Cherry pies, pickles, award-winning goats and a $4.4M Harbor Country retreat

I’ve passed through the tiny Michigan village of Harbert dozens of times without having noted its existence. Perhaps that’s because it didn’t vie with Charlevoix and Traverse City to host the world’s largest cherry pie, and had no other attractions listed on Roadside America.

Carl Sandburg apparently did note it, and summered there. According to the Harbert Business Association, “much of his Pulitzer Prize-winning work on Abraham Lincoln was written during his 15-year residency here. Sandburg and his wife also raised award-winning goats on their Harbert farm and shipped them throughout the country.” That’s exactly what most people would opt to do if they found themselves in the company of award-winning goats.

If you’re hankering for the quiet of a community whose historical highlights include a thriving pickle factory, you might want to check out the recently-listed home at 13592 Prairie Rd in Harbert. According to the listing copy:

This exclusive property is a resort unto itself. Situated on seven secluded acres just a short walk from the beach, the main house offers 5br and 4.5ba, and features every possible amenity. The main home, pool house and detached guest quarters have been appointed with the finest finishes without compromising the warm, relaxed feeling of a harbor country retreat. The timber trussed great room boasts an enormous blue stone masonry fireplace and panoramic windows. The expansive screen porch has a charming wood burning stove and ample space for entertaining or simply relaxing, and opens onto a serene Brazilian walnut deck.

The lush grounds include a large pool with lap swimming lane, tennis and basketball courts, and a gorgeous mix of verdant forest, wild prairie and manicured lawn. This mini estate is built for entertaining and can accommodate countless guests, but the peace and quiet it affords could convince anyone to keep it a treasured secret.

Coldwell Banker’s Chad Gradowski has the listing.

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