Northern Michigan Real Estate: Is it a Business or a Lifestyle?

Northern Michigan Real Estate: Is it a job or a lifestyle? Up North it can be one and the same. Presenting three ways to make a living from your dream lifestyle: 

Northland Outfitters, Germfask 
Work (and play) on the Upper Peninsula’s Fox River five months a year, then maybe, what, head for Tahiti? Your call. To help make it happen, know that this livery/campground/camp store is an established business that comes with 1,400 feet of river frontage, more than 14 acres, a two-bedroom home, and $65,000 of inventory. Folks come from all over the world to paddle and fish the Fox—Hemingway did, too.
$495,000 Rita Rathburn, Coldwell Banker, 231.409.3035, realtythatsells.com

Willow Vineyard, Suttons Bay 
You, traipsing round trellised vines bare of feet and dirndl-clad (or whatever). Wear what you like. It’s your winery. But know that winemaking at Willow Vineyard is serious business. These 11-plus acres bosomed in the heart of Leelanau Peninsula wine country produce award-winning pinot gris, pinot noir and chardonnay. When the winemaking day is done, relax on the deck of your European-esque villa and drink in one of the most stunning views in any wine country, anywhere. While sipping a glass of your own wine, of course.
$2 million. Shelly Brunette, Real Estate One. 231.642.6436, [email protected]

The Grand Victorian, Bellaire
This stunning circa 1890’s Queen Anne-style B & B has appeared on calendars, magazine covers and cereal and cracker boxes all over the country. It’s also garnered a slew of accolades as a B & B since 1989, including American Historic Inns Nationwide 2006 “Top 10 Romantic Inn.” Now the innkeepers are ready to retire, and the Grand Victorian is ready for a new era. grandvictorian.com.

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