About the Community and Real Estate Opportunities
A small town and community located between Leland and Suttons Bay
at the only access across Lake Leelanau, one of the largest lakes in Michigan.
A great deal of history remains in the small community now known
as Lake Leelanau.
When the Native Americans first settled in this area, they called
it “ke-ski-bi-ag” which means “narrow body of water”. They called the lake “lee-lan-au” which means
“delight of land”. In the middle of the
nineteenth century, French settlers migrated from Canada and the area became known
as “Le Naro” referring to its location near “the narrows”, the area that
connects North and South Lake Leelanau. In
1854, a dam was built on the Leland River which raised the water by 12 feet and
substantially increased its size.
In 1855 the first vineyard was planted in Leelanau County by the
Schaub family who sold their wine locally as well as in Detroit and Ohio. A fur trader, Andre de Beloit, mightily tried
to drill for oil in 1867 but hit an artesian spring instead. The artesian spring still flows today and is
located near Fountain Point resort. The
areas first post office was established in 1871 and referred to as “Provemont”,
believed to be shortened from “improvement” reflective of the times. The post office was renamed to Lake Leelanau
in 1924. The Catholic school, St. Mary
of Assumption was built in 1887 and later burned to the ground forcing residents
to rebuild in 1928 the brick school that remains.
Less than 300 people reside in Lake Leelanau on a year-round basis. However, as with the other areas throughout
the Leelanau peninsula tourism plays a major role in the community’s economy. Lake Leelanau provides a gateway from Leland
to Suttons Bay.
Lake Leelanau Real Estate
Investors will find
moderately priced homes in the Village of Lake Leelanau and the area immediately
surround it. Those seeking a waterfront residence
or vacation home will find existing dwellings for a variety of prices, sizes
and age. Vacant parcels are also
available for the opportunity to build a custom home. Most locations have firm,
sandy bottom ideal for swimming and all water sports.
Families living in Lake Leelanau will be in the Suttons Bay
school district. St. Mary’s Catholic School
private, Catholic education to children in kindergarten through 12th
grade. Suttons Bay public school
education for children from Kindergarten through high school.
Lake Leelanau is home to a couple of churches. Within a short drive to neighboring villages,
additional churches can be found.
Mary’s Catholic Church
While many consider the natural wonders of the region to be
entertainment for the area, there are also a host of unique opportunities for
dining, lodging, wine & spirits tasting, shopping and more!
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.
Dick’s Pour House
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 cottages, homes,
and bed & breakfasts. Following are
good resources to assist you in finding the best options for you and your
Peninsula Chamber of Commerce