Seasonal Homes in Northern Michigan
For many homeowners in Northern Michigan, this area is home for only part of the year. A large contingent of residents are here just through summer, often arriving in June and leaving before Labor Day. Others are a little later to get here, but hang on until the snow flies in Late November or December. There are even those who spend more time in this area during the snowy winter months, pursuing their passions for skiing or snowmobiling. Whatever your seasonal interest in our region, there are quality real estate options available to you.
Fair Weather Friends
If your goal is to spend your time in Northern Michigan soaking up the summer sun, just about any community in our area is worth your consideration. The best way to focus your search will be to consider how you want to spend your summer days up north. Your interest in golfing or boating may dictate what community you select. Perhaps you are looking for the luxurious summer lifestyle an area like Bay Harbor provides. If you just want the simple beautify and tranquility that comes with life on the water, small lakes like Douglas Lake or Paradise Lake could make sense. There are no bad options when it comes to Northern Michigan summer communities – just different good ones! There are a few ways you can get a bigger “bang for your buck” if buying purely for summer use. Properties on seasonal roads, or homes not equipped for heating in the winter are likely to fetch lower prices than their year-round peers. Keep this in mind if you know you are definitely a summer-only buyer.
Many buyers plan to spend longer stretches in Northern Michigan, leaving only for the colder months of winter and early spring. For them, having a community that remains lively even after peak summer is important. Petoskey is the best bet for year-round vibrancy, boasting a sizeable full-time population beyond those here for summer only. Charlevoix keeps many residents around from May until October, when local celebrate Apple Fest before wrapping up busy season. When purchasing for these longer stays, you’ll want to ensure your home is equipped for the cooler weather early spring and late fall can bring. You may also want to factor in proximity to needs such as medical care or schools.
If your preferred season is winter, there are a couple primary communities sure to draw your interest. Boyne City & Harbor Springs are home to Boyne USA Resorts (Boyne Mountain in Boyne City, Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs). These are the natural destinations for skiers, but also offer close access to snowmobile trails. Due to the colder climate and abundant snow, buyers for winter getaways should ensure their properties are on county maintained roads. It would also be wise to keep your purchase in a close radius to the recreation that is drawing you to the area, minimizing your travel requirements.
If you are looking to make Northern Michigan your home for part of the year, you need to be strategic about your purchase. I can help ask the right questions and focus your search on the communities – and properties – most likely to suit your needs. Please give me a call at (231) 622-1535 to begin your search for a seasonal home up north!