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Please allow me to introduce myself as a Senior Associate and top Broker producer for an exceptional boutique real estate firm in Door County, The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. which has been in business since 1948. Our Sister Bay office even has a water view (and views of great sunsets over the Bay).

I'm an annual multi-million dollar MLS producer, a top producer for the Door County MLS, and a former Senior Associate for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, where I was also the recipient of the coveted Pinnacle Award. 

From 2016-2023, I have been the top producer for my current brokerage, The Kellstrom-Ray Agency. I am also consistently ranked as one of the 5 top ranked agent for the entire Door County Multiple Listing Service for listings and sales. 

After my family (which includes our Labrador), my customers and clients come first--we all have a mutual respect for honesty, integrity and hard work. Many of my customers and clients have become like family to me over the past decade, and I have made many close friends in this industry.

I will work hard as YOUR exclusive Buyer Agent or Listing Broker. Call and talk to me about Door County real estate any time!

Aug. 27, 2023

2273 Du Nord Court Sister Bay WI 54234

Water View Condominium with Shore Access for Sale

in Door County, WI

 

Ah, Door County, Wisconsin.  I couldn't even begin to enumerate your many charms....no matter how I'd try, I'd be sure to accidentally leave some out.  

A peninsula surrounded by water, dotted with forest and meadow and bluff....with picture-perfect sunsets over the shore, incredible autumn color, fresh fruit in season, and people taking advantage of the shore and water all season long, from ice fishing and skating to swimming, kayaking and so much more.....fantastic dining, incredible galleries and art, music and shopping......

It's small wonder people love to make this area a permanent part of their lives.

DOOR COUNTY, WISCONSIN SUNSET

Ephraim Sunsets

If you're looking for a very special, move-in ready, new-construction home that features water views AND shore access, we'd like to introduce you to 2273 Du Nord Court, Unit 8, Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234.

This is a newly-finished home that is ready for you and the ones you love to move in now and fill it with laughter and memories.  Although it is just on the outskirts of downtown Sister Bay, Wisconsin (one is close to to all of the amenities of downtown, including dining, shopping, the Sister Bay beach, concerts, boating at the Sister Bay marina, a fantastic public library and so much more), this community still has a private feel outside of the hustle and bustle of the actual downtown area.  The unit is an end unit facing trees for privacy, with waterfront views that will allow for sunsets for much of the year over the Bay of Green Bay.

2273 Du Nord Court, Sister Bay WI 54234 Water Views

This home has all of its main living on one level, but then expands into more spaces for entertaining and for overnight guests.  This duplex condominium home feels like a single-family home, but with the dues covering snow clearing, landscaping and more.  It's truly a "worry free" living experience in a fantastic location.

The first floor features a primary ensuite with a walk-in tile shower and soaking tub, perfect for relaxing after a day of water-skiing or kayaking.  The custom kitchen, with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, opens into the living/dining room with tons of natural light and water views from the west.  It features hardwood floors, a gas fireplace with stone masonry, and a laundry room (off of the 2-car garage) and powder room complete the first floor level. Balconys are accessible from both the great room and the primary bedroom (both with water views).  

Door County Homes with Water Views for Sale and Fireplaces

 

As you go up to the second floor, you will enter a large loft area over the main floor (with windows letting in more water views), which is perfect for either an office, den, hobby room or additional sleeping space.  There is a bedroom with a balcony overlooking the water, a large bath with dual sinks, tons of closet space, and an eastern bedroom.

Waterfront Du Nord Unit 8 for Sale in Door County, WI 54234

When you enter the walk-out, lower level, you will see a large, light-filled entertainment room, complete with a wet-bar with a wine chiller/refrigerator.  Walk out to the patio to grill and entertain.  This level also features a large bedroom with western exposure, a large full bath and lots of storage space for the things that you don't use everyday, like holiday decor and supplies.

This home offers exceptional location, condition, size, price and water views with water access.  And the price per square foot for a brand-new, worry-free building is the same or even less than older homes and/or condominiums. 

Waterfront Du Nord Condos for Sale in Sister Bay, WI 54234

The nearby shared shorefront is perfect for sharing a glass of wine at sunset, watching celebratory fireworks from the Village of Sister Bay's many festivals, swimming or launching a kayak.  Grab a sundae or cone from the nearby Door County Ice Cream Factory and take advantage of the incredible views and shore.

Opportunities don't come along like this often---Van's Custom Builders construction with a great level of finish and it's move-in ready in time for you to enjoy late summer and autumn of 2023.

Learn more about this fabulous Door County listing for sale at 2273 Du Nord Court, Sister Bay, WI 54234 here.  

New Build Door County Condominium for Sale Move in Summer 2023

This is a rare opportunity for the right family to enjoy an incredible year-round or vacation home in Sister Bay (enjoy all of the amenities of Sister Bay while paying Liberty Grove taxes).  All final lanscaping and blacktop and concrete was recently completed--it's time to move right in and enjoy the rest of 2023!

To learn more about this waterfront condominium for sale, please contact me about this Door County condominium listing today.  

Water View Condominium with Shore Access for Sale in Door County, WI

Waterfront Du Nord Condo for Sale MaryKay Shumway

 

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Thank you for reading this Door County real estate blog!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and her passion is working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, a mother and a stepmother, loves dogs and serves as a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  MaryKay represents listings throughout the Door County peninsula and also represents many Buyers annually 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.

Aug. 25, 2023

Door County Real Estate Market Update

Door County Real Estate Market Update August 2023

As we near the end of August, 2023, the Door County real estate market continues the pattern that it has shown since 2021.

Homes and condominiums under $500,000 are receiving the most interest, but they are a very scarce commodity, and many of them are going under contract with multiple Offers.

Heartland acreage (under Door County Zoning) is still averaging roughly $25,000 per acre, but smaller lots are seeing higher prices per acre because they generally have different zoning classifications.  There is very little vacant acreage for sale at all in northern Door County as of this writing (and vacant land is also scarce in Sturgeon Bay and south of Sturgeon Bay).  

Waterfront properties under $3,000,000 remain highly desirable.  There are very few waterfront properties available under $1,000,000 as of this writing.  Those properties tend to get multiple Offers and go under contract quickly.  

Inventory remains tight in all areas of the Door Peninsula, although the Village of Sister Bay, Village of Egg Harbor and Town of Liberty Grove have had more property releases in recent weeks.  Ephraim and Fish Creek have had limited inventory for most of 2023 and remain that way as of this writing.  

However, for the avid househunter, the thrill of finding the perfect Door County property remains intact.  We are seeing more properties coming on market than earlier this year and we expect this trend to continue throughout the remaining months of 2023.  So don't give up hope on that Door County property search! 

We'd be delighted to help you find the perfect Door County home, condominium or vacant parcel for building.  We can also assist in helping you find a local lender that is uniquely familiar with the Door County real estate market to help expedite any financing needs.

For a list of our current inventory and all updated Door County Multiple Listing service listings, please visit our site at www.moredoorcounty.com today.

Door County Homes for Sale 8/2023

Door County Real Estate Market Update August 2023

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July 27, 2023

Luxury Waterfront Home for Sale in Sister Bay, WI 54234

Luxury Waterfront Condominium for sale in 

Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234

 

We have represented many Door County condominiums for sale over the years, but rarely do we have the opportunity to present on directly on the shore of Green Bay, just footsteps from the waterfront and shared with very few owners.  These are golden opportunities, and just such an opportunity currently exists just north of downtown Sister Bay at 11025 Liberty Park Lane, Sister Bay, WI 54234.

Sister Bay Waterfront Condos for Sale 4 bedrooms

This stunning home is new construction on the southern end of the building, waiting for your finish selections.  Construction is by state-renowned Tim Halbrook Builders, Inc. out of De Pere, Wisconsin.  The home includes 4 bedrooms and an open floor plan with all of the main living on the first floor.  A stately, pillared entry off of a quiet road that ends at the water will bring you to 11025 Liberty Park Lane.  

 

Sister Bay Waterfront Condos for Sale New build

Upon entry, a butler's pantry allows for private services such as ice makers, crisper drawers, wine chillers and more (choose your appliances with the builder).  On to the kitchen, with its stunning water views and open floor plan for dining and living room with fireplace, all on a balcony overlooking the dock and the shore.  There is a half bath and also main laundry area on this floor, with zero clearance entry from the garage.

The primary bedroom features a trey ceiling and a fireplace (two fireplaces are included in the build, but others have added more) and incredible water views, as well as a large walk-in closet.  The en-suite bathroom can be custom designed to your specifications, but the allowances would allow for a tile shower and much more.

Upstairs is a loft/study area with another balcony overlooking the shore, a second waterview bedroom with balcony and large walk-in closet (and this bathroom can also be custom designed to your needs.  A office/study off of the balcony area and another bath and bedroom with a vaulted ceiling complete this floor.  The bedroom with vaulted ceiling also contains a convenient, second floor stackable washer-dryer area.

 

Liberty Park Waterfront Condominiums for Sale on the Shore

The lower level, with walk-out patio directly to the shore, offers a myriad of possiblities.  It includes a large bedroom, a full bath, a powder room and other options include a sauna area (or extra storage).  The lower level entertainment room does include a custom bar, and walls of windows allow you to see the waterfront directly beyond the patio.  

Entry to Unit 5 Door County Waterfront Condos for Sale

It is time to choose your finish selections on this BEAUTIFUL waterfront home.  The photo above is of the neighboring unit, which is farther along---it is time for you to come choose your selections so they can start on YOUR new Door County waterfront home on the shore!  Learn more about our new construction offering at 11025 Liberty Park Lane, Sister Bay, Liberty Grove WI 54234 here.  

Please contact me today for more details on this home, including blueprints, finish selections, a chance to talk to the builder and schedule your tour now.  This is a one-of-a-kind offering for customizing your own beautiful condominium home at Liberty Park Waterfront in Sister Bay directly on the shores of Green Bay.

We want to help you become owners at this fantastic new property in northern Door County and it's time to choose finish selections now.  Let us know what we can do to help you own this luxury dream home for sale on the water in Door County.  For more detals or to schedule a private tour, please contact me today.  

Unit 5 Liberty Park Waterfront for Sale Tour Now

 

 

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Thank you for reading this Door County real estate blog!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and her passion is working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, a mother and a stepmother, loves dogs and serves as a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  MaryKay represents listings throughout the Door County peninsula and also represents many Buyers annually 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.

June 26, 2023

Door County Water View Condominiums for Sale

Water View Condominiums for Sale in

Sister Bay, WI 54234

Door County may be best know for its quaint, harborside towns and villages, outdoor adventures through year-round silent sports and its unique dining and drinking opportunities, but its cultural and historical sides have much to offer as well.  With a year-round population of just around 1,000 people, it maintains its historic, Wisconsin small-town charm.

Sister Bay, Wisconsin, is named for the uninhabited Sister Islands off of its shores in the Bay of Green Bay.  It is known for its shoreline, its beaches, its dining and more.  One of the fabulous things about living in a small, year-round village like Sister Bay, Wisconsin is the incredible "walkability" of the area.  From the grocery store to the pharmacy, to exclusive shopping and dining, one can enjoy so many things about Sister Bay in a small community.

Sister Bay Condominiums for Sale Walk downtown

No other location captures not only the views, but the walkability of Sister Bay (both downtown and uptown), as Shore View Condominiums in Sister Bay.  It's proximity allows you to enjoy the best of the Village, from views to dining options.  Its location allows for up-front access to some of Sister Bay's festivals (the New Years Eve Cherry Drop, Fall Festival, Freedom Festival and more) as well as close proximity to Sister Bay's Concerts in the Park, its lovely public beach and marina and so much more.  The Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library is appoximately 2 blocks away.  A four-block walk will bring you to the Sister Bay Dog Park and winter sports facility (The Theresa K. Hilander Ice Rink).  No less than 15 restaurants (and the Peach Barn Brewery) are within a six-block radius.  The local Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, located at the Country Walk Shops as well as the Sister Bay Post Office are both just a few blocks away.  For year-round living or as a Door County vacation getaway, Shore View Condominium's location just can't be beat.

 

WALK TO NEARBY COUNTRY WALK SHOPS, DINING, HOMETOWN PHARMACY

AND PIGGLY-WIGGLY GROCERTY STORE

County Walk Sister Bay WI

Shore View Condominiums in Sister Bay offers 18 customized units with detached garages.  We are currently offering not one, but two unique opportunities for purchase at Shore View Condominiums in Sister Bay, WI:

1.  10612 Shore View Place, Unit 103, Sister Bay, WI 54234.  This three bedroom, 2 bath unit is a first floor unit with a detached garage and is on the eastern-most location at Shore View Condominiums.  As such, it feels very private, as it not only faces the water, but also woods.  There are walk-in, tile showers, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, a gas fireplace and much more  Learn more about 10612 Shore View Place Unit 103 Sister Bay, WI 54234 here.  This nearly-new construction is move-in ready so you can start enjoying Sister Bay right now.

UNIT 103 SHORE VIEW CONDOMINIUMS SISTER BAY WI

Shore View Unit 101

 

SHOREVIEW CONDOMINIUM SITE

OVERLOOKING SISTER BAY'S HARBOR

Sister Bay Water View Condos for Sale Now

2.  10609 Shore View Place, Unit 301, Sister Bay, WI 54234.  This three bedroom, 2 bath unit is a TOP FLOOR unit (don't worry, there's an elevator if you don't like stairs) with a detached garage and is on the southwestern-most location at Shore View Condominiums with absolutely PRIMO views--some of the best in Door County.  This unit is offered fully furnished and appointed--move right in!  By the cozy fireplace there is a wine chiller for entertaining, and the balcony provides access to some of the most beautiful views in Door County. There are walk-in, tile showers, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, a gas fireplace and much more  Learn more about 10609 Shore View Place Unit 301 Sister Bay, WI 54234 here.  This is new construction --never occupied--and is move-in ready so you can start enjoying Sister Bay right now.

 

ENJOY THE VIEW OF SISTER BAY AND THE BAY FROM 

UNIT 301 SHORE VIEW CONDOMINIUMS

Unit 301 Shore View Condominium Sister Bay WI

If you've been searching for a water view or waterfront home in Sister Bay, these are two properties that you MUST get a look at.  Contact us today!  You can also view the entire Door County MLS and all of our waterfront and water view properties for sale 24/7 at moredoorcounty.com  We will help turn your Door County vacations into your new Door County traditions in your own Door County home or condominium.  Contact us today for more details.

Door County Water View Properties for Sale

 

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Thank you for reading this Door County real estate blog!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and her passion is working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, a mother and a stepmother, loves dogs and serves as a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  MaryKay represents listings throughout the Door County peninsula and also represents many Buyers annually 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.

June 26, 2023

Gills Rock Home and Cottages for Sale Walk to the Waterfront

12724 Highway 42, Ellison Bay/Gills Rock WI 54210

Walk to the Waterfront

I'm going to start this post with the comment that we rarely have homes this old come on market in northern Door County.  So many of our historic homes from early days have been torn down to make way for bigger, newer homes.  It seems as though every few years I'm lucky enough to get inventory like this for Door County home buyers.  This one is truly a gem!

Gills Rock Homes for Sale

The main house at 12724 Highway 42 has all of the charm you'd expect from a home built in 1900 (yes, that 123 years ago!) with hardwood floors, built-in cabinets, a lovely wood burning fireplace and so much more.  The front porch just invites you to sit and watch the seasons go by.  There are four bedrooms and two baths.

Gills Rock Properties for Sale

Over the 2-car garage is a large seasonal bonus room (could easily be made year-round with a heating/cooling wall unit) that provides a great deal of extra space....and this cozy corner of the bonus room has this cute little bar!

Gills Rock Homes for Sale

ALSO INCLUDED:  881/885 Highway 42, Ellison Bay Wisconsin.  TWO seasonal cottages.  One has 2 bedrooms and a bath:

881 Highway 42 Ellison Bay WI 54210

And the other has one bedroom and one bath. 

Gills Rock Cottages for Sale

However, the BEST part about this listing ISN'T that you can entertain your entire family from this property, with 7 bedrooms and 4 baths.  The best part is that the new Liberty Grove Mariners Park with hundred of feet of public shore is approximately half a block down the road!  Pay inland taxes but enjoy the shore as much as you want....sunsets, swimming, fishing, picnicking....you can do it all just footsteps away!!

Gills Rock Waterfront for Sale

This is a one-of-a-kind offering!  See more about this package deal of a Liberty Grove home and two cottages for sale here.  

This property is located approximately five miles north of downtown Ellison Bay in the unicorporated area of Gills Rock.  It is also across the street from the popular Gills Rock park---you're basially across the street from two fabulous public venues!  It's also just a few miles from the iconic Highway 42 drive from Gills Rock to Northport that has become known world-wide for its autumn colors.  If you are taking the ferry to Washington Island, you will pass these properties!

Highway 42 Corridor to Northport

Highway 42 to Northport in Autumn

Properties like this offering rarely come along.  We feel lucky to have this one and we hope it becomes YOURS.  For more information on 12724 Highway 42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210 and the cottages, please visit our site and contact me today.

Door County Home and Cottages for Sale:  

12724 Highway 42, Ellison Bay/Gills Rock WI 54210

Walk to the Waterfront

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Thank you for reading this Door County real estate blog!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and her passion is working with people that love the Door Peninsula. 

May 30, 2023

Top Door County Listings for June

Top Door County Listings for June, 2023

As we end May 2023 and enter June, 2023, we have some EXCEPTIONAL inventory for sale in Door County, Wisconsin.  Here's our list of featured properties for the beginning of June, 2023 that are available for your future Door County dream home:

1.  4668 Harbor Drive Unit J-2, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 54209:  This premier waterfront unit for sale at Anchorage Cove Condominiums, located approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Egg Harbor, features 3 bedrooms and two recently remodeled baths.  You'll want for nothing from this lovely home with sunroom and master bedroom facing the marina.  The development features an in-ground pool, marina, tennis/pickleball and so much more, including DREAMY Door County sunsets.  Learn more at the link at the bottom of this list.  Offered at $699,900.00, please contact me for additional information.

ANCHORAGE COVE

Egg Harbor Waterfront Condos for Sale June 2023

 

2.   10618 Shore View Place, Unit 103, Sister Bay, WI 54234:  This 3 bedroom, 2 bath Sister Bay condominium view home is newer construction and is convenient to downtown Sister Bay and includes a detached garage.  Walk to everything you love in Sister Bay, with fabulous northerly water views. Learn more at the link at the bottom of this list.  Offered at $980,000.00, please contact me for additional information.

SHORE VIEW UNIT 103

Shore View Condominiums Sister Bay WI 54234

 

3.  12724 Highway 42, Ellison Bay, WI 54234:  This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home also includes 881 and 885 Highway 42, seasonal cottages across from the Gills Rock Park.  This property has tons of charm and is simply ideal for a crowd:  Together, the property offers 7 bedrooms and 4 baths in a wonderful location less than half a block from public waterfront at Mariners Park.  Learn more at the link at the bottom of this list.  This entire package is offered at $599,900.00, please contact me for additional information.

 

12724 and 881/885 Highway 42,

Ellison Bay, WI 54210

 

Gills Rock Property for Sale Walk to the Waterfront

 

4.  10971 Harbor Shores Court Unit 1001, Sister Bay, WI 54234:  This idyllic home offers water views and also access to hundreds of feet of shared shorefront.  Yacht Harbor Shores Condominiums are considered some of Door County's finest, and this 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home with living room, family room, fireplace and much more will not disappoint!  Learn more at the link at the bottom of this list.  This Yacht Harbor Shores condominium home for sale is offered at $980,00.00, please contact me for additional information.

10971 Harbor Shores Court Unit 1001,

Sister Bay, WI 54234

Sister Bay Waterfront Condos for Sale June 2023

 

5.  11025 Liberty Park Lane, Unit 5, Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234:  This 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom condominium home for sale in Sister Bay is located directly on the shores of Green Bay.  It includes 2 fireplaces, a living room, study and entertainment room, in-floor heat, zero clearance, a custom entertainment room with bar on the walk-out lower level to the shore, a 2 car garage and SO much more.  This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity.  Learn more at the link at the bottom of this list.  This Liberty Park Waterfront condominium home for sale is offered at $2,999900.00, please contact me for additional information today.  Owners can work with the Builder to customize this unit to make it uniquely their own.

11025 Liberty Park Lane Unit 5, Sister Bay,

Wisconsin 54234

Sister Bay 5 Bedroom Waterfront Condo for Sale

 

 

6.  2684 Old Lime Kiln Road, Sister Bay, WI 54234:  This stately home, located on 10 acres between Sister Bay and Baileys Harbor, is also minutes to Fish Creek and Ephraim from this incredibly convenient location.  The home features 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a lower level entertainment room, a work-from-home office, a living room and a great room with fireplace, a miniature basketball court, both attached and detached garages AND a heated, in-ground pool.  This is a one-of-a-kind property offered at $1,450,000.00.  See more information at the link at the bottom of this list and contact me today for more information and for your private tour.

 2684 Old Lime Kiln Road, Sister Bay, WI 54234

Door County Home for Sale with Pool

 

7.  2273 Du Nord Court, Unit 8, Sister Bay, WI 54234:  This stately home is new construction, and offers all of the main living on one level, with room for guests on the second floor and in the lower level with wetbar.  It features lovely water views and a fabulous location, hardwood floors, a fireplace, a custom kitchen, a 2 car garage, ample storage and much more.  Learn more at the link at the bottom of this list.  This custom-built water view home with communal shore for sale is offered at $1,225,000.00, please contact me for additional information today.  

2273 Du Nord Court, Unit 8, Sister Bay, WI 54234

Sister Bay Waterfront Condo for Sale June 2023

 

8.  10609 Shore View Place, Unit 301/601, Sister Bay, WI 54234.  This turn-key water view condominium within walking distance of shopping, dining, the beach and much more in downtown Sister Bay is being offered turn-key and ready for your enjoyment!  Three bedrooms, 2 full baths, detached garage, fireplace and oh that VIEW!  There is a communal elevator to get to this third-story unit, where it's all about the stunning water view.  Learn more at the link at the bottom of this list.  This custom-built condominium home for sale with all furnishings and appointments (down to dishes) is offered at $1,599,900.00; please contact me for additional information today.  

10609 Shore View Place, Unit 301/601,

Sister Bay, WI 54234

Door County Featured Properties for Sale June 2023

EIGHT great homes with views, pools, walk to the water and so much more.  You can learn about these featured Door County listings by checking this link here for our top featured properties for June 2023.  All information is deemed accurate as of date of publication--so please don't hesitate to contact me for more details today!

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Thank you for reading this Door County real estate blog!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and her passion is working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, a mother and a stepmother, loves dogs and serves as a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  MaryKay represents listings throughout the Door County peninsula and also represents many Buyers annually 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.

May 23, 2023

Door County Home for Sale Walk to the Water

Door County Home for Sale:  12724 Hwy 42

(includes 2 cottages)

NEW LISTING ALERT!  If you follow me in any format, you know I'm a BIG northern Door County girl.  I sell real estate professionally and aggressively up and down the entire Door peninsula, but my heart beats extra-fast when I get a good listing in the areas that I consider "pristine" Door County.

Unincorporated Gills Rock is one of those areas.  Located in the Town of Liberty Grove, this is a commercial fishing village dating back to the 1800s, and you can still purchase smoked fish on the corner of Highway 42 in "downtown" Gills Rock.  This area is also known as Ellison Bay because of its zip code, but it's also all in the Town of Liberty Grove.  Confusing--unless you're a local. 🙂

We are offering an amazing package of a 1900s farmhouse-style home with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, as well as 2 seasonal cottages for sale (assessor data shows their dates and 1930 and 1940).  This is like taking a step back in time.  The property has all of the charm of older homes, including a wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors, custom built-ins and much more.  

12724 Higway 42, Gills Rock/Ellison Bay WI 54210

Door County Farmhouse Style

Also being sold with this charming home are two historic cottages:  Wave Crest, which has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and kitchen/dining/living room, and Ebb Tide, which has an open floor plan, 1 bedroom, 1 bath and a den.  These cottages have different addresses, but are directly below the house.  Together, this is quite a package.

885/885 Highway 42, Gills Rock/Ellison Bay, WI 54210

Door County Cottages For Sale

The most exciting part of all of this is the LOCATION.  This is an exceptional location because there is a NEW WATERFRONT PUBLIC PARK, Mariners Park of Gills Rock, nearly directly across the street from this property (the property itself has seasonal water views, mostly from upstairs and on the front porch).  Plus, the Gills Rock Community Park is across the street from the cottages.  Everone can spend a day on the water at Mariners Park or enoy the playground and volleyball (or soccer/football) at the Gills Rock Park.  It's the best of all words!

We have interior photos coming soon, but if you'd like more information on this Door County listing for sale, please contact me at moredoorcounty.com for more details today!

Door County Home for Sale walk to the water

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Thank you for reading this Door County real estate blog!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and her passion is working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, a mother and a stepmother, loves dogs and serves as a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  MaryKay represents listings throughout the Door County peninsula and also represents many Buyers annually 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.

April 5, 2023

Buying your First Home (in Door County or Anywhere Else)

There is something so incredible about buying your first home--the incredible freedom of choice and answering to yourself (not a landlord).  All the big firsts: your first family dinner/barbecue.  Your first fire outside with family and friends.  Your first swing set or trampoline for the kiddos.  Your first decorating for the holidays (any holiday!). Putting up a bird feeder and greeting "your" birds.  Not having to get permission to get a new pet or to paint your trim (and painting it any color you want!).

I remember buying my first home as if it were yesterday.  Actually, we bought a vacant lot and then built our first home (a process we repeated a few years ago).  We did this because there was very little affordable inventory in the area for first-time home buyers--similar to our market today (although land is now much more costly than it was then). I will never forget the excitement of moving into the first home that was really and truly my own!

I was in my mid-20s and interest rates were even higher than they are right now (ouch, that aged me).  Renting was really no longer an option as we had just had our second daughter and it was time to have a space (and a yard) that we could call our own.  That was such an exciting time.  I came from a legal background after college, so the contract paperwork didn't scare me (and there was a LOT of paperwork)--but the bank work was daunting.  I can see how someone might find these experiences a very intimidating process, so I think it helps me to think back on my own experiences when I work with my own first-time home buyers--there is certainly a LOT to learn.  I had my first appraisal, and it was the first time I realized just how important a credit score was (other than for getting a credit card or a new car).  Working with our agent to buy the land had its ups and downs--the first thing we discovered was that the property was represented by its advertising  to have electricity--and it did not.  However, it did have sewer and water---a rarity in northern Door County.  And then the Seller made good on extending electricity to the site, so we felt so, so lucky.

Will your first home need improvements or repairs?

Will you budget for services or do minor things, like painting, yourself?

Door County First Home Buyers

The road we lived on, just outside of Sister Bay, wasn't even paved when we bought and built there (that would take a few years for the Town of Liberty Grove to complete, after more houses were built).  I loved that location and now only live three miles away from where I built my first home over 20 years ago.  Door County is a wonderful place; I've called it home for a very long time, and I love to introduce others to our communities.  

When you're buying your first home (whether it is in Door County or not), you have to remember some things, and a good agent or broker should help you.

1.  Consider utilities.  We had public sewer and water when we built, and we considered ourselves very fortunate, but those costs have increased dramatically in our community over the past 3-5 years.  In retrospect, for a build in Door County, a private system may cost more up front but cost you far less in the long run, especially if you have extensive landscaping.  What about internet?  Will it be sufficient where you are living for what you want to do (not all areas of Door County have broadband or fiber as for this writing (yet))?  Remember that these costs go up, not down, so keep these monthly costs in mind as a part of your budget.  

2.  Consider your credit.  Surprise credit issues do not only happen to first-time home buyers!  I had some very savvy buyers that had multiple homes, but had just purchased a new car AFTER applying for a mortgage.  That is a BIG credit NO:  hold off on any big purchases until AFTER your closing in order to avoid credit surprises.

3.  Consider learning about and obtaining more information on housing resources.  The Door County Board of REALTORS holds a semi-annual seminar for first-time home buyers in conjunction with our lenders and other partners, including WHEDA (the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority).  Also, remember that there are also programs where you don't need 20% down (private mortgage insurance may come into play) and other resources.  Ask your agent to give sources for more information on assistance for first-time homebuyers.  

4.  Don't forget little extras, like budgeting for repairs, insurance and other things.  This is another area where a skilled agent or broker can help with negotiation.  Even in a tight market, they'll discuss the pros and cons of home inspections, appraisal contingencies and other items that you should have a working knowledge of as a home buyer.  The last few years have seen many of these contingencies dropped in a super-hot housing market, but sometimes it is better NOT to get that first house (even if you think it's your dream house) if it's going to turn into a money pit that you cannot afford after a few years.

5.  Your agent or broker can give suggestions about local lenders with experience for all stages of the Buying process.  Don't immediately go online to just anyone, and remember--a hard credit pull will have an impact on your credit, so discuss your situation with a lender before you do ANY application where they will be pulling your credit.  

My first time buying a home is something I remember with a lot of pride and joy.  We moved in just before Christmas and it was so much fun to have a big tree in our new house (coming from a 2 bedroom apartment with 4 people).  Spring was a different matter--lots of mud, because they can't landscape in winter.  The first thing we had to do was plant grass!  We did our own landscaping over the years, and that would help me develop a lifetime hobby of loving to garden and watch things grow.  Also, remember that other than the City of Sturgeon Bay, Door County is mostly comprised of rural towns and villages.  I can help you know the differences between each one.  We got lucky to find an improved lot for our first home--if you want to build your first Door County home, we will discuss the infrastructure of each town and village and what services are available in which areas. 

MAKING YOUR FIRST HOME SHINE IS A LABOR OF LOVE

Door County Fixer-Uppers

I would be so honored to help you first your first new home!  I have been lucky enought to help many first-time home buyers in my career.  Home ownership has consistently been the path to financial stability and the American Dream, and I want to help.  Whether you're buying your first Door County home or your third, I can help.  Like your first boyfriend or girlfriend, your first car and your first real kiss, you will ALWAYS remember your first home purchase.  Visit moredoorcounty.com to view current Door County homes for sale with me and the entire MLS, and I'd be delighted to help you on your buying-your-first home journey.  

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March 27, 2023

Door County Waterfront and Water View Homes and Condos for Sale for 2023

Door County Waterfront

and Water View Homes for Sale for 2023

Spring in Door County!  Is there anything better?  In a word, no--by May every year, we have it all--open water just waiting for that first boat ride, budding leaves, budding wildflowers and DOOR COUNTY CHERRY BLOSSOMS!  

Door County Cherry Blossoms

Is it any wonder, then, that Door County waterfront and water view homes are so very popular?  Many people love the ease of waterfront condominiums--if you are a year-round or second home-owner, they are SO convenient.  Less work, more play--and oh...those VIEWS!

Yacht Club at Sister Bay

Right now, we're just entering spring of 2023, but we have some EXCEPTIONAL waterfront and water view inventory just waiting for you--some that is move-in ready and some that are waiting your finish selections and will be ready later this year (but are well worth the wait!).

1.  SAND BAY BEACH RESORT:  This waterfront opportunity in southern Door County offers a sand beach and an indoor pool.  Two unit are being sold together, comprising 2 bedrooms (plus pull-out couches), one kitchenett and one full kitchen, two bathrooms, and a deck overlooking the water and the sand beach.  These units must be rented, but owners can book out their own stays in advance.  Learn more about our Sand Bay Beach Resort units for sale here.  

Door County Sand Beach Condo for Sale

2.  YACHT CLUB AT SISTER BAY:  This 1 bedroom, 1 bath gem in the Dockside Building at Yacht Club at Sister Bay is offered fully furnished and features GORGEOUS views of the Sister Bay harbor.  It's also located right on the waterfront and right  next door to the popular Sister Bay Beach, which offers a sand beach, swim pier and more.  This central Sister Bay location is very popular because you can walk to both uptown and downtown establishments, including Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant, Boathouse on the Bay, the Sister Bay Bowl, Grasse's Grill (opening for the season in 2023 at the end of April) and much, much more.  Best of all is that you can rent your Yacht Club unit if you are not using it.  Owners are allowed pets, renters are not.  To learn more about this Sister Bay waterfront home for sale, check here.  

3.  BUILDING SITE ON NORTHERN DOOR ROAD, GILLS ROCK, LIBERTY GROVE, WISCONSIN:  Water and Woods!  Build your Door County dream home on the shore, close to the Northport Ferry Dock with views of Washington Island.  This site is also close to Newport State Park and Europe Lake.  Learn more about this waterfront building site in northern Door County by checking here.  

EUROPE LAKE VIEWS

Europe Lake Views

4.  YACHT HARBOR SHORES UNIT 1001:  Waterfront and water view!  Our stylish luxury listing at 10971 Harbor Shores Court has some of Door County's most beautiful sunset views available.  This 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home with both living room with fireplace and lower level great room/bonus room for entertaining has two decks, a two car attached garage and a lovely level of finish.  Walk or bike to downtown Sister Bay. This home is move-in ready to enjoy for the 2023 season.  Learn more about our water view condominium for sale at 10971 Harbor Shores Court, Unit 1001, Sister Bay, WI 54234 here.  

Yacht Harbor Shores Luxury Waterfront Condominium for Sale

5.  LIBERTY PARK WATERFRONT, UNIT 6, SISTER BAY, WISCONSIN 54234:  This luxury home on the shores of Green Bay just outside of downtown Sister Bay, Wisconsin has it all.  Four bedrooms, plus a study.  Gourmet kitchen.  Living room and great room.  Two fireplaces.  Two car attached garage.  Walk-out shore.  Construction has started on Unit 6 at Liberty Park Waterfront, Sister Bay, and you can work with the builder NOW to enjoy occupancy in late 2023.  This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for living directly on the shore.  To learn more about our 4 bedroom waterfront condominium for sale at 11027 Liberty Park Lake, Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234 check here.  

PHOTO IS OF A FINISHED UNIT AT LIBERTY PARK WATERFRONT

CALL NOW FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO TALK TO THE BUILDER

Sister Bay Waterfront Condominiums for Sale

 

6.  SHORE VIEW CONDOMINIUMS FOR SALE IN SISTER BAY, WISCONSIN 54234

Shore View Condominiums in Sister Bay, Wisconsin boats some of the most STUNNING water views available, and you enjoy all of the conveniences of downtown and uptown Sister Bay at your footsteps, including dining, shopping, boating, the beach and much, much more.   Unit 301 is offered fully furnished and both Units 301 and 103 are new construction, ready-to-move-in-and-enjoy.  Each unit also offers a detached garage.  Don't worry about the stairs--each building has an elevator for your convenience.  Truly the best of all worlds!  To learn more about Shore View condominiums in Sister Bay, Wisconsin and their absolutely spectacular views, check here

Shore View Condominiums for Sale with Rental Sister Bay WI

If you're looking for the BEST waterfront and water view property in Door County, look no further.  Visit our site at moredoorcounty.com for the latest updates to the Door County Multiple Listing Service and contact me for more details on these listings and others today!  

Door County Waterfront

and Water View Homes for Sale

March 20, 2023

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A REAL ESTATE SHOWING

How to Prepare Your Home for a Real Estate Showing

As a real estate Broker, I spend a LOT of time and money concentrating on selling your listed property.  Over the years, we have developed a not-inclusive list that really helps my Sellers prepare for showings and/or for their first photography session.  You'd think that much of it is common sense, but my Sellers are very appreciative for this checklist to review when it comes time for photography and then for showings.   

One of the most important things to remember is:  you are hoping to actually MOVE!  So the more packing and decluttering you do in preparation for photography and showings, the less you will ultimately have to do when you have an accepted Offer and are ready to move.

Here is my comprehensive list for how to prepare your home for a real estate showing (or for your listing photography session):

General Interior

  • Please vacuum and /or clean carpets (we'll discuss if you need deep cleaning during one of our pre-photograpy meetings if you need it) and sweep and clean wooden and tile floors.  Take care to make sure throw rugs are clean and neatly arranged.  
  • Please ensure all beds are made neatly and that there is no laundry on bedroom floors.  
  • Please ensure all bathrooms have clean counters and sinks.  Please temporarily remove all toiletry items and store in cabinets until showing is completed. Please make sure towels are clean and neatly hung (or removed if for photography).  Please ensure toilet lids are down.
  • Inspect all rooms for orderly arrangement and placement of furniture.  If it looks cluttered, perhaps we can move some of the smaller items to storage until you plan to move.  
  • Verify that interior lights are working and replace burnt bulbs with new light bulbs (we will be turning some lights on for showings, or specific lights if there is ample sunlight during showing times, but for photography will will turn all lights on). Turn on all ceiling and wall lights. Turn on all lamps. For photography, we ask that you turn off fans so that fan blades are not moving.
  • Remove docking stations, cell phones, cell phone charges, newspapers, magazines from dressers and tables.  Please store TV remotes out of site if possible.  One thing I like to note, especially for photograpy, are dated magazines.  If it's spring, remove the holiday magazines.
  • Please remove cat litter boxes, cat and dog food/water bowels, and other pet-related items, especially large items (we promise you can put these back as soon as necessary). 
  • Please emove family/personal photos when practical, or at least scale back (we want your Buyers to be able to picture their own items in your home).  Remember, these photos will be used for internet media marketing, so we want to respect your privacy as much as possible.  
  • All blinds and curtains should be opened, and blinds should be pulled up so that just clear window is visible for the photography session or so natural daylight can be visible for showings. 
  • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, please make sure you have cleaned the ashes so it shows well.
  • Please lock up any truly valuable items, such as collectables, especially so they are not seen in photos. Please make sure bookkeeping materials, including bills and income statements, are put away in a secure area (your finances are not for your Buyers' review).  Also, it goes without saying, but please lock up any firearms securly.
  • Remember, the work you do now will save you time packing in the future.  It's also a good time to start thinking about items that you would like to donate or sell to not only declutter but to make the move easier.

 Ellison Bay Condominiums for Sale

Kitchen Specific

  • Remove everyday items from countertops such as toasters, coffee makers, white paper rolls, towels and dish rags, soap or dish detergent, cereal boxes, food, etc. until after the showing. Make sure that appliances are clean (including microwave and oven and refrigerator during showings--people will look).
  • Please lose all cabinet doors and drawers.
  • Please remove all stickers, magnets, photographs, notes, etc from front and sides of refrigerator, espeically for photography.
  • Please make sure all dishes are cleaned and any dish rack empty and that both the sink and counters are empty and wiped down. 
  • For photography OR for a showing, fresh flowers on the dining table are always nice. 
  • Remember, the work you do now (if you never use the Insta-Pot and it's on the counter--pack it away!) will save you time packing in the future.  It's also a good time to start thinking about items that you would like to donate or sell.

 

 Ephraim WI Homes for Sale

 

Bedroom Specific

  • Make beds and make sure pillows are orderly.  Verify that coverlets are clean and straight.
  • Please remove all items from underneath bed, if coverlet does not extent to floor.
  • Clean room and place toys, games, clothes, etc into closet or neatly into storage/dresser.
  • Please remove clocks, reading glasses, photographs, docking stations, cell phones and chargers, etc from night stands. We like neatly stacked books and magazines, but please remove any private reading material that someone may find offensive.
  • Please remove and lock up any medication kept in the bedroom.
  • For the rooms of your teens and pre-teens, it would be a good time to remove any posters from the walls (assure them it is temporary).
  • This is an EXCELLENT TIME to donate or sell clothes that you don't wear, shoes or toys the children have outgrown, etc.  The work you do now will make it easier to move in the future . 

 Door County Homes for Sale with 4 bedrooms

Bathroom Specific

  • Remove everyday items from countertops.  This does include hand-washing soap for photography, as well as all makeup, lotion, etc. Remove kleenex boxes, also, until photos are completed.
  • Please close water closet (toilet) lids.  We do NOT allow anyone to use "your facilities", but please make sure the sink, floor, mirror, commode and tub/shower are clean.
  • Remove soaps, brushes, shampoo, etc from shower and tubs.  This might be a good time to clean or replace the shower curtain.
  • Please remove rugs from floor.  This will make your bathroom seem larger for wide-angle lenses.  
  • Either remove towels or make sure they are hung properly and drying on racks.
  • Again, we would stress removing and locking up any prescription medication.  Although I or another agent will be present at every showing, showings and open house statistics obtained by police records throughout the nation note that presciption drug theft (when drugs are out and unattended) is one of the most common crimes in the United States.  

Door County Homes for Sale with 3 Bathrooms

 

Exterior Specific (if applicable)

  • Please weep leaves, dirt etc, from driveway, walkways, patios, decks.
  • Please move garbage bins, bicycles, boxes, landscaping supplies, etc. to the inside of garage or a storage room/area.
  • Park vehicles inside of garage or on street opposite side of your home, especially for the photography session. 
  • Please close garage door and open blinds in garage.
  • Coil garden hose onto garden hose stand or remove.
  • Please open patio umbrellas; arrange outdoor furniture for everyday use.
  • Clean pool and remove floating objects from water if applicable.
  • Please remove security signs, political or school yard signs, etc from lawns and/or flowerbeds.

When you are ready to sell your Door County home, please contact me for more details on what we will do to ensure a successful sale of your listed property.  Please also see my website's Seller Link for more details. A little bit of work now will assure that you will have an easier move, as well as making your home more attractive to prospective Buyers at showings and will also help us have the most successful photography for marketing your home.  

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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.