Leland, Michigan Real Estate

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 Today

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 are listed. 

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 offers education for children from Kindergarten through high school.  St. Mary’s is a private Catholic school offering Kindergarten through twelfth grade is also available in the neighboring town of Lake Leelanau.   The Leelanau Children’s Center offers preschool and toddler play based full and part day programs.

Leland Churches

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 Lutheran Church
Leland United Methodist Church

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.


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.

Bluebird Restaurant and Tavern

The Cove 

Early Bird 

Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern

Rick’s Café

The Riverside Inn

Bogey’s 19th Hole, The Leland Lodge

Village Cheese Shanty

Trish’s Dishes


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.

Leland Chamber of Commerce

Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Other Recreation & Entertainment

Art Galleries







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