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Living a Outdoor Oriented Lifestyle in Charlevoix, Michigan

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Where to Retire in Charlevoix and Home Prices

Those seeking a retirement community here have the opportunity to live on or near the water due to the ample coastline provided by 3 lakes and a river.
According to the median list price of a home in Charlevoix in mid-2022 was $298,661. There are homes offered for far higher prices on the water or in the top neighborhoods.

What Is Special about Charlevoix

• The Little Traverse Wheelway (bike path) goes 24 miles along Little Traverse Bay from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs • Venetian festival • Apple Festival • Waterfront art fair • Nature Trails at Mt. McSauba Preserve • Fantastic boating from the best natural harbor on Lake Michigan • Ernest Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories were set in nearby Petoskey • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore • Beaver Island (30 minute ferry ride) • Many excellent golf courses

What Is Not Special about Charlevoix

It's cold in the winter. It is a small town far from anywhere.

Climate and Physical Environment

Charlevoix is located on an isthmus in northwest Michigan where Lake Charlevoix's short Round Lake/Pine River complex flows into Lake Michigan.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Charlevoix has a number of festivals throughout the year, such as the harvest festival. There are 4 newspapers in the area, as well as a triplex movie theatre.


Crime is slightly below the U.S. average.

Medical Facilities

Charlevoix Area Hospital


Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County is 38 miles.  Many people get around town on a bike, and the bike path going to Petoskey and Harbor Springs is spectacular. Charlevoix is a very walkable community.

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