About the Community and Real Estate Opportunities
Located near the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, the village of
Northport encompasses 1.65 square miles, which is all land.
History of Northport
When an epidemic of the smallpox occurred in Michigan in 1848, Chief
Peter Waukazoo and Reverend George Smith moved folks from the community of
Holland up to top of the Leelanau Peninsula by boats and canoes. The settlement was called Waukazooville. In the absence of a town doctor, Reverend
Smith stepped in to deliver babies and help the sick. Reverend Smith was also instrumental in
introducing cherry farms to the area when he added an orchard in 1853 on his
farm. There were so many cherries in the
first few years they the abundance was shipped to nearby cities for market.
In 1854, the towns name was changed to Northport by newcomer Deacon
Joseph Dame. In the years that followed,
Northport became home for many from New York and Canada.
Living in Northport
While the Village of Northport is very small, there are still many
opportunities to enjoy the town and surrounding natural areas. The Grand Traverse Lighthouse, a historic
building built in 1852 is located just nine miles north of town. Now a tourist attraction set within the Leelanau
State Park is surrounded by nearly 1,300 acres including a museum, rustic
campground, miles of hiking and skiing trail and Lake Michigan shoreline.
Northport Real Estate
Moderately priced homes can
be found within and just outside the Village.
Others, seeking the luxury and solitude of the vast shoreline and natural
amenities with convenient access to the small town will find Northport to be
the ultimate locale for estate style homes that have been enjoyed by families
for decades, often multiple generations.
Northport Point is a
community of 100 homes on a wooded peninsula with few year-round residences and
includes a private nine-hole golf course. Founded in 1899, the Point became a summer
haven for many metropolitan families from the Midwest and East Coast.
Residents and visitors with
aircraft enjoy the convenience of Woolsey Airport which provides an unmanned
terminal, 2 runways (2,670 and 3,663 ft long) and 4 hangars.
Schools in Northport
Families living in Northport will be a part of the Northport
public school district. Northport Public School
offers education for children from Kindergarten through high school with total
enrollment averaging 150 students.
Churches in Northport
Northport is home to several churches of multiple denominations.
Bethany Lutheran Church
Entertainment in Northport
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! Annual events
include Winter Carnival, Fly In Breakfast at Woolsey Airport, and Cars in the
Leelanau has become a foodie destination supported by fine
wine and craft spirits. Locals and
visitors enjoy the variety of casual to family style dining.
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 your guests.
Marsten Dame Marina