More about Stunning Log Home Between Marquette and Munising
This is a most impressive log home built in 2008 with larger than normal 12 inch interlocking logs. It features a comfortable, open plan with lots of glass and light, a custom design that shows thoughtful design, attention to detail, and superb craftsmanship.
The use of wood and stone is wonderful. The front entry door is curly birch, the Master Bedroom door is bark pocket maple, and the other interior doors are hickory. The Kitchen is stunning with hickory cabinets and counters of cherry and granite. The Dining Area features a spectacular floor of marble and walnut. The main level has bamboo floors, with carpet and bamboo upstairs and a slate entryway and sunroom.
The entryway floor has an inlaid compass created out of maple, walnut and cherry. Ceilings are poplar and birch. You will appreciate the thoughtful design, attention to detail, smart construction, and craftsmanship.
The building site is one of the newer Laughing Whitefish Point parcels with 258 feet of Lake Superior frontage and 10.2 acres. A paved drive winds through a maple forest to the building site 30 feet above the lake. From inside or on the deck the westerly view of Laughing Whitefish Point is enchanting and from here you can see both sunrises and sunsets over the lake. At night you’ll watch the Northern Lights. This is a 3,737 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with 1,000 feet of deck and a three plus car garage.
This home has so many extra features. For starters it was built with 12 inch chinkless interlocking logs. There’s a fieldstone wood burning fireplace with insert and fan in the Living Room and a built in wine refrigerator. There are seven ceiling fans in the home.
The Kitchen has a Brew Express wall mounted coffee maker, built in and plumbed in. The Master bath has custom tile and a steam shower with total glass enclosure. Both full bathrooms have heated floors. It has central heat, air conditioning, humidity control, and heated floors in the bathrooms. Lakeside windows are Loewen triple pane.
For a complete list of the extras, equipment, construction detail, and 2015 taxes and utilities, click here for the Additional Information page.
By kayak, canoe or fishing boat you’ll glide over giant blocks of red sandstone 20 feet below in crystal clear water. Munising’s Marina is the perfect place to keep your day sailor or powerboat. Grand Island is open to the public and is administered under the National Park System. Munising Bay is sheltered by Grand Island and you’ll find quiet, sandy little bays where you can be all by yourself or picnic on a quiet beach with friends. The 400-foot high cliffs of the Pictured Rocks line the eastern shore.
Laughing Whitefish Point is an established residential development with 90 building parcels, all of them large, along five miles of Lake Superior shoreline. Twenty-five architecturally unique homes have now been built on these dramatic sites. Some are used seasonally but most were built for year round living and future retirement.
Shore Drive is the paved scenic access road that winds through a mature hardwood forest. Phone and electric lines are underground, the septic system has been permitted and inspected by Alger County, there is a 45 foot deep, fracked, 8 inch well for abundant water, and the land has been surveyed and will be conveyed with title insurance paid for by the seller. You even own the mineral rights, which is relatively unusual in the U.P.
Typical parcels here are ten acres in size with a minimum of 250 feet of lake Superior shoreline. This provides buffer areas between the building sites so most people will not see the neighboring homes, and most are not visible from Shore Drive, at least in summer and fall when the trees have leaves.
Access is off Highway M-28, the principal state highway on the southern shore of Lake Superior. This 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. It also offers easy year round access to the UP’s regional medical center and an airport with scheduled jet service supplies, shopping, some truly exceptional restaurants, museums, concerts and services.
This is a rural area and the deed restrictions at Laughing Whitefish Point provide important protections that will safeguard the value of homes built on these sites. Click here to read the user-friendly set of deed restrictions that have been recorded with each parcel.
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 permanent protection to the land. More large areas have been preserved with conservation easements that guarantee the public access. Several years ago The Nature Conservancy acquired 285,000 acres of conservation easements in conjunction with the State of Michigan, one of the largest such acquisitions anywhere.
Timber companies own 90% of the rest. They view these lands as strategic corporate assets to be held for the long-term production of forest products, so they are not often sold and broken up. Instead they are enrolled in the Commercial Forest Reserve, which provides a significant tax break in return for holding the lands exclusively for the production of forest products (timber), and for allowing the walking public access for hunting and fishing.
The bottom line is that upwards of 90% of the U.P. remains wild and open to the public by law. Development is thus limited to the remaining 10%. Clustered development with the remaining land held open is more reminiscent of the European style than the United States. It is home to friendly people who could live anywhere on earth but pick the shores of Lake Superior because they know!
The owners have loved this place but it is time now for them to move on. Click here to read their reflections about living on the shore of Lake Superior. Come learn about the many features of this home, the land at Laughing Whitefish, the great inland sea called Superior, and the friendly people who live here.