Northwest Michigan. The area is marked by many scenic inland lakes and Lake Michigan. The values are extremely divergent. There are no large developments with similar or like homes. Most properties are unique, which requires some significant local knowledge to appropriately price.
Leelanau County - The county is a peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan and has a total area of 2,532 square miles, of which, 348 square miles of it is land and 2,184 square miles of it (86.24%) is water. The county has the second-highest proportion of water area of any county in the United States. The population density is roughly 75 people per square mile, with the population more heavily distributed on the shorelines.
Grand Traverse County - Contains Traverse City, which has both the Urban shopping area and a regional hospital. This also is a coastal county, only the townships to the North have Lake Michigan Frontage. Traverse City area has a population of just under 150,000. Despite its modest population, Traverse City functions as the major commercial nexus for a seven-county area totaling over 2,700 square miles. As a result the city has regular theater, a huge number of upper end restaurants, over 50 wineries, a professional baseball and semi-professional football team. It is also home to the Traverse City Film Festival, founded by Michael Moore
Kalkaska County - has o ver 80 lakes and 275 miles (443 km) of streams and rivers. Much of the county is marshland. County elevation ranges from 595 feet (181 m) to about 1,246 feet (380 m). This makes it one of the more uneven counties in the Lower Peninsula. The Pere Marquette State Forest covers much of the county (almost 40%) The population is roughly 18,000.
Benzie County - Michigan's smallest in terms of land area, it is bordered by Lake Michigan to the west, the Leelanau Peninsula to the north and Grand Traverse County and Traverse City are to the east. The population is under 15,000 people. The area is heavily forested and largely rural. It encompasses several premium inland lakes, most notably the desirable Crystal Lake and Bear Lake.
Antrim County - The name Antrim was one of five Irish names given to renamed counties in 1843, supposedly in deference to the increasing number of settlers of Irish heritage in Michigan at that time. In the text of the 1843 legislative act, the name was misspelled as "Antim". YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, the oldest American summer camp that sits on its original site, occupies about one square mile on the shore of Torch Lake in Central Lake Township. Boys first attended Hayo-Went-Ha (variant of Hiawatha) in 1904. Antrim County is home to Torch Lake, Michigan's longest inland lake and at approximately 18,770 acres is Michigan's second largest inland lake. The lake is noted for its exceptional beauty; its waters are unusually clear and exhibit a bright turquoise hue. This quality has made the lake a popular spot for the development of resorts and second homes. Notable property owners along the shore include filmmaker Michael Moore, rapper Eminem, musician Kid Rock, intellectual property law professor David Berry, former Detroit Tiger Kirk Gibson, attorney Geoffrey Fieger, actor Bruce Willis, actress Christine Lahti and husband/director Thomas Schlamme, actress Julie Kavner, hockey hall of famer William "Bill" Gadsby, and world renowned ski racer Evan Berry.