500 Feet of Sand Beach at Saux Head Point
Ansel Adams called the two hours after dawn and the two before sunset "sweet light." At 6:00AM I stand on this Superior shore thinking how lucky I am to be here as sunrise paints the pines and the sugar sand arc of the bay with a warm, sweet light.
This property has 500 feet of frontage and 11.5 acres of forested land on Lake Superior with easy access to a boat launch site within the Association lands on nearby Saux Head Lake, a serene and picturesque Huron Mountain lake.
It is a setting that changes with your mood: majestic and grand or peaceful and residential. In front you have what landscape architects call the "limitless dimension" of Lake Superior, the greatest of the Great Lakes, an inland sea of crystal blue.
The land is just the right height above the lake with easy access to the beach but high enough to be safe from Superior's storms. The lake has many moods but when the wind is up it is powerful, incredibly beautiful, and I thrill to be there in the sound and fury of a storm.
Surprisingly often, most days, the lake is peaceful. I love the old growth red and white pines, mixed hardwoods, and long views of sandy beaches. To the north a long, sweeping point extends into Superior, shelter from the prevailing westerly wind. Offshore to the southeast, Granite Island lies a few miles off shore. Various homeowners plow the road in the winter, and it is usable year round. This land could be used for a seasonal home or a first home.
Saux Head is a 3/4-mile long, 137-acre Huron Mountain lake with some 18-foot deep water and granite hills along the southern shore. The rugged Huron Mountains protect a wilderness that extends 50 miles to the west. This is the wildest land in Michigan, and many believe it is the most beautiful. The Huron Mountains are cherished and defended by those who love big, wild land.
This land was originally part of Louis Kaufman's Granot Loma, a property from the last century that is often called "Michigan's Biltmore Estate." The Saux Head Point Association purchased and divided it into seventeen large parcels. Association fees are $900/year. Each parcel includes an interest in the 640-acre common area of forest, a common access site on Saux Head Lake, and a full mile of vacant Lake Superior frontage to the north. It is difficult to put a value on the privacy afforded by this large amount of undeveloped land and lakeshore held in common, but one thing is clear: It's good!
Association rules provide that parcels may be used as a residence for a single family, that there shall be no more than two dwellings, and that no parcel shall be subdivided or used for commercial activity. Dwellings must be at least 50 feet from the top of the lake bank, and no dwelling or outbuildings shall be constructed within 75 feet of either side of a parcel.
Marquette has been named an All American City. It's the Upper Peninsula's largest city with great restaurants and shopping just 20 minutes to the south. Marquette has the regional hospital, regional airport, regional seaport, and a variety of city services and cultural activities. There are Division I sports (hockey) at Northern Michigan University, an excellent downhill ski area, Marquette Mountain, and an excellent harbor for big-water boating. The Noquemanon 12k cross-country ski trail system that lies above the north shore of Saux Head Lake is very beautiful and a treat for those who love winter. Go the north 15 miles on Hwy 550 and you'll arrive at the small town of Big Bay at the northern end the road.
The Marquette area has also received national publicity as one of the nation's "Most Livable Communities." Bike Magazine called Marquette to be one of "The 5 Best Places to Live & Ride." There's endless room for snowmobiling, cross county skiing, fishing, hunting, exploring and plain wandering with friends or, if you choose, very much all by yourself.
The 30-mile shoreline between Marquette and Big Bay appears lightly developed from Hwy. 550. In fact the lakeshore is home to the largest collection of high-end homes on the Lake Superior shore. From Marquette, invisible from the road, you will find them at Middle Bay, Middle Island Point, Partridge Bay, Granot Loma, Saux Head, Lake Independence, Squaw Beach, and just north of Big Bay, at the Huron Mt. Club. There is nothing else like that in the U.P.
This country has the feel of a frontier. American bald eagles, pileated woodpeckers, moose, black bears and timber wolves support that impression, but here you are, just minutes from the U.P.'s largest city. Surprisingly Superior is often calm, but there is a wind today, and I can hear the lake. This is a wonderful place to live. You should see it. Mother Nature conditions the air, and it smells of pine.
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