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Green: People will pay more to save it

From The North Woods Call, August 13, 2008

Perhaps spurred by the sprawl disaster that has environmentally nuked the immediate Traverse City area, "green" seems to be catching on big time with some people who seek an up-north getaway where Nature remains intact.

At least two eco-friendly businesses in the area are reported drawing buyers.

Cedar Valley Ridge, along Cedar Run Creek, has attracted buyers from as far away as Malaysia, according to owner Dan Paulson.

He set aside 133 acres of the 177-acre tract. Lots are clustered on the remaining, less ecologically fragile, land. Though they are only 1.25 to two acres in size, Paulson says more than half have been sold, for $100,000 and more, since 2004.

Some buyers, he notes, are people securing sites they won't build on until retirement years from now.

Cutting larger trees is prohibited. Off-road vehicles are banned. There are six miles of non-motorized trails. (For details go to

According to LandChoices founder Kirt Manecke, lots in what he calls "conservation subdivisions" sell for $13,000 to $18,000 more than similar size lots in conventional developments.

So you can escape the mayhem of Traverse City within a few minutes drive.

Nearby Cherry Republic focuses on renewable energy. Things like use of low-energy light bulbs, solar heat (even for water), and water-saving toilets.

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