Lost Lake Log Home Near Munising
Blue lakes and endless forest roads under an arcing canopy of high sugar maple forest make this an area of uncommon beauty, land with character. Wonders abound in every direction and season of the year. Fishing, hiking, bird watching, snowshoeing, gathering wonderful mushrooms from spring through fall -- there are always engaging activities and opportunities to learn. If golf is your game you can enjoy Pictured Rocks Golf & Country Club fifteen miles to the north.
Here's your base of operations: a three bedroom, two bath log home on a clear water, 105-acre lake with two large islands in the Hiawatha National Forest near Munising. The county plows excellent all-season roads and power, phone and high speed Internet are underground. The dock is included also. The lake is clear and blue and it is all ready for your use, year round.
The home is a 32x24 full log Hiawatha Log Home with 24x28 log sided section. A covered front porch opens to a kitchen with 20 feet of countertop and a cozy living room with a gas fireplace and cathedral ceiling. A TV and dining area adjoins the kitchen. The master bedroom includes a 10'6x9' walk-in closet. The first floor also includes an additional bedroom, currently serving as a woodcarving studio. Finally, an oversized full bath houses a washer and dryer.
The lower level is fully finished and carpeted. An open staircase leads to a great room for family recreation and enjoyment. Adjoining that is an office area with a hallway to a private guest bedroom with a full bath nearby. A 12'x12' room off the hallway currently houses a train layout. Completing the lower level are a large storage room, furnace and utility rooms.
Outside a 56x8 deck overlooks Lost Lake from the first floor with a 56x8 deck on the lower level. The home is geothermally heated and air-conditioned. Winter fuel usage is already netting a 50% savings. A 78-foot 4-inch diameter drilled well provides clear, clean water without any type of treatment. The survey shows 200 feet of lake frontage with an average 265 feet of depth. In addition to the house the property includes a 2-year old, 5-bay, 45x28 pole barn. The original cost of the home and lake lot was $285,000. The extra lake lot and barn added $86,000 bringing the owners total hard cost to $371,000. Then of course came countless hours of attention to the many finishing details that make a new house a home with a property that works just right and looks its best. In addition the property is to be sold "turnkey" with all the furnishings included. There is good value here.
The five-bay outbuilding on a separate lot with 100 feet of shoreline is valued at $85,000.
The owner lists favorite things to like about life here on the lake: "Endless trails for hiking, snowmobile, 4-wheeler, mountain bike or XC skiing; beautiful sunsets across the lake; peace and quiet; starry skies on clear nights; fall colors that rival the Keweenaw; the Hiawatha National Forest that surrounds us; living inside a full log home; our cold, clear well water; seeing bald eagles fish on our lake; kayaking in the morning on still-peaceful water; and the smell of clean, fresh air.
"For a night out we enjoy fine dining at the famous Camel Riders or the Brownstone Inn. After dinner we check out the many concerts at the Falling Rock Cafe or the Bayshore Park band shell. Guests are easy to entertain with the Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises, Glass Bottom Boat tours of the Alger Underwater Preserve, or short hikes to the Pictured Rocks Lake Superior overlooks and waterfalls."
As a retirement home this is a great base from which to explore the wonders of the Upper Peninsula. You'll find so many active things to do. City supplies and services are close including a new hospital 15 miles away on Munising Bay if the need ever arises. The Alger County Historical Museum is there also. You can research living in the Munising area right here in detail on Munising.com. The more you know, the more you'll want to come!
In spring trillium and other wildflowers cover the forest floor and mushroom hunters search for morel mushrooms. Warblers fill the woods, grouse drum on old logs. The Miner's Castle River and the small lake it flows to are home to nesting waterfowl.
Summer offers many pleasures including kayaking on the lakes and rivers in the area or, starting at the harbor in Grand Marais, paddling on Lake Superior down the face of the Grand Sable Dune and past the rock grottos and sandstone cliffs of the Pictured Rocks. Top it off later with fresh whitefish or a pizza. And keep a day sailor or powerboat in the harbor for longer jaunts.
The fall is everyone's favorite with windless days, lots of sun, and spectacular colors. Few parcels of land anywhere offer more ready access to surrounding lands that are open to the public. Fifty miles of the shoreline in the Pictured Rocks and the land behind it to the north and west are in the Federal park. It's an absolutely wonderful place for a hunting/fishing camp, and if you haven't seen the north woods in fall with the maples in full color, you haven't lived.
For a snowmobiler, the winter in this area is as good as it gets. From this property there is easy access to the groomed trails in the Pictured Rocks, and there is a web of two-tracks and logging roads for exploring the lakes and land on your own. My own preference runs to snowshoeing and cross country, but I'll admit that running your sled through this forest in the powder is a memorable and wonderful experience.
The property is less than a mile off an excellent paved state highway, but this is a wild and wonderful setting. The seller will convey legal, insurable access with title insurance. The owners have lived here for six years, and it has been loved for every bit of it. Make it your own and you'll start to and build your own family traditions.
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