16 Different Looks at Northern Michigan Real Estate

It’s a bit like the Sears catalog only this a wish book of Northern Michigan real estate. Here are 16 different kinds of real estate to whet your appetite and launch your dream.

Leelanau Estate

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

Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery

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

Greek Revival

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

Barn Again

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

Williamsburg Horse Farm

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

Thomas Edison Was Here

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

On the Big Lake

Pine Hollow

Tranquility, durability, and charm describe this waterfront estate constructed of Michigan stone and white oak timbers. From the plantings indigenous to the Great Lakes to the 600 feet of lakefront, all is authentic and beautifully crafted thanks to Roger Hummel’s impeccable architecture, the owner’s love of Michigan and her vision to create a structure to last a thousand years. While it is for sale, the owner’s chief desire is that it will become a nonprofit that would benefit the world. While the owner has searched for a partner, the right one has yet to step forward. $13,900,000. Chris Etienne, Harbor Sotheby’s Real Estate, 231.838.2031 MLS # 434731

Bay Harbor

Blue water views from every window. A private Lake Michigan beach. Completely renovated elegance and grandeur at every turn. Significantly priced below appraised value, this fully furnished family heirloom will not last long. $1,849,500 Pat Leavy, Kidd & Leavy Real Estate, 231.439.2800. MLS # 435744

You Build at 9 Mile Point

Big lake frontage smack-dab between Charlevoix and Petoskey. Take a break from the beach and ride your bike into Charlevoix or Petoskey (great shopping and dining!) on the Little Traverse Wheelway that wends past your property. Be back beachside for the sunset. $160,000. Medora Bourke, Coldwell Banker Great Lakes, 231.350.3783 MLS # 434393

On an Inland Lake

Torch Lake Affordable

Storybook 1940s cottage with maple floors, 99 feet of frontage on sandy-bottomed Torch Lake. Two stories, three bedrooms, two baths. Smack in the middle of the storied 60-mile-long Chain of Lakes. ’Nuff said. $494,000. 45th Parallel Realty, 231.409.5293. MLS # 1736173

Log Living on Walloon Lake

Ya’ kinda’ gotta’ say it: Ernest Hemingway might have partied here. Or at least cast in his line, or paddled his canoe by … this classic Walloon Lake (where the famous writer summered as a child) log-and-chink cabin that was recently renovated with one eye to authenticity and the other to luxury. Find 232 feet of shoreline, Viking appliances and granite countertops in the kitchen, steam shower in the master bath and an outdoor kitchen. $3,250,000. Wally Kidd, Kidd & Leavy Real Estate CO., 231.439.2800 MLS#430622

Dwell on Crystal Lake

Mid-century modern Scandinavian design set on Norwegian-blue Crystal Lake. Dwell-set meet your dream cottage: clean simple lines, open floor plan, plenty of windows, fireplace and compact bedrooms. Nothing here to complicate your relationship with the beach. $875,000. Suzy Voltz, Sleeping Bear Realty, 231.352.7123. MLS # 1737410.

Harbor Town

Harbor Springs Quintessential

Morning at 125 E. Third Street, Harbor Springs: Yawn and stretch as the sun streams through the periwinkle shutters that make this circa-1924 cottage (remodeled in 2011) feel like a Gatsby-Provence hybrid. Slip into your flops. Coffee at, where? Island Bean? Mary Ellen’s? Take it down to the marina; greet the shopkeepers opening for the day as you schlep along. Sip. Watch the boats. Feel your systolic drop. $236,000. James Cassidy, Carrick Macross Real Estate Services, 313.410.4616. MLS # 211073642

Traverse City Walkabout

Bike, or if you are up for it, walk to the beach. Walk to the boutiques and eateries at the Grand Traverse Common. Heck, you could even walk to the hospital. This sweetly priced four-bedroom home, west of Division Street, is a plain and simple great deal in one of Traverse City’s most livable sections. $399,000. Judy Robinson, Coldwell Banker Schmidt, 231.929.2300. MLS #1741928

Elk Rapids Classic

We could yada, yada about all the amenities that would come with living in this darling, updated Tom Sawyer-era home on Elk Rapids’ west side. Sure, it’s near the marina, the village’s cutest-in-the-country library, the boutique shopping district and great restaurants. But here’s why we’d buy it: To be minutes away from shooting the spillway on the Elk Rapids River on a hot summer’s day—priceless old-fashioned fun. $164,900. Kathy Wittbrodt, Waterside Properties, 231.632.7181. MLS # 1737627

Leland In-Town

The third tee of the Leland Country Club golf course is all but in your front yard. The restaurants, shops and boats of Fishtown are a downhill bike ride. As a starter home or cottage, this humble but solid, perfectly situated home on a generous corner lot is one square deal. $268,000. Ann Marie Mitchell, Coldwell Banker Schmidt, 231. 256.9836. MLS: 1738058

This article is also featured in the April 2013 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. Get your copy today!