Cottage. In one word, the whole of the Northern Michigan vacation experience can be summarized.  The two following Northern Michigan real estate listings are available for the taking: whether you’re looking to “relocate” your current Northern Michigan cottage or to stake your own Up North claim once and for all, these two hot properties should get you started on your search for a little slice of heaven.  The following content was first featured in the 2014 April issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.

Walloon Classic 

This (see image above) is the one you always wished had been passed down from great-grandma. It’s never too late to launch your own legacy (and have a whole lot of old-fashioned fun along the way). When you’re not boating (the cottage comes with a boathouse) with the kids or grandkids in clear, sandy-bottomed Walloon Lake, sip a Long Island iced tea on the wraparound porch, then kick back in this updated centennial cottage that hasn’t lost its vintage charm. Three bedrooms are upstairs and the master bedroom is on the main floor—so you’ll be good to go here for many years. $899,000. Wally Kidd, Kidd & Leavy Real Estate Co. 231.838.2700, MLS 437715.

Northern Michigan cottagesDouble Your Fun

This plain little ranch in Leelanau County packs a double vacation punch. Over a hundred feet of water frontage on each of two lakes: Lake Michigan (beach pictured to right) and South Bar Lake. Not to mention views of the Manitou Islands from your living room, the Sleeping Bear Dunes practically in your backyard and the darling village of Empire within walking distance. The properties along this quiet lane that laces between the two lakes have long been a well-kept secret, and they don’t come up for sale often. The snug, freshly remodeled home is icing. $825,000. Steve Batdorf, Real Estate One-Randolph, 231.218.2000, MLS 1711834.

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