The ultimate Door County rental property can be YOURS.

Real Estate Agent with The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)

The ultimate Door County rental property can be YOURS

Love it or hate it, short term rental (with restrictions as imposed by the various towns and villages) is here to stay in Door County.  Over the past 5 years, approximaely one-third to one-half of the properties we have transferred have been sold to be used at least partially as investment properties, subject to the restrictions of the governing municipality.

Sister Bay Northwoods Drive Vacation Rental

This Sister Bay property for sale was sold as a short-term rental in 2021

This trend has already tightened the market in an area where homes are expensive and hard to come by for first-time home buyers.  Agents are Brokers have to be diligent and know zoning, rules, restrictions and regulations--and the first thing we'll do is encourage a potential Buyer to contact the Door County Tourism Zone, which is the first step in getting a permit for any Door County municipality.  There are also considerations like taxes--there is sales tax charged, plus a County tax, plus Door County has a ROOM tax, and certain areas have Premier Resort Taxes.  So the Tourism Zone is the best first step if you have interest in Door County rental

Ephraim Homes for Sale Downtown

This Ephraim property, used as an art gallery, was sold in 2022 and became a short-term rental instead

And sometimes, the trend even goes BACKWARDS, and properties that are rentals are taken out of short-term rental pools to become year-round homes, as was the situation with this property in Fish Creek in 2022.

Fish Creek Homes for Sale in 2023

This Fish Creek Bed & Breakfast was converted back into a single-family home in 2022

The short-term rental business isn't for everyone, and towns and villages have gotten more restrictive in the past two years as to how you can rent, and how many people you can rent to (and also monitor advertising), so consulting with the Door County Tourism Zone is a must-do if you are even toying with the idea of taking on a short-term rental.  

However, the profits of short-term rental in Door County can be considerable, and we are currently offering a FANTASTIC opportunity for short-term transient rental in downtown Sister Bay, Door County's most popular year-round village.  For Sale:  SwedeInn, a 10-room year-round hotel which also includes a 2 bedroom, 1 bath and laundry house rental and full kitchen, PLUS an upper duplex that has been long term rental, PLUS three seasonal duplex cottages that sleep 4-8 each and have been used as employee housing (which is in high demand in northern Door County).  There is also an office off of the duplex.  All of this is in downtown Sister Bay on Bluffside Lane, a short walk from the water and everything else in downtown Sister Bay.  The property actually consists of two separate tax parcels, 10631 Bluffside Lane, Sister Bay, WI 54234 and 10641 Bluffside Lane, Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234.  The room count is for both parcels.  

Sister Bay Inn for Sale

Seasonal duplex cottages to the left, the Inn is in the center, and the duplex and office to the right

This property is being sold turn-key, with the Seller also turning over 2023 rental to the purchaser.  The ten rooms in the main building of SwedeInn can currently sleep 24 people.  The duplex lower level used for short-term rental can sleep 6 (2 bedrooms plus pull-out) and the upper long-term rental level can sleep 4-6 with ease (or would be perfect for someone interested in managing the rest of the property).  The seasonal cottages can currently sleep 12-18, depending on sleeping arrangements (the beds are full-sized and some units have two each).  All told, you can have a LOT of people sleeping under the roofs of the property at 10631/10641 Bluffside Lane in Sister Bay, Wisconsin!  The property comes fully furnished and ready to begin operations immediately upon your purchase and proper licensure for rental.

10631 Bluffside Lane for Sale Sister BayA standard room with full bath and kitchenette at SwedeInn

This is a very special opportunity for the right purchaser.  Learn more about our listed property at SwedeInn at 10631 Bluffside Lane, Sister Bay, WI 54234 here.

If you've been considering Door County short term transient rental as a viable part of your portfolio, this is an exceptional opportunity.  

The ultimate Door County rental property can be YOURS

Contact me for your private tour of this Sister Bay property for sale today.

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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 an extremely consistent multi-million dollar producer for over seventeen 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 2005-2020, 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. Local experience with GLOBAL connections.  Call, text or e-mail me today."

Comments (1)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon MaryKay,

Short term rentals are here to stay as they really make sense for so many situations now. Sometimes a seller has sold their home to let their buyer take possession and their new construction home gets delayed..a short term rental isa  perfect solution!

Nov 29, 2022 10:57 AM