Manistee

Manistee has no big cities and no suburban sprawl. Enjoy fishing in Manistee inland lakes, 270 miles of rivers, three Lake Michigan harbors, and over 20 miles of Lake Michigan sandy shoreline. Discover the charming, historic towns and marvel at the fertile farms, orchards, and the Manistee National Forest, which covers thousands of acres.

This page gives a very detailed overview of the homes, condominiums, land, and commercial property for sale in Manistee, Michigan.

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $282K
Lowest Price $62.5K
Highest Price $995K
Total Listings 22
Avg. Days On Market 93
Avg. Price/SQFT $163

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Manistee Homes for Sale

Are you looking for a primary or secondary with acres of forest and miles of rivers and shorelines? Those of you who have included Manistee on your list of ideal places to live are indeed fortunate.

You can find a lot to do, see, and experience in Manistee. In Manistee, you will find all the conveniences you have been looking for, including the airport, recreational opportunities, and friendly homeowners. Professionals at Manistee Real Estate, the leading real estate firm in the area, say many quality homes in Manistee can deliver value for money. There is no need to look elsewhere for a weekend getaway cabin or a house worth millions. Living in Manistee can satisfy all your needs, and we will explain how.

Michigan's Pure Passion Destination.
Beauty is natural. It is a northern Michigan claim to fame, flourishing in Manistee County. Manistee has no big cities and no suburban sprawl. Enjoy fishing in Manistee inland lakes, 270 miles of rivers, three Lake Michigan harbors, and over 20 miles of Lake Michigan sandy shoreline. Discover the charming, historic towns and marvel at the fertile farms, orchards, and the Manistee National Forest, which covers thousands of acres.

Manistee offers year-round opportunities to explore our county by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, X-country skiing, snowshoeing, ATV, snowmobiling, boating, kayaking, and canoeing as roads, trails, rivers, and lakes are throughout the county. You can even fly over the county. The official tourism site in Manistee County is an excellent resource for planning a trip to Manistee, Northwest Michigan, and the surrounding areas. There are beaches, lush forests, marinas, and the Riverwalk for tourists and semi-year-round locals looking to ski, fish, and boat.

The roots of the Manistee run deep. Most of the Manistee River Valley, including Manistee, was an Ottawa Reservation between 1836 and 1848. Manistee became a significant site for lumber mills during the lumbering era of the late 1800s. The lumber mills would float logs down the river to Manistee's port, then shipped to Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Milwaukee.

Manistee Real Estate
Whether you are looking for a place with great amenities or a place with long-term value, you will not find a better community to settle down in than Manistee for several reasons. The average home sales prices are affordable, and the available homes and condominiums for sales are holding steady.

Manistee home sales prices average $172,400, and condominium/townhomes sale prices average $250,000. There is a homeowner vacancy rate of 10.4% and a rental vacancy rate of 11.6%, indicating a stable market with $567 as the average rent monthly.

Despite the pandemic, Manistee homes and other homes in Michigan's northeast region are fast returning to their pre-pandemic levels, despite a dip caused by the virus that halted property sales.

With Covid restrictions in place, there was concern about how long social-distancing restrictions would last, as well as how it would affect showings and the buying process for lenders, appraisers, and title companies. Some predicted job losses would lead people to sell second homes or cash out on their existing homes. However, the opposite happened. As people social distance, they spent less money, stayed home, and some moved away to a second home or places in less populated areas. Savings and low-interest rates allowed them to purchase a new home or a second home.

Throughout 2020, realtors and consumers began to recognize clear signs that the market was shifting from a buyer's market to a seller's one, inciting bidding wars among city property professionals. In fact, as neighboring communities saw an average of 108 days on the market, Manistee numbers were just 62. This suggests continued market health in 2021.

Manistee Community Highlights

What is it like to live in Manistee?
When it comes to quality of life, there are few to compare to Manistee. The Livability Rating is high when compared to the rest of Michigan and the nation. Manistee has low crime rates, a low unemployment rate, and great educational institutions.

In terms of friendly neighborhoods, lush parks, historic buildings, and nature abound, you will find it here regardless of your lifestyle. Manistee lies just beyond the popular Victorian downtown district. It has beautiful Victorian architecture, and it can be seen throughout the city, and the downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, the Riverwalk, marinas, parks, and national forests nearby.

Manistee waterfront real estate: What can you expect? The wealth of health benefits include:

  • Recreational activities that reduce stress hormones
  • The mood-boosting effect of living by the water
  • The feeling of stress-free vacation 24/7
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Awe-inspiring views that calm your senses
  • Direct access to water for water toys and boats
  • A haven of privacy created by lush landscaping
  • An increase in property value over time
    Mother Nature is at your doorstep

    Luxury Lifestyle
    What defines luxury living? Luxury living is all-encompassing. It symbolizes the pinnacle of what the world holds. It is an ideal that has always meant different things to different people. According to trendsetters and influencers, a well-designed, well-constructed, and fully customizable home is a good start, but its location is so important that a mansion situated in a middle-class neighborhood might seem unjustifiable. According to realtors who serve this market exclusively, luxury homes in the Manistee area deliver lifestyle amenities expected by buyers who do not want to settle for anything less.

    Whatever lifestyle you are seeking, Manistee Real Estate, one of the leading luxury real estate firms, has single-family houses, townhomes, and condominiums for sale to suit your needs. The real estate teams help families locate luxury properties that fit their specific needs and their idea of luxury.

    Downtown living
    The city of Manistee, Michigan, is an incredible place where beauty, nature, and history converge. Downtown Manistee lies on the banks of the Big Manistee River, which flows into Lake Michigan via Manistee Lake. Manistee's Riverwalk offers a variety of exceptional experiences, so visitors and locals alike will find downtown Manistee a great place to spend the summer. With quaint and cozy indoor shops and outdoor market-style shopping experiences, Manistee has something for everyone. You will have many excellent opportunities to shop for unique gifts, souvenirs, and memories of your visit while you explore the abundance of fine shops, boutiques, and galleries.

    Manistee Shopping
    There is something for everyone to do while browsing in Manistee, unlike the cold, impersonal environment of department and big box stores. Manistee merchants invite you to shop until you literally drop! Don't miss the variety of stores on River Street downtown.

    Specialty stores like these offer convenient parking and personalized services like custom orders, gift wrapping, etc. Browse through clothing, souvenirs, sports equipment, and art, collectibles, and home decor. Whether it's buying for yourself or gifts for family and friends back home, there is something for everyone.

    Manistee Dining
    Restaurants options abound in Manistee. Whatever you're in the mood for, whether it's fine dining, fast food, or a fabulous family-style meal, you will find it here. Enjoy Manistee Friday Night Fish Fry, as it is known. If you like perch, cod, whitefish, or walleye, you are sure to find a restaurant that can satisfy your needs. Maybe they will even cook your catch for you! Throughout the city, many of the menu selections feature gourmet food and local produce.

    Also available is a Brew & Spirits tour, which takes you to 13 establishments that serve wine, beer, or spirits. Initially, you will start in the heart of Downtown Manistee right on River Street, where you will have access to 5 locations that are easily walkable. You could also do this as part of a two-day brew and spirits tour of the region.

    Manistee recreation
    Is Manistee a year-round recreational paradise? Regardless of the season, the recreation network and city parks have something for you and your family. With a focus on the health and well-being of Manistee residents, regardless of skill, ability, or interests, they serve as a resource for year-round and seasonal residents alike.

    The key to staying active throughout the year is a diversity that offers more than the average number of services, places, and spaces. Here are a few benefits to keep your family active throughout the year:

    Community Overview
  • Camping for kids and adults in tents, cabins, and RVs
  • Programs tailored specifically for children, seniors, and community members.
  • Swimming and ice skating venues that delight fans of both sports
  • Community recreational centers that offer a variety of programs for the community
  • Groups organized for hiking, soccer, sailing, track, and other recreational activities

Environment-friendly activities:

  • Conservancy groups tasked with underwater conservation and land distribution
  • Monitoring of the water and shore of lakes and rivers
  • Conserving forests, woods, and undeveloped areas for future generations

Additionally, Manistee has some of the best resorts in the country. Among them are:

  • Crystal Mountain
  • Caberfae Peaks Ski
  • Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek
  • Manistee National Golf and Resort
  • Fox Hills Golf Course
  • Heathlands Golf Course
  • Bear Lake County Highlands
  • Fawn Crest Golf Course
  • Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course

After the last skier leaves and the snow melts, what happens? Residents often turn to incredible golf courses to set records, take a few mulligans, and take part in post-round social gatherings that are equally important as nine well-played holes.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?
Do not trust a real estate agent who says Manistee is the best place in the world to live, raise kids, and play. Research it for yourself and experience all seasons at their best.

Winter: During crisp weather, Manistee shines. The city offers groomed cross-country skiing, over 450 miles of snowmobiling trails, and three premier downhill skiing destinations. Travel + Leisure named Crystal Mountain one of the top 25 family-friendly resorts.

Summer: Get away from your hectic schedule and relax on our 25 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Listen to the waves as you wiggle your toes in the warm golden sand. After visiting the beaches of Manistee, you will understand why they are considered to be some of the best in Michigan.

Spring and Fall: Enjoy the trails in Manistee. The trail offers everything from beginner to more challenging trails for hiking and mountain biking. There are trails that lead you through dense hardwoods to the beautiful dune bluffs of Lake Michigan.

Currently, a 3.8-mile trail is being built for skating and skiing. Skiers can cross-country ski on groomed trails during the winter months, and spring and fall are great times to fish and paddle. Manistee's rivers offer over 250 miles of paddling and fishing opportunities.

As for golfing, Golf Advisor ranked one of Shanty Creek Resorts among the top 25 courses in the country. Clients can count on real estate agents to convey why they are moving to a great community, so they collect a lot of glowing accolades like these.

The Town of Manistee is near perfection!
Here are some additional figures and facts that may make you think Manistee is exactly what you are searching for and more:

-With 6,200 residents, you won't find an easier city to navigate than this one.
Manistee's employment outlook is positive thanks to a high percentage of residents who work in diverse industries and social and community services.
-Manistee is also known for its salt industry. Today, Manistee is home to Morton Salt, Packaging Corporation of America, and Martin Marietta.

The folks at Manistee Real Estate consider it an honor to fulfill buyers' dreams, and we show this by providing the largest selection of properties available in the Manistee area. Relationships between clients and agents are essential to success. If you let us show you how, buying a home can be simple, fast, and fun. Browse our website and give us a call. After surviving 2020, what better way to start a new life than with your family?

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.

"I have significant experience buying and selling Alpena Real Estate and I'd like to help you find the perfect vacation home investment. Send me a message or give me a call at 231.459.3179 to learn more today."

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