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Northern Michigan Real Estate: That's right, you've been warned. Stretching out on acres of quietude. Riding into the sunset every night. Settling within hoofing distance of great restaurants. Forging your own homestead. Yes, pilgrim, you can do this at home.
Raise ostrich, llamas, horses, grapes—whatever you find growing in the wild recess of your imagination—on 71 acres of the Leelanau Peninsula. This income-netting topography moves from a babbling brook to Lake Michigan panoramas to rolling pastures (fence-ready for those llamas). Come home to an estate-worthy home, outfitted with seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, rare hardwood floors and a myriad of other elegant details. $2,290,000. Nicole Hulet, Coldwell Banker, 231.409.0378. MLS# 1740397
A well-established vineyard on the Leelanau Peninsula. All the cab franc and riesling you can sip … and make and sell. Lake Michigan views. Five-bedroom home. Gorgeous tasting room. We’d call this turnkey heaven. $1,900,000. Ken Weaver, Amy Green, Traverse North Realty, 231.668.6303. MLS #1742018
If, perchance, you’re looking to disappear into the Northern Michigan countryside, you’d do well to heed the siren call of this beguiling Greek Revival. Once a proud part of the now–ghost town of Undine—named for the mythological water nymph—she lives on to share her bucolic memories across five acres, in an ample and homey farmhouse kitchen and in well-maintained barns and a postcard-worthy stone well-house. Write your own chapter to her story on the upper porch—off the master bedroom—while gazing at the azure waters of Lake Charlevoix across the road. $299,000. Pat O’Brien and Associates Real Estate, 231.582.1700. MLS # 433888
Rustic meets lux in this historic barn turned elegant home. Built in 1926 by one of Traverse City’s founding families, the renovations have preserved the original fieldstone foundation, barn wood floors, exposed beams and joists and sliding barn doors while refurbishing it with high-end touches such as wine room, sauna and gourmet-caliber kitchen. Another nod to the smarts of the old pioneer who built the barn: its West Bay views, near downtown. $894,500. Ken Weaver, Amy Green, Traverse North Realty, 231.668.6303. MLS#: 1741909
Ride with the horsey set? Want to ride with the horsey set? Whoa! Hold the reins. This exceptional equestrian setting comes with an 18-stall horse barn and indoor riding arena. But why stay inside when you can canter around the 17-acre pond on your 56-acre property? Home, very sweet, home, is a recently remodeled 19th century farmhouse. Also know: Flintfields Horse Park, the venue for the nationally renowned Horse Shows By the Bay Equestrian Festival, is a trot away. $950,000. Nancy Albrecht, Real Estate One, 231.409.4444. MLS # 1742182
Satiate your inner Off The Grid on these 94 acres, including 2,000 feet along the Thunder Bay River that come with dam rights—read: your own hydroelectricity. Proof of the hydropower is in the property’s still-standing historic gristmill that once cranked 24/7, thanks to its turbines and electric lights courtesy of the miller’s acquaintance: one Tom Edison. Self-sufficiency doesn’t stop at power; it practically grows on this land’s fields and in its forests. A five-bedroom home comes with. Bed and breakfast? Commune? You and your family in self-reliant isolation? Which way does your OTG lean? $548,000. Doug Houseworth, Houseworth Realty, 231.838.5743. MLS # 435096