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Have you ever wanted to live in the “quaint little fishing village” Harrison Ford wanted Julia Ormond to photograph in the movie Sabrina?
The weathered old wood of the buildings, the gulls calling over your head, the breeze off the water ruffling your hair, and the food you can only properly taste on a beach are only found in waterfront villages.
There’s a quaint little fishing village, whose population at the last census was 377, on the literal tip of a Michigan peninsula. It lies on the Leland River as it enters Lake Michigan. The little village has served as a fishing village since Native Americans caught the first fish.
Some of the old fishing shanties house merchandise is for sale today, but some are still going concerns. The shops, museums, restaurants, and other attractions are all located within the small area the village has always occupied. It’s walkable, bicycle-able, and you can catch the ferry to Manitou Island for a day’s jaunt.
Do people really live idyllic lives in such storybook surroundings? They certainly do. Can you handle all that charm and laid-back lifestyle every day? We bet you can. Here’s what you need to know about living in Leland, MI.
Home Sales Prices
Leland homes don’t come on the market often. When they do, they don’t remain there long, usually about 67 days. The price for which the homes are listed is generally the price for which they sell.
You’ll find several lots for sale as you scan the listings. Some of them are waterfront lots. The homes range from two bedrooms two baths up to five or six bedrooms and as many baths. Some are waterfront homes, while others have water views.
One of the most compelling reasons for home prices in Leland is the crime rate. There isn’t one. Rating expert Niche tells us that for every crime committed in the United States, in Leland, not one is committed. There are other compelling reasons, though, why Leland home sales prices are what they are.
When you have a small village like Leland, the houses might be much the same. This is called comps, or comparable homes. The homes are generally in the same age group. They could have much the same size and usable square footage.
Things like these, along with mortgage price fluctuations, interest rates, and other economic considerations tend to affect the sale price of a house. Here are a few other-than-economic reasons for buying in Leland.
Leland Community Highlights
A number of people moved from other places in Michigan to Leland. They’re working people and church-going people. The unemployment rate is substantially below the state average. Most own their houses. Some are retired, while some attend colleges. The cost of living here is well below the national average.
What, specifically, is it like to live in Leland, MI? The sense of community, of society with like-minded people, is hard to find in today’s busy, chaotic world. When you grow up in a small town or village and never find a reason to leave it, then you’ve found the ideal.
Winter is slow everywhere. However, in Leland, it’s just the preamble to frosty fun. Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and more await the adventurous Lelander looking for something to do.
As a community overview, the sharing of winter fun, as well as summer fun with family, friends, and neighbors, makes living in a new town feel more like you’re a real part of it. Tourism is big all over the country, but it’s especially true on the water. Approaching tourists prepared with questions gives you an air of the expert, which just makes you feel all the more a part of the town.
Any schools overview will give you the student-to-teacher ratio, test scores, and advanced or college-ready course information. Leland schools are no different. Their students rank high in STEM or science, technology, engineering, and math courses. Students are accomplishing more here than students at other schools in Michigan.
Great Schools’ school's overview tells us that Leland students are above the state average in college and career preparedness.
Although the children will attend primary school in Lakeland, Leland offers Kensington Woods High School for grades six through twelve. The three closest colleges are Northwestern Michigan College, Mid Michigan Community College, and Ferris State University at under 100 miles in distance. University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and Saint Norbert College are over 100 miles from Leland.
The Leland Epicurean
Cable cooking shows have taken normal people who cook normal food at home and turned them into “foodies.” We want a beautiful plate of exquisitely prepared food, something we can take a picture of to share on social media. Expect to dine on wonderful seafood as well as local favorites:
Bluebird Restaurant And Tavern/Early Bird Cafe
With a patio, dining room, and tavern from which to choose for seating, all you need to know now is what dish to choose. Of course, seafood is always a choice, but so is a Mediterranean pizza with spinach, sundried tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, and herbs covered in mozzarella and feta cheese.
You could try a prime rib dip sandwich, a barbecue sandwich, or a whitefish taco with cabbage and cream of cilantro wrapped in a flour tortilla and served with corn tortilla chips and salsa. Feeling like a glass of something with your lunch or dinner? Ask for a beer, a mixed drink, or a glass of wine.
The Cove/Rick’s Cafe
The upstairs area of The Cove gives diners a just as great view of the water as the deck downstairs. Try the whitefish pate as you’re deciding whether to have surf or turf in the form of chicken alfredo or beef tenderloin. Toss in chocolate cherry cheesecake, and you’ll have a great time.
Ahoy, matey! The bar downstairs serves typical pub food plus their signature Chubby Mary. Have a good time nibbling on seafood chowder reminiscent of New England, whitefish pate, house-made chips and salsa, cherry chicken salad wrap, or a cheeseburger in paradise.
Blue Boat Coffee
Have you just awoken and aren’t interested in fish or steak? How about a cup of joe and a pastry to get you started? We have you covered. Blue Boat Coffee is Leland’s premier coffee shop. Order a cappuccino, an espresso, or a chai as you choose among buttery croissants or scones. You can even take a Blue Boat mug home to enjoy your coffee.
Village Cheese Shanty
Planning a trip to the Manitou Islands? Going for a day on the beach? You’ll need lunch. The Village Cheese Shanty has been packing and “doing” lunch for almost 50 years. Pita sandwiches, baguette, and pretzel bread sandwiches filled with turkey, ham, roast beef, and chicken topped with spinach, Greek olives, pesto-mayo, three-pepper relish, guacamole make a heck of a picnic basket.
Merchandise For Sale In Leland
You can’t move to a new town without first knowing where to go for groceries, hardware needs, clothing, and more. Luckily, we can tell you where to pick up everything you need right here in Leland:
River And Main
Before you set out on your buying spree, it’s a good idea to have a plan. So, the first thing that’s required is to have a coffee or a glass of wine, nibble on one of over 800 kinds of chocolate, and gaze at all those weathered old buildings we discussed at the beginning of this article. What’s in them?
You’ll need hand-made soaps and handwash, hair accessories, scarves, sweaters, ponchos, hats, socks, and bags. All will be either designer or handmade.
Leland Beach Company
You’ll need shoes in which to hike the Manitou Islands, the beach, or the shopping district. This store offers all kinds of shoes like Birkenstocks, Hey Dude, and Chacos. The shop will send you pictures of what you’re looking for and ship them to you. Happy hiking!
Jaffe’s Resale And Consignment
You’d be surprised how many brand-new items people donate to consignment shops that still have tags on them. You can pick up some name-brand and designer togs in such shops to mix and match to make dozens of great outfits. Not to mention these shops are great for birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas gifting.
This clothing is designed, cut, and sewn right here in Michigan and sold in Haystacks. The enterprise uses specialty textiles from different countries. Switchstacks reversible bias skirts are the most popular.
You won’t find Six Flags or the Smithsonian museum in Leland. However, you’ll find many hundreds of acres of parkland and beaches upon which to have loads of fun. Tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer, baseball, boat ramps, open green fields, woods for hiking, and much more are available to new Leland families searching for fun. Picnic areas, grills, fire pits, playgrounds, swimming (some with lifeguards,) and plenty of parking can be enjoyed all around Leland.
Focused on Northern Michigan Investment Real Estate
Brook is focused on lifestyle real estate investment properties as most people want a vacation home to make lifelong memories that endure for their entire family, leave a profound legacy for generations, and they want a solid financial investment at the same time. While the area does have many good realtors, there aren’t many with the unique financial, vacation home investing, and technology marketing background. Brook uses his diverse skill set to help clients properly evaluate and determine whether a vacation home makes financial sense.
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