Frequently Asked Questions: Door County Water View Homes for Sale

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Door County Water View Homes for Sale


Working on a Peninsula surrounded by water, you WOULDN'T be surprised at how many frequent requests we get for waterfront property, but quite often people are actually surprised when the find out the benefits of a water VIEW home as opposed to owning an actual waterfront property.  I'm a Door County waterfront specialist, which means I've had to sell a certain number of shore homes during my career to establish that criteria, and yet water view homes provide many benefits to consider over owning on the water.


Growing up in a commercial fishing family, our family has owned waterfront properties in Door County since the 1940s until my father recently retired.  So I am well familiar with life on the shore. 




A peninsula surrounded by water


This being said, there are some incredible benefits of owning a water view property as opposed to a shore home.  We are often asked the pros and cons of owning a water view home as opposed to a shore home, and here is a list of answers we've assembled for the benefits of buying a water view home as opposed to a waterfront home.


1.   Location:  Many of Door County's waterfront addresses (with a few notable (and costly) exceptions like White Cliff Road, Cottage Row, North Shore Road and Beach Road, among others) are located quite far from commercial centers.  While this may appeal to the rural enthusiast, many people enjoy a short walk or bike ride into a town or village for dining, shopping or entertainment.


2.  Fewer restrictions:  Many of Door County's shore front homes pre-date the 1968 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 1968 ruling that homes must be built 75 feet back from the shore.  So that dream home that you love might be able to be remodeled, but you won't be able to expand it without a variance, which is a costly and time consuming zoning process that doesn't have a guaranteed outcome....I have been to nearly 100 shore front zoning hearings for variances, and I would estimate that they are granted only 25% of the time (for more information and a brief overview on the variance process in Door County, contact me).


3.  Price:  While water view and waterfront homes can be comparable in price, you can often buy far more home with your water view home dollars.


4.  Hidden Costs:   Waterfront taxes are MUCH higher in Door County than inland homes (and a water view home counts as an inland home).  Additionally, some waterfront home owners additionally pay for costly flood insurance (which will be required by your lender in many circumstances on the shore).  If you have a permanent pier:  Ouch.  They are much in demand, but incredibly costly to maintain over the years, including dredging (which requires yet another costly Wisconsin DNR permit that is difficult to obtain).


5.  Noise levels:  Surprise, surprise!  You can view that glorious Door County sunset over the water just as well from a water view home as opposed to a waterfront home, without the sound of jet-skis, waves crashing over the shore, motor boats going by and more.  Additionally, watching a summer storm approach over Green Bay is amazing--sometimes even more amazing from a water view home on the bluff than from an actual shore front home.  Waves can be downright NOISY--a distraction from the peace and quiet that Door County is known for.




Door County Water View Sunsets


Water view homes are a Door County luxury, to be sure, but we are currently offering a water view home in Sister Bay that is a must-see home:  Mid-modern 1960s constructions combined with an early 2000s remodel have created a truly Door County dream home!  We are offering a four bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home (master suite withe fireplace), living room and family room with fireplace, plus a sun room, with glorious WATER VIEWS from the kitchen, dining room, living room, sun room and master bedroom.  The rest of the rooms offer private, wooded views.  There's also a detached, 3 car garage with an extra-deep bay that would be perfect for storing your boat or kayaks.  This home is in a prime location, with municipal sewer and water (a rarity in Door County), plus it's only a short walk to the waterfront, as well as shopping, dining and all of the other charms Sister Bay offers (you'll have a great view for the festival fireworks, as well as gorgeous Door County sunsets over the water).   See more about 10935 Birchwood Drive, Sister Bay here.


As you can see, there are many benefits to owning a water view home as opposed to a waterfront home.  Of course, I'll ALWAYS be selling Door County shore homes, but water view homes provide a nice option to see the water without paying waterfront taxes.





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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.

MaryKay Shumway has a consistent multi-million dollar producer for over thirteen years.  Representing both listing clients and buyer clients full time, MaryKay is also a mother of two and active in the Door County community in the local school district, nonprofit groups and governmental affairs.  A member of the Door County Board of Realtors Honors Society from 2005-2016, the Door County Realtor of the Year 2008, a member of The Real Estate Group's Chairman's Circle in 2010-2015, and an member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society for 2014 & 15.  She has served as President and Vice President of the Door County Board of Realtors  and as a member of its Advocacy Committee.  MaryKay is a top MLS producer and has held the position of top producer at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. since 2016.


Contact MaryKay.  "As a multi-million dollar producer and senior associate at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency selling Door County real estate, I focus my balance on both  featured listings and representing Buyer Clients looking for the perfect Door County Property.  I turn Door County vacations into Door County traditions by helping you own your own Door County real estate, and I represent exceptional properties in all price points on the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, and all inland lakes and properties in between. Call, text or e-mail me today."


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