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Saugatuck Douglas

 

Address:

137 Center St
Douglas
Michigan 49406

 

Description:

History

The first founder of Kalamazoo Village was William C. Butler who acquired a land and owned a village plat that was laid out in the year 1833. The government gave Kalamazoo Village (previously called Bronson) its present name in 1896. The early postmaster proposed the name Saugatuck for post office, which was obtained when Saugatuck had been incorporated in the year 1868 as a village.

Area and Climate

Saugatuck is situated in Allegan County in Michigan within Saugatuck Township; however, it is governmentally independent.

Together with its nearby city, Douglas, the town is initially a port and lumber town that had become a remarkable tourist destination and art colony in the 19th century arts and crafts movement. In early 20th century, the town used to house the well-known Big Pavilion, which is a big dance hall that appeals to visitors and bands from the Midwest. It was a famous destination located in Lake Michigan from the time it was built in 1909 until it was burned on May 6, 1960. At present, visitors are attracted to marinas, unique shops, art galleries, tourist attractions, scenery, harbor, the lovely view from Mt. Baldhead, and Oval Beach that delights in its universal reputation. Saugatuck is close to Holland City, Allegan State Game Area and Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

The town receives 36” of rain each year, which is lower than the US average of 37”. It receives 82” of snowfall yearly, which is higher than what an average US city receives every year (25”). Saugatuck has 159 sunny days, with July having the highest temperature of about 83 degrees and January having the lowest temperature of 18 degrees.

Real Estate and Cost of Living

The approximate value of a condo or home in 2000 was $193,900and $320,927 in 2011.

2011’s mean cost for all home units was $544,923, $385,202 for townhomes and attached units, $250,381 for mobile homes, $552,311 for detached homes, $692,721 for 2-unit structures, $831,265 for 3- to 4-unit structures, and $488,243 for 5-unit structures or more.

The town’s cost of living in March 2012 was 87.1, which is lower than the US average of 100.

Lifestyle and Things to Do

Saugatuck is a major weekend retreat destination during summer for Detroit, Chicago and Grand Rapids residents, with several of them drawn to a number of bed and breakfasts in the region. The town was ranked 4th as among the top 10 coolest towns in the United States by Budget Travel Magazine in 2010.

Saugatuck has plenty of attractions that consist of more than a dozen of art galleries, small and independent stores and dining places, including The Elbo Room, Mermaid Bar & Grill, Marro’s Italian Restaurant, Butler, and Coral Gables. A huge paddle-wheel boat, the Star of Saugatuck offers Lake Michigan and Kalamazoo River daily tours. Saugatuck Chain Ferry is a hand-cranked vessel that leaves from Wick’s Park, and then brings visitors from the river side of the town going to the historical museum, the other coast or to climb the stairs that you will find at Mt. Baldhead. Apart from the year-round music and art festivals, Saugatuck Center for the Arts provides educational events, equity theater, art exhibits, green market, and music concerts and is likewise offered as an event venue for rent.

Some more attractions consist of the sister city of Saugatuck, Douglas. The historic churches of Saugatuck play a role in this lively community while maintaining a number of its oldest structures. The city of Douglas was home to a 105-year-old coal-fired steamship called SS Keewatin. It used to be a fixture in the port and a floating museum until it was acquired and transported back to Canada.

Both Douglas and Saugatuck have been known as tourist spots for lesbian and gay tourists coming from Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, and other urban regions in the Midwest since 1970.

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