Agate Harbor Cottage
The Keweenaw is a great rock peninsula that juts northeasterly into Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes with the largest fresh water surface area in the world. It is northernmost part of Michigan`s Upper Peninsula and this property is at the northernmost shore of the Keweenaw. Canada is 50 miles across the water, due north.
"Go west, young man, go west", was a popular saying popularized by the author Horace Greeley. But Greeley was not referring to Montana. He had an interest in a copper mine up here on the Keweenaw and he was not the first. As early as 7,000 years ago, peaking 3,000 years ago, the Native Americans mined its rich deposits of copper. Geologists believe 50% of all the copper mined in the world has come from the Keweenaw.
Today the Keweenaw is known for its scenic beauty, and few places are more scenic or beautiful than this. Just look at this aerial photo, looking easterly. This property forms the entire western tip of Agate Point, as it is called on the charts, or Middle Point Road, as it appears on the road sign. It is in any case the point of land between two bays inside the larger bay of Agate Harbor.
To be here is to enjoy easy living in a world-class natural setting. The bay to the south offers safe harbor for mooring your sailboat or yacht.
To the west, the sunset view is over Silver Island in the foreground, and to the north, when the lake is rolling, rock formations form a reef across the mouth of the bay against which great whitecaps crash in explosions of spray. Lovely as it is when the lake is a sheet of glass, and when gentle breezes condition the air in the heat of summer, the first time I was here the wind was up and for me it is then that the property is most beautiful.
The monarch white pine by the cottage holds an eagle`s nest and has for many years.
There are plenty of links to sites on the Internet that will tell you about the Keweenaw and I will suggest a few. Start by typing exactly this number into the search box of Google Earth: 47.471618560177724, -88.04709434509277 and it will fly you right to this property.
You will find a nice summation of information about the Keweenaw with many links suggested here: Exploring the North.
The "camp", which is the U.P. name for a cottage, includes a 18 x 17.6 living room with a red brick fireplace. Two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a 10 x 24 sun porch adjoin that on the south. Behind the fireplace is a 17.6 x 11.6 kitchen and dining area and beyond that is a 15 x 10 foyer. That comes to roughly 1,125 SF overall.
This cabin has the simple charm of an earlier, peaceful time, and it offers the promise of easy living, something that is so hard to reproduce in new construction. These wooden walls and floors echo with the sound of music, laughter and dancing. They offer peace. You may simply bring art and furniture to make it your own, or you may choose to add a second floor, or remove it entirely and build new where the old cottage stands.
There is also a 20.4 x 28.4 garage and/or storage shed, but what you are buying here is not the structures, charming though they may be, so much as a truly unique and wonderful parcel of land.
The photo to the right, taken from across the inner bay and anchorage, includes the entire property from end to end, east to west. As I scale it from the survey, the land runs 678 feet from east to west as the crow flies.
To visualize what that looks like and how much privacy it provides you can think of the length of this property as two and a quarter times the length of a football field. There are many bays and points and the shoreline is irregular, which gives it character and beauty. Forgetting the many twists and turns, where you`ll find agates imbedded in the rocks, and measuring in a straight line this property has something like a quarter mile of frontage. The road (and road dust) ends at your line. No one drives through it. You are surrounded by water.
This is a setting with beauty, power and magic. You will likely not understand until you come. I simply cannot convey the beauty of this property and the diverse and wonderful pleasures of the Keweenaw with a few words and pictures. You need to experience this setting to understand the opportunity.
I will help you find a place to stay if you would like an adventure exploring a part of the country you may not have seen. Drive the Brockway Mountain Drive, which starts just a few miles from Agate Point. Visit the nearby shops and restaurants of Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor. Come make a weekend of it. Look around. Bring your camera.
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