Join us for a premier one-day home tour featuring 13 beautiful homes, thoughtfully designed and surrounded by stunning landscapes in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties. The Traverse City Area Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour is Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Below is a sneak peek inside home #10.

Proceeds raised during the Traverse City Area Home Tour will benefit Northern Michigan non-profit, Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. Save money by purchasing tickets online at or by calling 800.836.0717. Online ticket sales end Friday, September 15 at noon. Tickets are also available at the door.

Address: 3720 Wexford Dr., Traverse City

Directions: Beginning in Traverse City at the intersection of S Airport Road and Division Road: Drive south on Division 0.3 mile. Turn left onto Hartman Road and continue 0.3 mile. Turn left onto Chelsea another 0.3 mile. Chelsea turns left and becomes Wexford. Watch for Home Tour signs.

Builder: Chelsea Park by Broad Condominium, LLC, 231.218.4965

The title on Butch Broad’s business card names him as the Head Janitor at Chelsea Park, a 57-acre condominium development off Hartman Road just a few miles south of Traverse City. He can’t fool us. Folks who’ve lived in the Traverse City area for any length of time know that Butch is as understated as he is successful. If you think you see those blue and silver Team Elmer’s trucks building about every paving project in existence, you do, and it’s because of Butch. Traverse City born-and-raised, Butch purchased a small dozing company called Elmer’s Crane and Dozer in 1978. Today that company is called Team Elmer’s, employs 470+ people, and is owned by Butch’s three children, Troy, Todd and Tonya. He also farmed 2500-acres in Buckley where he fed 1800-head of cattle, but someone bought that from him too. Needless to say, Butch doesn’t sit still very well. Among other activities, still plays pedal steel guitar at the Hayloft, which he has done for over 30 years on Friday and Saturday nights in the even months with his brother George, 2 Ole Broads & 3 Buddies.

A for sale sign on a large tract of land just over a mile from the farm he grew up on and where he still lives today (and next door to where he picked cherries as a kid) got Butch thinking about resurrecting the kind of development he really thought the area needed: one geared toward active folks who don’t want a lot of home maintenance, like to be close to Traverse City but prefer the lower property taxes just outside the city limits … it’s also a demographic that Butch knows well.

Welcome to these two-bedroom, two-bath condominiums in Chelsea Park with their gorgeous hardwood floors, in-floor master bath heat, Cambria Quartz kitchen and bathroom countertops, natural gas fireplaces, and main floor laundry. Did we mention the master suite has a beautifully tiled walk-in shower? There’s a full basement (plumbed for an additional bathroom) ready for you to put your dream den or guest quarters in, and an attached two-car garage. The patio that looks out onto the woods says morning coffee time all over it, and the community center, outfitted with a full kitchen, lets you invite the whole family. If you, or someone you know, is looking for the perfect home, you’ll want to see these condominiums in Chelsea Park.

Preview all 13 homes on the Traverse Area Home Tour in the August 2017 issue of Northern Home & Cottage.

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