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Renowned for its more than 2000 acres of spectacular white dunes and peaceful waterfront settings, Silver Lake tops the list of Michigan’s premier outdoor destinations.
The year-round recreational activities the area offers are boundless. Silver Lake is among the most unique locations within Michigan. Every year, tens of thousands of visitors from all over flock to the region in droves to enjoy its countless attractions and abundance of natural beauty.
The information to follow will provide a concise community overview of Silver Lake. At the same time, we’ll inform you about the many attractive real estate opportunities found in this area.
The Homes of Silver Lake
Silver Lake supports some of the most coveted waterfront property in Michigan. From 10,000 land lots to multi-million dollar mansions, home sales prices are across the board. While you can find condominiums for sale, site-built homes far outnumber them. Silver Lake itself is a kidney-shaped natural body of water resting adjacent to Lake Michigan. It covers approximately 690 acres within Golden Township. Located in Western Oceana county, Silver Lake is just seven miles south of the town of Pentwater. It is about 23 feet deep at most and rests only one mile inland from the Great Lake.
Westerly winds from the Great Lake form a stunning section of living dunes that look like a scene from Lawrence of Arabia. The shoreline along Silver Lake is highly-developed. The lake community supports new roads and more than 200 hundred charming waterfront cottages and homes facing the northernly, southernly, and westerly areas of the lake.
Background on Silver Lake
The Silver Lake area is inextricably linked with its surrounding Silver Lake State Park. The park, established in 1951, covers significant frontage along Silver Lake. While there are road-end access points for wading anglers and canoes, Silver Lake State Park offers the only source for public boat ramp access. Fewer boat ramps tend to keep boat traffic down and maintain a serene lakeside environment during the peak summer months.
With over 3000 acres of unparalleled natural wonder, the park covers four miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 1.6 miles of Silver Lake’s western shoreline. This portion of the park constitutes its famous dune complex along with the convergent wetland in the southwestern corner of the lake. These astonishing dunes are considered active. They shift with the lake winds and change both the shape and size of Silver Lake over time.
Silver Lake Real Estate
The Silver Lake area offers an array of real estate selections, from traditional lakefront cottages to striking avant-garde contemporary homes tucked away on expansive lots in surrounding wooded areas. The median listing price in the Silver Lake area is $299900. A typical five-bedroom, three-bath 4100 square foot home, on Silver Lake Drive, close to the lake, but with no lakefront, on a half-acre lot lists for just under $500,000.
Are you searching for a home directly on the water? A small one-bedroom, one-bath Lake Michigan frontage cottage of about 600 square feet lists for around $400,000. It is doubtless that lakefront properties are coveted in Western Michigan. However, upon expanding the search there are well over 50 attractive land and single-family home opportunities within just a few miles of Silver Lake and its beloved state park. Whether it’s a primary or secondary home, you’ll find something with tremendous potential in this area, no matter what your budget.
The Lifestyle of Silver Lake
Visitors and families have been returning to the beautiful shorelines of Silver Lake for generations. The Silver Lake State Park is the only active dune east of Utah on which you can operate a motor vehicle. Surely, you’ve seen all-wheel-drive vehicles skimming the wind-blown dunes of Africa. Silver Lake is one of the few destinations in the US where you can replicate that experience.
While the dunes are open to ORVs, that’s only on a seasonal basis, during the warmer months. In fall and winter, you can explore the dunes by foot to discover miles of gorgeous and untouched Lake Michigan beachfront. The Hart-Montague Trail provides over 22 miles of paved pathways for walking, biking, and even snowmobiling in the winter. Silver Lake’s calm waters are especially attractive for jet-ski and pontoon enthusiasts. Likewise, hunting and fishing opportunities in the area are second to none. If you’re into just enjoying the scenery, the fall colors are similarly unrivaled.
Consider the following benefits of waterfront living in the Silver Lake area.
- Exquisite sweeping natural views
- One-of-a-kind custom property
- Two premium boat and jet ski lakes
- Easy access to acres of woods and beach sand
- Modern, well-appointed lakeside cottages
- A lively tourist region, suited toward a flexible lifestyle
- A dependable income property
- Dramatic contemporary home for formal and informal entertaining
- Own your own private family compound
- A perfect year-round observation point for seasonal sights
- State-of-art home with open floor plan
- A panoramic perspective from pristine lake frontage
- A unique 450-acre parcel designated for off-road vehicles nearby
- Miles of gorgeous Lake Michigan shoreline
- A private deep water boat dock with boat lifts
- Fine architectural detail with large windows and an abundance of light
- A custom outdoor living space converging with an expansive deck
- Year-round living in a paradisal vacation destination
Silver Lake Luxury
Silver Lake, situated between Lake Michigan and Silver lake, is undoubtedly one of Michigan’s most beautiful beach towns. Yet withal, in many respects, the area falls under the radar. It’s no surprise that when luxury properties go on the market, they go fast. But, with Silver Lake low-key as it is, there are some outstanding bargains to be found. There is no typical luxury experience on Silver Lake. Each home is as unique as its designer.
What you can expect concerning luxury is an abundance of it. If you prefer the cabin retreat style, there are 6500 square foot lodge-style homes near silver Lake Park in the range of $1.7 million. Once there, easy access to the park and all the rest of Lake Michigan’s coastal actives is assured. In a home like this, you’ll find a master kitchen with a commercial-grade range, a double-sized refrigerator, and architecturally custom luxury appointments throughout. Whether you opt for a property like this one, traditional cottage, or hard-contemporary lakefront home, they’re all ideal for entertaining. The best and most unique American luxury living is in the Silver Lake area if that’s what you seek.
Silver Lake’s Surrounding Townships
The immediate area covering Silver Lake itself is governed by the Golden Township. It’s a small, quaint, and friendly organized township in Oceana County, Michigan. As of 2000, the population recorded on Golden was 1800. The township’s history is steep, however, dating back to 1864. As such, are more than a handful of attractive historical properties in the vicinity that emerge on to the market from to time.
Postal code 49436 is shared with other surrounding areas, Mears, Pentwater Township to the north, Hart Township to the east, and Benona Township to the west. Demographically, these townships generally mirror each other. Mears is unincorporated. And the rest of the townships don’t support more than 2000 people, respectively. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are by far the largest attraction in the area, finding millions of visitors every year. For over a century, all of Western Michigan has been popular with Chicagoans seeking a natural and quiet respite outside of the city’s bounds.
Many Silver Lake area restaurants are recognized for their farm-to-table methods, sourcing their ingredients from the abundance of fresh locally grown food. With that said, the area proffers more than a few unique options for both food and drink. For quick service dining, you’ll enjoy Golden Sands Golf & Bucket Bar and the Woodland Farm Market and Bakery. You have a pair of locations for Hart Pizza, a popular local place. Additionally, you can find several cozy coffee shops throughout the vicinity.
If you’re looking for table service, there are a pair of tasty Mexican restaurants in Hart in La Fiesta or La Probadita Mercado & Taqueria. Or, for American casual, you might try The Country Dairy, Inc, located in New Era, Michigan. Alternately, wine lovers can enjoy a fresh glass of delicious, locally sourced wine from one of the several thriving vineyards nestled in Oceana County’s coastal region. You can sample these unique cold-weather varietals at the various tasting rooms and gift shops around the Silver Lake area.
Leisure and Shopping
Of course, we’ve touched on a few outdoor activities already because you can hardly mention the Silver Lake area without naming them. Apart from the endless recreation opportunities associated with the dunes at Silver Lake Park, the area boasts a lively arts scene. In Hart and Mears, you’ll find local galleries and theater performances. The area galleries are typically occupied with works from local artists who take inspiration from the stunning natural scenes from the area.
You can likewise visit a nearby casino, two blockbuster movie theaters, and various other life forms of entertainment, all within a reasonable drive. The Golden Sands Golf Course, just north of Silver Lake, is rated highly. It's known for its beautiful greens and meticulous upkeep. Benona Shores Golf Course, also close by, is adored for its extraordinary views and commended for its frequent elevation changes throughout the course.
As for shopping, the locals take a lot of pride in their hometown grocery stores. They all host a range of locally grown foods, from tart cherries to fresh dairy. Visit Hansen Foods for thick cuts of Michigan-grown beef and specialty ice cream from the local creamery. Throughout the county, you’ll find a handful of throw-back midwestern general stores like Silver Point General Store and Wilson’s. Between these two local venues, you’ll be surprised how little you have to rely upon those big-box supply stores in the city.
Why Choose Silver Lake for Your Next Home?
- Close proximity to Silver Lake State Park
- A haven if you own specialized OTR vehicles
- Access to both Silver Lake and Lake Michigan
- The stunning parks in addition to Silver Lake State Park
- Countless local festivals and events
- The gorgeous Little Sable Point Lighthouse
- Boundless camping, hiking, fishing, and boating recreation
- Own a world-renowned piece of vacation paradise
- 2000 acres of beautiful rolling wind-swept sand dunes
We at Brook Walsh Real Estate specialize in helping all our clients realize their vacation home dreams. Individualized customer attention is the core of our business. After reviewing the properties on our website, give us a call. Whether it's time to buy your first home or that special second property, we’re ready to help you close on your Silver Lake property with perfect ease and optimal success.
Schools near homes on Silver Lake in Michigan
There are plenty of fine options for schools around Silver Lake. Pentwater Public School ranks as one of the best in the entire state of Michigan. With over 280 enrolled, the school hosts students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The school ranks in the top 20% of all Michigan schools for overall test scores. The math proficiency of its students fell in the top 30% statewide, while reading proficiency ranked as high as the top 20% during the 2018-2019 school year. The student-to-teacher ratio at Pentwater is markedly lower than the state average at 16:1.
Hart High School and Hart Elementary are less than seven miles away from Pentwater Public School. Each of these schools has a student body of about 400, making them, together, almost twice as large as Pentwater Public. Those two schools rank high for diversity and have been adding new teachers at a rate of 5% over the last five years.
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