Zurich Real Estate

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Annual Zurich Real Estate Association Banquet

Lake Michigan WaterFront PropertyFor anyone who has ever been to Zurich before, you know that our real estate is one of our greatest features. People come from miles around to admire the beautiful landscape that our little town has to offer.

In fact, given our unique geography and natural resources,  we have quite a booming real estate market. It’s popular for people to buy vacation homes in the area, as Zurich is a popular vacation spot during the summer.

It’s common for real estate agents to specialize in individual areas. During my recent trip to Michigan, I saw a number of realtors that special in lakefront properties. Harpe realty comes to mind. They are very respected Michigan lakefront property sellers in the area. Just as realtors specialize in their own individual markets like lakefront or commercial properties, Zurich is quickly becoming a vacation hot spot.

We have seen an explosion of resort communities, vacation associations, among other things that have both excited and dismayed the locals. Some don’t like the development, while others say it’s great for the community and brings in a much needed tax base during these hard economic times.

One of the most active members of the development crew that is really making the lives better each and every day is the local real estate association. They recently held that annual banquet get together and invited me to attend the event.

It sounds a lot more important than it really is. It’s just a few local realtors, business owners, journalists, teachers, and their families. The president of the association spoke on some of the most recent developments and talked about some future projects, which were all very exciting.

New Real Estate Developments

One of the coolest ideas that are being talked about is the redesign of the public commons in Zurich. Local real estate agents are working together with city hall to repurpose the downtown region by adding more parking spaces for local businesses.

Currently, there is a two-lane road that runs through downtown going in either direction.

Given that our community is becoming a great spot for tourists and shoppers to go to, a few local residents and business owners wonder why there is no parking in the downtown for shoppers. After all, if you want to get customers in the doors of your store or restaurant, you need to give them a space to park

This is what the new revitalization campaign is looking to do. By removing one of thru lanes of traffic, the council will be able to add parking spots on both sides of the road for businesses and tourists.

Economic Benefit

There is expected to be a huge economic benefit from making this change to the downtown layout. It may not seem like much, but the changes will be huge.

Think about it as if you were a tourist yourself. If you are driving past a cute little shop, but you have no idea where to stop or where to park, how likely are you to turn around to try and find someplace to go?

You’re a lot less likely to. By giving tourists easy access to your stores and restaurants, we can spur growth for our communities, businesses, residents, and schools.

Annual Zurich Bean Festival

Annual Zurich Bean Festival

The annual bean festival is one of my favorite times of the year. I can remember the first one I went to with my father some 30 years ago.


He was a classic car enthusiast, and since I had always shown an interest in working on cars with him in the garage. He and I would spend all weekend some times working on cars, tearing apart motors, and restoring some great, classic cars. My mom would always get mad at us because we would leave finger smudges all over the house after we got done working in garage. Whoops :]. When I first starting showing an interest in cars, he took me down to the festival to take a look at all of the cars.

I still remember that day like it was yesterday. It’s amazing how such a small event can have such a meaningful impact on a child’s life. Two decades has since passed, but I remember the day vividly.

We took our old Chevy to the show and I remember the first thing I saw was a bright red Dodge Charger. The muscle cars that were so common growing up always appealed to me. My dad always appreciated the early Corvettes as his symbol of performance, but to me the muscle cars were always where it was at.

Of course, the car show isn’t the only thing to at the Bean Festival. There is stage set up with all kinds of great live music, and there is a great kitchen that my mother always thoroughly enjoyed going to.

My mom has always loved to cook. This was a natural outflow of her love to entertain. She would always host these elaborate parties with multiple meals and desserts and everything you can possibly imagine. Going to the Bean Festival each year was her way of trying out some of her new creations on a wider audience. Her recopies were always a big hit and town members far and wide would come to get a taste of her culinary creations.

The Bean Festival was also one of the first events that I ever did once I started my own business. Taking a little bit of my mom’s culinary expertise, I founded my own catering service a few years ago and being a vendor at the Bean Festival was one of my first showcases to the general public.

All of this to say, the Bean Festival holds a very special place in my heart. I have so many memories going there as a child, as a teenager, and now that I am starting my own family, I get to bring my own children there to make memories. I can only assume that they will value their times at the festival as much as I did—and still do to this day.

The Bean Festival will be turning 50 years old this year and I hope it will be the biggest one yet. I can’t believe it’s been here for so long. It’s absolutely a staple to my family and me. Here’s to another 50 years!

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