From Cabins to Luxury Homes:  

Door County Waterfront Homes for Sale

The Door County that I remember from my childhood and younger years was VASTLY different from most of the towns and village in the Door County that you'll visit today.  Some change is wonderful, some makes you a bit wistful for the past.

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We didn't have luxury homes on the water (or inland, for that matter)---but we had a LOT of quaint vacation cottages on the shores of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, owned by generations of family, that have gradually given way to large homes on the water. The latest and best example of this was the sale and refurbishing of the property that is the Alpine Resort in Egg Harbor from 2019 through today.  That property was divided and sold, with some of the waterfront going to the Egg Harbor Beach via purchases from Town/Village and some properties going to private investors.  Many small cottages have been or will be torn down and turned into grand homes in that area.

Many Generations of Family Have Owned Lodging in Door County since the early 19002

This photos was of a family-owned Boarding House in Ellison Bay which included rental cottages across from the water since the 1930s/1940s and that were then managed by my grandparents until the early 2000s.  

This house on Cottage Road  is still in my family today as a vacation rental. 

Cottage Road Homes for Sale

As such, the quintessiantial cottage home is much-desired in Door County, especially on the shore, and we are lucky enough to be representing such a home at 1902 Hillside Drive in Ellison Bay, WI 54210.  This is in an area of homes that is reminiscent of the waterfront homes that you may remember from your childhood--the cozy cottages that are large and year-round, but not TOO large.  So many year-round waterfront homes have been torn down to make way for new, larger homes that it has made me sad.  One of Sister Bay's most notable waterfront homes was torn down in 2020 to make way for a larger home, and many visitors and Buyer's commented to me how downtown Sister Bay had lost some of its charm and history when it was torn down.  

Door County's Beautiful Waterfront Towns and Villages

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Just north of Sister Bay, the next town to the north, is Ellison Bay.  Ellison Bay, itself, is known for its true "Door County" charm.  Ellison Bay is one of the incorporated areas of the Town of Liberty Grove, Wisconsin.  Downtown Ellison Bay hasn't changed much since the mid 1970s (with the exception of the loss of some family-owned rental cottages and a few very private condominium developments), but Ellison Bay still has a breakfast cafe, good coffeehouses (try Kick Ash Products for great bakery and home-roasted coffee and granola) and the same pottery shops that have been operating since the 1970s or 1980s.  It has a great year-round restaurant in the Mink River Basin and a classic German supper club, and a fine-dining restaurant (Wickman House) with wine and cocktails that has been lauded as some of the finest dining in ENTIRE the State of Wisconsin. It has one gas station, a wonderful public beach with tennis and a play ground, a general store (the "Pioneer Store") that provides everything from soup to nuts to liquor to paper towels, and SO much more.  It has a great antique shop and a wonderful park to watch waterview sunsets, Will's Park, off of the public marina.


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So many people would love to be a part of Ellison Bay in the Town of Liberty Grove.  It has so much to offer, year-round, including close access to wonderful parks (Newport State Park, Garrett Bay Park, Wills Park, Door Bluff Park and so many others) that you can enjoy year-round.   This is one of the most unspoiled areas of Door County.

Featured Ellison Bay Property  for Sale:  Our waterfront and water view property for sale at 1902 Hillside Drive, Ellison Bay, WI 54210 is a 3 bedroom home with an additional sleeping or office loft, with two bedrooms downstairs and a half bath upstars off of the loft. There is also storage off of the loft space, and there is also a large foyer/entry room that is used as an additional space for television and/or exercise (think Pelaton or Mirror).  Off of this space is a custom wet bar, perfect for entertaining while looking at the water.  This open floor plan includes a living room, bar, dining area and large kitchen--all with fantatic Bay water views.  

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This property also has a fantastic deck over the water and is offered with its portable dock and all furnishings.  To finish the package, it offers a large, two-stall garage with electricity and additional upstairs storage.  All of this on a manicured lot in an area of beach homes and large waterfront homes....within biking distance of downtown Ellison Bay.  This property is approximately five minutes by car from downtown Sister Bay, but a world away.  This property is also offered fully furnished and beautifully appointed:  move right in to enjoy the rest of 2022!

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To learn more about our 3 bedroom waterfront home for sale at 1902 Hillside Drive, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin 54210, see details here.  Call for your private tour today....from a cottage to a lovely year-round home, this is a must-see opportunity to own your own "piece of the Door".  

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Door County Waterfront Homes for Sale


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 Thank you for reading!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and enjoys working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, mother of two and a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  She represents listings throughout the Door County Peninsula and also represents many Buyers that want to purchase the perfect property to make Door County a part of their lives.  CONTACT MARYKAY ABOUT YOUR DOOR COUNTY PROPERTY QUESTIONS TODAY.