More about 700 Feet Sand Frontage near Marquette
A great building site with 700 feet of sand beach frontage is available north of Marquette. Nothing like this beautiful long beach remains vacant in an unbroken tract so close to the largest city in the Upper Peninsula. It’s a great site for your new home. In the past a boathouse was approved for this parcel.
This property lies close to the mouth of the Little Garlic River, 10 miles and about as many minutes north of Marquette’s city limit. Forest cover ranges from monarch red and white pine near the lake to sugar maples on the higher land behind. The seller will consider splitting the property by selling a parcel with 201 feet of frontage and 1.62 acres.
The beach is magnificent. Virtually all of it is pure white sand. In front is what landscape architects and poets like to call the “limitless dimension” of Lake Superior, the greatest of the Great Lakes, an inland sea of crystal blue water. Standing here you hear the soft sigh of wind in the pines and the rhythmic wash of the surf. Superior is alternately peaceful, quiet, dramatic, grand, stupendous! Gulls bank and dive overhead, storm clouds sweep across the lake, fog banks surprise the unwary, crashing waves wash the shore, and ore boats pass in the night, bound for distant ports.
To the north and south long, sweeping points extend into Superior. The point to the north offers shelter from the prevailing westerly wind and surf. Granite Island lies a few miles off shore.
To the west the rugged Huron Mountains protect a wilderness that extends 50 miles towards L’Anse. This is the wildest land in Michigan and many (including me) believe it is the most beautiful. The Huron Mountains are to be cherished and defended by those who love big, wild land.
Bike Magazine proclaimed Marquette to be one of “The 5 Best Places to Live & Ride.” There’s endless snowmobiling, cross county skiing, fishing, hunting, exploring and plain wandering with friends or, if you choose, very much all by yourself. Out of town this country feels like a frontier, and bald eagles, pileated woodpeckers, moose, black bear and timber wolves support that impression.
Marquette has been designated an “All American City,” one of the 30 “Most Livable Communities” in the country, and one of the “most active small arts communities.” It’s the Upper Peninsula’s largest and its location just 10 minutes to the south is a huge factor in the value of this land.
Being near Marquette provides easy access to the regional hospital, regional airport, regional seaport, and a variety of city services, shopping, cultural activities and even Division I sports (hockey) at Northern Michigan University. There is an excellent downhill ski area, Marquette Mt., and an excellent harbor for big-water boating. Go the other way on Hwy 550 and you’ll arrive at the small town of Big Bay at the northern end the road. It was the filming site of the movie that made Jimmy Stewart a star, Anatomy of a Murder,
This 30-mile shoreline between Marquette and Big Bay appears lightly developed when viewed from Hwy. 550. But in fact the lakeshore is home to the largest assembly of high-end homes on the Lake Superior shore. Driving north of Marquette you will find them, invisible from the road, at Middle Bay, Middle Island Point, Partridge Bay, Granot Loma, Saux Head Point, Lake Independence, Squaw Beach, and finally at the Huron Mt. Club. There is no other collection of homes like this elsewhere in the U.P.
Today the wind is in from Canada, and 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 beach, a view dotted with points and islands, and the sights and sounds of the Little Garlic flowing to Lake Superior. Mother Nature conditions the air, and it smells of pine.