The Arnell-Marcell home brings relaxation, dancing to fareway

Courtesy photo The Arnell-Marcell home sits just off the 17th fareway of the Escanaba Country Club. The Arnell-Marcell home is located at 2009 13th Ave. South.

ESCANABA — When Dr. Ellen Arnell-Marcell and her late husband, Bob, began building what was to become their “dream home” they chose the picturesque setting of the 17th fareway of the Escanaba Country Club to construct the 6,800 square-foot brick home.

Located at 2009, the 13th Ave. South, construction in August of 1996 and was completed in June 1997. The spacious three floors of living area include an office, living room, formal dining area, five bedrooms, two gas fireplaces, two wood burning fireplaces, an eat-in kitchen/family room with facilities for indoor grilling from a Jet Air Grill and a jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom.

Throughout the home, an eclectic combination of modern, country and early American decor is on display.

Descending to the lower level, a large living space (complete wet bar) welcomes visitors and family members. Of special significance to Ellen is the official “Dancing Grannies” section, complete with a rehearsal dance floor. She spearheaded formation of the “Grannies” almost 20 years ago and continues to be its teacher and coordinator. Walking through the lower level doors to the in-ground pool allows for relaxing summer days and evenings.

When warm summer days are rainy, one can enjoy the attached gazebo complete with full seating, T.V. and electric fireplace. Another beauty of the home is the ability to cross country ski on the golf course during the beautiful winter snows.

Courtesy photos Above, the “Dancing Grannies” rehearsal floor can be seen. In addition to the dance floor itself, the rehearsal area has a mirrored wall to allow the dancers to see themselves practicing.

In spite of the proximity to the golf course, the home has had only two broken windows due to errant golf balls while also entertaining a few in the pool and surrounding large spacious yard. Ellen likes to joke that none of her family ever has to buy a golf ball.

The Arnell-Marcell home is one of five featured homes on the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) “Homes for the Holidays” tour on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased and are available at Positively! and Gust Asp. Ticket holders must be 16 years of age or older. No tickets will be sold at the door. Door prizes will be randomly awarded to five of the first 50 tickets sold. Proceeds from this project are donated to the two AAUW scholarships at Bay ­College.

Courtesy photos Above, the in-ground pool provides for a relaxing way to enjoy hot summer days.