Here, you will find wilderness, beauty, serenity, security, and recreational opportunities that recharge your batteries and renew your perspective on who you are and what you do. When you buy land in the U.P., or any remote area, there are unique factors to consider.
Not every U.P. property connects to a public road. Some do not even have legal access. When land belonging to others has been used for 15 or more years a “prescriptive” right of access may be created and it may be possible to convert this to a legal easement. Sometimes “legal” access exists but is over terrain where it is not practically possible to build a usable road. Obviously, you need the legal right to access your property over usable terrain.
Many public roads are “seasonal,” which means they are not plowed in the winter. In these areas people may have a vehicle with a plow or hire it done; but the length and/or nature of the access can make that nearly impossible or expensive. If you have land in such a place you may reach it by snowmobile, cross-country skis, or snowshoes in the winter.
Consider utilities: In some areas it is difficult to drill a well because of rock, and the water you get may contain minerals that will need to be removed. This will make your system more expensive. Rural areas have no sewer systems. Sewage treatment requires a septic system or one of the new aerobic or wetland systems. In some areas these systems work very well; in others they require additional features that cost more and/or work less well. Some areas will not “perc” and septic systems are not possible.
Your land may have electric and phone lines, or they may be close enough to extend at a reasonable cost. If not, electric power will require a generator, solar system or wind system, and cellular or radiophone system if you want phone service. Some people choose to be “off-grid” completely.
The U.P. has excellent medical facilities that may not be close to the property you choose. The distance to a good airport with scheduled service is a consideration, as is the convenience of a good grocery store, restaurants, and a serviceable hardware store.
Some areas have it all. Others do not. The trick is to decide what you can live without, and to be comfortable without “conveniences” knowing you’re gaining so much more: beach fires, Northern Lights, trout fishing, a glimpse of a bobcat, and a simpler way. People come and enjoy the North Country experience, build traditions, and pass them on to their children because it is less developed. We can help you sort through alternatives, find an area with features and benefits that meet your needs, and a place within that area that will become dear to your heart.