A Northern Michigan castle in the sky

Deep in the woods of northern Empire, there's a place to get away like you've never seen before. Down a private road, with 180 degree views of beautiful Lake Michigan, Empire Bluff and the Sleeping Bear Dunes... High atop a hill lies a Northern Michigan castle built like a tree house.

"It's just a place for people to come up when they want to enjoy quiet, the nature, the water, the sun, the views.... everything," says Mark Fisher, Sales Manager for Coldwell Banker in Glen Arbor.

Priced at $1.4 million, this home holds four bedrooms and three and a half baths, covering more than 1.5 acres.

Resting on a hill, this 3,600 square foot home is 832 feet above sea level. That's 250 feet in the air! That requires some good walking shoes, or with the flick of a switch, take a tram to the top.

"I see this as a summer paradise for somebody," says Cindy Anderson, Senior Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker in Traverse City. "Just come up the tram, go down the hill and be out lounging on the beach."

With this home being invitation only, separate trams access the garage and beach. And when you reach the top, the Lake Michigan waves crashing on the sandy shore give you an immediate sense of escape.

"When you enter this property, you come up the tram, it's like you leave everything behind," says Fisher. "Life slows down."

Tranquility splashes through this entire beach house with natural sunlight shining through every open area leaving a warm welcome to guests.

"Everything fits in here so nicely," says Anderson. "It's relaxed elegance."

The vacation starts on the main level with striking Brazilian cherry floors, Amish-built cherry cabinetry, and granite counters.

They place the wood here and finish it here, so it's meant for here," says Anderson. "It's very complimentary to the 10-foot ceilings, and the beautiful, light pastel, summer colors in here just frame in what you get to look at outside wonderfully."

An open floor to entertain, and a fireplace... essential for any house among the trees.

"By having an open floor plan, it was meant for people to eat, play, and sit, and do everything together," says Fisher.

Go down a step, and a tire swing waits to be played with as simplicity sparkles in every room. A master bedroom is draped in sunshine with water and countryside views. And those views don't disappear even when you step into the bathroom! Inside, a colossal private bath brings natural sunlight in with only a few birds flying by to bare witness to your derriere.

As a guest, you're never disappointed. Go down one more floor to simple, chic rooms with views, and the sunlight as your heated alarm clock. Calming colors and seaside décor... the smell of seashells and sand fill each room.

"The house in itself is a work of art," says Fisher. "The land is such a unique situation. The views... I mean, it's a combination of so many things put together."

With multi-level decking and massive windows, no matter where you stand, you're standing somewhere with a view. But of course, there's a prime spot.

"When you go out on the deck, you're going to see a spot that you don't see everyday," says Anderson.

Grab that special someone, or let your mind go, with the water as your guide, the trees your calming whisper, and the wind your soothing touch. Your problems seem worlds away.

"Look at this," says Anderson, standing on the balcony, gazing at the water. "It still amazes me after all these years I've been up here. It's gorgeous."

Whether it's a storm, a sunset, a cool breeze, or even winter waves, after a long day and a short tram ride up (or down), with this view you'll be singing, "there's no place like home."

For more information on this home call 231-218-5324 or CLICK HERE.