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Very Motivated Seller! Will Look at All Reasonable Offers! Michigan Bermed Earth-Sheltered Home on Acreage for Sale! The 55+/- Acre Homestead is located in north-east Ontonagon County near the Village of Greenland, in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula! Ojibwa people were the first to occupy this region prior to European exploration. By the early 1600s, French trappers began entering the territory. The first written report about Ontonagon County and its copper was made in 1661 by a French Jesuit missionary, Father René Mesnard. In 1665, Father Claude Allouez reported about the now famous Ontonagon Boulder: a boulder of pure copper, which was located on the West Branch of the Ontonagon River and venerated by the local Indians. The 3,700-pound boulder now resides in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The 1850s saw mining spread to the Greenland and Mass City areas, and the county supplied much of the copper for the U.S. Government during the Civil War. In the 1880s, large-scale lumber production for white pine began and continued for nearly 2 decades. By the late 1890s, copper production again boomed and production continued through World War I, but metal prices collapsed after the war and most mines soon closed. Since the 1920s Agriculture became significant to the local economy, along with lumber production. The Ottawa National Forest was established in 1931, and the nearby Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park was established in 1945. Today a mix of agriculture, timber production, and tourism prevails! Year-round outdoor recreation now contributes significantly to the local economy making this a great place to live and play. The property offered for sale is a combination of forested areas and working farm lands, and is enclosed by boundary fencing. The parcel is divided into seven pastures, that allow the rotation of cattle raised there to maximize the use of forage. The corral system is designed to allow one person to work alone to vaccinate and perform other treatments to cattle. The woodlands and Corporate CFA Lands to the north provide walk-in access for hunting, trapping, and fishing. Black bear, Whitetail deer, and Goose hunting is excellent here! A large pond and the Monehan Creek attract wildlife to this property year round. The home on the property has an elevational bermed design. There are larger windows and a doorway on the exposed walls of the Living /Dining/Kitchen/Main Bedroom side of the home, which provide light, solar heat, and beautiful views across open fields. The floor plan is designed so these common areas also allow access to a covered patio area and the ground level. The other side of the home is blended into a hillside for soundproofing, and its natural insulation - one of the main ecological benefits of earth-homes. The unique architecture cools the house down in summer and keeps it warm in winter. The home is hardly visible from ground level - Its close to nature roof is edged with wild flowers, and has sky-lights that provide natural sunlight to an atrium that runs the full length of the building. This area has been used as a sewing and crafts room, and even has a water spigot and a wall edged planter box for indoor gardening under the skylights or additional grow lights. The 2nd and 3rd Bedrooms can be reached from the main Living Area, but also have doorwalls that can be opened to the Atrium. The 3/4-Bath has natural lighting from the skylights. A room currently used as an Office could become the 4th Bedroom. The home is heated by a 2012 Gas Furnace. The home is wired for both public and generator power and the electric breaker box has a safety switch for changing from REA power to the generator. All power and water lines are buried underground. The Guest House used to house farm-forest workers in the 1930s and 40s. It was moved to this property and is being restored. To view this wonderful homestead contact us today! MLS# 1091729
From the L'Anse Welcome Sign take US-41 north 4.26 miles to the Baraga, Michigan Avenue/M-38 Intersection. Take a left and go 27.5 miles to the M-26/M-38 Intersection. Take a left and go 4.8 miles to Private Driveway on the Right.
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