Real Estate

Listing of the week: The legendary Dodge Estate has one of the nicest shorelines on Manitoulin Island

462 Maple Point Rd, Kagawong, Ont.

Lake: North Channel, Lake Huron

Bedrooms: 8

Bathrooms: 5

Lot size: 4.2 acres

Frontage: 269 feet

Asking price: $1,490,000

Taxes: $3,144

Listing date: Aug. 25, 2022

Listing agent: Jordan Chandler, Broker of Record, Re/Max The Island Real Estate Brokerage (Manitoulin)

About the property:

To many, the Dodge Estate needs no introduction; it is a part of Manitoulin folklore and mystery. Originally built in the 1920s, the lodge has been preserved by various owners and is in great condition nearly 100 years after its construction. The main lodge features a large double-sided fireplace with a sunroom on one side and the great room on the other. Several of the lodge’s keepsakes can be viewed in the great room, which looks out over the North Channel of Lake Huron. Two large wings flank the main lodge with several bedrooms that all have views of the channel. A covered veranda wraps around the entire facility, providing cover from the elements and shade on hot summer days. The covered veranda extends toward the former caretakers’ quarters, which is now a three-bedroom winterized home with a screened-in porch. The lodge has an elevated view with one of the nicest sand shorelines on Manitoulin. The waters are typically calm and perfect for watersports.

What makes this property unique?

The property was purchased by Daniel Dodge, of Dodge automotive fame, in the 1920s. The grounds contain a log lodge with 4,000-plus feet of indoor living space and one of the nicest sand beaches on Manitoulin Island. A tragic accident at the property resulted in a flee via boat to the closest hospital. Mr. Dodge went overboard in a storm and his body was discovered by fishermen weeks later. The events have been shrouded in mystery for decades.

What are the key selling features?

Dodge Estate has been well maintained and preserved in its original state. The beachfront is pristine, and the lot has direct access to the North Channel, one of the best sailing/yachting destinations on the Great Lakes. The property has been used as a private family compound for two decades. However, it also carries commercial zoning which would make it and excellent location for a rental lodge.

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