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1. When should I visit Lake Charlevoix?

This is really up to you and what you like to do. There’s certainly no bad time to visit Lake Charlevoix, which is why we call it a “year-round playground.” In the summer, we’ve got beaches, hiking, biking, and more. In the spring and winter, there’s skiing and snowboarding. In the fall, there’s gorgeous foliage and outdoor festivities. You really can’t go wrong.

2. How do I get to Lake Charlevoix?

Whether driving or flying, getting here is relatively easy with plenty of beautiful lake views and scenery along the way.

If you’re flying, you can fly into the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, which is approximately an hour and a half away from Lake Charlevoix. You can drive or

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In 2012, Lake Charlevoix was voted the second-best lake in America in a USA Today poll, behind only Lake Tahoe. Being awarded this honor is partly due to the many forms of recreation the lake provides, including swimming, kayaking, sailing, fishing, diving, boating, water skiing, and just relaxing on the beach. It is also due to Lake Charlevoix being one of Michigan’s largest and most magnificent lakes. Lake Charlevoix is the 3rd largest lake in the state in terms of surface area, but due to its shape and the elongate South Arm, its shoreline length far exceeds that of any other inland lake in Michigan. If you kayak the entire shoreline of Lake Charlevoix, you will have traversed 60 miles! 

Because Lake Charlevoix is directly connected to

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Walloon Lake is located within the Little Traverse Bay Watershed and empties into Lake Michigan via the Bear River. Walloon Lake is considered an outstanding ecological, aesthetic, and recreational resource. Rolling glacial terrain surrounds its deep waters, including its five distinct depressions or basins:

  • Foot – 94 ft.
  • Mud Lake – 14 ft.
  • West Arm – 100 ft.
  • North Arm – 52 ft.
  • Wildwood – 80 ft.

The lake and its watershed are located in Bay, Evangeline, and Melrose townships of Charlevoix County; and Bear Creek and Resort Townships of Emmet County. The lake has a relatively small watershed (22,650 acres) compared to its lake surface area (4,270 acres). Five percent of the Walloon Lake Watershed is classified as

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We have all been there:  We enjoy a great vacation in a beautiful destination and are smitten by life there.  We imagine what it might be like if a vacation home was ours and start picking up local real estate brochures and searching online for sale listings.  Pretty soon, conversations with a realtor could be occurring, and you begin you wonder if this dream is realty or pie in the sky.  The idea of owning your own place in a ski town that your family loves just seems like the perfect next step.

Ski vacation homes are no different than the pattern we see with other vacation homes.  They tend to be located in great ski towns that are fun in both summer and winter, have a charm that goes way above and beyond owning just a normal rental

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Investing in real estate is one of the smartest money moves you can make. Whether you are investing in a single-family home for yourself or to use as a rental property or buying multi-family residential property, it’s a stable and safe investment.

It’s a smart move to plan for retirement using a mix of different investments, including real estate.

Unlike investing in the stock market, investing in real estate means you always have the physical asset to show for your expenses. Real estate investing for beginners might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading for 7 tips to help get you started.

Real Estate Investing for Beginners: 7 Tips To Get Started

There will certainly be a learning curve involved in

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The Shores on Walloon Lake is a collection of only six spacious custom cottages in Walloon Lake Village. Each has a westward panorama and is but a few steps from the water and your dock. The design and workmanship of each are beyond all requirements and most expectations. The plan is based on great respect for the past and appreciation of the natural grandeur of our Walloon. Through uncomplicated and maintenance-free living, The Shores allow you to reside in harmony with the village and the lake. Every outside maintenance task—including your dock—is taken care of. Never rake, shovel, sweep, cut, plant, prune, clean or wash!

About Walloon Lake

For over 120 years, Walloon has been a place where many of the icons of

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This article summarizes some key Michigan landlord-tenant laws applicable to residential rental units.

The Official State Statutes and other reputable municipal sources were used to research this information. All sources are cited appropriately.

With that said, landlord-tenant laws are always changing, and may even vary from county to county.  You have a responsibility to perform your own research and cautiously apply the laws to your unique situation.

If you have a legal question or concern, I only recommend contacting a licensed attorney referral service that is operated by the State Bar of Michigan. This article is not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for qualified legal advice.

Official Rules and Regulations

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This article summarizes some key Michigan landlord-tenant laws applicable to residential rental units.

The Official State Statutes and other reputable municipal sources were used to research this information. All sources are cited appropriately.

With that said, landlord-tenant laws are always changing, and may even vary from county to county.  You have a responsibility to perform your own research and cautiously apply the laws to your unique situation.

If you have a legal question or concern, I only recommend contacting a licensed attorney referral service that is operated by the State Bar of Michigan. This article is not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for qualified legal advice.

Official Rules and Regulations

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By Emily Bingham with MLive.com

With more than 11,000 inland lakes and its entire shape defined by the Great Lakes, Michigan is a hot spot for lakefront real estate. A recent report from LakeHomes.com, a multi-state brokerage, and real estate database, offers some insight into where the priciest lakefront real estate is found in Michigan. To compile its quarterly Lake Market Report, LakeHomes.com pulled MLS data to find the average listing price for all for-sale homes in each market on Sept. 1, 2018. The top 10 most expensive lakes for lakefront homes in Michigan are listed below, ordered from the least expensive lake to the most expensive lake at No. 1.

10. Lake Macatawa
Average list price: $1,110,482

This 1,700-acre lake in Ottawa

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Sold: 414 Boyne City Avenue Boyne City, MI 49712
MLS: 459746 - $229,000

DOWNTOWN BOYNE CITY! Large 4 unit multifamily investment property is available for sale! Great location in downtown Boyne City! Just a block away are all the shops, restaurants and the marina and the beach is nearby! Could make a great Airbnb property! There are 3 one-bedroom units and one two-bedroom. There is a 2.5 car garage also available for additional storage.

Live in one unit and rent the remaining units out! Several units have had recent updates. There is a large fenced in yard your tenants can enjoy. Natural gas has been metered separately. Electric has not. Could easily be metered separately.








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