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‘A new way of Keweenaw living’ awaits

September 1, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP -With its panoramic views, riverfront access and plenty of trees for privacy, Pilgrim River Hills & Acres provides those ready to build their dream home a new way of Keweenaw living.

Tucked in the backcountry of Portage Township, yet minutes away from downtown Houghton, Pilgrim River Hills & Acres are two, new residential developments with several lots available for sale. Each lot is unique, offering breathtaking views and access to world-renowned trail systems.

"These properties have everything and the price is right," Real Estate Broker Cathy Lucchesi said. "They offer the diverse, active lifestyle people in the Keweenaw love."

The Pilgrim River Acres subdivision is located off of Lahti Road and offers river frontage on the Pilgrim River for fishing and sightseeing. Several of the lots are densely wooded, providing privacy and shade on warm summer days.

Lucchesi said the property owner, John Madascey, recently cleared a trail to the river for easy access.

The Pilgrim River Hills subdivision is located off of Denton road, next to the lush greens of the area's premier golf course.

"The advantage of those properties is they're a little bit out of town but you still have the features that people like in a subdivision," Lucchesi said. "It's that feel of a safe neighborhood and being within a little, intimate community. You're in the country, you've got privacy, but you're close to town."

The properties overlook miles of breathtaking rolling hills and are available in 1.25 to 6 acre parcels.

"They're ready to go and waiting for homes," Madascey said.

Madascey, a local business owner, purchased the land 40 years ago on a land contract from a potato farmer. For the past few years, he's been preparing the land for building. He has more than 52 years of experience developing residential subdivisions.

Madascey was employed as an instructor for the School of Business at University of Michigan; was Director on the Board of Realtors for the State of Michigan for four years; is a licensed securities agent and has appeared in the national publication "Who's Who in Creative Real Estate." For the past 30 years, he has worked as an investment counselor. With his breadth of knowledge and experience, Madascey is bringing top-shelf opportunity, backed by years of experience, to the Keweenaw.

Along with the views and close proximity to downtown, other top features of the developments include low Portage Township taxes and access to the states's top-rated school districts.

Lucchesi, who is overseeing the properties, said they're going to be designating a day for tours of the property for anyone interested.

"On the tour, people can expect to see all aspects of the property," she said. "They'll be able to talk to the owner, or myself, and we'll take them down the little trails so they're able to capture all the uniqueness of the properties."

Tours of the property are available anytime by appointment, Lucchesi said, and there has been some interest shown.

"We have had some calls on the property, and actually, there are offers on a couple of the lots," she said. "We're also in the process of working with builders to put up a spec home."

For anyone who is thinking of building, Lucchesi said they're working with lenders and other entities to help take the hassle out of the purchasing process.

For more information, contact Cathy Lucchesi at 370-7591 or email

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Pilgrim River Hills & Acres. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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