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Mackinac Island Homes for Sale
If you’re looking for a large home with plenty of bedrooms, you’ll find it here. There are a number of building sites located on and off the golf course, some with water views, where you can build a brand new home tailored to your needs and lifestyle.
Homes for sale
There are approximately 16 real estate properties for sale on Mackinac Island. For $895,000, you can purchase a gorgeous three-bedroom, three-bath home with 1,966 square feet of living area. Built-in 1998, this spacious home includes a fireplace and attached garage.
If you’re looking for something a little bigger and are willing to spend a little more, you should tour the Forest Drive property. With four bedrooms, four baths, and 2,480 square feet of open living space inside to enjoy, you’ll still want to send sunny spring and summer days soaking up the scenery on your fabulous wrap-around porch.
If you’ve always dreamed of owning a bed and breakfast cottage, you will be enchanted by a 100+-year-old Victorian located on Algonquin Road. Ten bedrooms, six baths, and 7,434 square feet of beautiful space will have you mentally planning to fill it with visitors to the island. From the spacious wrap-around porch overlooking the gorgeous water views of prestigious West Bluff, the coffered ceiling music room, and intricate wood details throughout, this cottage is truly a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Homesites for Sale
Building your dream home may be your preference. If so, there are a number of building sites available for you to choose from. For just under $60,000, you can own a building site on the 18th fairway of the Grand Hotel’s Woods Golf Course and for slightly less, you can build the home you want on the 11th green of the course.
For less than $100,000, you can buy a building site in Woodbluff Subdivision and join the Victorian homeowners who will be your neighbors. This lot is nicely wooded and a great location for an island retreat. A spacious, wooded Woodbluff Subdivision lot with breathtaking water views will set you back about $280,000, but the privacy it affords you makes it well worth the price.
There’s another beautiful lot facing Forest Way Drive that has water views and is just off the golf course. This lot is located at the end of the airport. Imagine flying in and arriving at your island retreat in just a matter of minutes.
2% of Mackinac Island is State Land while 18% is privately owned. Currently, there is a fantastic inventory of incredible Victorian-style summer homes on the market. Beautiful buildable homesites starting at $43,500 are located around the Woods Golf Course where you can purchase your lot now and build in the future. There are several large wooded lots in Stonebrook, Forest Bluff, Forest Brook, and Woodbluff Sub starting at $85,000.
Mackinac Island Community Highlights
Imagine a place with no cars, no chain hotels or big box stores -- just carriages, tandem bikes, unique shops, bed and breakfasts, and historic hotels. If this sounds like paradise, you will love calling Mackinac Island home.
Yellowstone National Park and Martha’s Vineyard are uber-popular summertime vacation spots but the No. 1 destination is Mackinac Island, according to TripAdvisor. Not only is the “charming island” a “throwback to old-timey seaside leisure” with a quaint downtown, says TripAdvisor, but it’s also “world-famous for its homemade fudge and travelers can work off sugar highs by exploring the limestone bluffs of Mackinac Island State Park.” This award, just like the magnificent sites on Mackinac, is real.
Travel to Mackinac Island is by boat, ferryboat, or by small plane. Ferryboats depart from Mackinaw City in the Lower Peninsula and St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula every half hour during the summer season. Boats have an enclosed lower deck for a comfortable trip of about 20 minutes, offering visitors the opportunity to visit the Island for a short or longer visit. Take a day trip over to the Island for lunch and a carriage tour or spend a few days enjoying the outstanding beauty of Mackinac Island.
This small island of about 4 1/2 square miles has a downtown area with lodgings, old historic buildings, specialty shops, restaurants, and museums. Be sure to try some of the delicious Mackinac Island Fudge.
Fort Mackinac, built by the British during the Revolutionary War, is located on a limestone bluff 150 feet above the town and contains 14 original buildings and informative displays. The Tea Room is a popular place for lunch or dinner with service from the famed Grand Hotel.
There are no motorized vehicles permitted on the island except for service vehicles so you can enjoy the beauty of the island riding in a horse-drawn carriage, bicycling, hiking, golfing, tennis, sailing, horseback riding, or taking a leisurely stroll through the delightful back streets.
The majority of Mackinac Island is preserved as Mackinac Island State Park, an undeveloped wilderness with 140 miles of trails and footpaths for biking, hiking, and horseback riding. There is an 8-mile perimeter road around the island, ideal for carriage tours or a bike ride. Stop at British Landing Nature Center where the British landed during the War of 1812 for restrooms and water as you travel the Island to view Arch Rock, 150' above the eastern shore; lakeside caves; Sugar Loaf, the large inland slab of limestone; unique rock formations; wildflowers; and woodlands. Enjoy the spectacular view and don't forget your camera.
Bicycle rentals are available at several places near the downtown area and some offer electric carts and strollers for those who prefer a leisurely ride around the town. Several stables offer horses for trail rides or carriage rides, or you can take a horse-drawn taxi to visit some of the interesting sights you wish to see such as the Butterfly House, the Governor's Mansion, and the Grand Hotel.
Whether you just want to grab a latte to go or are in the mood to dress up and have a great eating experience, Mackinac Island’s eateries can accommodate you.
For a quick meal or a coffee on the go, try out Watercolor Cafe. It’s located behind Bayview Bed and Breakfast and turns into an art studio at night. You can get fresh coffee, bagels, soup, or a poppie (a signature pastry and Poptart hybrid). Drop in at the Good Day Cafe for a Moomer’s ice cream treat or splurge on one of the tasty pastries that make the place so popular. From May through October, the Lucky Bean Coffeehouse is the place to sit and enjoy a coffee and pastry.
Looking for a quick bite during a busy day? The Doghouse is hands down the place to go when you’re in the mood for a great hotdog. The Feedbag offers fresh doughnuts every day, and The Lawn at Stonecliffe (on the west side of the island) is a great place for a fast, outdoor meal. The Cannonball Drive Inn, located on the historic British Landing, is a local favorite.
If you’re looking for something more substantial, give the Pink Pony a try. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and supper. Planning a carriage tour? Stop in at Millie’s on Main. It’s right next door to the carriage tours, and offers great burgers and wraps you can wash down with a craft beer or a glass of wine. The Yankee Rebel Inn offers traditional American cuisine in a historical atmosphere. The Gate House at the Grand Hotel has its famous Trapper Burger (and a dress code).
Craving a night on the town that starts with an elegant meal? Try out Chianti at Mission Point Resort. Its five-course menu is Prix Fixe with three options for each course. The 1852 Grill Room has a great ala carte breakfast menu as well as fresh seafood, duck, chicken, and steak for dinner. The award-winning Carriage House, located at Hotel Iroquois, is open May through September, and the Grand Hotel offers diners the option of its Main Dining Room and the more casual Woods.
Last, but certainly not least: fudge. Mackinac Island is famous for it, and you’ll be able to taste the many varieties at any of the numerous fudge shops in town.
Mackinac Island is not the place to look for big box stores, malls, outlets, or department stores. What you’ll find here are unique boutiques, art galleries, and gift shops offering items you won’t find anywhere else.
Shop downtown and enjoy the unique flavor and character that is Mackinac Island. Where else will you find such a unique collection of everything from home decor to fishing poles, books, artwork, and more? You’ll also find kids' toys, including kites for flying on Windermere Point. Stop in at the antique portrait studio and pose as your favorite character.
Mackinac Island shops offer major clothing brands for adults and kids at the downtown shops, the pro shop at the golf course, and at hotel gift shops. If you’re looking for something special for dinner at a fancy restaurant or new sneakers for a day out at Mackinac Island State Park, you can find it without ever leaving the island.
The oldest grocery store in America is located on Mackinac Island. Brothers, Patrick and James Doud, opened it in 1884. After 135 years, the store is still in the family and proud to provide islanders with all their grocery needs.
Need a gift for someone special? The island is full of quaint shops offering items you won’t find anywhere else. Books, toys, hand-crafted items, novelties, and even Mackinac's famous maple syrup are waiting for you.
Artists abound on Mackinac Island, and you can find their award-winning works in the many art studios and galleries that dot the downtown area. Whether you’re looking for fine art to decorate your walls or hand-crafted items to add to your bookshelf collections, you’ll find it here on this beautiful island.
Mackinac Island is only 3.78 miles in diameter, but it’s packed with natural beauty and historic sites. One of your first visits as a new resident has to be a tour of the state park. It’s hard to miss.
The park comprises 82% of the whole island. It is America’s second national park (Yellowstone is the first) and Michigan’s first state park. There are over 70 miles of roads and paths that let you explore forests, historic sites, natural rock formations, and more.
If you’re a biker, you’ll soon be familiar with the Outer Loop. It wraps around the island. Along the way, you’ll be able to take in Mackinac Bridge, the Straits of Mackinac, Devil’s Kitchen, British Landing, Brown’s Brook, and Arch Rock. The Botanical Trail is new and features plants and floral life unique to the island.
Horseback riding is a popular pastime on the island. You can board your own horse at the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association or rent a ride at Cindy’s Riding Stable. There are 40 miles of bridle paths with Tranquil Bluff being the longest.
Military history buffs will be fascinated by the island’s forts. They underscore the significance of Mackinac’s geography and economic importance to both the British and the Colonies. Both Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes were built by the British. Fort Mackinac was constructed during the Revolutionary War, and Fort Holmes came into being in the War of 1812.
Today Fort Mackinac is a museum where tour guides dress in period costumes, and guests can watch battle reenactments. There are cannon and rifle-firing demonstrations. Guests are even allowed to reserve spots to fire the cannons themselves. Fort Holmes doesn’t have any reenactments, but because it sits on the island’s highest elevation, the views from it are spectacular.
Mackinac Island is a paradise for nature lovers. The many limestone formations are an important part of Mackinac’s history. They were created by wave action that broke and cemented the limestone onto the land. Some of the most popular formations include Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf, Skull Cave, and Devil’s Kitchen.
John Jacob Astor built the American Fur Company in 1808. By 1838, it was monopolizing the fur trade and was one of the biggest companies in the young country. The retail store, selling surplus merchandise, first opened in 1820. The store and the Dr. Beaumont Museum should be on your shortlist to visit.
At the Benjamin Blacksmith Shop, you can watch modern blacksmiths demonstrating traditional blacksmithing skills, like horseshoeing and carriage repair. McGulpin House is one of the oldest structures on the island. Historic interpreters guide guests through the home while explaining the architectural significance.
This island is the perfect place for art lovers to call home. The newest art museum on Mackinac is the Richard and Jane Manoogian Museum. It showcases art inspired by Mackinac Island. Biddle House dates back to the late 1700s and was the location of the Treaty of 1836. This treaty resulted in Michigan Indian tribes avoiding the Trail of Tears and led to statehood for Michigan.
Schools Near Mackinac Island, Michigan
There is one school on Mackinac Island, and it serves children from Pre-K through high school. The school averages 63 students with class sizes that range anywhere from ten to four students. Two grades share each elementary classroom (Pre-K through 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th grades, and 5th and 6th). Grades seven through twelve make up middle and high school.
In the fall and spring, students walk or ride their bikes to school. In the winter, however, you’ll see snowmobiles transporting the students to and from school each day. The average distance to school for most students is around a mile.
The present school building was constructed in 1969 and includes seven classrooms, an office, kitchen, a multipurpose room that used to be a gym and eating hall. In 1970, the school district bought a portable building (used as storage today), and in 1974, students built an industrial arts building that is attached to the portable unit.
In 1992, a science room and library were added to the original structure. In 2000, a state of the art gym (complete with locker room and weight room) was added to the school. A computer lab was added, and the classrooms have been enlarged and updated.
Mackinac Island Lakers participate in the Northern Lights League in soccer, hockey, and basketball. Golf and track and field are offered as well. These students compete in the Eastern Upper Peninsula athletic league.
Various Mackinac Island Community Foundation Scholarships have been awarded to outstanding students over the years.
The Mackinac Island Public School community is dedicated to inspiring all they serve to develop their full potential as lifelong learners. Mackinac City has the following public schools:
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
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