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The culmination of a long story and a longer building adventure, our Northern woods retreat is situated along the western shore of Duck Lake. The residence rests at the southern end of a ridge, offering lakefront access and spectacular views. Totaling 5.5 acres, including 160 feet of shoreline, the property offers remarkable privacy.  At the same time, the Interlochen Center for the Arts is 10 minutes by bike, and the bright lights of downtown Traverse City are 20 minutes away.


Bird Lovers Paradise on Duck Lake
5511 State Park Hwy
Interlochen, MI 49643

(44.606779, -85.749504)

The house was completed in the spring of 2007 using a variety of wood species: cherry flooring in the living room/bedrooms/kitchen, maple flooring in the enclosed porch, cedar, aspen and pine paneling throughout, cedar railings, and walnut bar tops and mantle. All wood surfaces are locally produced, sourced, sawn, dried, and finished.

The countertops are granite. The island, bar tops, and mantle are taken from matching slabs from a walnut tree (provided by Gene Kelly from Bingham). The cedar railings, stairs and log work were locally sourced and crafted (Gary Clark from Lake Ann). The mantle brackets, shelf hardware, and fireplace set were all handmade by a local blacksmith (Darla Selander from Copemish). Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry is done in hickory, by a local craftsman (Jess Steed from Karlin). Stone handles, pulls and lamp bases are local lake and river stones sourced from a variety of local craft shows. The loft flooring is Ipe, and ventilation grates are Purpleheart, and are the only non-locally sourced wood used in the construction.

 The house is also home to a nice collection of original art and limited edition prints by nationally known wildlife artist Ray Harm.


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Cottage Amenities

Heat/Air Conditioning
Coffee maker
Pots/Pans/Cooking utensils
Bed linens
Bath Towels
Gas stoves (2)
Ceiling fans in every room
Wet bar
VCR/DVD player with selection of movies
BBQ Grill
Canoe and 2 kayaks
Jacuzzi tub in master bath

Deck/Yard furniture
Outside Fire Pit

Bird feeders 
Peace and Quiet!