Sister Bay, WI Real Estate News

By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Sister Bay Plans Another Jaw-Dropping Holiday Celebration We come together the day after Thanksgiving with gratefulness in our hearts for a very special reason. It is once again one of my very favorite times of the year in Door County, and for a very special celebration, including a jaw-dropping light show with thousands of lights brightening our November and December nights.  I am truly thankful for this event, which is a wonderful way to bring visitors and locals together to celebrate the season and the thanks in their hearts. This weekend Sister Bay will hosts its annual "Capture the Spirit" kick-off to the holidays the day after Thanksgiving, and this event just keeps getting better and better each year.  This two day event features the lighting of the Christmas tree (as well as the...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Featured Sister Bay Listings for 2017 Fall Festival Weekend For 72 (!) years, residents and visitors to northern Door County via Sister Bay, Wisconsin have been celebrating the proverbial "rolling up the sidewalk at the end of the season" with Sister Bay's Fall Festival weekend celebration.  This fantastic annual event allows for three full days of food, music and fun throughout downtown Sister Bay.  This year's events include everything from pumpkin bowling to an adult big-wheel rally competition down the Sister Bay hill.  Bake sales, auto shows, bands, and bouncy castles and children's games happily coincide with dozens of bands scattered throughout downtown, beverage, delicious food and much, much more.  Enjoy the annual Arts & Crafts Show (one of my favorites), a traditional Wiscons...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
 SEE IT HERE FIRST---HOME FOR SALE IN SISTER BAY, WI,  4 bedroom Sister Bay home for Sale with loft and outbuilding, 10794 Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, WIOne Block to Beach, Marina, More Originally built in the 1930s and expertly remodeled in 1994-1995, this LARGE home will have ample space for a crowd and it's "walkability" allows you to enjoy EVERYTHING in downtown Sister Bay.  One block to beach, less than a block to the public marina......plus so much more. Four bedroom Sister Bay home for sale with loft, family room, den and more. The custom construction is charming:  Log, peg wood and stove pipe patterns. The wood-burning Door County stone fireplace could NOT be duplicated:  it's made of custom beach stone with each stone featuring unique fossils (you can't build like this anymore...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Sister Bay Homes and Condominiums for SaleWHY LIVE IN SISTER BAY, WISCONSIN? It's a simple question with  a long answer:  why live in Sister Bay, Wisconsin? It began several years ago where these things tend  to begin, with the Village government.  Sister Bay had a long-term plan to buy as much waterfront as it could, opening up the Bay to the general public. Sister Bay made improvements to its public marina, considered the finest in northern Door County.  Sister Bay doubled the size of its public beach.  But it wasn't all glory and glamour.  Sister Bay had to spend a LOT of time and money on its infrastructure.  Sister Bay revitalized and revamped its public sewer and water system (the only municipality to have both sewer and water north of the City of Sturgeon Bay), as well as revampi...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
SO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN SISTER BAY, WISCONSIN Gorgeous little Sister Bay---the crown jewel of northern Door County--has undergone MANY changes over the past few years. Sister Bay is a Village with under 900 residents, and it also has the oldest median age of the State of Wisconsin (because we have the largest Door County assisted living facility north of Sturgeon Bay here).  The Village was built around its beach and marina, and is also the only municipality north of the City of Sturgeon Bay that also has both public sewer and water. VILLAGE OF SISTER BAY--BUILT AROUND THE WATER Sister Bay offers conveniences that you simply don't have in other places in Door County, from acres of public beach to wonderful  places to dine to the only pharmacy north of Sturgeon Bay.   Sister Bay even cele...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
SISTER BAY 4 BEDROOM WATER VIEW HOME FOR SALE.   Luxury.  Style.  Room for visiting guests.  Large living room and family room. Wrap-around decks.  Two fireplaces.   This Sister Bay water view home for sale at 10935 Birchwood Drive in Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234 really DOES have it all.     WHAT MAKES THIS SISTER BAY WATER VIEW HOME  FOR SALE SO UNIQUE? For the past few years, it seems our country has been obsessed with what is called "Mid-Modern" or "Mid-century modern" design.  For the sake of simplicity, let's call it Mid-Modern for this post---a style that seemingly sweeps all generations, from Millenials to the baby-boomers that grew up with the REAL mid-modern design.   Mid-modern design can be difficult to describe.  It broadly describes architecture and design from the mid-20th...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Townhouse Condominium for Sale at Crows Nest Estates in Sister Bay, Wisconsin Sister Bay's most exclusive waterfront community....only 10 homes, 20 families.  Townhouse living, privacy abounds.   Wonderful waterfront.  Hundreds of feet of common area shore, and a tram to take you down to the water and the swimming pier.  Or enjoy the viewing terrace over the water. This is a community like no other, Crows Nest Estates in Sister Bay, and we are pleased to be offering a lovely 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home with an open concept.  Soaring ceilings and an incredible floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace will greet you as you enter, with hardwood floors and custom tile floor. The custom kitchen offers a grand space for preparing elaborate or simple meals, with gleaming granite counter tops, gas range...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Sister Bay Condominiums for Sale under $150,000 There are still opportunities to buy into Door County (especially popular Sister Bay) for a reasonable price.  Sister Bay offers several condominium opportunities that are affordable, with great locations and with the ability to walk downtown.  Some have amenities, like pools or tennis, some do not (to keep dues down).   These condominium opportunities include Skogland Condominiums (pronounced "Skoog-land" by the locals (who are greatly Swedish and Norwegian), which is near a dog park and ice skating rink, with a seasonal in-ground, heated pool.  I had a great sale there last year with some clients from Southeastern Wisconsin that were (and remain) simply thrilled with their purchase.  Also popular is Stony Ridge Condominium, a newer devel...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Homes for Sale Under $450,000 in Sister Bay WI 54234 It's a popular place to live year-round or vacation (year-round).  It's the home to iconic Door County businesses like Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Butik, The Door County Ice Cream Factory, The Funky Cookie Studio, JJ's/La Puerta, Fred & Fuzzy's, Tapuat Kombucha and The Sister Bay Bowl (a classic Wisconsin supper club).  It has Door County's most popular marina, a huge public beach, and was voted Door County's most popular destination in 2016 by public input and votes with the Door County Visitor's Bureau.  Yes, I am talking about lovely Sister Bay, Wisconsin--where I live, work and play (when I'm not enjoying other parts of our fantastic peninsula).   WELCOME TO SISTER BAY, WISCONSIN Where else can I walk a few blocks to enjoy...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
3 Bedroom Condominium for Sale in Sister Bay: Full Basement, too It's a rarity for northern Door County homes and condominiums:  the full basement.  You see, the soil and bedrock combination we have here that makes us one of the world's leading county's for cherry production (those cherry trees are one of the wonders of Door County) means that you have a lot of rock, which means blasting for basement, which means a lot of extra money.  The four foot crawlspace is the most common foundation structure that we see here. So our buyers are usually thrilled to find a home or condominium with a full basement, and we are delighted to represent such a home at Hidden Maples Condominiums, a short walk from both downtown Sister Bay AND uptown Sister Bay with all its wonderful features:  beach, amph...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Sister Bay Home Priced $65,000 below assessed value: Time to Buy! You've been on the fence for a good deal in Door County, and you've found it here!  2200 Green Road, just outside Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  This lovely home is situated on just a little under 8 acres, and ready for a new owner. REDUCED--BEST BUY IN THE DOOR COUNTY MLS. This lovely country home, located near Sister Bay in a meadow with some hardwoods & stone fences, will be your ideal year-round home or weekend retreat. Three large bedrooms, 2 baths.  Green Road is all that its name implies....a green, leafy retreat for much of the year, with glorious autumn colors.  The vaulted ceilings complement the open concept kitchen/dining/living room, with tile floors, a stone fireplace & custom woodwork throughout. Large upstairs lo...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Voted Best of Door County: Eat, Play and LIVE in Sister Bay, WI 54234 I've been representing Door County properties since 2004, and I've covered a lot of ground in that time.  I've represented Door County properties from Nasawaupee to Northport...from Gardner to Gills Rock...from Ephraim to Ellison Bay. However, over the past year I've noticed that a LOT of my posts in the past year have been about Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  I've written about where to go, what to do, what to see and especially where to buy homes in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Sister Bay has had a lot of changes in the past several years.  We even underwent a difficult Department of Transportation project over the course of three years when it was almost impossible to get downtown. What a difference a few years can make. In Jun...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Sister Bay Decorated for Christmas: Door County's Year-Round Village We promised all things Sister Bay this holiday weekend, as we featured our Sister Bay homes for sale and Sister Bay condominiums for sale, but we need to give a shout-out to Sister Bay Advancement, the Village of Sister Bay and so many volunteers and businesses that coordinated to make this weekend special.  Capture the Spirit of Christmas, 2016, has been a resounding success! LIGHTING THE TREE IN DOWNTOWN SISTER BAY for 2016 Some photos courtesy of Sister Bay Advancement.  Remember, Sister Bay is Door County's year-round Village and vacation destination, with shops, a grocery store, post office, library, pharmacy, doctors, dentists, attorneys, hardware stores and lumber stores, and great dining and independent shoppin...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
 HOLIDAYS IN DOOR COUNTYGetting Ready to Capture the Spirit of a Door County Christmas Every Door County community has its own special holiday event, and I try to attend as many as I can.  However, since the mid 2000s, one of my favorites has been Sister Bay's Capture the Spirit of a Door County Christmas, which is held the weekend of Thanksgiving, with events on Friday the 25th and Saturday.   Additionally, this year The Country Walk Shops will also feature events uptown, as well as downtown.  See here for a list of activities for 2017's Capture the Spirit of a Door County Christmas. Next week we'll have a few FEATURED SISTER BAY PROPERTIES that we will tie into this event by using their virtual tours in conjunction with "virtual holiday open houses" for Capture the Spirit.  If you wan...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Why Live in Sister Bay, Wisconsin: Great Reasons to live in Sister Bay WI 54234  Why should you live in Sister Bay, Wisconsin?  There are dozens of GREAT reasons to live in Sister Bay!Downtown Sister Bay Sister Bay is a BEAUTIFUL community on the shore of Green Bay, and close to Lake Michigan, too (a five minute drive will bring you to the "Lake side").  It is conveniently located near the middle of the Door Peninsula, toward the northern end, just ten minutes north of Fish Creek and Baileys Harbor, and next to the Village of Ephraim. Sister Bay is a safe community where people walk their dogs, children play in the streets, and where there is always something fun for residents and visitors to do, all year long. While it's a total "Door County" village, Sister Bay and its outskirts can b...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Sister Bay's Fall Festival: A Door County Festival for All Ages If you're looking for some autumn fun for all ages, welcome to Sister Bay's Fall Festival.  Held the weekend after Columbus Day, this incredible event offers fun for young and old.  Fall Festival started as a celebration of the end of the busy summer tourism season in Sister Bay, Wisconsin for northern Door County residents and workers, and has grown into one of the largest festival of the year in Door County. In addition to children's activities, a craft and art fair, live music, delicious food, libations, a parade and much more, this autumn festival has had great success with its fundraiser, "Baking  a Difference", with cookie makers from all 50 states PLUS several countries abroad baking cookies for sale for the Go Bo! F...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Water View home for Sale at 11635 Beach Road, Sister Bay, WI 54234.   Four bedroom homes for sale in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.We are offering a stunning home for sale in one of Door County's loveliest locations, with SUNSET WATERFRONT views of Green Bay, a pond and more.   This four bedroom Door County home for sale in Sister Bay on Beach Road offering of a stunning water view home--4 bedrooms with bonus room--with what could become a seasonal guest cottage (or studio, workshop, office, etc.--the cottage has a wood burning stove and would make an adorable guest retreat) plus a pond (owners used to stock koi) plus a combination of expert professional and natural landscaping makes this offering the very best of Door County living and location.  Water views of Green Bay...what more could one ...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
What to do in Sister Bay, Wisconsin:  Live and Play in Sister Bay. Why live in Sister Bay, Wisconsin?  There are dozens of GREAT reasons to live in Sister Bay! Sister Bay is a BEAUTIFUL coastal community on the shore of Green Bay, and it's also close to Lake Michigan, too (a five minute drive will bring you to the "Lake side").  It is conveniently located near the "northern middle" of the Door Peninsula, just ten minutes north of Fish Creek and Baileys Harbor, and next to the Village of Ephraim.Sister Bay is a friendly and safe community where people walk their dogs, children play in the streets, and where there is always something fun for residents and visitors to do, all year long. While it's a total "Door County" village, Sister Bay can boast some conveniences that other communities ...
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Two Bedroom Downtown Sister Bay Condominium for Sale ONLY $199,900. Who wouldn't love to be DOWNTOWN?  Featured in songs from the 1960s (Petula Clark) to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's recent smash hit, "Downtown" is WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.  And NEVER more so than in Sister Bay,Wisconsin where DOWNTOWN Sister Bay has so many wonderful things to offer you, all year long.  Downtown Sister Bay, Wisconsin features one of Door County's most popular marinas and beach, as well as music concerts (nights and on Wednesdays), incredible shopping, incredible dining, and views of the open water everywhere...and the water views are free!  There is no place to better spend a vacation, a summer, or to have convenient downtown living than Sister Bay, and we are offering an incredible chance to LIVE downtown....
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By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
Perhaps it's not Times Square on New Year's Eve, but it IS a lot of wholesome, healthy fun.  Sister Bay's new sledding hill is OPEN and Sister Bay is getting ready to celebrate a POPPING New Year's Eve...complete with fireworks and winter fun.Combine Monday's 10-plus inches of snow with an out-of-school holiday and LOTS of holiday travelers and you've given yourself the OPTIMUM time to try out Sister Bay's new sledding hill, open for business at the Teresa K. Highlander Ice Rink.Photo Courtesy of Craig Bastian, Kellstrom-Ray Agency If you're planning on visiting Door County this weekend (and many of our customers and clients have indicated they plan to pay a visit), be sure to spend some time in Sister Bay.  Not only are there great after-holiday sales, but there is winter activity galo...
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