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Wally Kidd Welcome to Walloon Holiday 2019

In this issue of Welcome to Walloon, we reminisce about one of Walloon’s favorite pastimes, fishing. I also share with you a look at another passion of all of ours, Walloon Lake real estate. In the following pages, you will see my collection of the lake’s finest properties currently offered for sale. Inventory is as low on the lake now, as it has been in recent memory. Because of this, values are strong, and in many cases continue to move upwards. I am honored that so many Wallooners have called on me to handle the sale and purchase of their family’s cherished properties. They recognize that my authentic marketing, work ethic, industry knowledge, and proven sales record have made me Walloon’s go-to realtor.

I would like to take this opportunity to

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Wally Kidd fishing Walloon LakeBefore Twitter and Instagram, fishing was a popular pastime on Walloon lake. You could almost say that modern-day Walloon is what it is because of fishing. The fact is, that in the late 1800’s the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad was looking for a way to remain profitable.  To do this they had to transition from hauling lumber to the south to bringing tourists to the North. The railroad touted the clear waters and exceptional fishing on our beautiful lake and in turn, the railroad branded itself as “The Fishing Line.” The generations before us were all too familiar with our exceptional fishing. 

In this issue, you’ll see a vintage copy of The Fisherman Magazine that my father had saved. It’s a nostalgic look back at fishing and of 1950’s Walloon (the

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View the finest properties in Northern Michigan in our 2019 Property Guide. We represent a collection of the North’s most sought-after real estate in Bay Harbor, Walloon Lake, Petoskey, Lake Charlevoix, Boyne City, and many more Up North destinations.

You will also find that we highlight a selection of first-class professionals, retailers, and amenities; the advertisers represent the “best of the best” the North has to offer! Stop by one of our local offices in Petoskey, Boyne City, or Walloon Lake Village to say hello and pick up your printed copy.

We would love to put our experience to work for you! 
View post to flip through our guide.

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Deciding to sell a cherished family cottage on Walloon Lake is never an easy decision to make. However, if and when you do decide to sell, I would like you to consider calling me.

I believe, that as someone who has successfully negotiated the sale for many of Walloon’s most significant and respected families I have the experience, trust, and loyalty necessary to help you navigate the sale of your property. After all, as a life long Wallooner myself, you and I share many of the same traditions and memories that have made this lake so wonderful. This, I believe, makes me uniquely qualified to partner with you on the sale of your property.

One of those exceptional memories comes to life every year at the Walloon Woodies annual get together. I figured it…
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By Charles E. Ramirez, The Detroit News | Posted January 18, 2019 at 11:24 PM | 

Perched on Lake Charlevoix and surrounded by 60 acres of woods, a six bedroom and five bathroom white cedar log home that's on the market is an “Up North Retreat.”

The 4,420-square-foot house is located at 02503 Mountain Road in East Jordan, which is about 260 miles north and west of Detroit and 15 miles south of Charlevoix. The house has a private, gated drive complete with a covered bridge.

Listed for $6.99 million, it has more than 3,000 feet of sandy beach on Lake Charlevoix and comes with a guest house and horse barn. 

Walter Kidd of Kidd & Leavy Real Estate Co. in Petoskey said what makes the home unique is the size of the property and its location on

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By Emily Bingham | ebingham@mlive.com | Posted November 06, 2018 at 06:14 PM | 

With more than 11,000 inland lakes and its entire shape defined by the Great Lakes, Michigan is a hot spot for lakefront real estate.

A recent report from LakeHomes.com, a multi-state brokerage and real estate database, offers some insight into where the priciest lakefront real estate is found in Michigan.

To compile its quarterly Lake Market Report, LakeHomes.com pulled MLS data to find the average listing price for all for-sale homes in each market on Sept. 1, 2018.

The top 10 most expensive lakes for lakefront homes in Michigan are listed below, ordered from least expensive lake to the most expensive lake at No. 1.


10. Lake Macatawa
Average list price: $1,110,482

This

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HIGH DEMAND AND LOW SUPPLY ARE DRIVING HOUSING PRICES HIGHER. WHAT’S NEXT?

BY ROSS BOISSONEAU on NORTHERNEXPRESS.COM | OCT. 6, 2018

 

The housing market is always reacting to the law of supply and demand. When there’s a glut of homes on the market, prices drop. When demand outstrips supply, prices escalate.
 
So welcome to Traverse City, Petoskey, and Charlevoix — if you’ve got the money.
 
“Home sales are continuing to rise in our area. In certain price ranges, there are shortages of availability. So we are seeing multiple offers and consumers willing to pay more than the asking price and more than [its] true value to secure a home in Traverse City,” said Carolyn Collins. Collins is a Realtor with Century 21 Northland and president-elect of the

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With impeccably maintained greens and gorgeous views, Northern Michigan’s golf courses are some of the most scenic in the United States. You can find three such courses located in Bay Harbor: The Links, The Preserve, and The Quarry, while Boyne Mountain hosts another two: The Alpine and The Monument. All of these were inspired or designed by Arthur Hills, Robert Trent Jones, and Donald Ross, and other golf greats. These courses will captivate you with lush, green forests and sweeping lake views. Check out Northern Michigan for a truly unforgettable golf experience.

Bay Harbor

Play all three Bay Harbor golf courses together for a seamless golf weekend, or choose just one, so you have time to enjoy the other amenities of this resort community.

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A beautifully designed escape on the coveted shores of Walloon Lake. This stunning home has a gorgeous setting that is a gardener’s dream.

“To say that the homeowner has a green thumb would be an understatement. This home is known locally for its gardens and its landscaping, just first-rate,” says Wally Kidd, Wally Kidd Real Estate.

Erin Malone and Katie Boomgaard take you to Boyne City for this Amazing Northern Michigan Home.

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This Amazing Northern Michigan Home is well known as a recognizable and appreciated property for those that are familiar with the shores of Walloon Lake.

“The property is 250 feet wide which is a rare sized lot on Walloon today and it’s roughly about 450 feet deep,” says Wally Kidd, Wally Kidd Real Estate.

Katie Boomgaard and Erin Malone take us to the unique cottage which was built in the 40s and has been added onto over the years.

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