If you’re dreaming of a Northern Michigan life on the water, living along Lake Michigan can cost an arm and a leg…and another leg.  And your last pinky.  But there are economical real estate options along the lakeshore—read on to find out how you can live here in Northern Michigan, where the beaches and fishing have never been more inviting.

Northern Michigan Real EstateThe Everyman’s Desire

  • No pretensions here. Just what may be the best deal on the Great Lakes if time on the water is your priority. This priced-to-sell building site in the Point Arcadia Association comes with a 30-foot boat slip on a channel between Lake Michigan and Arcadia Lake. As if you need more in life—association dues also include use of tennis courts, clubhouse and fish cleaning station. And Honey-Do, this caveat might be the best thing to ever happen to you: building is restricted to single-story manufactured homes. Now where’s that tackle box? $16,500; association dues $1,955 per year. Suzanne Riley, Century 21 Boardwalk, 231.620.9561, MLS 13036511.

Yachting Life

  • Even the most wave-loving skipper is going to need to tie up his (or her) yacht some time. Might as well do it at Bay Harbor where all of this first-class resort’s amenities (concierge service, fabulous dining, boutiques, outdoor activities) come with a slip at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Dock offerings range from 50 feet to 90 feet, with a price range of $99,900 to $249,900. Tracy Bacigalupi, Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty, 231.439.2016.

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