2019 Lake Michigan Water Levels

Current Lake Michigan Water Levels 

The United States Army Corps of Engineers collects and publishes current / past Lake Michigan water level data which is very important to many property owners in Leelanau County & Grand Traverse County who own real estate on Lake Michigan or Grand Traverse Bay. Their last reading took place on March 1, 2019.

March 1, 2019                   580.15 feet

Difference from March 1, 2018:                                  +2 inches
Difference from long term average:                            +21 inches
Difference from highest monthly average (1986):    -11 inches
Difference from lowest monthly average (1964):      +49 inches
Projected change in levels by April 1, 2019:              +2 inches

Click here to open/download the full report for the current month:
http://lre-wm.usace.army.mil/reports/GreatLakes/GLWL-CurrentMonth-Feet.pdf

For more information on current & past historic records regarding the Great Lakes Water Levels please visit: http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions/Great-Lakes-Information/Great-Lakes-Water-Levels/Water-Level-Forecast/Weekly-Great-Lakes-Water-Levels/

6462 Mission Ridge, Traverse City - SOLD

SOLD TRAVERSE CITY CONDOMINIUM

SOLD by Oltersdorf Realty LLC on 3/1/2019
6462 Mission Ridge, Traverse City, MI - Port of Old Mission Condominium
Asking Price: $315,000

Fantastic location on the base of Old Mission Peninsula just outside of the city limits in Peninsula Township! This Port of Old Mission condominium features 2,600+ finished sq ft, main floor living, open concept layout, walkout lower level, attached garage, and an extremely deep extra detached garage! *Photos provided by Real Estate One.

1453 S Bay View Trail, Suttons Bay - SOLD

SOLD SUTTONS BAY WATERVIEW HOME

LISTING SOLD by Oltersdorf Realty LLC on 2/22/2019
1453 S Bay View Trail, Suttons Bay, MI – Home with Bay Views & 182’ of Shared Water Access
Asking Price: $565,000

Breathtaking elevated 180 degree water views of Grand Traverse Bay, West Bay, and Old Mission Peninsula are enjoyed from throughout this custom designed cedar sided home featuring: a large living room with 2 story ceilings and a fireplace; newer custom kitchen with maple cabinetry, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances; hardwood and ceramic tiled flooring; master bedroom suite with two walk-in closets; den/exercise room; 2nd and 3rd bedroom wing with a second kitchenette and private bath; 2.5 car attached garage; large 1.06 acre partially fenced yard offering brick paver walk ways, waterside deck, garden shed; and 182’ of shared West Bay water frontage! An ideal tranquil cul-de-sac location at the end of a paved county maintained roadway within minutes of Suttons Bay & Traverse City! 

9766 E Valley Hills Drive, Traverse City – SOLD

SOLD TRAVERSE CITY HOME

SOLD by Oltersdorf Realty LLC on 2/5/2019
9766 E Valley Hills Drive, Traverse City, MI - 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath Home
Asking Price: $289,900

Plenty of space is found with this 3,072 sq ft home featuring 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, huge main floor in-law suite apartment, unfinished basement, and situated on a large 0.54 acre parcel! Wonderful location in a quiet neighborhood with county maintained roads, natural gas, and a community park! *Photos provided by Northern Great Lakes Realtors MLS.

2018 Leelanau County Year-End Home Sales

2018 Leelanau County Year-End Home Sales

Units Sold: -12.47% below 2017
Volume Sold: -10.44% below 2017
Average Sales Price: +2.32% over 2017
Median Sales Price: +3.47% over 2017

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The 2018 year end (January 1 – December 31) home sales data have been posted in the charts above. The home sales statistics compare real estate housing sold in Leelanau County from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 to the same time period in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. This includes the townships of Bingham, Centerville, Cleveland, Elmwood, Empire, Glen Arbor, Kasson, Leelanau, Leland, Solon, Suttons Bay, and the City of Traverse City within the southeast corner of Leelanau County.

This report is based upon sales information obtained from the Northern Michigan Realtors MLS from 2004-2018. Undisclosed sales are not included in the data. This is for basic review purposes only. All attempts for accuracy have been made but cannot be guaranteed.

Jonathan Oltersdorf, Oltersdorf Realty, LLC
Phone: 231-271-7777
E-mail: jonathan@oltersdorf.com

2018 Leelanau County Year-End Private Waterfront Home Sales

2018 Year-End
Leelanau County
Private Waterfront Home Sales

Units Sold: -22.55% below 2017
Volume Sold: -18.70% below 2017
Average Sales Price: +4.97% above 2017
Median Sales Price: +19.47% above 2017

The data below includes all reported home sales with private direct water frontage and private "across the road" water frontage within all of Leelanau County on Lake Michigan, West Grand Traverse Bay, and all inland lakes. Homes with frontage on rivers, ponds, and creeks are excluded.

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Leelanau County Private Waterfront Home Sales data 2004-2018 for houses with private water frontage on Lake Michigan, West Bay, West Grand Traverse Bay, Grand Traverse Bay, Suttons Bay, Omena Bay, Northport Bay, Big Glen Lake, Little Glen Lake, Glen Lake, North Lake Leelanau, South Lake Leelanau, Lake Leelanau, Little Traverse Lake, and Lime Lake. This includes Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Omena, Northport, Leland, Lake Leelanau, Cedar, Maple City, Glen Arbor, and Empire. The data includes homes with private direct water frontage and "across the road" private waterfront. This excludes homes with shared access, creek frontage, river frontage, and pond frontage.

This report is based upon sales information obtained from the Northern Michigan Realtors MLS from 2004-2018. Undisclosed sales are not included in the data. This is for basic review purposes only. All attempts for accuracy have been made but cannot be guaranteed.

Jonathan Oltersdorf, Oltersdorf Realty, LLC
Phone: 231-271-7777
E-mail: jonathan@oltersdorf.com

What Did 2018 Leelanau County Home Buyers Purchase?

In Leelanau County there were 435 residential sales throughout 2018.
What did Leelanau County home buyers purchase last year?

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25.28% of all 2018 Leelanau County home sales sold between $200,000-$300,000. Elmwood Township & Glen Arbor Township combined for 37% of the total volume sold in Leelanau County. 40% of the total sales were either private waterfront homes or condominiums. 34% of Leelanau County home buyers bought with all cash (compared to 23% in Grand Traverse County). Home inventory stayed relatively flat compared to 2017.

2018 Leelanau County Year-End Vacant Land Sales Data

2018 Year-End
Leelanau County
Vacant Land Sales

Units Sold: -6.99% below 2017
Volume Sold: +23.73% over 2017
Average Sales Price: +33.04% over 2017
Median Sales Price: +24.92% over 2017

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The 2018 year end (January 1 – December 31) vacant land sales data have been posted in the charts above. The vacant land sales statistics compare real estate vacant parcels sold in Leelanau County from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2018. This includes the townships of Bingham, Centerville, Cleveland, Elmwood, Empire, Glen Arbor, Kasson, Leelanau, Leland, Solon, Suttons Bay, and the City of Traverse City within the southeast corner of Leelanau County.

This report is based upon sales information obtained from the Northern Great Lakes Realtors MLS. Undisclosed sales are not included in the data. This is for basic review purposes only. All attempts for accuracy have been made but cannot be guaranteed.

Jonathan Oltersdorf, Oltersdorf Realty, LLC
Phone: 231-271-7777
E-mail: jonathan@oltersdorf.com

2018 Grand Traverse County Year-End Home Sales Data

2018 Grand Traverse County Year-End Home Sales

Units Sold: -0.55% below 2017
Volume Sold: +0.63% over 2017
Average Sales Price: +1.19% over 2017
Median Sales Price: -0.24% below 2017

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The 2018 year-end (January 1 – December 31) home sales data for Grand Traverse County has been posted in the charts above. The home sales statistics compare real estate housing sold in Grand Traverse County from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 to the same time period in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. This includes the townships of Acme, Blair, East Bay, Fife Lake, Garfield, Grant, Green Lake, Long Lake, Mayfield, Paradise, Peninsula, Union, Whitewater, and the City of Traverse City.

Overall Grand Traverse County residential home sales appeared to have flattened throughout 2018 compared to the record setting 2017 year. 2018 Grand Traverse County Home Sales Units Sold declined -0.55%, Volume Sold increased +0.63%, Average Sales Price increased +1.19%, and Median Sales Price decreased -0.24%.

This report is based upon sales information obtained from the Northern Michigan Realtors MLS from 2004-2018. Undisclosed sales are not included in the data. This is for basic review purposes only. All attempts for accuracy have been made but cannot be guaranteed.

Jonathan Oltersdorf, Oltersdorf Realty, LLC
Phone: 231-271-7777
E-mail: jonathan@oltersdorf.com

Leelanau County Building Permits 2007-2018

Leelanau County Building Permits 2007-2018

In 2017 we saw the largest total amount of Leelanau County building permits issued since 2007 with 739 building permits issued throughout all of Leelanau County. This year the number decreased slightly to 713 total permits issued throughout 2018. The total dollar value of permits issued increased slightly from $64.187 Million in 2017 to $65.95 Million in 2018.

1355 S Nanagosa Trail Suttons Bay – SOLD

SOLD SUTTONS BAY WATERFRONT HOME

LISTED & SOLD by Oltersdorf Realty LLC on 1/10/2019
1355 S Nanagosa Trail Suttons Bay, MI – Home & 100’ on West Bay
Asking Price: $695,000

Panoramic sunrise views over Old Mission Peninsula and West Grand Traverse Bay are enjoyed throughout this cedar sided homes open floor plan featuring attractive redwood 11.5' cathedral ceilings, large windows and glass door walls enjoying Bay views, central brick fireplace, open kitchen finished with wood cabinetry, solid surface countertops and stainless steel appliances, 3 bedrooms, a den/sleeping loft, 2 full baths, 2811 sq ft of finished living area, separate living and family rooms, waterside deck, and a 2 car garage! Situated on a large 0.86 acre and 400’+ deep wooded lot offering 100’ of private sandy shoreline West Bay frontage and a partially fenced yard in a fantastic location on a quiet low traffic county maintained road within minutes of Suttons Bay and a short drive to Traverse City!

8127 S Shoreside Drive, Traverse City – SOLD

SOLD TRAVERSE CITY WATER VIEW HOME

LISTING SOLD by Oltersdorf Realty LLC on 12/21/2018
8127 S Shoreside Drive, Traverse City, MI – Newly Constructed Ranch Home with Water Views
Asking Price: $549,000

Stunning newly constructed Modern Farmhouse ranch home featuring main floor living, elevated West Bay views, and 230’ of shared sandy water frontage! Situated on a large 1.06 acre parcel this quality home built in 2016 features 2,600+ finished sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, an open great room with delightful water views throughout, vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, solid oak floors, maple cabinetry, main floor master bedroom suite and laundry, office/den bonus room, and a partially finished basement with a kitchenette and plenty of storage! Carefully constructed with attention to detail with tilt-wash Andersen Windows, high efficiency natural gas furnace with a humidifier & central air, sprinkler system, professional landscaping, and a 4 car tandem garage with a premium modern door. Wonderful location just 6 miles from Traverse City!

12251 E Old Orchard Trail, Suttons Bay – SOLD

SOLD SUTTONS BAY HOME

LISTING SOLD by Oltersdorf Realty LLC on 12/20/2018
12251 E Old Orchard Trail, Suttons Bay, MI – 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 182’ of Shared Water Frontage
Asking Price: $530,000

This custom built home offers elevated Bay views and 182’ of shared West Bay water frontage! Quality home features include 3,400+ sq ft of finished living area; a bright and airy great room with a gas fireplace, cathedral ceilings, and maple hardwood flooring; open kitchen with cherry cabinetry, quartz countertops & stainless appliances; 4 bedrooms with walk-in closets; 3.5 baths; spacious main floor master bedroom suite with a soaking tub and 5’ tiled shower; main floor den and laundry room; a finished walkout lower level with large family room and wet bar finished with quartz countertops! Additional extras include Andersen windows and door walls, solid 2 panel doors throughout, 5 zone natural gas heat, central vacuum, A/C, finished 3 car attached garage, flagstone sidewalks & patio, and underground sprinkler system!

625 W Ninth Street, Traverse City – SOLD

SOLD DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY HOME

LISTING SOLD by Oltersdorf Realty LLC on 12/13/2018
625 W Ninth Street, Traverse City, MI – Charming Downtown Traverse City Home
Asking Price: $210,000

Charming central neighborhood updated home featuring 1,064+ sq ft, 2 bedrooms, hardwood floors, newer galley kitchen with open shelving and a Chef’s quality stainless steel gas stove, newer interior doors & wood trim, remodeled bathroom, A/C, unfinished basement storage space, newer roof & exterior paint, and a detached 1 car garage. Situated on a very deep 166’ low maintenance fenced-in lot which offers a private yard, alley access, and extra parking for guests! Ideal location just blocks from the beach, downtown restaurants & bars, Central Grade School, Munson, and so much more!

6638 S West-Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City – SOLD

SOLD TRAVERSE CITY HOME

LISTING SOLD by Oltersdorf Realty LLC on 12/6/2018
6638 S West-Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI – Ranch Home Near West Bay Water Access
Asking Price: $187,000

This charming move-in ready ranch home built in 2002 is situated in a wonderful location within walking distance of an exceptional waterfront township park with sandy West Bay frontage, pavilion, and more! Step inside to 1700+ sq ft of finished living space, an open great room with newer flooring, 2 bedrooms & 2 baths, a partially finished lower level with a large family room and full bathroom! Additional home features include natural gas forced air heat with A/C, covered front porch, front and rear decks, seasonal water views, and a storage shed. Affordable Leelanau County year-round home, vacation retreat or use part time and as a vacation rental!

2566 S Pine View Road, Suttons Bay – SOLD

SOLD SUTTONS BAY HOME

LISTING SOLD by Oltersdorf Realty LLC on 11/26/2018
2566 S Pine View Road, Suttons Bay, MI – Affordable 3 Bedroom Suttons Bay Ranch Home
Asking Price: $179,900

Nestled within a very private 2.04 acre partially treed country parcel, this affordable 3 bedroom stick built ranch home features large living and kitchen areas, new flooring throughout, 1,176 sq ft of finished living space, a full unfinished walkout basement, vinyl siding, and a 2 car garage! A fantastic location just 1.5 miles from the year-round Village of Suttons Bay!

121 Grand Ave, Leland – NEW LISTING

This charming 1300 sq ft Leland Village home offers a relaxing open floor plan featuring cathedral ceilings, hardwood flooring, maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths, attached garage, and a full unfinished basement with a large egress window and potential for additional future living area. Excellent location within a few blocks of the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Michigan & North Lake Leelanau, Leland Harbor & Marina, Leland Country Club, and this wonderful coastal community offering colorful shopping, delightful dining, and attractive homes!

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS NEW LISTING!

405 N Vincer Way Unit 5, Northport – SOLD

SOLD NORTHPORT CONDOMINIUM

LISTING SOLD by Oltersdorf Realty LLC on 10/29/2018
405 N Vincer Way Unit 5, Northport, MI - 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath Northport Condo
Asking Price: $255,000

Enjoy peaceful wooded views from your private rear deck and still be within walking/biking distance of village amenities, wonderful restaurants, and the sandy waterfront park & marina! This spacious maintenance-free 4+ bedroom, 4 bath Northport Crossings Condominium offers a large great room with soaring vaulted ceilings, 2 main floor master suites, 2600+ sq ft of living area, abundance of natural light, quality wood trim and doors, large deck, patio, attached garage, and a fully finished walkout lower level with a family room, office space, bedroom & full bath!

5865 S Cummings Street, Suttons Bay - SOLD

SOLD SUTTONS BAY WATERFRONT HOME

LISTED & SOLD by Oltersdorf Realty LLC on 10/26/2018
5865 S Cummings St, Suttons Bay, MI - 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home with 78’ on West Bay
Asking Price: $485,000

This charming waterfront home built in 2000 offers 78 feet of direct frontage on West Grand Traverse Bay conveniently located between Suttons Bay & Traverse City! Home features include one floor living, an open living room/kitchen layout, beautiful custom stone gas fireplace, vaulted wood finished ceilings, 3 bedrooms (BR3 used as a den), 2 ceramic tiled baths, waterside master suite with jet tub and walk in closet, 1494+ sq ft, a/c, finished 2 car attached garage, waterside sun room, large waterside deck, and more! All on a paved low-traffic county maintained road!