We’ve never seen anything quite like this surreal, sprawling Battle Creek property at 5966 Wellington Place, which has recently been listed for sale for $799,000. Built in 1938, it was formerly known as White Gates, a religious retreat for the Sisters of Mercy, an institute for Catholic women (though the trippy painted walls and ceilings remind us a bit of the castle from Super Mario 64). The 8,480-square-foot building has nine bedrooms and 13 bathrooms and sits on 2.14 acres, including 250 feet of lake frontage. Other amenities include numerous fireplaces, patios and gardens, a four-car garage, and a guest house.
Listing agent Jim Criteser says the property fell into bank foreclosure about six months ago. “It does need some work done,” Criteser says. “If it was in better condition, it would be worth millions of dollars.” Indeed, the property was listed back in 2017 for $2.5 million. Criteser says he could imagine the property reborn as a bed-and-breakfast or possibly a wedding venue. Let’s have a look!