Friday, October 30, 2015

Wixom Lake Waterfront Lot! New Listing at Lot 23 Benchley Drive, Beaverton

Vacant Wixom Lake Waterfront Lot!

New Listing at Lot 23 Benchley Drive, Beaverton, Michigan
MLS #164739

Call or Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 for more information and to schedule a showing!!

63' of water front on all sports Wixom Lake! Currently the property boasts tall pines and a gentle slope to the waters edge. Perfect location to build your new home. Lot is located on a dead end, paved road in a neighborhood of newer, well kept homes. If you've been waiting for the perfect lot to start enjoying lake life this is the one! 

Click HERE to view more images of this Wixom Lake Waterfront Lot for Sale!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Gladwin County Lakes...Let the Path Lead You to Our Lakes!!

Gladwin County Lakes are Perfect in Every Season!!
 Let the path lead you....
  Featuring Wixom Lake, Secord Lake, Sugar Springs (Lake Lancer & Lake Lancelot), Smallwood Lake and many more!   

 See what our lakes have to offer.......     
Wixom Lake 
There are currently 95 active listings on Wixom Lake ranging in price from $5,900-$490,000  
Wixom Lake is an approximately 2,000 acre all sports lake, inside Gladwin County and located in Beaverton, Michigan. The lake takes in Billings and Tobacco Township and is formed by the Tittabawassee River system and is also fed by the Cedar and Tobacco Rivers. 
It would take many hours of boat travel to see the entire lake! Many people enjoy Wixom Lake with pontoons, ski boats, jet ski's, fishing boats and it's not uncommon to see a canoe or kayak during the quieter times. Be sure to check out "Pontoon Alley", a local and very popular area to spend the afternoon on Wixom Lake! Pontoon Alley boasts a shallow, sandy bottom swimming area with a very festive atmosphere!    
Below are featured listings on Wixom Lake. Click on the address to learn more about them.

Secord Lake 
There are currently 72 active listings for Secord Lake ranging from $19,900 - $379,900 
Secord Lake is an approximately 2,000 acre serene and picturesque all sports lake. The lake takes in Secord Township and is formed by the Tittabawassee River system. It would take many hours of boat travel to see the entire lake! You will find miles of shoreline and much sandy swimming!  Many people enjoy Secord Lake with pontoons, ski boats, jet ski's, fishing boats and it's not uncommon to see a canoe or kayak during the quieter times.
Below are featured listings for Secord Lake:

Sugar Springs ~ Lake Lancer & Lake Lancelot 
There are currently 205 active listings on Lake Lancer and Lake Lancelot ranging in price from $1,400 to $429,000 
Lake Lancer & Lancelot offer 1,000 acres of water fun with Lake Lancer at 780 acres and Lancelot at 230 acres. These two lakes are private and are for residents of Sugar Springs, a planned community with over 3,200 platted acres. There are 15 private beach clubs along the shores of the lakes for association members only. Some of the beach clubs offer restrooms, showers, swimming, picnic areas and boat launches. Fisherman enjoy the tranquility of the lakes and the Northern Pike, Walleye, Bass and Panfish that can readily be caught from both Lake Lancer & Lake Lancelot. Lake waters are tested annually and treated several times per year to control weeds and infestation allowing boaters, skiers, jet skiers and swimmers to enjoy the waters!   

Smallwood Lake 
There are currently 49 active listings for near by Smallwood Lake ranging from $19,900-$459,000 
Below are featured listing for Smallwood Lake

Gladwin County has many lakes that offer boating, fishing, swimming and so much more!  Year round fun!  
Click on the links below to see the listing on those specific lakes:

Monday, October 26, 2015

Hunting Properties in Gladwin & Clare County!!

Hunting Land in Gladwin and Clare County Michigan   
  Beautiful Gladwin and Clare County...A Hunters Paradise
Rifle Season is weeks away and Gladwin County Whitetails are everywhere!! While you are here scouting for that big buck it is a great time to look for the perfect hunting property or hunting headquarters in Gladwin and Clare County! Gladwin offers plentiful hunting land loaded with white tails and over 85,000 acres of state land for everyone's use. Whether it's with your own acreage to hunt, or a smaller piece close to or adjoining state land, wouldn't it be wonderful to have your own slice of Up North Heaven!
There are many affordable options for all price ranges and budgets. Click on the listings below that are currently available, and let me help you make your dream a reality. 
To search for more hunting and acreage parcels click HERE to visit our website!! 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


MLS #1807771; 5821 W 28 1/2 Rd, Harrietta, MI; $295,000

This home has it all and has been meticulously maintained.  Built in 1996 and upated last year, this home boasts almost 5,000 sq. feet of finished living space featuring 4BR, 3B, full finished walkout basement, hardwood floors, 3 stall mechanics garage, unfinished bonus room over the garage, contemporary styling yet appealing lodge style layout.  This home is located near federal forest land and ORV/snowmobile trails, great hunting and fishing plus minutes away to Caberfae and Crystal Mountain Ski Resorts.  Short drive to Cadillac for shopping  or work as well as Traverse City.  This home is being offered with approximately 10 acres but additional acreage is available.

As you drive up the very private driveway to the home and experience the serenity and peacefulness, it feels like home.  This is a remarkable home and a pleasure to show.  Click here for additional information or contact to schedule a showing.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wixom Lake Waterfront Cabin! Price Reduction at 1139 Creek, Beaverton

Wixom Lake Waterfront Cabin!
Price Reduction at 1139 Creek, Beaverton

MLS #163055

Bedrooms: 1
Bathroom: 1
525 Square Feet

Call or Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 to schedule a showing!!

Ready to experience lake living at an affordable price? Located on a wide canal just off the main waters of all sports Wixom Lake you have 100' of water frontage on this large lot. The cottage boasts newer vinyl siding, newer vinyl windows and a new shingled roof! The knotty pine interior gives off the up north vibe. Living room opens up to the efficient kitchen with an eating bar and a clever flip up table that can be folded down when not in use. The one bedroom is large enough for a king bed or pile in bunk beds for more sleeping space. The living room is large enough for a pull out sofa or to throw sleeping bads on the floor at night. Very nice deck with built in benches over looks the lake. Large yard that gently slopes to the waters edge. Storage shed and firepit complete the package. Plenty of room to build a garage on this roomy lot or expand the cottage. State land is nearby where you can hunt or off road! Start making memories up north today! MOTIVATED SELLERS! 

Click HERE for more images of this Wixom Lake Waterfront Cottage!

Beautiful Wixom Lake Waterfront Home! New Listing at 305 Island Drive, Beaverton

Beautiful Wixom Lake Waterfront Home!

New Listing at 305 Island Drive, Beaverton, MI
MLS #164695

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Feet: 1130
Attached and Detached Garages

Call or Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 to check availability and to schedule a showing!

Here is your chance to own a beach house w/ a seriously breathtaking view on Wixom Lake!! The level lot, 133' of waterfront & expansive view of the all sport lake will steal your heart!Cement seawall & shallow, sandy swimming. Step inside to a completely renovated interior. The living room & kitchen boast wide plank, wood look flooring & pale yellow walls that are so perfect for a lake house. The gas fireplace in the living room makes the space cozy & inviting. Large kitchen offers an eating bar, modern, white cupboards & includes all the appliances! A slider door to the l-shaped covered porch is the perfect place to overlook the lake & enjoy the summer breeze. 3 bedrooms allow room for all the family & your friends too! The main bath is completely updated w/ a tile shower & glass door. The additional bath offers a shower too for extra convenience. Separate laundry room leads you to the attached garage. Concrete drive & detached 2 car garage complete the package! Many updates! 

Click HERE to view more images of this Wixom Lake Waterfront Home for Sale!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wixom Lake Waterfront Cottage! New Listing at 1072 Rock Trail, Beaverton

Wixom Lake Waterfront Cottage!

New Listing at 1072 Rock Trail, Beaverton, Michigan
MLS #164678

Bedrooms: 2
Bathroom: 1
Square Feet: 840

Call or Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 to check availability and to schedule a showing!!

Move in ready home or cottage on all sports Wixom Lake! 72' of waterfront with a wood seawall and suspended dock and an awesome view of the Tobacco River side of the lake. Enjoy fishing, boating and jet skiing and take in the sunsets off to the west! Located on a private, dead end road you will be afforded peace and quiet and great area to talk walks and bike rides. Enter the house and the comfortable kitchen welcomes you which opens up to the spacious living room. There is a slider that leads to the covered porch which will surely become a favorite place to relax!! 2 large bedrooms and a full bath that offers plenty of storage and hook up for your washer and dryer! Many updates includes a new shingled roof and boiler. The exterior offers a lush lawn, with shade trees and 2 storage sheds. This one won't last so grab this fall special today!!

Click HERE to view more images of the Wixom Lake Waterfront Cottage for Sale!!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Traverse City Waterfront Condo Market - Sugar Beach Villas

Sugar Beach Villas are the finest and most luxurious residences available on the 132 mile long Grand Traverse Bay shoreline.  

It's a bold statement, I realize.  But, it's hard to describe how special and unique a waterfront villa at Sugar Beach is, especially in today's market.  With the Traverse City condo market in a growth phase, and water frontage close to town becoming harder and harder to come by, a luxury waterfront condo within reach is a Premium.  To add to that, a three bedroom and three bath condo on the ground floor with a walkout deck?  Phenomenal.  The only thing between you and that crystal-clear East Bay water is 10 steps through the sugar-sand beach?  Perfection.

Find completely unobstructed bay views, top-of-the-line appliances, and luxuriously comfortable furniture to help you kick back and relax.  No detail has been overlooked - beautiful gas fireplace and wet bar, heated floors in the kitchen and bathrooms, fully enclosed walk-in tile showers, and much more.

This really is the perfect property, but on top of the features offered inside the condo, there's even more to get excited about within the community.  Boat docking services are available, so you can take advantage of the bay with your boat only steps away.  Sugar Beach Villas are accessed only by electronic keycard or intercom system through a secure entrance.  Would you like to rent while you're away?  Earn up to $850 per night in the peak season - rental management and housekeeping services are available on site, as well.

Fall colors are in, and the Traverse City waterfront condo market is on the rise.  I've tried my hardest, but I can assure you that my descriptions are not equal to the experience of this waterfront home.

Click here for more information and to view the listing.  Thank you.

Blake Bernard - 231.714.4787 -

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gladwin & Clare County Real Estate Market Snapshot for September

September 2015 Real Estate Market Snapshot for Gladwin and Clare County Area Homes

Featured Listing!
Wixom Lake Waterfront Cottage!
691 Pine Trail, Beaverton, Michigan
MLS #164513

Active Listings: 1080 (124 new listings came on the market in September)
Average Asking Price: $113,899
Average Days on Market : 204
Range of Asking Prices: $4,900 - $695,000
Sold: 81 Sold in September (87 sold in August)
Average Asking Price of Sold Listings: $98,951
Average Selling Price of Sold Listings: $92,519
Average Days on Market of Sold Listings: 222 (24 days more than August)
Sellers Received: 93.4% of their asking price       

Total Residential Sales Volume: $7,401,533 (up from $7,993,600 in August)
Listings Sold by Price Range
0-99,999: 56 (up 10 from August)
100,000-199,999: 14 (down 23 from 
200,000-299,999: 10 (up 6 from 
300,000-399,999: 1 (up 1 from 
400,000 and above: 0 (same as 

Sold!! Sugar Springs Waterfront!!

**70 Homes Expired off the Market in September

Absorption Rate = 1.1 years

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

What is a Legacy Property?

 In a recent conversation with a client I used the term "Legacy Property" to describe a lodge they were purchasing on The Au Sable River.  I had never really given too much thought to the origin of the term until the client asked if it was something I coined or if it was an industry term. While it's not necessarily an industry term, I've had the opportunity to use it to accurately describe a property of exceptional character, quality or location worthy of passing down through the generations of one's family.   A quick look on provided a basic definition and really the purpose behind the use of this term when describing a specific property.


npl -cies
1. (Law) a gift by will, esp of money or personal property
2. (Law) something handed down or received from an ancestor or predecessor

The average individual purchases or sells a property every 5 years.  That's fantastic news for REALTORS because it means we'll have the opportunity to work with clients again and again so long as we represent them well and provide a valuable service.  What I love more than anything, though, is selling a property that I'll likely only sell once in my lifetime.  There are certain properties so unique in setting, character or construction that families will do everything in their power to ensure that future generations of their own family will be able to enjoy the lifestyle afforded by that particular property.

In this case I was using the term to describe a truly unique 1920's era cedar sided lodge situated along a secluded stretch of the Au Sable River's North Branch.  Seen through the eyes of some, it was in need of way too much work.  The original windows needed some glazing repair, the roof had reached its life expectancy and there were some electrical and other mechanical issues that needed to be resolved.  

Seen through the eyes of the eventual buyer, who was seeking a property to build and pass memories to his outdoors loving children, this was IT.  Original pegged wood floors, the big dining room surrounded by those vintage windows, the setting to the river providing the perfect level of privacy from the water while still allowing a view to check for a hatch.  It all added up to making it the property that would allow them to enjoy each others company in a way that other properties simply couldn't.  The previous owner was able to share the property with three generations of their own family members where they learned to hunt, fish and play cribbage.  It's now another family's turn to make their own memories that will gradually fill the picture frames along the walls.

If you're in the hunt for not just a cottage or lot on the river, but a true Legacy Property, we'd love to help you find that special place.  There are actually a couple available right now that meet that definition and we'd love to introduce them to your family.  

 Located on the very private Au Sable River South Branch below Smith Bridge, this property offers a level of privacy seldom found today.  The land was part of the original George Mason estate that was later gifted to the caretaker of that property.  The modern home was built in a style reminiscent of lodges of the western United States.  A huge workshop and guest quarters round out this truly exceptional estate.  This area of The South Branch flows over a beautiful cobble bottom and is home to brilliantly colored brook trout and large browns.  Click HERE for details.

Away from the clang of commercial canoe traffic and in an area of other estate sized parcels, this maturely wooded 20 acre parcel on The Au Sable River's North Branch is certainly a worthy site for a charming cottage or spectacular dream home.  More than 800' of frontage on both sides of the river and a perfectly elevated site make this even more special.  This area of The North Branch, near the confluence with the main stream, flows briskly over a mostly gravel bottom and offers plenty of deep structure to hold trophy trout.  Click HERE for details.