Attractions To See in Alger Michigan

Attractions To See -Alger Michigan

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Alger Michigan is the home of many splendid things — we know it, because we live here. Beautiful scenery, majestic lakes, fabulous food, quirky locales and hidden gems just barely scratch the surface of what Alger Michigan has to offer.

We asked staff members of the Alger Press to share some of the best things to see and do in Michigan, based on our personal experiences. Here are 50 ideas you may want to add to your bucket list if you visit Alger, MI.

Think we missed something? Add your bucket list item here and be sure to explain why it’s great.

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Does commercial real estate in southeast Michigan offer the most outstanding investment potential anywhere in the country right now? Some investors think so. When the great recession fully took hold in late 2008, the entire real estate market, both locally and nationally, plummeted in price creating a once in a lifetime opportunity for all cash investors. There have been a handful of high-profile transactions in the past few months with the promise of more to come in 2012. The buyers range from out-of-town value seekers to savvy local investors. Here are two examples:

West Tech Park is one of the premiere R&D/Flex developments in the suburban west side market. It sits prominently at the corner of Haggerty Road and the busy I-696/I-275 Interchanges in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Totaling nine (9) buildings, and over 278,000 SF in size, it was originally developed in the late 1980's by a partnership of well-known local developer REDICO and TIAA-CREF, the giant teacher's pension fund in New York. West Tech Park has had a few other prominent owners over the years, including Pennsylvania based Liberty Property Trust, Iowa based Principal Life Insurance Company and of late, ETC Capital LLC, which is backed by local 5-Hour Energy entrepreneur Manoj Bhargava. ETC Capital was able to acquire West Tech Park for $8.5 million, or $30 per square foot. This is less than 50% of the cost to construct the property back in 1987, when asking rents alone topped the market at $12.00 to $13.00 per square foot. Now granted, the new Landlord will have to invest additional dollars to maintain the property and outfit it for new tenants (the property was only 32% occupied at the time of purchase according to CoStar.com), but ETC Capital will be competing for those tenants with a base investment significantly lower than many of the competing area properties. Bhargava, through another entity, recently purchased a modern Plymouth Township building formerly occupied by Johnson Controls for a mere $22 per square foot. Again, this just is a fraction of the cost to construct this building back in 1996. One can only conclude that Bhargava knows great value when he sees it, and believes in the long-term prosperity of Metro Detroit.

The unprecedented swoon in the commercial real estate market has created a once in a lifetime opportunity for value investors. It's time to buy commercial property in Detroit!

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For over 100 years, southwestern Michigan has been a weekend getaway haven. With its ample wide beaches and charming lakeside towns, the area of Michigan known as Harbor Country continues to lure weekend visitors. Since the late 1970's, it has also been a popular destination for wine travel fans.

Southwestern Michigan is only about 90 minutes by car from greater Chicago. Interstate 94 takes a gentle north by northeast turn near the Indiana-Michigan state line, tracing the route of historic U.S. 12. Back in the 1930's, this area established its link to Michigan tourism. The first town greeting you upon entering Michigan is friendly and walkable New Buffalo.

With its harbor and compact business district, New Buffalo has long attracted boaters and those seeking a weekend escape. Of the eight communities comprising Harbor Country, New Buffalo feels most like a true town and a defined destination. Waterfront development has been carefully planned and monitored, ensuring the charm of this community for generations to come.

Less than a half mile down the road is the fascinating and ever evolving Round Barn Winery and Distillery. As the name implies, part of the facility is housed in an Amish built round barn, which is frequently used for weddings and special events. Not only can you sample wine at Round Barn, but distilled spirits and microbrews as well.

The other four wineries in this area are also quite near one another, making Harbor Country perfect for an afternoon of leisurely wine travel and tasting. Free Run Cellars, Domaine Berrien, Lemon Creek, and Hickory Creek all offer finely crafted wines that will appeal to even the most discriminating wine lover.

The other four wineries in this area are also quite near one another, making Harbor Country perfect for an afternoon of leisurely wine travel and tasting. Free Run Cellars, Domaine Berrien, Lemon Creek, and Hickory Creek all offer finely crafted wines that will appeal to even the most discriminating wine lover.

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Real estate Niles MI style has something for just about everyone.

Bungalows, renovated 1930's farmhouses, modern ranches, two-stories and three stories fill the pages of the Niles Michigan real estate classifieds. If you are interested in buying, but you have problems with your credit, we have some suggestions. And, if you are a property owner, who needs to sell quickly, we have some suggestions for you, too.

Niles Michigan real estate is located in Berrien County, just north of the Indiana border, on the banks of the St. Joseph River. The wide range of available properties, with a wide range of prices, makes it difficult to estimate the average price of a home. Median prices are sometimes misleading, because they include undeveloped lots on the low end and corporate retreats on the high end. But, in the most recent updates for median prices of real estate Niles MI was at $124,900 for a home listed with a realtor and $74,798 for foreclosures.

Over the last several years, in all areas of the country, there have been fluctuations in the prices and values of real estate. Niles MI is no exception. So called "financial experts", the people we often rely on to guide us, cannot agree on what exactly is going on. Some say that soon values will go up. Others say not. Many bankers blame the increasing number of foreclosures on decreasing property values, making it difficult or impossible for owners to refinance.

But, that's not all of the different types of real estate Niles MI has to offer. Downtown Niles is a redeveloping area or shops, entertainment and services. They host numerous parades and events. Many downtown homes, at good prices, are included in the Niles Michigan real estate listings. And, if you want more night life, South Bend is very close by and Chicago is just a little farther away.

So, now you know what real estate Niles MI can offer, but you are still concerned about your credit. If you have steady employment, a few thousand dollars for the lease option consideration and are willing to work to improve your credit rating, then you can own a home, probably sooner than you think. You probably know that you can afford the monthly payments, so what are you waiting for?


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