The northernmost village in Harbor Country, Sawyer is lush with vineyards and fruit farms, with numerous curio shops, restaurants and fruit stands lining the quaint downtown area of Sawyer. In contrast there is also has a large modern travel center with chain restaurants just off the interstate area to the east of town. Sawyer is also home to Warren Dunes State Park, which consists of 1,500 acres of majestic dunes, some standing over 240 feet high, along more than two miles of pristine beaches which makes up one of Michigan's largest and most popular state parks.
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If you are looking for a small, quiet village, with little hustle and bustle but right on the beach, and with quaint shops and restaurants added in, then Sawyer is definitely the place you have been looking for. If this sounds like a place for you, then let us show you around Sawyer and help you find the perfect home for you and your family.
A Brief History Of Sawyer
In the mid 1800's, Ohio Judge Silas Sawyer decided to give up the black robe and the bench to move west to settle his own spread of land and become a fruit farmer. He bought a hundred acres of land, cleared half of it and planted his fruit farm, then cleared and logged the rest. A pier named Fuller Pier was built where Warren Dunes State Park is now and Sawyer would haul his lumber on a horse-drawn railroad to the pier to be shipped off.
Sawyer steadily grew as an agricultural center, and also had a healthy lumber trade from all the land being cleared for farming and settling the area. Sawyer quickly became well known for its fruit farms, which consisted primarily of apples and grapes. A large open air farmers' market was established, the tradition of which still lasts today, where fresh fruit and other produce would be sold, then trucked and shipped by train to the nearby cities.
A Visionary Conservationist Creates a Sanctuary For Future Generations
At the turn of the century Edward K. Warren, of nearby Three Oaks, discovered a beautiful expanse of woodlands that was a pristine, primeval forest, teaming with wildlife and natural beauty. Warren had long been a conservationist and immediately bought up 300 acres of the forest to preserve it. Today Warren Woods still bears his name and remains protected and undisturbed, a true natural beauty. But Warren was a true conservationist who was way ahead of his time and he wasn't done there. After seeing the majestic dunes and sandy beachfront area stretching between Sawyer and Bridgman, along what is now the Red Arrow Highway, he bought 1,500 acres of what was then considered to worthless land, again to preserve and protect it for future generations. Warren Dunes State Park is now one of the largest and busiest State Parks in the state of Michigan with over a million visitors a year coming to see its majestic, towering dunes, its breathtaking sunsets and enjoy the camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, bike trails and other activities at this amazing park.
In the 1920's, real dining and culture came to Sawyer when John Flynn arrived and built the Palm Tea Room and the Flynn Soda Grill. The Flynn Building, one of Sawyer's most historical buildings, was for many years home to the Flynn Theater, which staged live productions and was Flynn's effort to bring culture to the thriving little village.
Today, in their place, Sawyer boasts the “Lark and Pear Coffee and Tea House”, which uses only free trade coffee and locally grown fruits in their coffee and muffins and the newly remodeled “Soe Cafe”, featuring culinary delights prepared by a world class chef. Both of these wonderful finds only use ingredients and wines supplied by local area and Michigan-based suppliers and both are highly-rated destinations for those looking for high-quality cuisine. There are also many other delights, such as “The Blueberry Patch”, a U-pick blueberry farm and numerous art galleries and curio shops.
Sawyer At A Glance
Sawyer is a quiet, peaceful, smaller village with about 1,443 full-time residents, who are mostly of German, Irish or English descent. It is a very safe little village, with a below-average crime rate, numerous beautiful parks, good law enforcement presence, an excellent school system and healthcare nearby, all of which make Sawyer a very attractive place for families with young children. The unemployment rate is also well below national average, and the average educational attainment and income are significantly above national average. This beachfront located, wine, fruit and food mecca could be just the little village you are looking for, for your family to call home!
Sawyer offers a comfortable climate, with average summer temperatures of the mid-70's. Winter temperatures are an average of the mid-20's, with up to 13 inches of snowfall per month in December and January, providing perfect conditions for all types of winter fun and sports.
Median Home Price - $119,100
Schools – Sawyer is served by neighboring elementary, middle and high schools.
Hospitals - There are three hospitals serving the Sawyer area.
Emergency Services – There are local police, fire and ambulance services throughout the Sawyer area.
Find A Great Real Estate Deal in Sawyer Now
There are still real estate deals right now in the Sawyer area, with a nice inventory of single-family homes available. Prices range from the low-100's and up for homes. Lake Living Realty will be glad to help you in your search for just the right home, in one of the most delightfully natural and beautiful areas of Michigan. Call us today for an appointment to find your new home!