Friday, May 30, 2014


Very unique and rare opportunity to own almost half of a deep clean clear lake located just off the Kalkaska County/Grand Traverse County Line. (See large square in the southwest corner of the lake) This beautiful 39 acres has an estimated 2000 feet of frontage and has state land on three sides.  It is located on County maintained Dockery Road just 1.5 miles off M-72 in Williamsburg with fabulous views of Skegemog Lake as you drive North down Dockery Road.

This property has underground electric, a deeded easement across state land, mature trees and rolling hills.  It would provide a fabulous place to build your dream home or recreational get-away in the North Woods and yet you are 5 minutes away to Turtle Creek Casino and 20 minutes to Traverse City.  All oil, gas and mineral rights are included with the property.

Click here to view more information about the property or contact  Survey of property is available.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

All Sports Budd Lake Beauty located at 600 Hillcrest, Harrison, MI 48625

MUST SEE! Maintenance free, dream vacation home with spectacular views, stunning landscaping and 90 feet of gorgeous sandy beach. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home offers newer tongue & groove knotty pine interior, cathedral ceilings, large eat-in-kitchen, formal dining room and an adorable loft for smaller overnight guests. With tons of storage space and bedrooms partitioned from the living room by french doors, say goodbye to that overcrowded feeling when company comes to stay! The basement also offers a finished and very cozy bunk room with a private entrance and bathroom. Outside you're sure to fall in love with the wraparound composite decking and stamped concrete walkways leading down to the sandy beach and shallow swimming area, in a No Wake zone! With elaborate stone landscaping, water fountain and waterfalls you'll never want to leave this gorgeous sanctuary! Located just minutes away from US-127, shopping, schools and 1000's of acres of state land for snowmobilers and hunters!  For more information, please click here.

New Secord Lake Waterfront!! 4403 Baker, Alger

New Listing at 4403 Baker, Alger, Michigan
Secord Lake Waterfront-Sandy Swimming
MLS #161275

111' on all sports Secord Lake! How exciting to have both a gorgeous view, sandy swimming. Enjoy boating, jet skiing, fishing and more on this 2,000 acre lake. Located on a paved road with a paved driveway all the way up the deep lot. While the home was built in 1991 it has been very well cared for and lived in only seasonally. Very large, well equipped kitchen with a separate dining room. Living room overlooks the lake and has a sun room for relaxing and watching the boats pass by. Deck off the sun room. Large main bathroom. Master suite has a private bath and large walk in closet! 2 additional bedrooms make this a perfect year round home or a lake house with room for guests. Built on a partial basement that is 927 sq ft and walks out to the lake. Easily finished you could have a family room in the lower level. 2.5 car detached garage has a hip roof style which offers a bonus room upstairs. So much to offer, make an appointment to view today.
Click HERE to see more of the Secord Lake Home!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Exceptional Cottage Home on Lake George

While many visitors to northern Michigan enjoy the three or four hour drive to their cottage, exceptional cottage homes can be found much closer to downstate areas if you want to get to the lake a little sooner.  This property on Lake George near Harrison is a spectacular example.  The home is very well built and rests at the end of a private paved lane surround by mature trees for additional privacy.  The broad lakeside yard makes enjoying the sandy bottom frontage a real pleasure.  An open floor plan makes the home ideal for entertaining all your new friends who will want to visit the lake house.  A main floor master, loft, finished walk-out basement with wet bar and a huge water side deck all add up to a truly enjoyable stay on the lake.  The home even features a large attached garage and enormous second garage with an awesome "man cave" and workshop the would be the envy of any visiting buddies.

Another great feature of this home is it's price relative to homes of similar quality on more well known bodies of water.  At $369,900 it's ideal as a spectacular weekend getaway or retirement cottage.  Either way, there's no reason to sacrifice the comforts of home when enjoying northern Michigan.  Take a moment watch this video slideshow then contact Sales Associate, Shannon Cummings, to set up a time for a private tour.

Consider The AuSable River North Branch

Just below Morley Road on the lower North Branch
We're very fortunate in northern Michigan to have a number of world class trout streams to choose from.  The Boardman, Manistee, Pere Marquette and AuSable are just a few of the most notable.  The North Branch of The AuSable is one of the main arms of the AuSable watershed and would be among the top streams in the country if it were independent of the other branches.  Originating in Otsego and northern Crawford Counties, The North Branch winds it's way for more than 25 miles before entering the mainstream of The AuSable about 18 miles east of Grayling.  21 miles of the river, from The Sheep ranch near Lovells to the confluence is regulated as flies only water.  This is truly exceptional water flowing over a mostly gravel bottom through a broad river corridor making for easy fly casting.  The river gains size and strength as it takes on small tributary creeks, consumes ground water through lowland areas and welcomes a good flow of water from Big Creek.

An early season angler upstream of Lovells
Another very desirable aspect of The North Branch is it's lack of commercial canoe traffic.  Shallow water in
the upper reaches and lack of access points in the lower river also limit fishing pressure relative to other branches of The AuSable.  If you're someone who likes dry fly fishing, The North Branch is typically the first to see any of the major hatches each year including Hendricksons, Sulphurs and Brown Drakes.  Widely known for the huge numbers of aggressive brook trout, making it a favorite of beginning anglers, The North Branch also holds some true trophy fish even in its upper reaches.

If you haven't considered The North Branch as an option, put it on your list to fish and as your possible next home or cabin location.  Here are some terrific properties currently available from Homewaters on The North Branch.  Just click the link for each to view full details including property photos, descriptions and maps of each location.

Spectacular Modern-Rustic Home near Lovells

Shupac Lake Acreage and Cabins near The North Branch

Charming North Branch Cottage near Lovells

Breathtaking North Branch Acreage The video below does a great job of showing this exceptional parcel

When you're ready to take a look at these properties or any others on The North Branch or the other prime trout streams in northern Michigan, contact Sales Associate, Dave Felker or Broker, Chad Brown.  Bring your favorite fly rod and waders so we can take a real close look!

Thursday, May 22, 2014


As I was visiting this property on Sunday afternoon there were two fisherman out in front of the home. All of sudden I heard high fives and shouting - they had just caught a beautiful huge bass.  Unfortunately, I did not get a picture.

However, I did list this charming 2BR, 1.5B home with 70 ft. of direct frontage on 2,580 acre all sport Lake Mitchell in Cadillac.  Lake Mitchell boasts some of the best fishing in the Cadillac area and in addition is the largest surface lake in the area for all sports activity. This home is insulated for year around use and is located near the trails for snowmobiling or is just a short drive to Caberfae Peaks for downhill skiing.

Wake up to the sunrise streaming through the windows or while enjoying your morning beverage on the waterside dock listening to the loons or just enjoying the peacefulness of the setting.  This home has had updates to the windows, furnace, insulation, baths and seawall.  It is move in ready and priced to sell at $124,900.  Check it out here  or contact for more information or to schedule a personal tour.  Get in now to enjoy the entire Summer!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Smallwood Lake Waterfront! Price Reduction at 174 Lockwood Drive, Gladwin

Price Reduction at 174 Lockwood Drive, Gladwin
Smallwood Lake Waterfront
MLS #159069

100' on all sports Smallwood Lake! The view is just breathtaking at this year round home or get away cottage. Walk into the open kitchen and large dining room with a picture window that offers a beautiful view of the lake. Oversize living room is great for gathering or extra sleeping space. 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath are in this 1,200 sq foot home with knotty pine throughout the main rooms. Separate laundry/mechanical room for extra convenience. 2 Car detached garage for parking or storage. Fenced and gated yard with a small blacktop driveway approach. The updated, extensive decking will surely be a favorite spot to entertain or sit and relax and take it all in! Gazebo in front and steps to the water. Smallwood Lake offers all sports boating and jet skiing activities as well as great fishing! Wood seawall and permanent dock are here but do need attention. This one is priced to sell! 

Click HERE to visit our website to see more of the breathtaking Smallwood Lake waterfront!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Antrim and Kalkaska County Chain of Lakes

The Lower Chain of Lakes in Antrim and touching into Kalkaska County is comprised of six exceptional bodies of water - Intermediate Lake, Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Torch Lake, Lake Skegemog and Elk Lake.  These lakes are all connected for boating and fishing fun and ultimately feeds into Lake Michigan in Elk Rapids. This Fishweb Map details everything you may want to know about each of these bodies of water including depths, types of fishing and public boat ramps. Just click on the individual bodies of water to pull up more information.  The largest of these lakes is Torch Lake, at 18 miles long, is Michigan's longest lake.  Torch Lake also is Michigan's second largest lake covering over 29 square miles. Torch Lake, with an average depth of over 200 feet, is a fine habitat for trout.  Downrigger fishing is the best way to go after the trout that stay in the cold depths most of the time.  Besides the great fishing and boating, Torch Lake, pictured above, has been named one of the ten most beautiful lakes in the world.  

Homewaters has made your property search on the Lower Chain of Lakes very easy for you, by clicking on this link to the Antrim Chain of Lakes, all active listings on all of these lakes are easily available to you at any point in time as these listings are updated daily.  When you find listings of particular interest to you, contact to schedule a showing or to obtain additional information.  Looking forward to a fabulous Summer on the Lakes!!

Gladwin County Real Estate Market Snapshot for April 2014

April 2014 Real Estate Market Snapshot for the Gladwin and Clare County Area Homes

3.4 Acres with 355 Feet of Wixom Lake Waterfront
1300 Janice Lane, Beaverton
MLS #161094

Active Listings: 882 (183 new listings came on the market in April)
Average Asking Price: $109,498
Average Days on Market : 264
Range of Asking Prices: $7,000-$600,000

Sold: 40 Sold in April (32 sold in March)
Average Asking Price of Sold Listings: $88,665
Average Selling Price of Sold Listings: $82,670
Average Days on Market of Sold Listings: 264 (65 days more than March)
Sellers Received: 93.2% of their asking price

Total Residential Sales Volume: $3,289,049 (up from $2,594,215 in March)
Listings Sold by Price Range
0-99,999: 32 (up 10 from March)
100,000-199,999: 6 (down 3 from March)
200,000-299,999: 2 (up 2 from March)
300,000-399,999: 0 (same as March)
400,000 and above:  0 (down 1 from March)

Wixom Lake Waterfront!

**57 Homes Expired off the Market in February
Absorption Rate = 1.8 Years

*This information was provided by the Clare/Gladwin Board of Realtors. The report was generated from the Multiple Listing Service, where all CGBR members' transactions are recorded. The report covers all the members' residential transactions for the month of January. Although there are no geographical boundaries defining members' service areas, the majority of CGBR transactions take place in Clare and Gladwin County.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Grand Traverse Resort - the golf life!

Enjoy Grand Traverse Resort and all of its amenities with this beautiful condo right next to the 5th green of the Spruce Run golf course!  The location of this condo is one of its strengths, as it is the closest off-site condo to the hotel, restaurants, health club, golf courses, and more! 

A quick and easy walk can get you to the driving range, golf pro shop, tennis club, and rooftop fine dining! 

This unit is perfect for someone looking for plenty of space for themselves and the rest of their family and friends. 

With 3 bedrooms on the main floor, and a finished lower level complete with a stow-away murphy bed, kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, the kids or grandkids can have a private space, or the upstairs can be rented while you still enjoy your time away in the downstairs apartment!  

Storage galore in this unit - there's a closet around every corner. The current owners have updated the kitchen and bathrooms, as well as added a new hot water heater. 

Grand Traverse Resort is only a quick drive to Traverse City, Elk Rapids, award-winning golf and wineries, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and Torch Lake. Call Blake at 231.714.4787 - thanks!

Welcome to our new agent for Alpena/Alcona Counties, Steve Shaw!

Sales Associate, Steve Shaw
Since gaining his license in 2005, sales associate, Steve Shaw, quickly grew a successful real estate business by focusing primarily on waterfront properties and hunting acreage.  Working most recently with Cabela's Trophy Properties out of Houghton Lake, Steve serviced a huge geographic area that covered nearly all of northern Michigan and even The U.P.  He logged an awful lot of miles paring buyers and sellers of some truly spectacular recreational properties.  He's a perfect fit for our brand and we're very excited to have a presence in a little known but breathtaking area of northern Michigan.  Now living on Long Lake near Alpena, Steve will be our exclusive representative for Alpena and Alcona counties and surrounding areas focusing on acreage parcels and bodies of water like Lake Huron, Long Lake, Grand Lake, Hubbard Lake, and The Ocqueoc and Thunder Bay Rivers.  Steve was born and raised nearby in Hillman, Michigan and knows the rolling countryside and waterways of that region like no other.  We're excited to offer seller and buyer clients our advanced marketing strategy and more tech savvy approach to the business that is sometimes lacking in these more rural areas. If you or any of your family or friends have real estate needs in the northeastern most corner of the lower peninsula, reach out to Steve at your convenience.  Learn more about Steve and his market by clicking HERE.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Wixom Lake Dream Home!! 1300 Janice Lane, Beaverton

1300 Janice Lane, Beaverton, Michigan
Wixom Lake Dream Home!
MLS #161094

Wixom Lake DREAM HOME! When you turn on to Janice Lane you enter a peaceful & serene neighborhood tucked away enough to be private yet not too far from conveniences. Only 25 minutes from Midland this would be a wonderful home to live year round at the lake & commute to work. 355' of Wixom Lake canal frontage offers great fishing & is just a very short boat ride to the main lake for any all sports activity of your choice. Boat lift included & steel seawall along the waterfront w/ dock. Gorgeous professional landscaping, paver patio, extensive trex decking, sprinkler system & large lawn make this home a show place. Kitchen offers ceramic tile floors, a center island, large pantry & ample cupboard and counter top. Large dining area opens up to the living room & both offer magnificent views of the canal. Living Room has a gas log fireplace. Master suite has a luxurious bath & a walk in closet. Full walkout basement w/ a wet bar & huge family room. Private guest room as well. Attached Garage and 30x60 heated Pole Barn!! 

Click HERE to visit our website for more details on this beautiful Wixom Lake Waterfront Home!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014


I visited one of  my favorite listings today on Starvation Lake in the Northeastern corner of Kalkaska County.  This cottage features an architecturally designed 3 BR cottage with almost 300 ft. of frontage and sweeping views of the lake from the family room and the 3 season porch.  The kitchen had a major upgrade featuring cherry cabinets, wood floor and stainless appliances.  The home is located at the end of a private road and has natural gas plus a whole house generator running off natural gas which automatically turns on should you ever lose power. There is a gentle slope to the water with easy access.  This home is well insulated and can be used year around.  Click here  to view more information or contact to schedule a showing.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Elbow Lake Access in Northern Clare County!! Price Reduciton at 10352 Athey Avenue, Harrison

Price Reduction at 10352 Athey Ave., Harrison, Michigan
Elbow Lake Access
MLS #160632

Your own up north lodge! W/ over 2,775 sq feet & 5 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms you have room for your large family, extended family or purchase together with multiple families. Imagine the memories that can be made here! This log sided home built in 1998 is located in Meredith in the heart of recreational land. Private access too all sports Elbow Lake which offers great fishing & a swimming beach! Thousands of acres of state land are just down the street & the perfect spot to hunt. Trail ride to Leota, Houghton Lake & beyond in your jeep, quad, dirt bike or use the dedicated, groomed snowmobile trails in the area. Walk into the great room of this home& instantly feel relaxed and ready for fun! W/ ceramic tile floors, a cathedral ceiling,3 bay windows for loads of natural light in the great room it will surely be a gathering place. Efficient kitchen with appliances included. 3 main level bedrooms & 2 baths. Upstairs find 2 more BR's & 1 BA & a large loft. Huge deck overlooking the yard! 

Click HERE to visit the link below to learn more about this family friendly home!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Spring has FINALLY sprung!

One of my favorite times of year is touring my service area in the spring to update photos of the listings I took this winter.  It's so great to see the grass greening up, no more snow banks, patio furniture out, horse shoes hanging on the pit rail and, most of all, trout rising!  Here's an updated video of one of my favorite listings right now. It's a very well done, modern-rustic, home on The AuSable River's north branch.  This is one of the first areas of The AuSable River to see mayfly hatches and The Hendricksons are now coming off in good enough numbers to get the fish looking up.  Get out on the stream if you get a chance.  Let me know if you want to take a look at this property or any others while you're in town.

Chad Brown, Broker/Owner,, (231) 499-8292

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sandy Swimming Secord Lake Waterfront! Price Reduction at 3370 Pincrest, Gladwin

Price Reduction at 3370 Pinecrest, Gladwin
Panoramic Secord Lake Waterfront!
MLS #160161

One of the best lots on Secord Lake is available! What an opportunity to become the new owner of this amazing, private, treed, sandy swimming, waterfront lot on 2,000 acre, all sports Secord Lake. Drive up the winding, treed drive to your slice of up north heaven! Cottage cannot be seen from the road & seclusion & waterfront are so unique in this area. The point that is this lot offers water on 3 sides. 2 main lake frontages & a large canal front area. The majority has steel seawall & offers clear water, w/ hard sand bottom that is shallow for great swimming. Suspended dock is located in the deep water area & you can ski right from here! Canal side waterfront offers a boat launch & another dock. Open paver patio w/ firepit & barbecue is conveniently located near sliding door to kitchen. Detached 2 car garage offers an upstairs w/ a finished guest room. 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath cottage has updated bathrooms, newer windows & doors, some newer flooring and is move in ready! 

Click HERE to visit our website for more details on this beautiful waterfront on Secord Lake!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Secord Lake Waterfront! Price Reduction at 3849 W. Thendara, Gladwin

Price Reduction at 3849 W. Thendara, Gladwin, MI
Secord Lake Waterfront
MLS #160284

2,000 acre all sports Secord Lake is the place to boat, jet ski, tube, fish and RELAX! Make memories and recharge your batteries up north. This 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath cottage offers 1,200 sq feet. Enter into a large utility room with loads of storage, the mechanical's, included stackable washer/dryer and a 1/2 bath. Spacious and very functional kitchen walks into the dining area with an attractive bow window. Large living room with a door to the open patio overlooking the lake. Sun room addition is fully insulated and is year round space that is perfect for a family room or additional sleeping space. 2 bedrooms and a full bath complete the home. Exterior offers a 2 car detached garage with a wall furnace. A few steps down to the waters edge and a boardwalk that allows you to pull your boat right up. Located on a small cove off the main water you will experience more quiet and serene views. The mid morning sunshine warms the yard and beckons you to the lake! 

Click HERE to visit our website for more details!!!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Lake Lancelot Waterfront in Sugar Springs!! 5195 Winsor Way, Gladwin

New Listing at 5195 Winsor Way, Gladwin, Michigan
Lake Lancelot Waterfront in Sugar Springs
MLS #161036

What an amazing opportunity to own over 300' of Lake Lancelot water frontage!! It could safely be said this is one of the best lots on the lake and the views are second to none!! This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath home sits privately at the end of a cul-de-sac on nearly an acre. The tiled entry way leads you into the living room with a gas log fireplace with an attractive brick surround. Dining room has a patio door to the wrap around deck. Kitchen offers ceramic tile floors, a large pantry and the appliances are included. 2 main floor bedrooms with a full bath complete the main level. The basement is finished an offers a family room with bar, a bath with shower and a large laundry/mechanical room. 2 car attached garage with a 1/2 bath and concrete drive. The very large wrap around deck to relax and enjoy the views. Sandy beach area, good swimming and a steel seawall complete this package! Enjoy Sugar Springs amenities that include, golf course, indoor pool, tennis, pub & more! 

Click HERE to see more of the beautiful waterfront!!!