West Branch, Michigan — Green Home For Sale

Beautiful off-grid log home on eighty acres with a large barn, a rustic cabin, fenced horse pastures, and other out buildings surrounded by state and federal land. A small bed and breakfast operates out of the home which is highly profitable.

Listing ID: 20271

  • Energy Efficient Home
  • EnergyStar Home
  • Green Home
  • Off the Grid
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Asking Price (USD) $799,999
Annual Property Tax $2,800
Annual Utility Cost $1,500
Home Area 3,800 sq ft
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms > 5
Total Property Area 80 acres
Year Built 2000

Property Description

Main Property

Approximately 70 acres surrounded by state and federal land. There are rolling hills and some small artesian wells.
Approximately 50% is wooded, oak, maple, birch, red pine. Also, several old, producing apple trees; beautiful flower gardens and landscaping.
One quarter mile frontage on public, county maintained road.
Eastern half mile boundary of property is a two-track.
Western boundary of property is federal land.
Frequent visitors to property include: deer, turkey, grouse, rabbit, fox, coyote, an occasional bear and birds of all kinds including American Bald Eagle.

Outbuildings include a large, four stall horse and storage barn, approximately 48 feet by 40 feet. The barn is equipped with water.
There is one wood fenced pasture and one tape fenced pasture for a total of about 3 fenced acres.
Additional out buildings are a wood shed, approximately 16 feet by 24 feet and an outside wood burner which is connected to the house boiler heating system.

Wood log sided home situated on the crest of a hill with a “five mile view”. The home is two story, approximately 3550 square feet finished living space plus a 140 square foot three season room and a 2040 square feet partially finished walk-out basement.
Four bedrooms, 5 ½ baths; wrap around deck and full walk-out basement with brick-appearance poured walls. Two car attached garage. The house is conventional “stick built” with 2x6 exterior walls insulated with NuWool spray-in insulation. There is a hot water boiler system for in-floor radiant heat in the basement and first floor, and baseboard heat on the second floor. The outside wood burner will comfortably heat the house, or can be ignored and have heat provided by the propane boiler. All fresh water piping is copper; waste water piping is PVC.

All construction, electric, plumbing, heating is code compliant, inspected and approved

The home is “off-grid”, not connected to commercial power. Ample electricity is supplied by an alternative energy system: wind turbines, solar panels, batteries, inverter, and a back-up propane generator. All in-house electrical wiring, outlets and switches are code-compliant 120v 60hz. Consumers Energy will make a quote to bring commercial power to the property if desired.

Approximately 2040 square feet, walk-out, outside entrance, partially finished.
The full size basement is partially finished with some partitions, built-in storage shelves, and drywall on the exterior walk-out wall.. The foundation walls are poured concrete and are “brick appearance”. It is a walk-out basement with windows and a sliding door providing plenty of outside light. The basement has 8 foot ceilings with engineered “squeak-free” floor joists. There is a full bathroom. An outside entry door leads to a stairway to the first floor deck. The basement has radiant heat in the basement floor. The basement can easily be finished for additional bedrooms, a family room, an exercise room, or a mother-in-law apartment.

First floor
Approximately 2060 finished square feet; master bedroom suite, open floor plan, front and rear entrances, walk-in pantry, two stairways to second floor, three season room, wrap around deck, 2 ½ baths.
The first floor has a great room with a cathedral ceiling and an open floor plan incorporating a dining area and the kitchen. The great room includes a floor to cathedral-ceiling cultured stone, wood burning fireplace with a raised hearth (seat height) and a stone woodbox. There are sliding doors leading to the outside deck, and a door leading to the three season room. The cathedral ceiling flows over a second story loft and into the two story front entrance.
The dining area includes a dish pantry and a bay window with seating.
The kitchen has custom wood cabinetry, solid surface counters and a base with glass display shelves. Kitchen appliances include gas range, dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave. Off the kitchen area is a pocket door leading to a walk-in pantry and a laundry room with cabinets, counters, a small sink and washer/gas dryer connections.
The rear hall has an entrance from the attached garage, also an entrance to the outside deck and an additional set of stairs to the second floor. There is a full bath and a large coat closet in this area.
Off the front entrance is a large office/library with custom built-in desk and bookcases. The office is equipped with high speed internet access.
From the front entrance are custom wood log stairs leading to the second floor.
The first floor master bedroom suite includes a walk-in closet and a sliding door to the three season room which is also accessible from the deck. The master bathroom features a separate toilet room, a large whirlpool bath, a separate large shower, and custom double sinks.
All floors are genuine hardwood or ceramic tile.

Second floor
Approximately 1492 finished square feet, loft, three large bedrooms, two full baths, two skylights.
Custom log stairs lead from the front entrance hall to the second floor. The second floor has three large bedrooms. There are two full baths with custom tile work. A loft with custom wood accent overlooks the great room and front entrance. Dormer windows and two skylights provide plenty of light. Floors are hardwood and ceramic tile. There are two stairways to the second floor: front entrance hall and back hall.

The house is equipped with high-speed internet access, WiFi, telephone land line and satellite TV.

A bed and breakfast business is currently being operated from these premises.

Current taxes are approximately $2558.00 annually.

Adjacent Property

The adjacent property is separately deeded. It is approximately 10 acres with frontage on the county maintained public road.
There is a four room rustic cabin on the property: living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom. The cabin includes a well with pump, septic system, interior propane piping, kitchen counter top with sink, a propane cook stove, and propane heating stoves.
In 2017, a new roof and new siding were installed on the cabin.

Discussion Points

Bed and breakfast business Furnishings
Mineral rights Commercial power installation
Alternative energy system Commercial use of property
Split rights

Gail and Paul Gotter
LogHaven LLC
1550 McGregor Road
West Branch, MI 48661

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

off grid; 2x6 insulated exterior walls; insulated windows; passive solar; led lighting

Neighborhood Description


Market Area

Rose City 10 minutes away; West Branch 20 minutes away.

School District

West Branch, Rose City consolidated


Midwest charm

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area No
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Cooling System Other
Ventilation System Heat Exchanger
Whole House Filtration Other
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Hybrid
Off the Grid
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Wood
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Tile
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Recycled Newsprint

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 600 sqft

Property Website

Website: http://loghavenbb.com

Contact Information

Paul Gotter

1550 McGregor Road
West Branch, MI 48661 US
Telephone: (989) 685-3527

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