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Our beautiful home is for sale!

This 10-acre mini-nature preserve has provided photographic and quiet sports opportunities, a wonderful place for our children to grow up and for our parents to remain close to nature to age 90.

Built as a "dream home" for a 3-generation family (us, our children, and Ann's parents), the house is elegantly rustic and spacious yet cozy and highly energy-efficient, with a quiet and remote feel and yet only 5 minutes from town (Gaylord, MI).


Gaylord is central to everything northern lower Michigan has to offer: the Midwest mecca for golf and downhill skiing; less than 2 hours from Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, Straits of Mackinac, and eastern Upper Peninsula; excellent opportunities for camping, hiking, boating, canoeing and kayaking, mountain biking, hunting, birding, snowmobiling, ATVing; good school system; Otsego Memorial Hospital and medical community just minutes away.

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Autumn canoeing on Lake Five, by our peninsula and cove. The house is not seen from this view -- it is in the cove to the right.

Summer's water lilies in the cove

Main floor family room -- note Vermont Castings wood stove (real stone hearth), oak circular stairs to loft, and hardwood custom-built bookshelves and cabinets. Sliding glass door to the left leads to the open deck and wraparound covered porches, with views of water and forest.

View upon entering the home. Living room and dining room to the left. Ahead is the circular stairs to the loft, and the main floor family room with Vermont Castings wood stove and real stone hearth.

2100 Five Lakes Road, Gaylord, MI -- A One-of-a-Kind Home

  • 10.06 acres of wooded property on a peaceful, small spring-fed lake, with 1/4 mile of shoreline, including your own peninsula. This is the only home on Lake Five, with the remaining shoreline belonging to the 36.75-acre Five Lakes Natural Area, and a 3.56-acre undeveloped parcel also owned by this homeowner.

  • Adding to the uniqueness and value of this scenic spot is that it is only a 5-minute drive into town. And yet this is a secluded, peaceful setting, with no jet ski noise.

  • This beautiful parcel has towering virgin white pines (approx. 200 years old), huge oaks, and a mix of other Northwoods trees: hemlock, maple, beech, golden birch, and white birch. In spring, trilliums and other wildflowers decorate the forest floor; in summer, the cove is filled with beautiful water lilies; the fall color is stunning; and winter's snow provides beautiful scenes as well as excellent snowshoeing. Other seasonal activities to be enjoyed here: canoeing, photography, hiking (on these 10 acres plus the trails of the adjacent Five Lakes Natural Area).

  • A unique oak spiral staircase, self supporting (no center pole) leads from the main floor to the large loft.

  • The kitchen has been partially remodeled, including a solid bamboo floor, new kitchen counter and tile backsplash. New built-in combination oven/microwave, new garbage disposal, relatively new fridge and dishwasher.

  • Room for everyone (5,123 square feet) with 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, open kitchen/dining/living room, and 2 family rooms (1 main floor and 1 lower level).

  • Lower level (walkout) features 8-foot ceilings throughout. The 3 bedrooms and family room, all with windows overlooking the lake, are finished with the same cedar T&G. Lower level also offers a full T&G cedar bathroom, a large storage room and 2 office/workrooms.

  • Main floor is totally wheelchair accessible. A ramp leads into the house from the garage (can be easily removed if needed), and doorways on the main floor are 36" wide. A ramp off the deck also provides an alternate exit. The deck is on the same level as the main floor, so a wheelchair can roll right out the sliding glass doors onto the deck, and move with ease around three sides of the house on the deck and porches.

  • Custom-built hardwood bookshelves and cabinets in living room and both family rooms.

  • Wraparound porches on 3 sides of the house, with an open deck on the lake side.

  • Two Vermont Castings wood stoves (one on each floor), with real stone surrounds and hearths. The stoves, cast iron with attractive dark brown ceramic coating, can be used for atmosphere either with the glass doors closed or in open-fireplace mode; with doors closed, they can very efficiently heat the entire house (a real plus if the power goes out).

  • New roof in 2011.

  • New heat pump installed in 2010, along with 2 water heaters that are aided by the heat pump for efficiency.

  • Attached, insulated workshop with 120 and 240 electric service - 20x20 feet with a 10-foot ceiling.

  • New sump pump for lower level in 2012.

  • Wooded setting means never having to maintain a lawn or rake leaves from it.

  • Very low energy costs, with energy efficient geo-thermal heat pump for heating and cooling, and the house built and insulated with energy efficiency in mind. See "Ground Water Source Open Loop Heat Pump System," "Premium Insulation Systems," and "Utility Record" -- which shows a total energy cost that averages $140/month.

  • Wildlife seen here: eagle, blue heron, green heron, pileated woodpecker, loons (on adjacent Lake Four), wood ducks, barred owl, deer, fox, raccoon, mink, beaver, muskrat, and many more. (Click here for photos.)

  • In 25+ years, no ticks!


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(Upon sale of this home, Sweetwater Visions will be moving to
30 acres in northern Wisconsin, near family and Lake Superior.)