RANW MLS Listing 50163594
On the Door & Kewaunee County peninsula, this vacation home enjoys Lake Michigan views & breezes. 30 acres of tillable acreage, prairie restoration and wooded stream land surrounds the "cabin". A 2008 Energy Star Certified home, this house is as good as brand new -- maybe better than brand new -- with practical improvements and most furnishings and appliances included with the property. With 1 bedroom, big loft, 2 bathrooms and dining-kitchen-living room with fireplace, there is room for the whole gang to live or visit. A huge garage-storage-shop area provides space for vehicles and toys.
More Area and Property for Sale Info:
Portrayed as the Cape Cod of the Midwest, the Door County and Kewaunee County peninsula is straddled by the waters of Green Bay to the west and Lake Michigan to the east. People have been traveling to this part of Wisconsin for generations to escape the heat of the city and enjoy the cooling lakeside breezes and charm of the rural countryside.
Affectionately called "Nor-Door" by both tourists and locals alike, most visitors to the Peninsula focus on the towns and villages in Door County north of Sturgeon Bay. Everyone to loves to visit Fish Creek, Egg Harbor, Baileys Harbor, Ephraim and Sister Bay. With charm and character unique from each other, these primary Door County attractions offer shoreline sunrises and sunsets over the water, apple and cherry orchards, art galleries, vineyards, state parks, golf courses and historic lighthouses. People come from all over the world to visit this part of Door County.
Southern Door County and Kewaunee County offer similar lakeside and bayside charm in a quieter and more rural setting. From Sturgeon Bay to the south, the small-town communities of Forestville, Luxemburg, Casco, Algoma and Kewaunee are home to shopping, restaurants and marinas.
Cabin / House / Cottage / Home Info
Located south of Algoma, north of Kewaunee, this country vacation home enjoys Lake Michigan views, sunrises and breezes. While many people call their vacation home a cabin, camp or cottage, it is a stretch to limit the description of this year-round home as only a cabin. Built by Cleary Building Corp., this 1512 square foot cabin is a Wisconsin Energy Star home certified in 2008.
Designed and built to exacting specifications above most other new homes, an Energy Star Home offers many benefits to homeowners. Quality construction, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and lower utility and maintenance costs are at the top of the list of important Energy Star Home considerations. Here’s a link to a brief overview about living in and owning an Energy Star Home and here’s the link to the main Energy Star website.
One key element that the next owner of this home will appreciate season after season is the steel clad roof and siding. Nothing ruins a vacation weekend fast than arriving at the cottage finding out that some critter has gnawed their way into your cabin or that a storm has damaged the roof. This cabin is built like a tank and will repel almost anything northern Wisconsin throws its way. (Realtor disclosure: the next owner may have to occasionally hose off some dust, dirt and cobwebs; agent not responsible for supplying refreshing beverages for next owner to hold in free hand while hosing down cabin.)
Since it was built, this one-owner home has been lovingly used as a vacation home. This house is in as good as brand new condition, and maybe better than brand new with practical improvements made by the owners and most furnishings, washer and dryer and kitchen appliances included with the property. A "turn-key" situation like this will be the perfect situation for anyone that wants to start enjoying living or vacationing on the Peninsula immediately.
There is easily room for the whole gang to find space to live or visit. One bedroom (The Bayside Bungalow), a huge sleeping loft, two full bathrooms and dining-kitchen-living room with fireplace are designed for open living and gathering of owners and guests to share in this special location. A little secret room set off the loft will serve as fort, reading room and napping spot for youngsters, and maybe occasionally for an oldster if invited.
A very large garage-storage-shop area provides space for all the necessities and vehicles and toys needed to fully enjoy an "Up North" property. "Man-cave" is the popular buzzword for a big garage like the one at this house, but with vaulted 24 foot ceilings, the only cave that comes to mind is Mammoth Cave. Two tall garage doors open to the outside and allow easy access to the painted 30+ foot by 19+ foot floor. With both bay doors open this space feels more like a park shelter than a garage. What a place to have a gathering for a big bar-b-q. There's enough room to invite all your friends and neighbors.
Here's a short list of some of the other practical details for this cabin: drilled water well, maintained septic system, leased propane tank, central A/C, forced air furnace and first floor laundry. Flooring consists of tile, laminate and carpeting. Majority Anderson windows and doors. Stainless steel kitchen appliances; refrigerator, gas stove and dishwasher. LG front loading energy/water efficient washer and dryer.
This is indeed a "cabin" in the sense that the upstairs is designed for sleeping, the kitchen is designed for cooking and eating, and the living area is designed for living. Still, this is more than a cabin with its thoughtfully selected, quality furnishings, appointments and appliances. Final details that tie the entire cabin together are the open space of tall, nearly nine foot ceilings on the first floor and sixteen foot vaulted ceilings on the second floor. Letting in light and scenery, windows and doors are all around and located exactly where they should be.
Acreage & Land Info
The charm of this cabins countryside location is enhanced by a 30-acre buffer of ownership of tillable acreage, prairie restoration and wooded stream land. Other large parcels predominately surround the property for protected and limited country development. Wood-lines shelter the home and serve as a backdrop to the rural setting. Located on a slight rise only about a half mile from the shore, a view of Lake Michigan across prairie and field serve as reminder of the distinctive setting of this unique home.
From the total 30 acres of this beautiful rural acreage about 20 is tillable and leased to a local farmer. This gives the owner a partner in managing the ag land along more than enough money to cover the property taxes. Snowplowing of the driveway is part of the exchange. The remaining 10 acres is about evenly split between the prairie and woods and in its most natural state.
Except for one acre classed as residential for the home site, 29 acres out of the total 30 acres are classed as agricultural and agricultural woodland for low, low property taxes. Between the low taxes, the leased farmland and the almost maintenance-free nature of the building, this property may be completely cost-free to own and maintain if owned outright without a mortgage.
Whether one comes from a hunting background or simply just enjoys seeing wildlife in its natural habitat, Whitetail deer, wild turkey and Canada geese all frequent this property. Kewaunee County is known for its deer population, and this property shows sign of great whitetail potential. Woodlands with some thick cover and low areas with the stream bed provide natural habitat. Edges along forest and field offer a meandering browse line. The surrounding farm land serves as the mother of all food plots.
The property is mostly level with a slight elevation at the home site for great drainage. The house is set back into the land with a short stroll down the gravel driveway to the mailbox on Longfellow Road, a very quiet country lane. A band of mowed grass surrounds the house with a fire ring completing the setting.
From Algoma, Wisconsin: South on WI-43 for 3+ miles; right onto 8th Rd for 1 mile; right onto Longfellow Rd. to Kewaunee property for sale on right. N6556 Longfellow Road, Town of Pierce. Look for Waterfront Dreams Signs.
Cabin and land shown by appointment please. Seller requests listing agent attend showings with 48 hour notice to listing agent. Thank you.
Waterfront Dreams Real Estate listing by Patrick O'Hearn. Cell call/text: 1-920-227-3860
Here are just some of the area recreational highlights for this part of Door County and Kewaunee County (Links at bottom.):
Wayside Park: Close to the property for sale, Wayside Park offer picnicking at a panoramic overlook of Lake Michigan. A rugged trail provides access to the lakeshore.
Crescent Beach: Located in Algoma, Crescent Beach has a half mile boardwalk along a crescent shaped sand beach which spans from the Algoma Visitor Center to the Algoma Marina. This sandy lakeshore is the perfect place to cool off on hot summer days, play volleyball, launch a kayak or paddleboard and search for washed beach glass. The bright red Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse completes this classic Lake Michigan beach setting.
Winter Park: Located just outside of the City of Kewaunee, Winter Park is local lift-served hill for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.
West Alaska Lake: A 27-acre, 41-foot-deep lake, West Alaska Lake is a quiet lake for fishing, swimming and wildlife. Fish species include Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Trout. Only electric trolling motors and paddling are allowed on the lake. A boat launch, fishing dock, swimming raft and picnic area provide lakeside relaxation.
East Alaska Lake: East Alaska Lake is 50 surface acres with a maximum depth of 50 feet. A “Slow No Wake” lake, East Alaska Lake provides boat launch access to fishing for Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike.
Krohns Lake: A 19-acre spring fed lake Southwest of Algoma, Krohns Lake has a maximum depth of 38 feet. A boat landing for access to fishing for Panfish, Largemouth Bass and even Rainbow Trout.
Ahnapee State Trail: This "rails to trails" recreational trail traverse 44 miles across the Kewaunee County and Door County countryside. Hikers, bikers and horseback riders share the trail during spring, summer, and fall. In winter, cross country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobile riders share the trail; snowmobilers will find many more miles of connecting snowmobile trails running throughout both Kewaunee and Door counties.
Riverview ATV Park: Many people don’t think of Kewaunee County as a place to go for ATVing, but Riverview ATV Park was designed exclusively for ATV and UTV enthusiasts. The property offers a hill climb area, challenge course and twenty miles of trails.
Ryan Park: 135 acres of rolling landscape with scenic views, wooded areas and open space. A two-mile-long summer hiking and winter cross-county ski trail and a two-and-half-mile-long summer mountain biking and winter snowshoe trail allows for year-round enjoyment of this rural park. A park shelter and a timber frame pavilion provide four season use.
C. D. (Buzz) Besadny Fish and Wildlife Area: This 2,632-acre property located west of Kewaunee, is comprised mostly of forest, wetlands, rivers, streams and grasslands. The Ahnapee State Trail runs through the property.