Whether Up North means northern Wisconsin or northern Michigan, the “Up North” state of mind evokes cabins, lakes, pine trees, and the opportunity to take a deep breath and relax. It’s no wonder so many visitors decide to either buy a second home or relocate there. For those considering northern Michigan, two beautiful Upper Peninsula (U.P.) relocation destinations are Watersmeet and Ironwood.
True to its name, Watersmeet IS where the waters meet: it is where the Ontonagon River flows north into Lake Superior, the Wisconsin River flows south into the Mississippi and the Paint River flows east into Lake Michigan. Because of this, Watersmeet is known as a “Water Wonderland”. Centrally located in the Ottawa National Forest, Watersmeet has 302 lakes and 241 miles of trout streams.
Along with the stunning natural beauty, there are affordable homes available in Watersmeet. For an example, a charming 3BR/2BR chalet with a waterfront view and frontage is currently available for $275,000.
Ironwood was originally founded in the spring of 1885, when the railroad encouraged the iron ore industry to flourish. The town grew into a city and now has a population of 5,387 in the city itself. It has a historic downtown and a cultural life including Theatre North, the Ironwood Theater, and the Ironwood Dance Company. Nestled in the Michigan wilderness, Ironwood has year-round outdoor activities including biking, hiking, boating, and…skiing! Ironwood’s famous Copper Peak has the only “ski flying hill” outside of Europe!
In terms of real estate, there are amazing opportunities for those looking for affordable property! Recently, a beautiful 3BR, 2BA home on the edge of Ironwood sold for $107,000.
They say that “up north” is good for the soul and we couldn’t agree more! That second home or plan to downsize in an area surrounded by natural beauty may be within reach right now!