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.

Benzie County Acreage For Sale

5 Acres For Sale by Stapleton Realty. Along the snowmobile trail, this wooded lot has been used for recreation, including hunting. Contact Christine 231-499-2698.
5 Acres, Bentley Road, Thompsonville. Offered by Stapleton Realty.

For Sale – Acreage northeast of Thompsonville in Benzie County and along the snowmobile trail which runs north to Leelanau County and south to Brethren in Manistee County. 5 acres of mixed hardwoods and cedars, and owner says there’s an artesian well in the NW corner. Fix up the rustic older small cabin needing your TLC.  This acreage parcel is near Benzie  County’s wild and scenic Betsie River for kayaking and fishing and Little Betsie River for trout fishing. Close to Crystal Mountain to ski, golf, dine and relax at the spa. Thompsonville village amenities include a restaurant, bar, library, post office and town hall. Meet at the Betsie Valley trailhead  in the village for hiking and bicycling to Benzie County’s quaint waterfront towns of Beulah, Elberta and Frankfort. $39,900. HERE