About Crooked Lake
Along US31 north of Petoskey, Crooked Lake is perhaps the most conveniently located inland lake in Northern Michigan.
Conveniently located just north of Petoskey lies Crooked Lake, a popular all-sports lake and part of the famed Inland Waterway. Crooked Lake is roughly 2,300 acres, with a maximum depth of 60’. Locals gravitate to Crooked Lake as a convenient option for swimming, boating, fishing, and more. Located right along US31, Crooked Lake is 10-15 minutes from downtown Petoskey, and 15-20 minutes to Harbor Springs. Due to its close proximity to towns, Crooked Lake can at times be busy with public traffic. However, access to neighboring Pickerel Lake is a short boat ride, allowing for ample peace and quiet should you desire.
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Crooked Lake real estate is balanced between seasonal and year-round residents. While many lakes in Northern Michigan primarily draw a summer-only crowd, the close proximity to Petoskey allows many local residents to live on the lake full-time. Due to the blend of uses on the lake, the real estate available is similarly diverse. There is a good share of “classic cottage” options – older homes mostly intended for warm weather use. However, there are also a lot of homes built to reflect more modern tastes – craftsman style homes are quite popular on the lake. Buyers for Crooked Lake homes will find most inventory in the $400,000-$800,000 range. Occasionally, small cottages with less frontage can be had for less, while more expansive estates can exceed $1million. There is a limited condo market alone the US31 corridor of the lake. This provides buyers an opportunity to experience lake life for as little as $150,000-$300,000. Vacant lots with 100' or more of frontage can also usually be found $150,000-$300,000. Major factors in pricing the land will include quality of frontage (sandy, silty, weeds, etc), and proximity to area attractions.
Different spots on the lake appeal to different buyers. If convenient access is paramount to your search, staying along the western and northern shorelines ensure US31 is at your immediate availability. If your preference is to tuck away into more tranquil settings, the eastern and southern sections of Crooked Lake have much to offer. To get a true sense of exclusive privacy, you may focus your search on Oden Island, home to a limited number of waterfront properties. Though smaller than some of its Northern Michigan nautical peers, Crooked Lake has a robust and diverse real estate market.
Life on Crooked Lake
As part of the Inland Waterway, Crooked Lake residents can literally boat from their dock to the Great Lakes. The Crooked River at the end of the North Channel feeds into Burt Lake, the 4th largest inland lake in Michigan. Boaters can also go west from the channel into Pickerel Lake, which serves functionally as an extension of Crooked Lake. There is always a new area to explore when living on Crooked Lake! Both the Windjammer Marina and Ryde Marine provide fuel and marina services to ensure you are equipped for long days on the water.
Fishing on Crooked Lake is popular in all seasons – including a vibrant ice fishing season! Waterfowl are also frequent visitors, especially during the fall migration. A majority of Crooked Lake real estate is found in more wooded settings, where deer, turkeys, rabbits, and squirrels are all common sightings. Crooked Lake embodies the very essence of traditional Northern Michigan. Despite the natural splendor, Crooked Lake is arguably the most conveniently located of all lakes in the area. In under 30 minutes, a resident can be anywhere from downtown Petoskey, to the slopes of Nub’s Nob Ski Resort, to Pellston Regional Airport! If you are looking for something that balances accessibility with privacy, Crooked Lake may be your landing spot.
In order to purchase or sell Crooked Lake real estate effectively, you need an intimate understanding of the Crooked Lake market. It is important to understand the subtleties that make certain Crooked Lake properties special. Whatever your intent for Crooked Lake real estate, I would be happy to help aid in your search. Call me at (231) 622-1535 to discuss, or click here to contact me now.
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