Luxury homes aim for the sky

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published August 26, 2014

 Homearama features custom-built homes that range in price from $2 million to $4 million.

Homearama features custom-built homes that range in price from $2 million to $4 million.

Photo by Donna Agusti

Within arched columns, a large armillary sphere welcomes guests to The Pinnacle, the luxury home development hosting The Ultimate Homearama 2014.

The sphere, symbolizing celestial features, also represents the hearth and home of developer Dominic Moceri’s family.

“The blue glass sphere represents earth and mother,” Moceri said. “The rings are the six brothers. The stand represents the family that holds up the universe, and the arrow is my father, who guides us on the straight and narrow.”

The first Homearama home tour in the area in more than 10 years features custom-built homes that range in price from $2 million to $4 million and in size from 6,800 to 8,800 square feet. The lavishly designed and decorated homes off of Silver Bell Road highlight the latest trends in design and technology.

“There is a market for these homes,” said Michael Stoskopf, chief executive officer of the Homebuilders Association of Southeastern Michigan. “And in the ‘billion dollar mile’ in Oakland Township, this isn’t out of place.”

Moceri said several of the Pinnacle homes have been sold or are currently under contract.

“We’ve had a lot of interest,” he said. “This is the right spot for this. This will be a great catalyst for the region. There are dozens of houses in the township that exceed 20,000 square feet in size. We are modest in comparison.” 

The house tour aims to “bring the dream home,” Moceri said, serving as an idea showcase for decorating and high-tech options designed to “let people fall in love with their house again.”

Some of the more unusual features inside the six Homearama homes include a glass floor, an indoor waterfall, a golf simulation room, a hidden wine room, a his and hers library and a barrier-free elevator aimed at allowing a family to “grow in place,” said developer Frank Moceri.

One Pinnacle model is a one-floor ranch, which is “unheard of in a luxury development,” Dominic Moceri said. “Typically, when someone is in the price range to buy this, they don’t want to climb stairs.”

The Ultimate Homearama 2014 home tour will be held every day Aug. 29-Sept. 14 — from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-9 p.m.  Sundays. General admission Homearama tickets are $15, with discounts for families.

No on-site parking will be available. Free parking is offered at Oakland Church, located at 5100 Adams Road, with a free trolley bus to The Pinnacle.

“I am blown away,” said Oakland Township Supervisor Terry Gonser while visiting the development Aug. 26.

“To think that 12 months ago, this was an empty field. It is a stellar part of the community now. You might say it is the pinnacle.”

To purchase tickets to The Ultimate Homearama 2014, visit