I do not know if the lake was developed in the 1960's or if the old homes were just torn down and rebuilt. This is a lake that does not have the old cottages on it. All the homes were built after 1960. Here are the characteristics of the homes from 10 years of closed sale information. The homes have three to six bedrooms, but most of the homes have three and four bedrooms. Whitewood Lake houses have between one and a half up to four bathrooms. The homes were built between the years of 1960 to 2020.
The waterfront homes range in size from 1100 square feet to over 6132 square foot. All the homes are on wells and sewers. The homes on Whitewood Lake are ranches, colonials, cape cods, and contemporary style. They have one car garages to six plus car garages. Some have basements but most are on slab or crawl spaces.
There are only about seventy waterfront homes on the two Whitewood Lake basins. So you will find more modern homes that you would find in subdivisions in Metro Detroit. There are no condominiums on the lake. Most of the lots are smaller and the homes are closer together. Though there some lots that over an acre in size.
Whitewood Lake in Livingston County is a public all sports lake though the lakes is too small to do much high speed boating on. I say "they" and "Whitewood Lakes" because if you looked at a map you would think they are two different lakes, but they call them East and West Basins of White Wood Lake. There are wide portions of the Huron River that connect the two. It is a public lake because you can get on the Huron River chain of lakes at the east side of Portage Lake at the public DNR boat launch.
The size of Whitewood lake is 62 acres in total but is broken up in into the East Basin at 22 acres and the West Basin at 40 acres. There are no wake restrictions that I know of. The deepest spot on the lakes is as follows East Basin 25 feet deep and the West Basin is 50 feet deep at the deepest point. The mean depth of the East Basin is 14.9 feet and the West Basin is 26 feet.
The water source for the lake is of course the Huron River and springs. The children on the lake go to Pinckney Schools. The streets around the lake are both paved and gravel. There is no public access on the lake but one on Big Portage Lake. There is no public beach or marina on the lake. Of course there is no water ski course on the lake. There is about 12,299 feet of shoreline. There are canals on the lake....you could call them small bays.
Whitewood Lakes is part of the Huron River Chain of Lakes. They lie between Gallagher Lake and Base Line Lake. It is a natural kettle lake that was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago.
Whitewood Lake is in Hamburg Township in Livingston County in Michigan. You are only about 20 minutes from Ann Arbor or Brighton.
The Whitewood Lake basins are too small to do watersports on. You will most likely to boat over to Base Line Lake, Big Portage Lake, or to Strawberry Lake to waterski, surf, tube, or wakeboard on. That is why the Huron Chain of lakes is so popular with boaters and Livingston County lake home buyers.
People love living on the chain of lakes because of the variety of things you can do on the different lakes. You could probably fish the rest of your life and still never hit all the spots. Fishing is very good on the chain of lakes though there was a do not eat the fish advisory because of the PFA's in the river and the lakes.
When you live on the chain of lakes you have miles of shoreline to cruise. You could spend a whole day on the lake exploring the bays, the canals, and the shorelines. Or you can get on the pontoon to go to get a pizza, or pontoon over to Zukey Lake Tavern. You can sit on the deck enjoying the amazing views of Zukey Lake while enjoying a cold drink and good food.
I cannot say enough good things about living on Whitewood Lake or any lake on the chain. By living on a smaller lake that is not big enough to water ski on eliminates some of the boating traffic and boating noise. You most likely are not going to have jet skiers tearing up the lakes like you will on some of the bigger lakes on the chain.
Are you thinking of buying a lake home in Livingston County? Then you have come to the right Michigan website. We have the most up to date waterfront listings here. If you are exploring the possibility of living on the lake in Southeastern Michigan, I have to emphasize that lake homes will cost you more than a home in a subdivision. There is a premium for a lake. The bigger the lake the more expensive the lakefront property will be. Too many times I have potential buyers think they are going to get the same home on the lake as in a sub for the same price. The more desirable the city will add to the cost.
If the view of water is calming to you then you will love all the other sights of nature you will have from the windows of your lakefront home. You will see mist rising off the lake some days, other days you will see swans slowly swimming by, or the occasional fish jumping out of the water to get that bug.
For example a lake house on Union Lake in Oakland County will be pricier than a lakefront home on Long Lake in Commerce for two reasons. One is that Union Lake is a larger all sports lake and the second reason is that Union Lake is in West Bloomfield and Long Lake is in White Lake Township. So if a smaller lake will do, then many times you will get more house for your money. Also another factor in the price of lake homes is sometimes how far or remote the lake is. The further you are away from metro Detroit the less expensive the home in SOME INSTANCES. There are some lakes that are geographically less desirable than others and that figures in the cost of the lake home. It’s not simple to tell you whether a lake house is worth the price sometimes. Sometimes it is all about the demand by buyers for the lake that drives the price up. Search Metro Detroit lakefront homes by map. Zoom in on the lake or area to find your dream lake home. I hope you enjoy this page about waterfront properties on Whitewood Lake in Hamburg Michigan.
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