Door County Residents Push Back:
Green Space, Water and Much More
This is an odd holiday post, but it is, indeed, a holiday post about Door County, Wisconsin. It was a crazy and eventful few weeks in Door County in many ways. Thinking I would enjoy the slower pace of the holidays, I planned my normal late November/early December activities, only to find that Mother Nature and other non-nature events wanted to keep me moving in other directions.
First and foremost, a November polar plunge into temperatures that were 30-40 degrees below normal brought some interesting things into my life--I saw Europe Lake frozen at the earliest time I had seen in my lifetime, and for a second year I was concerned about delays on new construction development that I am either listing or selling. Then, a December 1st blizzard made many of my vacant land listings, including this waterfront land for sale on Bay Shore Drive in Egg Harbor, nearly inaccessible. And speaking of water...record high water levels have been wrecking havoc throughout Door County in late 2019. I showed an Egg Harbor home a few weeks ago that had half of its permanent pier missing--and this won't be an isolated event this year, as many municipalities prepare for the worst. The Sister Bay Beach swimming pier has been mostly underwater since August of this year.
See that dock? The water is actually OVER it at this time!
However, I like winter a lot, and my last several winters have been consistently busy listing and selling Door County real estate. The past ten days, however, were a change from business as usual: as Sister Bay built its first boutique luxury hotel for the first time in recent memory (stay tuned for more details on the Hotel Dorr), the Village also fought back--hard--against a Dollar General coming to town. Many said that they didn't see it fitting in with the rural character of Sister Bay (or basically anywhere in northern Door County), and even though the entire State of Wisconsin recently lost its beloved Shopko empire, the residents of Sister Bay and other nearby municipalities conspired to stop the urban sprawl of a Dollar General. What shall happen remains to be seen: Stay Tuned!
Concern about property values are always a very real concern in real estate purchases and sales. "Buy low, sell high" is the old adage. However, in a time of extremely tight inventory and rising prices throughout the state, we've seen rising prices--but not record sales--because of lower inventory than in previous years. Door County, which suffered hard as a secondary market from the Great Recession, bounced back hard from 2016-2019. With 2020 being an election year, it remains to be seen what exactly will happen with our market, but one thing remains true--Door County is an amazing destination that has held its value as a vacation getaway since the late 1800s. View an amazing video by the Door County Visitor's Bureau showing our growth as Wisconsin's premier vacation destination here:
Change is inevitable, but the things that make Door County special in each season are things worth saving and fighting for. Now, of course there is a double standard here--I work to develop and sell new construction, which cuts into our green space. But I also believe in careful, controlled development, and have worked as a Planning Commissioner in northern Door County for either Sister Bay or Liberty Grove since 2000--approximately 20 years!
If you feel Door County is as special as I do, work with me. Together, we'll find the space here that feels like home to you and captures your own Door County dreams. I help turn Door County vacations into Door County traditions. For Door County homes, land, condominiums and businesses for sale, look no farther than moredoorcounty.com for all of your Door County real estate needs. And if you plan to visit Door County this winter, here are some great ideas to get you on your way.