erie and is surrounded by waterfall fountains, ponds, and excavated hills ensuring complete seclusion.  Attention to detail, quality and design were foremost when designing this 38,000 square foot residence.


A custom masonry template was destroyed after completion to ensure the design would never be duplicated.  Walls of windows create 360 degree views of this immaculately landscaped and designed property.  This 2-story residence features 37 rooms (100 rooms if you include mechanical and storage), including 5 bedrooms, 16 baths, 3 kitchens and 2 kitchenettes, 9 fireplaces, a wine grotto, a sauna, two passenger elevators, and a 40′ long lap pool and a 20′ round indoor pool.  For the car enthusiast there is ample parking and garage and parking pads as well as a two-car garage with a rotating floor so there is never a need to back your car out.

The heliport is an additional amenity that makes this home so remarkable.  The lower level features many rooms including a ballet room, exercise room, family room, guest suite, private barber shop, and much more.  The lower level Wine Grotto leads to an open lift that is capable of elevating through a roof oculus where you can enjoy your evening glass of wine while being elevated to take in the panoramic views of Lake Erie.  Not only are views spectacular from the wine grotto, but also from the dining room, which has a rotating floor allowing all dinner guests a view of the water.  It goes without saying that this property is unlike any other.

Price: $19,500,000 $16,900,000 $13,000,000 $9,900,000
Size: 38,000 Sq. Ft.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 16
Specialty Items: 160 Acres, Never Shown or Seen by the Public Until Now, 37 Rooms (100 Rooms if including Mechanical & Storage), 3 Kitchens, 40′ Long Lap Pool, 20′ Round Indoor Pool, 2 Car Garage with Rotating Floor, Heliport, Wine Grotto, Dining Room with Rotating Floor.
Address: 5605 West Lake Street, Vermilion, Ohio, United States, 44089

Z- Howard Hanna

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