The Northern Michigan boating scene is second to none, and there’s no better way to get the inside scoop than from a local boating expert. Tom Ervin, President of Walstrom Marine, gave us some insight into all things boating in the area.
Popular Big Water Destinations
“Boating in Harbor Springs and Petoskey is easily some of the best in the Midwest, if not the country. With open but protected space and close proximity to so many boating destinations, it’s easy to see why it’s a hot spot for boaters on large and small craft alike,” said Ervin. “Many are sticking close to home this summer, but day trips are an ever-popular way to enjoy our area. Destinations like Traverse City, Charlevoix, Mackinac Island, the Les Cheneaux Islands, De Tour, and Drummond Island are all in a day’s reach and great places to explore with your loved ones while still being able to make it back to port for dinner.”
Inland Lake Spots
He continued, “In addition to the big water spots, the endless inland lakes like Lake Leelanau, Torch, Lake Charlevoix, Walloon, Burt, and Mullett Lakes are awesome spots to put in for the day. The endless blue skies and sunshine this summer have made daytrips that much easier. And with what is shaping up to be a beautiful fall, we hope you’re able to enjoy at least a few outings before it’s time to turn in for the winter.”
How To Get Out On the Water
Bay Harbor, a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other, is in the heart of it all. Bay Harbor Lake Marina, just off Main Street in the Village at Bay Harbor, offers slips and docks for easy access to these big water destinations. Fishing charters are also available. Here, Bay Harbor Lake, a stunning deep-water harbor, provides a protected start before you leave the inlet to venture out to Lake Michigan.
Be sure to check for any ramp closures before you head out for the day. Give Walstrom Marine a call for other Northern Michigan dock and ramp locations or if you’re in town, stop by their Bay Harbor location.
An Inside Look
As the social centerpiece of the Bay Harbor community, Bay Harbor Yacht Club overlooks Bay Harbor Lake and is home to over 100 slips. Bay Harbor Yacht Club offers fantastic dining, club activities, events, fitness, pickleball and so much more. Not just for boaters, there’s something for everyone.
The BHYC Cruise Club is one of the Yacht Club’s many clubs within the clubs and is comprised of a very active and adventurous group of members. The group travels to different destinations on the Great Lakes including beautiful stops in Michigan, Wisconsin and Canada. They normally plan four excursions each summer during the months of June-August, with some additional day trips, dinghy rides and other meet ups closer to their home port of Bay Harbor.
In 2020, they explored popular Michigan cities including Traverse City, St. Ignace, Mackinac Island and Boyne City. For their August trip, their original destination was to visit Killarney, Ontario and the North Channel, however with travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the “Cruise Captains” quickly changed directions and headed north to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and explored the beautiful natural beauty of the Pictured Rocks, Marquette and Copper Harbor as well as the impressive workings of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. Boating, hiking, biking and outdoor exploration provide great options to social distance, while discovering the beauty of the Great Lakes region.
This is just one of the reasons Bay Harbor has become one of the most prestigious private residential resort destinations in the Midwest. Delivering world-class real estate with a lifestyle to match, this community continues to pursue excellence and a one-of-a-kind lakefront experience.
Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyle. In addition to boating, families often enjoy swimming and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining.
The coolest thing about Bay Harbor is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the day does. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle. Visit ExploreBayHarbor.com to learn more about the local real estate opportunities and becoming a Bay Harbor neighbor.
No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. Start planning your visit today by requesting a complimentary copy of the Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, local events and tips for planning your trip. Go to ExploreBayHarbor.com to find out more.
It’s Time to Make Your Move Outside!
After living in seclusion for months on end, people have had more time to reevaluate how they spend their time, and what is really important in their lives. This “new” psychology has started a wave of outdoor activities, with more visits to parks and waterfronts. After months of isolation, folks were ready to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and what better way to spend that time than with family in a gorgeous, natural setting.
Boating has never been as popular as it is now, and even boat sales have exploded in the last five months. And it’s one of the many reasons to visit the charming and luxurious resort community of Bay Harbor, MI. This community is hot in 2020, as folks are ready for wide-open spaces and endless fun. “We are finding that our rental requests have been high because people are trying to escape the suburbs and city. These are the same people who were unable to take a spring break with their family, so they are excited to vacation in northern Michigan,” says Pat Leavy of Kidd & Leavy Real Estate at Bay Harbor. “Many of those renters have decided Bay Harbor is the place they want to be, and real estate sales momentum is building.”
A Lake Michigan Paradise
Residents relish in the natural beauty of the serene Lake Michigan, with views of Little Traverse Bay, the rich forests, and the star-filled sky. Visitors will enjoy the Village at Bay Harbor, with its unique specialty shops and tempting restaurants. Take a stroll and explore Bay Harbor Lake Marina and marvel at the many impressive boats preparing to head out on the lake.
A great round begins at the award-winning Bay Harbor Golf Club. Showcasing 27 holes of spectacular Arthur Hills-designed golf, the Club is designed around the scenic shores of Lake Michigan. Its three distinct and varied courses feature breathtaking, cliffside vistas along Little Traverse Bay. Named as one of Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses” and included on its list of “Best Courses You Can Play”, semi-private Bay Harbor Golf Club is a must for golf aficionados. Residents also have peace of mind knowing they live in a secure, gated community. There’s so much to Explore at Bay Harbor, you just have to come and see for yourself.
Bay Harbor is Waiting for You
In this transformative time, Bay Harbor Real Estate is in high demand, in fact, Real Estate here is booming with 28 transactions worth $20 million so far in 2020, and $30 million pending to close this year. The average sales price is $1,797.672. Indeed, 2020 is looking to be the strongest year for Bay Harbor. What are some of the hottest communities? Harborside, Lakeshore Village, The Ridge, The Shores, and Village Beach are easy favorites, with a total of 111 listed properties consisting of 64 from Single Family Homes, 10 Vacation Properties, 19 Condos/ Townhomes, and 18 Docks/Cabanas/Custom Storage properties.
While Bay Harbor has its share of native residents, new members are coming from IL, MD, FL, CT, and AZ, and the Yacht Club has welcomed 35 new members to date. While the average age of new members is 55, it’s also seen an influx of younger families. The Club’s new Boater Membership has been extremely successful. This membership was designed with boaters in mind and is the Club’s only summer seasonal membership.
Property ownership is not a requirement for membership and there is a variety of other membership categories to choose from, designed to suit individual lifestyle needs. Members enjoy full access to the 63,000 square-foot Clubhouse amenities, as well as the Club’s Racquet Sports Center, private beach, and member-only programming and events. The award-winning Club offers unrivaled fitness, wellness, social, and leisure amenities to suit every age group. Bay Harbor is so successful it even sees a few legacy purchases of children and grandchildren of members who are now homeowners in the community.
Where Lifetime Memories are Made
Bay Harbor is a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Encompassing five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to the area’s best amenities and lifestyles. Families enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan, and walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.
The coolest thing about this place? The fun doesn’t have to end when the day does. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle. Visit ExploreBayHarbor.com to learn more about the local real estate opportunities and becoming a Bay Harbor neighbor. For those who want to visit and explore the possibility of ownership and membership, two outstanding hotel options are available within Bay Harbor. Check out the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Village Suites Bay Harbor and start planning your dream. But get ahead of the crowd because Bay Harbor is hot!
No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to plan your outdoor summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of the 2018 edition of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events, and tips for planning your trip. Go to ExploreBayHarbor.com to find out more!
The 2020 Real Estate market in Northern Michigan has started off a bit different this year, for reasons we all understand. The same applies to the luxury resort community of Bay Harbor, an extraordinary Lake Michigan community that offers some of the finest Northern Michigan properties for sale. While the community is known for an impressive, deep-water marina, championship golf, two hospitality venues, and the community’s social centerpiece, Bay Harbor Yacht Club, no one can anticipate what the “new normal” will be. For homeowners and sellers, all the uncertainty might have them looking to the market for answers, but there is a silver lining of hope shared by Pat Leavy.
Given the drastic reduction in air travel, it might be easy to assume Bay Harbor completely lost rental requests from prospective visitors and buyers. Not so fast. “We are finding that our rental requests have been high because people are trying to escape the suburbs and city. These are the same people who were unable to take a spring break with their family, so they are excited to vacation in northern Michigan,” says Pat Leavy of Kidd & Leavy Real Estate.
While no one knows how persistent the situation will be, real estate remains a long-term investment and many buyers continue to move forward with housing interests. In addition to the increased rental requests, there is also an increase in inventory within the Bay Harbor community due to downsizing and other life events, and it is evident prospective buyers are willing to travel to northern Michigan to explore and learn about Bay Harbor. Many homeowners have felt the frustration of being stuck at home during the quarantine and the idea of having a second home or a vacation escape, could spark some transactions in Bay Harbor.
“Sellers need to stay aggressive on their price points to attract buyers. With interest rates being low, it should attract more potential clients to look around,” says Leavy. There are certain life events such as birth, marriage, and downsizing that call for home sales. Leavy says he is optimistic there will be transactions in Bay Harbor, but the year could be similar to what happened in 2008 and 2009 when the market was tough, but then the community came out of it strong.
While society goes through social and cultural shifts, homeowners are truly recognizing the value of a home and its surroundings. Home is where we eat, sleep, play, work, and flourish with outdoor spaces, patios, and decks becoming a necessity. As safety and a sense of community become more important every day, Bay Harbor continues to lead luxury real estate in Northern Michigan with its distinct personality, the resort lifestyle, and natural wonders. Now is the chance to build and maintain Bay Harbor’s confidence in the market as real estate will be at its height once it shifts back into normalcy. In the meantime, all these silver linings of hope should keep buyers and sellers optimistic.