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Old August 2nd, 2017, 02:00 PM   #1
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Going to make the big move.
Paid off the "Raunch Ranch" and time to leave the city behind.
I don't need to be next to a school, have sidewalks and streetlights!


Why do I NOT want to move to these places? What is the hit?

Cheboygan/Rogers City

Lake City

Big Rapids

Beulah

Onekama

Port Hope/Port Austin

Levering/Munro

Grayling/Mio

Looking at properties in or about those locales and hit the road again next week to check them out and more.

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what do you do for an occupation?
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so where did that list come? Can I offer others? lol
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here are my fast 2 thoughts...

Northern Alpena area (south of Rogers City). Alpena has a U of M affiliated hospital, has an airport, has really good shopping for northern Mich (Meijer, Walmart, and great private owned retails) and a good downtown for entertainment (Brown trout festivals, family nights downtown where they close the roads off) etc. Small town feel but bigger town amenities. Has 3 of the most beautiful lakes in Northern Mi (Long Lake, Grand Lake, Hubbard Lake) and of course has Lake Huron.... which, yes... is a sandy beach just like the west side. It doesn't get the massive amount of summer tourists either.

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North of Petoskey, or East of petoskey. Good shopping, great downtown, McLaren affiliated hospital, has Burt Lake, Mullet lake. Closer to I75 for downstate travel. Bad side is the massive amount of summer tourism and people.
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That's quite the spread and vastly different areas. What are you looking for and what are you trying to avoid. 9 times out of 10, I'd pick the west side over the east, but my preferences may differ from yours. What's the criteria besides getting out of the city? Which BTW, from what I remember of Memphis, MI is basically a gas station surrounded by cornfields.
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That's quite the spread and vastly different areas. What are you looking for and what are you trying to avoid. 9 times out of 10, I'd pick the west side over the east, but my preferences may differ from yours. What's the criteria besides getting out of the city? Which BTW, from what I remember of Memphis, MI is basically a gas station surrounded by cornfields.
The locations are where we have found potential homes. My adventures have taken to those areas, so I have some idea.
In reviewing my options of where to live(Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana) I have decided to stay in Michigan. I'm all over the map because I could go just about anywhere.
I'm retired. I have no deep roots. Like the ex said "all you want to do is camp, fish, fuck and run around on the boat". I replied "I like to shoot guns too!". That was a tense day.

The places are 3 br, 2 Ba'ath, attactched garage, good sized shop, and 5 acre plus, boiler heat or geothermal.

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McLaren Health is a plus being as they CPRed my dumb ass back to life.

My house is right by the schools and I have no kids.
Memphis is the biggest city I've lived in in the last thirty years.
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Grayling is mainly yuppie douchers, unless you are a few miles outside of town.

Mio is drunken redneck festivals all summer long. (Bull Gap)
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Grayling is mainly yuppie douchers, unless you are a few miles outside of town.
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Hey now.... guess that's why I live 10 miles out of town...
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I live in the the Beulah/Benzonia area and am only a small jump from Onekama. I have lived here more years than not and have moved away long enough to know that its hard to beat this area unless you consider the western UP. If you have any specific questions about the area, let me know.

the basics are:

-Great 4 seasons
-Summers are busy with tourism, but we have some of the best lakes in the USA and basically are on Lake MIchigan
-Winters are not too bad for tourist other than weekends and Christmas break if your a skier and usually enough snow for any wintersports
-Lots of State and Federal land for your hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, Jeeping needs
-Traverse City, Manistee and Cadillac are not too far for your metro needs
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here are my fast 2 thoughts...

Northern Alpena area (south of Rogers City). Alpena has a U of M affiliated hospital, has an airport, has really good shopping for northern Mich (Meijer, Walmart, and great private owned retails) and a good downtown for entertainment (Brown trout festivals, family nights downtown where they close the roads off) etc. Small town feel but bigger town amenities. Has 3 of the most beautiful lakes in Northern Mi (Long Lake, Grand Lake, Hubbard Lake) and of course has Lake Huron.... which, yes... is a sandy beach just like the west side. It doesn't get the massive amount of summer tourists either.

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North of Petoskey, or East of petoskey. Good shopping, great downtown, McLaren affiliated hospital, has Burt Lake, Mullet lake. Closer to I75 for downstate travel. Bad side is the massive amount of summer tourism and people.
x2 on the Alpena County/Presque Isle County area. I am from there, and go back home multiple times a month.

I have lived in Mecosta County for the last 5 (6?) years, and I have hated every day of it. The area just sucks, it's good for hunting property, but worthless to live there full time. Nothing to do, big rapids is the largest city in the in surrounding counties (Osceola/newaygo), and there is not shopping, no decent restaurants, and nothing to do for family fun. Zero beeches, little bit of water for boating.

I can't praise Alpena enough, there is a ton to do, more beeches than you can shake a dead cat at, the majority of them have zero rocks; movie theaters are kinda lower end, but good selection, tons and tons of local restaurants (everything fron bad to fantastic), mini golf, brown trout festival is fantastic, live music on the water all summer long, and we finally have a decent snowmobile trail going from the city to the north.
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My wife's family has property off of 4 mile and King rd.
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I have to say I have lived in Prescott for 13 years and love it and not to far from West Branch for shopping
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Is the UP an option? If so, it's hard to beat the marquette "area". Go just outside of town which has every bar/restaraunt/shopping/etc store you could ever need, but as soon as you leave town you're in your own private paradise.

Otherwise, none of the listed cities are bad areas and all are pretty close to civilization as needed.

I also prefer the west side, it seems to have a little better scenery, and sunsets.

Alpena area is only an area I've driven through a few times, but I thought it was pretty nice and could see enjoying that side just fine.

What about some of the states like West Virginia, Virginia or North Carolina? Property off the beaten path down there can be extremely cheap, and you get mountains, streams and you still have the option of finding land near some lakes, plus you aren't too far of a drive from the ocean if you want a few days of relaxing and fishing the surf.
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Is the UP an option? If so, it's hard to beat the marquette "area". Go just outside of town which has every bar/restaraunt/shopping/etc store you could ever need, but as soon as you leave town you're in your own private paradise.

Otherwise, none of the listed cities are bad areas and all are pretty close to civilization as needed.

I also prefer the west side, it seems to have a little better scenery, and sunsets.

Alpena area is only an area I've driven through a few times, but I thought it was pretty nice and could see enjoying that side just fine.

What about some of the states like West Virginia, Virginia or North Carolina? Property off the beaten path down there can be extremely cheap, and you get mountains, streams and you still have the option of finding land near some lakes, plus you aren't too far of a drive from the ocean if you want a few days of relaxing and fishing the surf.
The east side seems more industrialized than the west.
We like the Great Lakes and fully intend to do a summer harbor tour around the mit in a future, yet to be acquired cabin cruiser.

I'm not done with Michigan yet. The YouPee seems to have a bit longer winter than the mit, but other than that we are flexible.
I cannot believe all the homes with electric heat. Those come with an immediate boiler/ baseboard/geothermal install price tag.

If I would have known I was going to live this long I would have prepared for retirement better.
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In my opinion, Marquette is somewhat of an exception when it comes to winter in the UP...very similar to NW LP and possibly more temperate than some areas. (Not nearly as bad (GOOD!) as the Keweenaw winters.) I have made several trips to MQT in February to find that we had the same or more snow in Benzie Co. Skiing is always better up there though!
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Is the UP an option? If so, it's hard to beat the marquette "area". Go just outside of town which has every bar/restaraunt/shopping/etc store you could ever need, but as soon as you leave town you're in your own private paradise.
Good suggestion. Especially since he doesn't like the "city" feel of the rural farm country base of the thumb, any of the LP touristy areas would be overly congested for much of the year. The UP is more relaxed, slower paced, and quieter life than anywhere else in Michigan, or most placed I've ever been anywhere. Being close to Marquette would give you all the amenities and options you need, but still backwoods living and relaxation.
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Good suggestion. Especially since he doesn't like the "city" feel of the rural farm country base of the thumb, any of the LP touristy areas would be overly congested for much of the year. The UP is more relaxed, slower paced, and quieter life than anywhere else in Michigan, or most placed I've ever been anywhere. Being close to Marquette would give you all the amenities and options you need, but still backwoods living and relaxation.
Agree with you and 46flatties comments on marquette. Winter's are good because you can get to the goods of the keewanaw with a short drive, or you can just head 20 minutes west to negunee to jump on the sled trails with more snow if marquette is lacking at that time, etc.

Marquette summers are awesome, it's high on my list as a potential summertime retirement area. To me it ranks almost as well as the mountains of NC/WV/VA and eastern TN. But with out as many backwoods sister fuckers. Though I did recently see a pretty sweet 150 acre parcel in WV not far from the hatfield mccoy trails with 2 cabins (one year round liveable) for $150k. Sure, it was kinda in the middle of nowhere, but if a commute to work isn't a concern then who cares (at least I wouldn't).

I'm all about the personal playground these days, i've become addicted in very short time to private property and land. I have less than 10 acres now but I already want 40, 50, 100, 200, of my own to do whatever I want with.

Anyway, back to the original, another thought, have you owned an outdoor boiler system? I recently purchased a house that was originally set up on Geo, it failed at some point and the previous owner elected not to repair and to just rip it out of the house. No idea on the failure or cost to replace. He ended up installing electric forced air furnace. $$$$ to install and repair.

I've been on the outdoor wood boiler for 5 or 6 seasons now, maybe 4 I dunno...anyway, it's a lot of work. Are you prepared for that? Plan to purchase your wood, harvest your own? Grow it? etc. At retirement age is that something you want to commit to?

I'll be installing my outdoor boiler again but thought I'd give a head's up on considering the amount of work to keep it fed.
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anyway, I guess my point was, GEO is very expensive compared to a boiler, but a boiler is expensive in sweat equity down the road.
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I’m liking my location. Hope to build on it soon. I have 40 acres in Middleville Mi. that’s mostly wooded, a few wetlands/ponds, seasonal creeks, hilly, with a nice hill right in the middle of it that is cleared on one side, overlooking a pond, and heavily wooded on the other. That is where I plan to build a timber frame/post and beam cabin from the black walnut trees on the property. It has state land on 2 sides that I can hike, hunt, explore, ect.
The state snowmobile trails are mile away. A few seasonal roads in the area for some mild 2 tracking. And yet 25 minutes away from Grand Rapids.

I have friends that had a place in the Lake city, Moorestown, area. Nice area, with a lot trails around. Not sure about today, but there wasn’t a lot of businesses around.
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