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Beulah, Michigan is a small, friendly community located on the shores of Crystal Lake, which is one of the 10 largest inland lakes in the state. One can often see whitecaps on its surface. In 1873, an attempt was made to connect the lake with nearby Lake Michigan. While ultimately a failure, the project, originated by William Case, made the village possible as it drained much of the area on which present-day structures stand. It also revealed what is now a public beach.
The waters of Crystal Lake are exceptionally clear, thus the name. Its natural beauty makes it a popular spot for locals as well as visitors traveling through the area in the summer months, which is also the best time to be here, as summers are very pleasant, though winter has its own rugged beauty.
For nature lovers, the proximity to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is also a plus.
Beulah was founded in 1880 by Charles E. Bailey, who took the name from the book of Isaiah. Its post office was built in 1892. The building of the railroad through the region helped to grow the town as people started to buy lakefront property along the newly built rail line.
One reason Crystal Lake remains so beautiful is that the timber industry never really took off here, thus the waters were not polluted by runoff. Instead, originally, farms growing celery and onions were the main source of income for locals. There were also a large number of resorts and hotels catering to tourists wanting to enjoy the long line of shore along the lake. The influx of visitors only grew after U.S. Hwy 31 was built through the town.
It was not until 1932, however, that Beulah became an independent town. Up until then, it was tied to the nearby community of Benzonia.
Other factors that add to the natural beauty of this locale include the numerous trees with leaves that show off brilliant colors in the autumn and the wild landscape that still dominates the area.
home sales prices
The median listing price for 2021: $359,500
Median price/sq. ft. (listing price): $192
Median sold price: $375,000
Lowest price sold: $185,000
Highest price sold: $1,495,000
Average days on market: 68 days
There are no condominiums for sale within the village of Beulah; however, there are many options in nearby Benzonia. Prices range from $175,000 up to almost $400,000. As the area does have many people who come here just for the summer months, many condos may be second homes or be used by owners as rental properties during the tourist season, making them excellent investment opportunities.
Beulah Community Highlights
As of the 2010 census, there were just 161 households living in Beulah, composed of 342 people. The population density is about 796 people per square mile, which is fairly low compared to places such as Los Angeles, which has almost 8,500 people per square mile, or Union City, New Jersey, which has a population density of over 66,000.
The town is not particularly diverse, with 98% of the residents being white. The second-largest ethnic group consists of Latinos, followed by Native Americans. The median age in the village was 52.7 years, while men made up 51.5% of the population and women 48.5%. Only a little over 12% of households had children under 18 living there while almost 20% had someone over 65 years in the home. 41% of the town consisted of married couples with another 8.7% having a female head of household.
Given the town’s reputation for tourism, it’s no wonder that many of the local jobs are related to that industry. However, residents often commute to nearby cities for higher-paying work, as over 30% do have a college degree or higher while another almost 34% have an associates’ degree. Meanwhile, the average household income is almost $80,000 per year.
With over 3 ½ miles of shoreline along the lake, Beulah boasts many lakefront properties, and these also tend to be the more expensive homes here. However, there are plenty of more affordable options for families. As with many communities, the further you are from the lake, the less expensive the cost per square footage.
Despite its small size, Beulah boasts several dining options that will appeal to a wide range of tastes. Part of this is due to the fact that the town still hosts many tourists during the summer months.
One local favorite is the Hill Top Soda Shoppe. Reviews claim it has the best ice cream the person had ever tasted. It’s homemade and a delicious treat on a warm day. Another favorite is the Five Shores Brewery, a local brewpub with a cozy, friendly atmosphere.
For those looking for a hamburger, The Hungry Tummy offers American fare, as does the Lucky Dog Bar & Grille, which used to be a bowling alley, and The Cherry Hut, which is an excellent place for sandwiches and salads.
Other local favorites include the Ursa Major Bistro with its delicious breakfast plates, A. Papano’s Pizza, which offers Greek salads as well as pies, the Roadhouse Mexican Bar & Grill, which has wonderful fajitas, and the L’Chayim Delicatessen. This last has reviews raving about the bagels and baked goods.
For a special night on the town, upscale options include the Cold Creek Inn Restaurant, which features prime rib and a romantic ambiance, and The Manitou, which has delicious seafood.
There are also several options in Benzonia, which is only a couple of miles away, and Traverse City, about 25 miles away.
There are many small shops along Benzie Blvd. in Beulah such as 254 South, which displays a wide variety of local handicrafts, Northern Décor which features not just items for the home but also women’s clothing and jewelry, and Jackleen’s Jems, which has handmade jewelry and also has engraving and jewelry repair services. There are also art galleries, antique stores, and other specialty shops as well as grocery stores and a farmer’s market.
Many residents also drive to Benzonia or Traverse City for their shopping, particularly for access to large chain stores such as Home Depot.
There are a wide array of activities for both local participants of Beulah and the many tourists who come each year. With a plethora of trails to explore, this is a marvelous area for those who enjoy outdoor sports. Residents can enjoy many family-friendly options such as flag football, basketball leagues, soccer, t-ball, and baseball as well as a local cross-country running program.
Beulah is part of Benzie Count, which is considered a recreational paradise for those who love the outdoors. There are many local parks, beaches, and natural spaces as well as historic and cultural sites in the various towns of this region. Some notable places include the Point Betsie Lighthouse and Betsie Valley Trail as well as Railroad Point on Crystal Lake and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. These are all great places to visit.
Hunting and fishing are popular activities in the area given the proximity to natural spaces, though permits are required.
There are also two golf courses in Beulah and one in nearby Benzonia. These are the Crystal Lake, Pinecroft, and Champion Hill golf courses, all of which have received almost 5-stars in their online reviews.
Indoor activities include art galleries, with the Live for Art Gallery being both large and highly rated, and the popular children’s science museum, Cognition. There is also an excellent winery, St. Ambrose Cellars. Here, you will find both local red and white wines as well as mead made from local honey. They often feature live music, as well.
Finally, watersports are quite popular in the area. This includes swimming, boating, and fishing. Crystal Lake is kept stocked with salmon, in particular.
For those who enjoy extreme sports, they can try flyboarding on the lake in the summer months as well as snowmobiling in the winter.
While dogs are not allowed on many of the public beaches, there is a very nice dog park in nearby Benzonia, as well as hiking trails that allow dogs in many of the parks in the area. Those who love horses will be able to take classes at the Spring Moon Equestrian Center.
Schools near homes in Beulah, Michigan
Benzie County offers world-class educational programs in beautiful northwestern lower Michigan. Beulah itself does not have any schools, however, village children can attend the Crystal Lake Elementary School and the Benzie Central High School in Benzonia.
These academies encourage parental involvement and despite the small population density of the area, offer many challenging curricula. The school district won a Silver Medal from US News and World Report and has been recognized as a Mackinaw Center CAP recipient and by the College Board AP Honor Roll. The classrooms are outfitted with the latest in high-tech options so that students can become comfortable with cutting-edge technology.
In addition to academics, there is a range of athletics students can choose from as well as an award-winning band as well as choir, theater, and visual arts program. Extracurricular activities can also include participation in a wide array of clubs.
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