There's nothing more dreamy and luxurious than the waterfront lifestyle, and owning your own lake house. Waking up to the sunrise over the water, boat rides with friends on the lake, and cookouts with the family on the shore. This is a lifestyle of luxury and relaxation, as well as socializing and fun.

Whether you are looking for a quiet spot to retire or a vacation home that would be perfect for the kids, Brook Walsh Real Estate offers an abundance of lakefront options in beautiful Northern Michigan to suit your needs.

Michigan is home to the largest and some of the most beautiful lakes in North America, and one of the best areas for boating. Northern Michigan attracts avid fishermen and boat enthusiasts from all around the world due to its beautiful open widespread lakes and an abundance of aquatic life. Michigan also hosts many annual activities and festivals on the water that attract visitors from near and far. Not only are Michigan's pristine lakes popular among travelers, but the beautiful Michigan forests and streams are very popular with those interested in kayaking, canoeing, as well as salmon fishing. Michigan is commonly considered to be one of the best places to fish for salmon, and fishermen, both experts, and novices travel from all over the world to see the salmon swimming upstream during the spawning season.

Northern Michigan's waterfront real estate offers an abundance of options for families both large and small. Investing in a vacation home can be a difficult and uncertain process, thankfully experts at Brook Walsh Real Estate are ready to help you through the process. This agency's convenient search by lifestyle tool allows easy access to an abundance of dreamy properties ideally suited for house hunters interested in the waterfront lifestyle. Professional agents at this brokerage are equipped with the best tools, as well as extensive knowledge of the market to assist you in making the most responsible investment for your family. This expert boutique offers beautiful waterfront properties in 18 gorgeous waterfront resort communities.

These properties range from adorable quiet cottages nestled in woods to larger two-story lake houses, as well as beautiful spacious townhouses. The lakefront of The most popular of these resort communities includes Bay Harbor, Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Harbor Springs, Indian River, Petoskey, and Walloon Lake. These properties range from beautiful waterfront cottages, luxurious mansions, or beautiful building spots where you can customize your home to suit your family.

Bay Harbor

Bay Harbor is a beautiful lakefront town boasting over 30 different communities with properties ranging from quiet woodland homes to luxury condos in the town. This beautiful picturesque town is full of old-world charm and is full of specialty shops, a delicious variety of food options, and beautiful historical sights. The Bay Harbor shoreline stretches along 5 miles of Lake Michigan and sits between the communities of Petoskey and Charlevoix. 

Bay Harbor is one of the most famous vacation spots in Michigan and hosts an enormous selection of activities to suit vacationers old and young. The Village at Bay Harbor is a hot spot for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Residents at The Village can enjoy only having a short walk on the beautiful brick-paved streets to all the popular entertainment options and beautiful lakeside views.

Be sure to check out all the exciting attractions and activities in the Bay Harbor area like Mackinaw City Sunset Cruise, one of the top-rated attractions. Hop aboard and set sail around Lake Michigan and get a better view of the beaches and islands in the area. On this cruise passengers can find a new perspective of all the beautiful and quaint Michigan villages along the route. As you and your fellow passengers pass under Mackinac bridge, grab a drink and relax as your guide points out all the photo-worthy landmarks and watch the beautiful sunset on your ride home.

If you are looking to have a truly unique and historical experience, and you are looking for a bite to eat as well, check out the 1911 Restaurant at the Terrace Inn. Walking into the 1911 Restaurant at Terrace Inn is like stepping back in time to the early 1900s, hints the well-chosen name 1911 Restaurant. The elegant dining room at the 1911 Restaurant is adorned with beautiful chandeliers and antique treasures, dinner here will surely feel like dining with royalty. The patio at the 1911 Restaurant is perfect for those looking to grab a bite to eat, as well as explore the historical landmarks in the area. Be sure to try their very popular planked whitefish and finish it off with creme brulee and coffee for dessert, both are common favorites among returning travelers.

If you are looking to explore the beautiful northern Michigan landscape be sure to check out Thorne Swift Nature Preserve. This beautiful Nature Preserve is nestled along the shoreline of Lake Michigan and has an expansive 300-foot public beach open to visitors to spend a day in the sun. In 1981 Thorne Swift Nature Preserve was an expansive plot of land donated to Little Traverse Conservancy by Elizabeth Kennedy. Today Thorne Swift Nature Preserve is a thriving organization helping to educate the community about the beautiful ecosystems surrounding the area. The preserve offers a total of 1 and a half miles of hiking trails, a dune observation platform, pond observation, a gazebo, an amphitheater, and excellent seasonal guided programs for the whole family. (Click here to see all Bay Harbor, Michigan Homes for Sale)

Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs is a beautiful waterfront community that sits along the sheltered Bay on the North Shore of little traverse Bay on Lake MI. This beautiful picturesque community offers an abundance of beautiful outdoor scenery as well as a full Four Seasons for outdoor activity. Harbor Springs also has a vast array of interesting historical sites as well as delicious culinary experiences And a flourishing business district to explore.
Summer in Harbor Springs Is one of the town's biggest seasons for visitors who are looking to enjoy the events and attractions as well as the beautiful beaches in this little town. some of the most popular activities in Harbor Springs include concerts on the waterfront, art fairs in the park, sailing on the lake, kayaking, beach excursions, fishing, hiking, biking on the famous little traverse wheel way, and pristine golfing Harbor Springs extensive golf courses.

The Harbor Springs vibrant downtown business district sits alongside the beautiful beach of little traverse Bay And offers an abundance of shopping, fantastic dining options, pristine parks, as well as a premier sailing school. If you are looking to grab a bite to eat, you'll find great restaurants in the business district from family settings to fine dining, as well as ice cream parlors and candy shops.

If you're looking for a great lunchtime spot to grab a bite to eat check out Collin’s Corner Café, a small locally owned cafe that is well-loved by the locals as well as visitors. This adorable little cafe is praised as the best lunch place in town And offers a cozy but modern atmosphere. When you stop by Collins corner cafe be sure to grab a cup of coffee and carrot cake for dessert.

If you're feeling snacky and you're looking for a sweet treat be sure to check out Tom's mom's cookies a locally owned bakery providing an array Of interesting cookie flavors. Be sure to grab one of their famous chocolate chunk cookies and head down to the beach on Bay street where you'll find picnic tables a changing house, lifeguards, as well as swimming platforms.

by popular opinion, the best time to visit Harbor Springs is during The town's famous 4th of July festivities. The whole town of Harbor Springs comes alive in early July as visitors from around the world come to experience the one of a kind event. the festivities begin on the morning of July 4th with the annual Paul Revere run which is a ten-mile run taking place at Zoll Street Park followed by the art fair in Zoll Park. the largest event drawing thousands is the 4th of July parade which takes place Which takes place in the afternoon along Main Street.


Famously loved by Ernest Hemingway Petoskey Michigan offers an abundance of beauty and relaxation. This waterfront community is nestled along the shores of Lake MI's little traverse Bay and is a destination for visitors looking to experience all that Petoskey has to offer. Petoskey's abundance of natural beauty is not the only reason visitors come from far and near but also Petoskey's beautiful gaslight district where you'll find shopping dining end unique experiences. if you're looking to explore the town be sure to walk through the popular pedestrian tunnel to the beautiful waterfront park where spectators watch boats coming into the Marina.

The famous Petoskey gaslight district offers a variety of interesting shops as well as over 100 years' worth of historical treasures. the gaslight district is the perfect place to indulge in luxury shopping as well as gourmet food Taking in the beautiful view of the great traverse Bay.

if you are looking for Interesting cultural experiences Out Harris gardens at North Central Michigan college where you'll find beautiful sculptures as well as dreamy landscapes. if you want to get to know the history of Petoskey MI try a self-guided walk through the beautiful downtown streets where you'll find buildings dating all the way back to the 1870s. you can begin your tour on the waterfront where the old Chicago in West Michigan railroad's Depot is now the little traverse History Museum.


Charlevoix is a bustling community nestled between Lake Michigan and round Lake and is known for its beautiful scenery and petunia-lined streets. Charlevoix has been a summer place for generations of people all over the US and for good reason. Charlevoix's events and attractions include the famous Venetian festival, summer art fair, sailing, boating, beautiful beaches, pristine golfing, and the annual apple fest.

Autumn in Charlevoix comes alive as the leaves begin changing, and visitors from all around come to experience the magic of fall in Michigan. While fall welcomes in a vast array of exciting activities and opportunities, the number of fall events that all residents enjoy every fall is the Charlevoix Apple Fest. Come Fall season the apples are ripe and ready for picking, and the local farmers a bringing their harvest to the table. The Apple Fest events include visits to local apple orchards, bustling farmer's markets, an art, and craft show, as well as kid's activities.

Charlevoix is a year-round destination for great skiing hiking and biking and is located at the end of the famous little traverse wheel way. Which links Charlevoix to Petoskey and Harbor Springs. While in Petoskey be sure to hop on the ferry to Beaver Island, and walk the beach at fisherman's island State Park, pick up some fresh smoked whitefish for dinner, and in the day with an ice cream cone in a walk on the waterfront.

Being rich in history, Charlevoix offers many interesting areas to explore Including northern Michigan's many working lighthouses that still assist boaters. Here you'll find historic lighthouses where past lighthouse keepers once lived and worked to preserve its structure. Many of these elegant structures were built in the 1800s and today they are being maintained by volunteers and various historical organizations. Take a tour of these historic lighthouses and get a glimpse of what life was like as a lighthouse keeper while taking in the beauty of little traverse bay. (Click here to see Northern Michigan's finest collection of Charlevoix, MI vacation rentals)

Boyne City

Sitting along Lake Charlevoix Boyne city is a treasure in northern Michigan's collection of beautiful waterfront communities. This lively bustling town offers an abundance of outdoor activities fine dining luxury shopping Viking and more. On Saturdays the bustling farmers market is filled with local foods and crafts, well the streets all summer long are filled with street musicians.

In Boyne City spring means plants and flowers popping up from the ground as well as the famous
Morel mushroom season. These little mushrooms are so popular in the area that there is a festival dedicated to celebrating them at the Morel festival hundreds of mushroom lovers and hunters from around the country come to seek this elusive delicacy the Morel mushroom. During the festival, time restaurants prepare exotic Morel mushroom entrees while local songwriters sing songs about the morale and secret hunting places are discussed. Well not everyone is a mushroom fanatic the Merrell festival still offers a wealth of interesting and one-of-a-kind events. Including a guided Morel hunt in veterans park a spectacular craft show showcasing handmade items as well as a concert at Yankee station.

If you're looking to take a beautiful scenic drive check out the breezeway scenic highway between Atwood and Boyne falls. This beautiful roadway is a 28-mile scenic highway known as the breezeway and draws visitors because of its gorgeous views. This beautiful highway offers gorgeous panoramic scenic overlooks recreational opportunities like hiking biking and kayaking as well as a popular motorcycle route. The breezeway twists and turns from Boyne falls through East Jordan Ellsworth and Atwood. Along the breezeway, you'll find art galleries, antique shops, resale shops local, orchards, farms as well as farmers' markets. Delicious restaurants and beautiful parks are also among many of the attractions you'll find along the breezeway.

A great spot for outdoor fun is Petoskey State Park. Petoskey State Park is one of the Premier destinations for campers and outdoor lovers tucked away between Petoskey in Harbor Springs. This beautiful park offers year-round activities ranging from camping to biking to swimming to hiking to cross country skiing. The State Park offers a beautiful beach with spectacular dunes soft sands and waves ranging from gentle to wild. With plenty of space to roam beach walkers can enjoy the shallow rocky shores. While exploring these shores many visitors keep their eyes peeled for fossils that are famously found along the shores at the end of little traverse bay. (Click here to see all Boyne City, Michigan Homes for Sale)

Walloon Lake

If you have an avid fisherman in your life, or you are an avid fisherman, the community at Walloon Lake is the perfect haven for you. Walloon Lake is a beautiful lakefront community nestled in the Little Traverse Bay watershed, 10 miles south of Petoskey. This beautiful lake is considered an outstanding ecological, aesthetic, and recreational gem for the area. Walloon Lake is a glacier-formed lake with crystalline waters that are just as blue as they were one hundred years ago. This lake is abundant in beauty and offers a variety of opportunities to explore its waters. The rolling glacial terrain surrounds Walloon Lakes famously deep waters and has five distinct depressions or basins including The Foot which sinks to a 94-foot depth, Mud Lake which sinks to a 14-foot depth, the North Arm which sinks to a 52-foot depth, Wildwood which has a depth of 80 feet, as well as the West Arm which is the deepest and sinks to a massive 100-foot depth.
Fishermen love visiting Walloon Lake because of the abundant variety of fish living in the lake’s deep waters. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Walloon Lake is home to numerous species of fish including Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Muskie, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, and Yellow Perch.

Not only is Walloon Lake Famous for great fishing spots, but Walloon Lake is also a popular place to visit because the area was also made famous by classic author Ernest Hemingway who spent his summers as a child at the Hemingway summer home on Walloon Lake. Today the Hemingway cottage, also called Windemere, has been declared a Nation Historic Landmark that visitors can visit and explore the beautiful grounds.

Another exciting activity that is popular in the Walloon Lake area is Kayaking. A popular spot for kayaking among beginners, or experienced kayakers looking for an easy day of paddling, is Bear River. This river is great for beginners due to its gentle flow, and few obstacles. On Bear River, you will never have to be afraid of flipping in swift-flowing rapids or avoiding downed tree branches as the river is well kept and has a gentle current. If you are looking to have an extended easy day trip on Bear River, a popular route to take is to put it at Bear River Road and take it out at the Sports Complex in Petoskey. This is particular trip is roughly a 3 1/2 hour trip with beautiful views and peaceful water. However this trip does require consistent paddling, so be sure to bring a snack and water, and enjoy the scenery! (Click here to see all Walloon Lake, Michigan Homes for Sale)

Indian River

The quiet community of Indian River is named after the river that runs directly through the center of town. This peaceful community is the perfect place to escape and enjoy the quiet of Michigan’s natural beauty. The real estate options in this community offer a variety of affordable, high-quality properties ranging from comfortable ranch-style homes to luxury townhomes, as well as multi-story homes.

The community of Indian River offers a variety of exciting outdoor activities for visitors with a variety of interests. Popular outdoor activities at Indian River include canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing, rafting, and fly fishing on the area's blue-ribbon rivers and streams.

Fly fishing is a popular activity amongst residents as well as visitors, and the Indian River offers an abundance of perfect spots for fly fishing that are suited to experienced fishermen as well as beginners. If you’re interested in fly fishing, be sure to contact Boyne Outfitters. Boyne Outfitters offers guided fishing trips led by professional outdoorsmen well equipped to help you have the most fulfilling experience on the water. Whether you’re looking to chase wild trout floating down one of the beautiful local rivers, or you are looking for a peaceful experience at The Everett Kircher Preserve, you are sure to have a great time fishing on the water.

The most well-known attraction that draws visitors from all around is the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods which is an outdoor sanctuary providing a quiet place of worship for visitors nestled in the quiet serenity of the Indian River woods. The massive bronze cross which sits front and center at the shrine ways seven tons and is a staggering twenty-eight foot tall from head to toe. Visitors come to this shrine to see the towering cross, as well as to meditate and pray. The shrine is surrounded by rows of benches and draws many visitors ready to simply sit and enjoy the beautiful sight.

East Jordan

First founded in the 1870s, East Jordan is located 15 miles south of Charlevoix and is well known for its natural beauty. The name East Jordan refers to the famous Jordan River which runs through the town and eventually meets Charlevoix. The beaches and waterways in East Jordan are beautiful, peaceful, and unforgettable.

Probably the most famous attraction in this little town is the well-known Jordan River, which is among the cleanest rivers in Michigan. The Jordan River spans 33 miles and was the first river to be designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. While in East Jordan it is a must to visit Fisherman’s Island State Park where you can kick your shoes off and dip your toes in the water on the beach. This quiet beach is the perfect place to spend a day relaxing on the shore or playing in the crystal clear water. If you are looking for a bite to eat be sure to check out the South Arm Café for a delicious breakfast. South Arm Café is a local eatery that serves up a delicious breakfast menu, as well as a savory lunch menu. Be to try this little café’s french toast which comes highly recommended.

For those who love hiking be sure to check out Jordan River Pathway for some photo-worthy scenery. More suitable for an all-day hiking adventure and sunset swim, Jordan River Pathway hosts an eighteen-mile-long trail system that ventures deep into the beautiful scenic outdoors. If you are looking for a quick morning hike, try dead man’s loop. Dead Man’s Loop offers the most picture-perfect views when visitors reach the top overlook. After a long and satisfying trek in the forestlands visitors can drive twenty minutes to East Jordan’s Elm Pointe to take a much-anticipated dip in the beautiful Lake Charlevoix.

Whether you are looking for a quiet paradise in the woods where you can relax away from the bustling and busy city, or a beautiful townhouse near the downtown area, you are sure to find the right place for you and your family. Purchasing your own vacation home is an investment in your family and all the memories that will be made with your children, your relatives, or even grandchildren. If you are looking to invest in a vacation home be sure to contact Brook Walsh. (Click here to see Northern Michigan's finest collection of East Jordan, MI vacation rentals)

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