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Old 06-02-2020, 11:25 PM
 
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Joe, could you kindly explain why, and name some of these areas/towns to avoid? I too envision "a cabin in the woods" for year round living in retirement, with lots of fishing and target shooting, but wish to spend a lot less than $300k... Your input would be helpful. Thanks.
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It's just personal preference. I like living in a more urban area, not that anywhere up North would be considered urban as compared to GR.



I have nothing bad to say about any of the small towns up here, but I do not want to live in them.
None of them are dangerous, or full of crack heads or meth labs, nothing like that. Good people are everywhere. I honestly have never had any problems in any Northern Michigan town.


If you do not mind living near small, rural areas you can find some nice, remote areas, at good
prices, I'm sure. Honor is close to the Platte river and Crystal Lake, and Beulah and Frankfort.
Fife Lake is close to the Manistee river. Maple City and Cedar are nice rural areas in Leelanau. And Leelanau county is like a playground, there are so many recreational opportunities there. These are all nice areas, heavily forested, lots of lakes,lots of recreational opportunities year round. You can definitely find a home/cabin on some acreage for well under $300k. But in case you ever need to sell down the road, be aware of the local job market, and if it is a prosperous area. I would not spend a lot of money on rural property in most areas of Northern Michigan, but that's just me.



If I was you, I would spend some time driving thru all of these areas, get a feel for it.
Stop and eat in whatever small town you're near. Go into the local grocery store and
see what the selection is like. You'll be able to tell if an area suits you.
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:39 AM
 
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Thank you Joe, and JJ for your post, not meaning to step on your thread.

MI from afar checks so many boxes for me, and I really need to get up there and look around. I definitely want rural, and you mention a lot of my concerns wanting to be avoided; Dangerous areas, full of crack heads or meth labs... Have experienced this before in other states, want to avoid it like death, as well as generally insular, unfriendly, unaccepting folks simply because you are not a native, lots of property theft, and run-down, dilapidated surroundings.

I totally agree with you about future selling concerns... Have seen this too (PA), where a local employer for a given rural area goes bust, the entire economic ecosystem goes down with it hard as the dominoes fall (loss of the local hospital, grocery store, ect), almost never to recover... Now your cabin is one of many dozens up for sale, with few buyers. Thanks again.
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Old 06-03-2020, 03:29 PM
 
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Thank you Joe, and JJ for your post, not meaning to step on your thread.

MI from afar checks so many boxes for me, and I really need to get up there and look around. I definitely want rural, and you mention a lot of my concerns wanting to be avoided; Dangerous areas, full of crack heads or meth labs... Have experienced this before in other states, want to avoid it like death, as well as generally insular, unfriendly, unaccepting folks simply because you are not a native, lots of property theft, and run-down, dilapidated surroundings.

I totally agree with you about future selling concerns... Have seen this too (PA), where a local employer for a given rural area goes bust, the entire economic ecosystem goes down with it hard as the dominoes fall (loss of the local hospital, grocery store, ect), almost never to recover... Now your cabin is one of many dozens up for sale, with few buyers. Thanks again.
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Sounds like you have a good handle on it, Jay. Just get up to different areas, go fishing
and canoeing ( I think you said those are some of your hobbies ) and explore.
I love living in NW Michigan, I'm really into the outdoors year round, and this area
is great for that.
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Old 06-03-2020, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Qualify of rural health care in Michigan is often poor, and while you may be healthy now, there will come a time when you will likely want to be within an easy driving distance to Traverse City or Muskegon for medical care reasons.
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Old 06-05-2020, 08:57 AM
 
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Qualify of rural health care in Michigan is often poor, and while you may be healthy now, there will come a time when you will likely want to be within an easy driving distance to Traverse City or Muskegon for medical care reasons.
Thanks, and good points Beachmouse; something that is always nattering in the back of my mind, and has to be factored. BTW, I love your neck of the FL woods... Spent A LOT of time fishing the area beaches since the late 80's, catching a nice variety of fish large and small. I wonder how the area will hold up to continued massive growth, and red tides/loss of beaches? Have been to a lot of beaches from around the world, and IMO the beaches of the Emerald Coast are tops.
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