Boating in Northern Michigan
For many buyers of Northern Michigan real estate, being on the lake is top priority. The goal is not to just own a piece of shoreline, but to actually experience life on the lake. Boating enthusiasts gravitate to this area, and find their due reward with seemingly endless opportunities for fun on the water. If your boating enthusiasm is central to your search for Northern Michigan real estate, there are several viable options for you to consider.
Discover the Inland Waterway
With close over 35,000 acres of inland lake, miles of navigable rivers, and a connection to the Great Lakes, the Inland Waterway is perhaps the premier boating attraction in Northern Michigan. Buyers have a wide range of options available to them in the Inland Waterway. Pickerel Lake, Crooked Lake, Burt Lake, and Mullett Lake each offer an impressive array of lakefront homes. Anything from a $150,000 condo with a shared dock to a $5million+ lakefront estate can be found amidst these lakes. Owners can simply walk out to the end of their docks, and spend the day exploring these lakes without seeing the same stretch of shoreline twice! The most popular vessels on these waters are bowriders, fishing boats, and jet skis. On water recreation such as water skiing and tubing are highly popular. Residents of these lakes enjoy the ample space to play on the lakes without fear of traffic and congestion. There’s room for all on these expansive waters! The Inland Waterway presents perhaps the best value buy heading into 2018. Whereas much of the Northern Michigan market has elevated in price point, there are still a lot of attractive values on the Inland Waterway. This too seems destined to change moving forward, so you would be wise to start your of these waters today!
Lake Charlevoix – A Big Boater’s Paradise
As Michigan’s 3rd Largest inland lake, Lake Charlevoix is the top destination for larger vessel enthusiasts. The deep channel entrance from Lake Michigan through the City of Charlevoix invites everything from a modest fishing vessel to large yachts into Lake Charlevoix. Residents of Chicago and other Lake Michigan towns will frequently travel by water all the way to their Lake Charlevoix home. Lake Charlevoix Real Estate includes some of the finest, most high end homes available in Northern Michigan. Yet oftentimes, the boat docked along the shore is just as valuable (if not more) than the property itself! If your boat is more than just a lake toy, I recommend taking a hard look at Lake Charlevoix homes for sale. Chances are this is the right place for your Northern Michigan property.
For some buyers, their preference is to have an inland property that is away from the shoreline. Others actually prefer to use their boat as their vacation residence, and are just looking for a dock to lease or own where they can tie up during their stay. Still others have vessels so large that parking them in front of a private residence simply isn’t doable, given the need for deeper waters. In these instances, boat owners seek out one of our area’s beautiful marinas. Impressive options include the Bay Harbor Yacht Club, The Boathouse of Harbor Springs, and Sommerset Point Yacht Club & Marina in Boyne City. Not only do these clubs provide a place to dock, they also serve as social hubs for owners/members. These marinas are staffed by first-class service teams who cater to the needs of both you and your vessel. A large municipal marina in Petoskey is also an option for those wishing to purchase on the sunset side of Little Traverse Bay. If you intend to bring your boat with you to Northern Michigan, but don’t want your real estate purchase contingent on storing your vessel on site, a marina membership or purchase may make perfect sense for you!
Northern Michigan is a true water wonderland, and boating opportunities are rarely far away. However, if time spent on the water is your highest priority, I recommend exploring some of the specific communities identified above. If you have additional questions, or would like to take the next steps in your search, please contact me at (231) 622-1535 or contact me through the below link.
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