About the Community and Real Estate Opportunities
The town of Leland is situated on one of the oldest
and largest Native American villages in the Leelanau Peninsula. A natural fish ladder remains today where
the Leland River (aka Carp River) flows from Lake Leelanau into Lake Michigan
and shops and restaurants decorate this small fishing village.
History of Leland
Settlers began arriving in the 1830’s and increased
after a dam and sawmill were built which allowed steamers and schooners to transport
new settlers and supplies. From 1870 to
1884, an iron smelter operated by Leland Lake Superior Iron Co which produced
up to 40 tons of iron per day. Later the
site operated as a saw mill along with neighboring shingle mills.
Commercial fishermen would sail from the harbor in
search of trout and whitefish and built wooden shacks to process their
catch. Folks coined the name “Fishtown”
which was home to up to eight tugs and areas to service the fleet.
Wealthy family from Chicago, Cincinnati,
Indianapolis and other Midwestern industrial regions began visiting Leland in the
1900s. Vacationers built summer
cottages, arrived by steam passenger ship or railway via Traverse City. The love of the region led to construction of
resort hotels and prosperity for tourism in Leland.
Living in Leland
In a broad sense, tourism is a major contributor to the
strong economic climate of Leland.
However, Fishtown is now home to a working fishery and thriving charter fishing
business. The original fishing shanties that
line the Riverwalk are now quaint shops and restaurants. Large open farmsteads also support strong agriculture
and viticulture operations.
Leland Real Estate
Real estate in Leland has
proven to be incredible investments for many people, often generations of
families for several decades. Whether you’re
looking for a vacation home or year-round residence, Leland provides the ultimate
in coastal living.
Lake Michigan waterfront
homes and properties afford breathtaking views of Pyramid Point, North and
South Manitou Islands with one-of-a-kind sunsets every day. Homes on the north end of Lake Leelanau
provide luxuriously, private lakefront living with ripple sand beaches, just a
short distance from the Village of Leland.
Both are highly sought-after
locations. Buyers typically act very quickly when desirable homes and properties
for Leland, MI homes for sale. View daily photos of Leland, Michigan taken by Keith Burnham of The Leland Report.
Schools in Leland
Families living in Leland will be a part of the Leland
public school district. Leland Public School
for children from Kindergarten through high school. St.
is a private Catholic school offering Kindergarten through twelfth
grade is also available in the neighboring town of Lake Leelanau. The Leelanau Children’s
offers preschool and toddler play based full and part day programs.
Leland is home to two churches of the Lutheran and Methodist
denominations. Within a short drive, to
neighboring villages, additional churches can be found. Immanuel
Entertainment/Recreation in Leland
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, and more!
Residents and visitors enjoy shopping, boating, swimming, charter fishing, golfing, hiking and much more. Leland Harbor provides a public launch to access Lake Michigan by boat. Many charter fishing boats operate out of the Leland Harbor along with the Manitou Island Transit
with ferry access to South and North Manitou Islands and sunset cruises in the summer.Restaurant in Leland
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.
Rick’s Café (lower level outdoor deck of The Cove)
at The Leland Lodge
Lodging in Leland
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.