Sleeping Bear Dunes – a close neighbor

 

Image for Sleeping Bear Dunes home shows the south end of the home with two stories and extensive multi-level decking. Trees frame the home on the north and west sides.
8950 W Stormer Rd., Empire.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of your closest neighbors in a countryside setting just south of the village of Empire in Leelanau County. Five acres of privacy surround this three bedroom, two bath home with a 2-car attached, finished garage. Set on a hillside dotted with pines and mature leafy trees, the home was designed to flow with the landscape—with inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright. The main level is a dream for entertaining and features an expansive floor plan with open kitchen, dining and living areas in a Great Room space. A beamed cathedral ceiling, solid wood doors, and wood and tiled floors add to the simple, clean, natural look of the home’s Craftsman style of architecture. The spacious kitchen includes wood cabinetry, solid surface counters, stainless appliances, a wall oven, and a large cooking island with a gas stovetop. Beyond it is the living area with a cozy woodstove and a wall of sliding glass doors with a southern exposure. Step outside to lounge, watch wildlife or stargaze on the raised portion of the multi-level deck. The home’s walkout lower level features three bedrooms, two with sliding glass doors to the covered portion of the deck, a built-in bookcase in the hallway, a full bathroom and the convenient laundry area. Turn the large, unfinished bonus room above the garage into your music/arts/crafts studio or use as a private guest or recreation room. In this space, a sliding glass door leads to a balcony overlooking the side yard with tiered beds for flowers. The National Lakeshore Treat Farm trail is just across M-22 and leads to dune views of Lake Michigan. Visit Empire for services, dining choices, small town charm and the exceptional Lake Michigan public beach.  This home is in the Glen Lake School District. You can’t get much closer to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore than this! Find more photos, room dimensions and other information HERE.

Sweetest Spot on Sleeping Bear Bay

Says the owner of this property, adjacent to 137 ft. of sandy Lake Michigan access. Located a half mile west of Glen Arbor, the half-acre wooded lot has a path to the Sleeping Bear Bay beach access behind it. Across the street is the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and Alligator Hill trails, part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for forever privacy. There’s a year-round rustic 3 bedroom, 1 bath getaway to stay in while you build anew. Glen Arbor offers an array of shopping and dining choices. From t-shirts to designer-quality threads. From hot dogs to specialty coffee and haute cuisine. There’s also a vibrant community of artists, musicians and writers. It even has its own newspaper, the Glen Arbor Sun. Outdoor lovers can kayak the Crystal River, play tennis on village courts, listen to music on an outdoor deck or go boating on all-sports Glen lakes, Big and Little. This property is NOW offered at $599,900. More photos and information HERE

Image for Sweetest Spot on Sleeping Bear Bay is a drone shot over the sandy walkway to Lake Michigan, shown here in all its turquoise majesty.