The kids are gone. Now ditch the lawn mower, the leaf blower and the snow blower. (Tip: Keep the spouse.) With every renovated unit at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, heaven looks more real. Start with architectural details you don’t find anymore–thick brick walls, vaulted ceilings, terrazzo floors. Add the nouveau village sprouting up in and around this complex of gracious Victorian-era buildings that includes a winery, two coffee shops, a bakery, and a rustic Italian restaurant that oozes empty-nester romance. Throw in great hiking trails out your back door, Munson Medical Center in your backyard and downtown Traverse City down the road. That’s happily ever after.
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is a Michigan Tax Free Renaissance Zone, which means that folks who buy here are exempt from most state and local taxes, including property taxes and state personal income taxes for residents until 2015, followed by a three year tax phase in.
Where we’d make our nest:
Unit 400 in Building 50 is a 1,600-square-foot dazzler with 20-foot ceilings, skylights and two bedrooms and two baths. Did we mention views of the city and the bay? $399,000. 231-946-1006,

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