Bay Harbor is a luxury community that spreads along five miles of breathtaking Lake Michigan shoreline between Petoskey and Charlevoix. Bay Harbor is a fantasy destination for all visitors, vacationers, and year round residents. With unforgettable views, world-class amenities, stylized accommodations, outdoor activity opportunities, golf courses, restaurants, spa and a state of the art 527-seat theater makes Bay Harbor a cultural and social hub in Northern Michigan offering year-round events in music, dance, theater, movies and film, intellectual dialogue and education. Bay Harbor is the perfect place to mix business with pleasure, connect with family and friends. Sail into Little Traverse Bay and find your way to Bay Harbor Lake Marina, explore the area and stay to enjoy all the magical experiences of this fabulous resort community. From year round festivals and destination weddings this beautiful community has plenty to offer and more.
An important contribution to the beginning of Bay Harbor was made by Joe Blachy, as he built the first home ever to be completed in Bay Harbor. The model home was located in the Bluff’s area and was the second home to be sold by Bay Harbor.
Bay Harbor is the largest land reclamation project in North America. For over 100 years, mining operations and a massive cement plant had scarred over 1,200 acres and five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline on Little Traverse Bay. After the industry played out and the land lay desolate, various developers tried to reclaim the site. All of them failed. Then, in 1993, David V. Johnson dreamed of transforming this abandoned moonscape into the most luxurious residential community on earth. Shortly afterwards in 1994, his dream became reality with Governor John Engler on hand and thousands of spectators looking on, explosions demolished the century-old cement plant smokestacks. What followed, in March 1995 was another “big bang” – the explosion that would blast away the barrier between Lake Michigan and a quarry letting water rush in at one million gallons per minute. Within 24 hours, over 2.5 billion gallons would form the new “Nautical Center of the Great Lakes” in Bay Harbor Lake.
The vision was always to create the ultimate lifestyle, a year-round resort graced by boutique shopping, a deep-water marina, premier yacht club, equestrian center and a premier golf course with more water frontage than any course in North America. All of this would be part of a greater community which encompasses 32 neighborhoods, Golf Courses, Yacht Club and multiple hotels each with its own uniqueness including the tranquility of woodland living in The Preserve to the Victorian charm of Village Beach. In just 20 years, there are property owners from around the globe and thousands of visitors who visit the community to attend premiere events and enjoy the world-class amenities throughout every season.
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