Glen Arbor, Michigan Real Estate

An area thought to be created by the force of the Ice Age, Glen Arbor’s landscape is visually dramatic and ever-changing.  Surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a unit of the U.S National Park Service, Glen Arbor has become a nationally recognized tourist destination known for pristine water, outstanding recreation activity and unmatched beaches.

History of Glen Arbor

The Ottawa and Chippewa Native American tribes were the area’s first inhabitants that prospered from farming, fishing and hunting.  French fur traders established themselves in the 1800’s, while the Great Lakes became a major byway for commercial shipping.  The Manitou Islands became refueling stations for the wood fired ships that traveled through the Manitou Passage or sought refuge from the fierce storms.

Glen Arbor pioneers built a saw mill and inn on the beach west of Glen Arbor.  The neighboring town of Glen Haven was acquired to ensure a reliable source of wood needed for the shipping vessels.  In the late 1880’s, D.H.Day became the owner of Glen Haven along with two steamers to form the Northern Michigan Line with freight and passenger service to Chicago, Milwaukee and a number of other Michigan stops.  This more pleasant model of travel helped to establish Northwest Michigan as a destination for vacationers for decades to come.

In 1970, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was created, protecting some 72,000 acres of land and 35 miles of Lake Michigan coastline to ensure that future generations would also be able to experience and enjoy the unique, pristine beauty of this land.

Living in Glen Arbor Today

Tourism remains the driving force to the economy in and around Glen Arbor.  Visitors and residents are drawn by the natural beauty, small town charm, delightful dining, and unique shops and recreation opportunities.  An established community of artists, many of whom are affiliated with the Glen Arbor Art Association, are inspired to creativity and cherish the opportunity to call the Glen Lake Area home.

Glen Arbor Real Estate

A variety of real estate opportunities are available in and around Glen Arbor.  From family cottages around Big and Little Glen Lake, secluded land, or neighborhood plats, resort condominiums and vacation home to sprawling estates on Lake Michigan. 

Schools Near Glen Arbor

Families living in Glen Arbor will be a part of the Glen Lake Community public school district.  Glen Lake Community School offers education for children from Young 5’s through high school.  Leelanau School is a co-educational, non-profit boarding high school.

Churches in Glen Arbor

Glen Arbor is home to three small churches of various denominations.  Within a short drive, to neighboring villages, additional churches can be found.

Entertainment in Glen Arbor

While consider the natural wonders of the region to be entertainment for the area, there are also a host of unique opportunities for dining, lodging, and more!

Restaurants in Glen Arbor

Leelanau has become a foodie destination supported by fine wine and craft spirits.  Locals and visitors enjoy the variety casual serve-yourself eateries to elegant white linen fine dining.

Lodging in Glen Arbor

Living in Leelanau is sure to bring additional family and friends that want to visit.  The area boasts a variety of vacation rental opportunities including condominiums, cottages, homes, and bed & breakfasts.  Following are good resources to assist you in finding the best options for your guests.

Other Recreation & Entertainment in Glen Arbor

  • Art Galleries
  • Bicycling
  • Boating 
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Shopping
  • Wineries

 


Roger, Tim, and Melanie Schaub
Roger, Tim, and Melanie Schaub
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