In 2005 we decided to build a house on a lake. We looked at lakefront property in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota and Michigan and what we found was that desirable lakefront property was becoming scarce. We looked at lots that were very steep (vertically challenged I believe is how the realtor described these lots), lots that were completely stripped of all trees, lots that were very small, lots that were swampy, lots that were on lakes that were stagnant or filled with leeches… you get the picture.
When we found this two-acre lot on Lake Medora in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, we were thrilled. It was EXACTLY what we were looking for. It is the most pristine lake we had ever seen – crystal clear, clean water with good fishing – bass, walleye, perch… There are 4 – 5 picturesque islands on the north end of the lake and we almost always see bald eagles when we take the boat to that area. The lot is flat, with a gentle slope on one end of the property. Blueberries, wild raspberries and thimbleberries grow rampant on the property.
When we had the house built, our instruction to the contractor was “Don’t take out a tree unless you have to.” What we have now is a beautiful year-round home in the woods on the lake. It is contemporary living at its finest. Blending state of the art functionality with an artist’s palette of trees, wildflowers, wildlife and nature, the home offers tranquil beauty and privacy that not many lakefront properties offer.