Beautiful & Large Lake Superior Frontage Parcel
Just when I think all the Lake Superior parcels left are small and all the really great ones have building improvements that you may not want, a remarkable property like this appears. This is the one that waited for a person who will settle for nothing less than perfection in a large parcel with acreage on Lake Superior! There`s 1,761.85 feet of Superior frontage with 51.5 acres behind it, both very unusual for land with such good access. And this price is really, really good!
It offers privacy and convenience on what may be, all things considered, the very best Lake Superior shoreline left, right where you want it between Marquette and Munising with a sunset view to boot. Dramatic building sites include the prominent point of rock pictured here, high overlooks, big trees, and both sand and painted sandstone beaches. Just beyond the end of a County Road a gated, private gravel road provides excellent access with underground power and phone to the property line.
You will discover multiple dramatic building sites to choose from including one on the prominent point of rock and pine pictured here. It comes complete with sand beaches, painted sandstone flats perfect for swimming, and sandstone swirls of color underwater that brighten to deep red in the sun and lie framed by the cobalt blues and emerald greens of varying water depths. The long view across the bay to the south and west is of hills and forest, with lovely AuTrain Island directly in front and, turning north and east, a view to what my landscape architect friends call the unlimited dimension of the Great Lake.
When I came to the U.P. and Lake Superior, my personal standard of beauty was a sand beach. This property has several sand beaches, which come and go depending on the winds and waves, but Superior is a rock lake and for me now it is the painted sandstone shores that complement the power and majesty of this great inland sea, the still relatively unknown North Coast of America.
Inland lakes offer warm water swimming and water sports, sailing, canoeing, fishing and serenity, and are residential in scale. On an inland lake your eye goes to the opposing shoreline. Superior steps it up to dramatic, grand, and beautiful! Gulls bank and dive overhead, storm clouds sweep across the lake, crashing waves wash the shore and ore boats pass in the night, a string of lights low on the horizon bound for distant ports. This point faces westerly across the bay to a dramatic range of hills on an opposing shore and that combines the views presented by a big inland lake with Superior's grandeur, and it`s a sunset view where the usual orientation is due north.
One great choice of a building site is on the rock point pictured above. It offers an opportunity for a home featuring walls of glass. They could have a panoramic, 220-degree view. At the extreme left the view is due south. Straight west brilliant sunsets light the sky above the long arc of the bay. To the right, northeast, the majesty of unbroken Lake Superior extends to the horizon. Left and right the shorelines form a succession of points and bays that extend for miles.
Just a few neighbors live to the northwest, totally out of sight, in beautiful homes. To the south, towards M-28, the property borders a mile and a quarter, 6,600 feet, of Federal lakeshore, a long buffer before the next private property.
Surprisingly often, Superior is mirror calm, but it is when the wind rises that you see and feel the power of the lake. I love it when high winds send huge whitecaps crashing against the shore. Between the white crests of cobalt waves crystal clear water reveals house-sized blocks of red sandstone on the floor of the bay.
Gordon Lightfoot's 1976 ballad, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, immortalized that 729-foot iron ore freighter that went down in a fierce November "hurricane west wind." Fresh water is less dense than salt water, and forms bigger waves. That night the waves offshore went to 30 feet, and sooner or later you will see them that size on the horizon. The drag of the shallows pulls them down as they approach shore so the largest wave you"ll see at the beach will be perhaps 6 or 7 feet.
Beaches here feature driftwood including, if you are lucky, pieces of 1800's sailing ships, schooners and longboats that dared the fury of this Great Lake. Build your beach fire on the sand or higher on a shelf of rock and watch the Northern Lights flicker and dance above. Trim a sugar maple branch for S`mores (marshmallows toasted over the coals, placed hot on a Hershey bar, between graham crackers.)
The best coastal highway of the U.P. provides easy access to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Hiawatha National Forest, two deepwater harbors, a first class downhill ski area, limitless cross country and snowmobile trails, wild land, lakes, and streams. The property is two and a half miles from the highway, far enough that you will not hear big logging trucks and traffic on quiet nights but close enough for easy access. This makes the land unusually accessible and usable for this year-round, without compromising privacy.
Fifteen miles to the east Munising has world-class natural assets: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Grand Island, a National Park in Munising Bay, and Hiawatha National Forest. 28 miles to the west Marquette offers a regional hospital, regional airport, regional seaport, shopping, cultural activities and events and even Division I sports (hockey) at Northern Michigan University.
Marquette is the U.P.'s largest city, an "All-American," "Most Livable," and "Best Small Arts" community. There is an excellent harbor for big-water boating, and a variety of city services including scheduled jet service. It has a Level II Trauma Center hospital, which means excellent medical care and doctors who live in the community. Northern Michigan University has 10,000 students and faculty that add to the cultural life of Marquette. You could call that "beauty, brains and accessibility".
A benefit of vacationing or living in Marquette that is often overlooked by people looking for a winter getaway is that Marquette has a former Strategic Air Command 12,000 runway for B-52's (now long gone). Anyone who has flown into western winter resorts in the winter knows the "seat gripping" that goes on trying to safely land on short 6000 foot runways in the snow.
Our warming earth may be bad news in many places, but so far it is arguably making the UP better! Summers are longer, it is dryer, which means fewer bugs, and we don't have hurricanes, or offshore oil wells. Lake Superior is the largest body of fresh water in the US, and the Great Lakes contain 1/5th of the world's available fresh water. It means we live in naturally air-conditioned country here. These great bodies of fresh water cool the air in the summer, and moderate temperatures in the winter.
If you're a sailor or power-boater you'll have interesting and scenic places to enjoy and explore with your friends. Pictured Rocks is an easy cruise east to Munising or, heading the other way, take the Houghton Canal to cut through the Keweenaw and visit Isle Royal National Park. Tie up in Houghton and visit the Keweenaw National Historical Park commemorating the history of copper mining. When Horace Greeley said, "Go west young man, go west," he was not talking about Montana -- he was referring to the Keweenaw! He was right: many great fortunes were made in the U.P. Stop for a day at any of the lakeside towns and villages up and down the coastline and you'll discover abundant history, and fine art.
Year round use is reasonable and you need to see and enjoy the drama and majesty of this country in full winter! So many people think the summer is the best season. Fall is my first choice, and winter is the second. Winter really can be magical. Marquette Mountain Ski Area inside the city limits is in my opinion one of the best in the state. I was a full-certified ski instructor for years and have seen and skied them all.
Fall colors in the U.P. are incredibly intense, the result of the mix of forest types and frosty air, but all four seasons arrive just before I'm finished with the last one. You should see the trout we caught on dry flies last spring, and pictures of our family reunion at Camp the first week of August. Unlike most areas with exceptional natural beauty, Michigan's Upper Peninsula has not been over-developed and will not be. 50% of the U.P. is in federal or state ownership, which gives the land permanent protection.
This land has 1,761.85 feet of Superior frontage with 51.5 acres behind it. Compare the value for a large frontage parcel like this with what you get for your money downstate! At the prevailing rate for downstate frontage in the Traverse City or Petoskey area, this property is priced at 1/10th of the downstate rates! In other words, the same dollars that buy a nearly a third of a mile with acreage behind in a world-class setting here will get you a crowded few hundred feet of generic frontage downstate with neighbors close by on either side. Change your life instead, and come to this frontier on the shore of an inland sea.
The owners' preference is to sell this property as one parcel, for someone who will protect and preserve it.
When I'm on AuTrain Point and the wind is in from Canada I hear the lake. It's a sound like no other, and I will never live far from it. The sensory pleasures of this land are legion: the sweep of the bay, long points and islands in a cobalt sea, the wash and sweep of the nation's purest water on red-painted sandstone shores, boulders the size of Volkswagens tumbled by glaciers and the Northern Lights above. Mother Nature conditions the air and it smells of pine.
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