Everyone enjoys a relaxing afternoon watching the birds and taking in the scenery. We know this because we organize tours for people all across the country to come and see the different species of birds here.
The problem is eventually the fun is over and people leave the resort and go back home, back to work, and back to their everyday life.
But what if you didn’t have to? What if you were able to enjoy all of the same things you love about nature in your own back yard—and at an affordable price to boot!
Big Cities vs. West Michigan
You see, people in big cities have a misconception of “the country.” They think that just because you have a few trees in your yard you are either in the boonies or in some upper class suburban subdivision where every house looks the exact same.
That just isn’t the case.
In regard to real estate and basic geography, most people in the inner cities are just as ignorant as they claim all of their urban counterparts are.
West Michigan is one of the best examples of this great kind of living that most city dwellers have never experienced. Grand Rapids and its surrounding areas have some great neighborhoods that are crime free, affordable, and all of the houses are unique and have their own yards, trees, and stories behind them. They aren’t the ticky tacky houses of the suburbs, but normal residential living.
Plus, Grand Rapids is near Lake Michigan, which has some of Michigan’s best waterfront properties, which is big claim to make seeing as the state has over 10,000 lakes and touches 4 out of the 5 Great Lakes.
Bird Watching in Your Back Yard
Back to the original topic of discussion, what if you could enjoy nature in your own backyard? Well, if you live in a waterfront home on Lake Michigan you can.
In many of these homes, you can have upwards of 10 acres of land all to yourself, and given the close proximity to the lake, you have all kinds of wonderful animals around. You will be able to see fox, bobcats, squirrels, all kinds of bird species, and even the occasional bear. How much closer can you get to nature than that?
The only question you need to ask yourself is what lake in Michigan do you want your property on? Because there are plenty to pick from. Michigan, like Minnesota, has over 10,000 lakes, which gives you some pretty big options to pick from.
Can I Afford a Lakefront Property?
If you are second-guessing yourself wondering if you could afford a house on the lake, you just need to remember that housing prices vary immensely based on the region.
Lake Michigan houses in Chicago are much more expensive that Lake Michigan houses in West Michigan. In fact, the West Michigan area is routinely rated as one of the most affordable areas to buy a home and raise a family, so the time has never been better and there is no excuse. Plus there are realtors that specialize in waterfront type properties like this. J Harpe Realtors are specialists in lakefront properties, and they can get anything taken care of that you need for you new home.
Bird watching will never be the same again.