Crystal Mountain Realty Newsletter



In this issue:

From Vision to Village
New Home Construction on the Rise
My Community
The Beautiful Betsie in our Backyard
Go Green!
Meet the Team
Make Me a Member
My Kind of Place: Recognitions & Awards

From Vision to Village

The master planning process that envisioned a village in the heart of Crystal Mountain began years ago, and it has served as the blueprint for thoughtful, steady development of a 21st Century pedestrian-oriented community that is rooted in its northern Michigan heritage.

This conceptual plan showcases a mixed-use retail/residential project that will become the new gateway to Crystal’s village. As you pass through the covered archway with the glass-walled hallway above, you’ll be welcomed into the inner courtyard, with a flowing creek, public gathering areas with comfortable seating, a skating rink in winter, summer gardens, and intimate parks & plazas.

The project includes new retail shops, food outlets, and a vibrant street-side plaza. Above the retail shops will be residences designed for carefree vacation living and high rental potential in every season. The ownership structure for these condominiums will be determined based upon a study of Crystal’s various markets.

Once complete, this new expansion, which is now in the planning stages, will function as a building block for future development of the village and move Crystal ever closer to fulfilling its vision. For more information about ownership opportunities, contact a member of the Crystal Mountain Realty team.

New Home Construction on the Rise

As the inventory of available homes for sale has declined and consumer confidence has strengthened, new home construction has picked up throughout the greater Grand Traverse region and across the country.

The same trend holds true for Crystal Mountain, where vacant lot sales doubled this past year. And new lot owners are moving forward with their building plans. As of this writing, 6 new homes are under construction at Crystal, with more in the planning stages. 

Phase IV of Crystal Mountain’s Trailside residential community was recently released for sale, and only a few home sites are still available. The project includes lots that front on the Mountain Ridge #9 fairway & green, and building sites tucked into the trees along a hiking, biking & cross-country trail. Purchase of a Trailside home site includes architectural prints for the buyer’s choice of four cabin designs, and a complimentary Four Seasons Club ski/golf family membership. For information about home site opportunities in Trailside or any of the other neighborhoods at Crystal, contact a Crystal Mountain Realty team member.

My Community

As the community of permanent and seasonal residents has grown at Crystal Mountain, so have the contributions that owners make to the community at large.

A new, local district library is under construction thanks to the support of the Friends of the Betsie Valley Library, a group that boasts several Crystal Mountain owners. We have owners that volunteer in and serve on the board for the Michigan Legacy Art Park, and the Betsie Valley Trail—a beautiful, 23-mile recreational trail that links Thompsonville with Beulah & Frankfort. When Benzie Area Christian Neighbors has hosted its winter coat drives, our owners have heartily supported the events, and in the fall of 2013, the Mrs. Mullen’s Closet auction & dinner, organized by Crystal Mountain property owners, generated over $25,000 for children in need at elementary schools throughout Benzie county.

We have owners involved with Grow Benzie - a community nonprofit farmstead, dedicated to enriching the lives of Benzie County residents. And who do you suppose supports our regional 4H organization? Yes, that would be owners who, year after year, have purchased livestock in support of local youth at the county fairs.

Crystal Mountain is a great place to recreate and own vacation property, but isn’t it nice to know that there’s a whole other dimension of ownership for those who opt to make Crystal a more permanent part of their lives.

The Beautiful Betsie in our Backyard

If your idea of vacation home heaven is a cabin on the river, you’re likely to find it right here in Benzie County.

Crystal Mountain is literally surrounded on 3 sides by the Betsie River, one of Michigan’s better-know Wild & Scenic Rivers. It was designated as such in the early 70s, under the Natural Rivers Act - legislation that put a zoning framework in place to protect the natural beauty of some of the state’s most pristine rivers. Some sections of the Betsie are twisty and narrow, while others are more relaxed. Kayakers love it, and anglers can ply for salmon, steelhead, & smaller native trout in its upper stretches

If you’d like an introduction, Crystal Mountain’s Lift Supervisor, Hugh Witham, is a popular river guide. Or, book a guided float trip with Crystal's own Wolfe Outfitters. Their professional guides provide a full service day on the river. Several of our owners are avid fly fishermen on the Betsie, though they’re not as likely to disclose the location of their favorite holes…

If you’d like to explore ownership opportunities on the Betsie, the real estate section of Crystal Mountain’s web site enables you to easily search for those listings. In fact, on the site, you can view all properties listed throughout the entire 5-county region, as well as those at the resort. Crystal’s mobile web site enables easy listing access when you’re on the go.

Whether you’re looking for resort real estate, a great little cabin on the river, hunting acreage, or a lakefront cottage, we can help. For more information, visit our web site at crystalmountain.com/realestate or contact a member of the Crystal Mountain Realty team at 800-968-2911 or properties@crystalmountain.com.

Go Green!

Though the author is an MSU grad, the intent of this article is not to rile up all the Wolverines out there. Rather, this is about Crystal’s philosophical approach to doing business. Crystal Mountain has long held environmental stewardship as more than a set of initiatives. Rather, it’s “the way we do things around here,” and the resort’s management is dedicated to educating people about the environmental and energy issues that will shape Michigan’s future.

As evidence of that commitment, Crystal is home to the Midwest’s only LEED certified spa, and was the first in Michigan’s tourism industry to invest in wind energy & join voluntary programs like Green Lodging Michigan and the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program. We source and celebrate local foods, compost, and seek out green certified suppliers.

In-room recycling and compact fluorescent lighting are among the green features in each of Crystal’s hotel rooms, condos and townhomes, and all staff offices & workspaces are likewise equipped with energy efficient lighting and convenient recycling.

There’s a Green Team, populated by staff members from various departments, who are constantly working on green initiatives, and our property owners are encouraged to actively recycle, with free on-site drop-off available. Whatever your color, your school or your allegiance, you’re invited to turn off the lights, hang up the towels, use the blue recycling receptacles, and join us in active stewardship of this beautiful region we’re so privileged to enjoy.

Meet the Team

The Crystal Mountain Realty sales team, including Jay White, Nancy Mullen Call, and Karyn Thorr, has over 55 years of combined real estate experience, and each Broker is a specialist in resort, recreation & waterfront properties.

For information about ownership at Crystal Mountain and in the surrounding area, call Karyn, Jay or Nancy at 800-968-2911.

Make Me a Member

Four Seasons Club members at Crystal Mountain enjoy a wonderful assortment of privileges, including membership events, and complimentary & discounted services.

Meet your neighbors at member happy hour—a well-attended event that happens year round on Friday evenings. Or, maybe you’d like to participate in a hosted tour of area wineries, a member/guest golf outing with retired CBS golf Commentator, Ben Wright, or a fabulous golf excursion to Ireland with Brad Dean, Crystal’s Director of Golf.

In addition to skiing & golf privileges, members always enjoy complimentary use of Crystal’s pools & fitness center, and free admission to fitness classes. Crystal Mountain Spa, dining & retail discounts are benefits of membership, as are discounts on skiing & golf for your friends and special rates at an array of local restaurants & golf courses.

Family ski/golf memberships are included with most property purchases, and special membership rates are also available for the extended families of owners. For complete details talk to a member of the Crystal Mountain Realty team.

My Kind of Place! Recognitions and Awards

View our awards and accolades! Located in the heart of Benzie County, Crystal Mountain is the Midwest's premier four seaon family resort featuring some of the finest accommodations northern Michigan has to offer: 36 holes of championship golf, 45 downhill slopes, 40km of cross-country trails, the award-winning Crystal Spa, the Michigan Legacy Art Park, and IACC approved conference facilities.


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