Property: 215 Marshall St., Lansing

There’s something about a stone house that draws people to it. More than likely, it’s the subtle balance of quaint rustic character with a bit of grandeur — a castle, on a small scale. 

The Lansing area doesn’t boast many stone houses, nor does Michigan, in general  — not surprising given Michigan’s abundance of woodlands. Don’t be fooled, though — few stone houses in Michigan are actually structurally supported by stones. The average stone house has a wood frame construction with a masonry veneer, composed of field, river or man-made stone. It can be hard to distinguish the difference from a distance.

However, sometimes the real deal is obvious. The house at 215 Marshall St. is authentic and easy to spot, even to the untrained eye. The craftsman-style house features exposed rafter tails and an enclosed porch.

“Eye candy of the Week” is our look at some of the nicer properties in Lansing. It rotates with Eyesore of the Week. If  you have a suggestion, please e-mail or call Andy Balaskovitz at 999-5064.