For those who want Caribbean blue waters in the Great Lakes state, a new home on the market — which comes completely furnished, with a solar-powered shore station and even a Four Winns boat — in Antrim County’s Torch Lake Township might be just the option.
But like many of the best homes on the market, if you want this 830-square-foot space, you’ll have to move fast.
Located at 4614 Hopkins Lane on the northern end of Torch Lake, the home was originally listed at $595,000 but rose to $625,000 just a day later. A “three-season vacation home,” agent Cindy Anderson with Lake Homes Realty said the home is “just gorgeous.”
The home began its life as a timber-frame cottage from the ’60s, but Anderson said her clients renovated it to make it the charming space it is today. They saved the trees, granting a level of privacy to the new owner, but modernized nearly everything else, making just 830 square feet feel much bigger. That also includes turning the garage into a separate guest house, so friends visiting could have their own space.
There is a primary bedroom in the home and an upstairs loft that Anderson said could hold seven or eight sleeping bags easily, making it a good option for children or grandchildren.
Torch Lake Township does not allow vacation rentals, Anderson said, so the new owner can rest assured that their new neighbors will be exactly that — neighbors, rather than “party central” for short-term renters.
Those who love spending time on the water will be right at home, Anderson said.
“The pictures don’t like. It’s crystal-clear, gorgeous water,” she said. The water stays clear because of the calcium carbonate at the bottom of the lake, as Forbes reported in 2018, which has a white sediment and very low organic content, resulting in almost nothing to discolor the water.
“You have the calm waters of Torch Lake versus Lake Michigan, but yet you go right across the street, you could be right on the Lake Michigan beach through the gorgeous Antrim county park and be the only person on the beach,” Anderson said.
The home itself has a sizable back deck perfect for entertaining, but the attached pier also has plenty of space to use as a swim platform and to eat a meal as a family. The Four Winns boat and the solar-powered shore station will also remain with the house.
An unexpected feature of the home is that the owner is selling it with all the furnishings included, making it as turn-key as possible.
“We’re selling it where you can just bring some groceries and start having fun with it,” Anderson said.
Those looking to bid on the home should have all offers in by noon on Monday, July 18.
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