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"People who live in Leelanau or have been visiting for years can be ferocious in their determination to protect it. In a world of rapid change and frenetic lifestyles, Leelanau remains quiet and rural and slow to change, and thus increasingly important to our collective well being. It is one of the last good places."

I fell in love with Leelanau and never looked back. I arrived fresh out of college in 1976 and I've lived here ever since. I know this area, the back roads and hidden places. I've walked it, lived it, loved it. I know where to find the best sand beaches and the best communities to raise children, to retire, or to invest.

This has been my community my entire adult life. I've committed my time to initiatives that make things better. My sense is that people trust me. Being deeply involved keeps me ahead of the game and knowing about homes, and land, the market and opportunities.

I pay attention to details. And I'm service oriented. It's how I do business and how I live my life.

If it concerns real estate, I know it. I list and sell a variety of properties, from small cabins to multi-million dollar beach houses; land on the lake, with a view, or land to farm. I also handle commercial properties. I know the area, and the market. I have experience that gives me an edge, and benefits my clients. Whether working as a Buyer's Agent or Seller's Agent I am research driven--the more knowledge one has about a property, the stronger the negotiating position.  I recognize state and federal environmental issues—wetlands, critical dunes, high-risk erosion, endangered species. I understand county permitting—health, soil & erosion, road commissions. And local zoning, in 11 townships & 3 villages.

I’m available 24/7, I know the value of time, and I make a point not to waste yours. Call, e mail, or stop in to see me. Let’s talk about your dreams and making them happen here. Leelanau County is the most beautiful place in America and one of the country's best kept secret. It’s never too soon to start!

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Whether it is a farm, a small cabin or a multi-million dollar beachfront property, I know just how to help you find the perfect place.

I list & sell farms and land with a concentration in land suitable for fruit growing--cherries, vines, apples. Whenever possible, I connect local farmers with new non-farmer land owners to help sustain agricultural viability. I am knowledgable about Qualified Agricultural Exemption Guidelines that offer property tax benefits and other measures that maximize use, enjoyment & conservation.

I have extensive experience listing and selling vacation & retirement properties on Lake Michigan, Grand Traverse Bay, Northport Bay, Omena Bay, Lake Leelanau, Glen Lake, Little Traverse, Lime Lake, and smaller inlakes such as Bass Lake & Mougey Lake. Many waterfront properties are deemed environmentally sensitive and require additional expertise and professional guidance that I can help to obtain.

As a resident of Leelanau since 1976 and active community member I am often privy to uncommon opportunities.

All the expertise I bring to the table, I'll put to work for you!

Professional Honors

For consecutive years, Ann Marie has earned membership in the company's International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 5% of the more than 107,000 sales associates in the Coldwell Banker system.


Coldwell Banker Diamond Society Equal Housing Opportunity Realtor Coldwell Banker President's Circle

Professional & Community Affliations

National Association of Realtors, Member

Traverse Area Association of Realtors, Member

Leelanau Township Community Foundation, Trustee retired

Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce, Trustee

Northport-Omena Economic Development Committee, Chair

Designing & Achieving Our Potential Leadership Team Member


My family and I reside on Bass Lake, a quiet little lake just west of Omena. My husband John Mitchell is the author of six history books: Michigan An Illustrated History for Children; Great Lakes & Great Ships An Illustrated History for Children; Indians of the Great Lakes and Prehistoric Great Lakes An Illustrated History for Children. His first adult history book, Wood Boats of Leelanau, a Photgraphic Journal received a prestigious State History Award from the Michigan Historical Society. John's latest book which also received a State History Award and an Independent Publishers Book Award is Grand Traverse The Civil War Era. To learn more visit

We have two sons both born and raised in Leelanau. Matt attended the Montessori Children's House in Suttons Bay, Northport School and Interlochen Center for the Arts. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an Engineering Degree, and received an MBA from the University of Texas; Matt works for Capital One in Chicago. Drew our youngest, graduated from Northport School, and received a BA from Kalamazoo College. Drew is teaching at a technical university in Bangkok Thailand.

Community Involvement

I am a community activist, deeply involved with organizations and issues that help to improve the lives of our people. As a nine-year trustee and chair of the development committee of the Leelanau Township Community Foundation--one of the oldest in the state of Michigan--I am involved in vital civic initiatives that help make our community a better place to live, work and visit.

I am also a trustee of the Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce and chair of the economic development committee. Our focus to help existing businesses survive and thrive; attract new businesses, provide more jobs and better paying jobs to our residents. And, to carry out our Future by Design Master Plan for the village of Northport to make it a more attractive place to live and visit.

To learn more about the Leelanau Township Community Foundation visit   For chamber of commerce information visit


For the most part, our home on Bass Lake is our sanctuary. We spend most of our leisure time canoeing on the lake, observing the wildlife and counting our blessings. We have a large garden growing a variety of delectable's including raspberries & asparagus, garlic, herbs, corn, beans, beets, peas, squash, tomatoes of all colors, onions, and eggplant. We are serious about composting, and recycling in general.

I am a swimmer and enjoy a long uninterupted swim from the public beach in Omena to the OTYC dock and back. I also enjoy biking around the peninsula particularly in the early morning as the sun begins to rise above the hills--the colors are amazing. We enjoy boating on our Boston Whaler, cruising to Northport, Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids for dinner and returning to Omena under a starry sky.


I have a bachelor of science degree from Western Michigan University.



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