8 Northern Michigan Waterfront Home Must Haves - featured image

Northern Michigan is known for its scenic rivers, beautiful lakes, and pristine beaches. Places like Glen Arbor and Glen Lake, Empire, Sutton’s Bay, Leland, Frankfort, Traverse City, Crystal Lake, and the Old Mission Peninsula have become destinations for those looking for the ultimate waterfront home lifestyle.

Some people look to this area for the peace and serenity that water can provide. In contrast, others are eager for the recreational opportunities that abound on water and land.

Here are a few ideas that can enhance your waterfront living experience in your new home or a home remodeling project.

Picture Windows

There’s no better way to bring the outdoors to the indoors and enjoy the scenery. But, of course, energy-efficient windows help make your view comfy even in the winter!

Decks and Patios

Enjoy the outdoors with all the comforts of home close by and convenient.

Fire Pits

A campfire on the beach is fun but sometimes relaxing around a fire in your own backyard is more relaxing. Gas firepits are an excellent option as they are easy to start, have no fuss cleanup, and never have to worry about wet firewood.

Outdoor Kitchens

Nothing compares to an outdoor cookout or backyard BBQ, from a simple grill to a full feature outdoor kitchen.

Walkways to the Water

Take your time and make your path to the water’s edge more relaxing. Winding pathways can also help control erosion. Maybe add a bench along the way to take a break and relax. Don’t forget light-scaping the path to enhance mood and easy navigation at night.


Docks are essential even if you’re a landlubber. Today there are many options for dock materials and designs. Non-slip surfaces, motorized boat lifts, canopies, hammocks, slides, lighting, the possibilities are endless. But, on the other hand, you might never come back inside!

Private Garden

Create your own sanctuary. Relax in the tranquility of a space landscaped with your favorite shrubs, bushes, flowers, and trees. A fountain or water feature can be a nice touch too! Add a few benches, a pergola, or a gazebo, and this can become a quiet gathering space.


Winter is no reason to stay indoors when Northern Michigan has many places to ski, snowshoe, or hike. A cozy sauna is a great way to warm up after an invigorating day on the trails.

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