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Big Spirit Lake Real Estate

Big Spirit Lake real estate

As the largest natural lake in the state, Big Spirit Lake is tucked along the Minnesota border and draws many residents who enjoy numerous recreational activities. Of the three major lakes in the area, Big Spirit real estate has less boat traffic than East and West Okoboji lakes, which gives homeowners the chance to enjoy a quieter lake lifestyle.

As the Sioux Indian legend goes, Big Spirit Lake was named for the spirits who lived deep beneath the waters of the lake and who would quickly create violent storms and waves at a moment's notice when angered. The lake is primarily round in shape with a diameter of three to four miles and with a maximum depth of 24 feet. Even on windy days, the lake waters are perfect for fishing, skiing, sailing, boating and kite boarding.

The days, interested homebuyers in search of pristine lakeshore living should delve into what Okoboji real estate has to offer. Whether you’re looking for an upscale lakeshore estate with private boat access, to economic townhouse options, or the perfect Big Spirit Lake cottage, you’re sure to come across some unique and well-appointed properties.

Learn more about how you can make Big Spirit Lake real estate dream happen, or begin your search for Big Spirit homes for sale directly below.

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10767 Crowley Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA - $545,000

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  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,092 SQFT
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Enjoy The Shores Of Big Spirit In Your New Construction Four Season Home In Martha Yarns. This 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Lake Home With Low Approach To The Lake Is The Perfect Retreat For You! The Full Length Deck Lake Side Provides Spectacular Views Of T...

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26161 105th Street, Spirit Lake, IA - $325,000

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  • 1 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 520 SQFT
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Looking For A Lake Place? A Quite Place? A Perfect Place? Here It Is! Nestled On The North Shore Of Big Spirit Lake, This Cabin Is Updated, Inviting And Ready For You. 67 Feet Of Prime Fishing Lakeshore With A Low Approach And A New Aluminum Donal...

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13334 Templar Drive South, Spirit Lake, IA - $240,000

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  • 520 SQFT
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Peace & Tranquility. Breathtaking View. Great Fishing & Boating! All Of This And More Tucked Away In This Little Piece Of Big Spirt Lake! This Cottage Offers An Open Concept Living Area, Kitchen And Dining, Along With A Bedroom And 3/4 Bath. Park ...

Connie Julius Epic Realty

13328 Templar Drive S, Spirit Lake, IA - $210,000

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  • 385 SQFT
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Peace & Tranquility. Breathtaking View. Great Fishing & Boating! All Of This And More Tucked Away In This Little Piece Of Big Spirt Lake! This Seasonal Cottage Offers An Open Concept Living Area, Kitchen And Dining, Along With A Bedroom And 3/4 Ba...

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Big Spirit Lake Homes For Sale

Big Spirit Lake waterfront property in IA

The rural and welcoming atmosphere surrounding Big Spirit Lake homes for sale can also be contributed to the fact that there is little to no commercial development around the lake. Much of the woodlands and wetlands are protected by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Big Spirit Lake real estate includes many individual properties along the shoreline as well as renovated fishing cottages from the mid-century and a few well-appointed condos that provide homeowners with several housing options. Although many year-round residents live along the southern shores of the lake, some live on the northern shores and many seasonal visitors often take up residence to the north. In fact, condos might just be the best option for those traveling from out of town, looking for a low-maintenance abode. Hoien Realty encourages you to experience all Big Spirit Lake living has to offer.

At the high end of the Big Spirit Lake real estate market, expect to come across some of the most breathtaking properties in the Iowa Great Lakes. Million-dollar properties in this region have multi-million-dollar views! Expect to have well over 100’ of lake frontage, often located on lots over half an acre. Some of the upscale lakeshore estates tend to take on a rustic elegance mixed with a little bit of Okoboji charm. Some other states have a more colonial look and feel. Homes in this league offer 4 to 6 bedrooms and bathrooms, providing plenty of space reaching up to 7,500 square feet. Though Big Spirit luxury real estate may vary, one thing is for sure and that is you’ll feel at ease being next to one of the best lakes found in Okoboji real estate. These homes have been built and remastered with exquisite attention to detail. Here are some prevalent features found in these lakeshore estates:

  • Impressive grand foyers
  • Stone-clad chateau-like fire places
  • Gourmet Chef’s kitchens
  • Custom flooring and tiling
  • Lakeside boat houses and docks
  • Libraries
  • Personal bars and wine cellars
  • Patios, decks, and porches built for Okoboji entertainment

If luxury lakefront is out of your budget, interested home buyers can still enjoy the best of what Okoboji real estate has to offer with a variety of on-budget properties to choose from. Economic options include detached dwellings and properties that date back to just before the middle of the century. These types of Big Spirit Lake real estate tend to be moderate in size with floor plans ranging from 800 to 3,500 square feet of space, located on lots that are usually under half an acre wide. Most of these homes feature 2 to 4 bedrooms and bathrooms. Some of the older homes have been well-kept in their original Okoboji charm, while other have been completely revamped with modern fixtures and furnishings, surely to impress the contemporary buyer. Though these homes might not be massive, they certainly dazzle home buyers with their price! Not many places in North America offer waterfront real estate with a private boat house and dock priced in the mid $300k range. You’ve come to the right spot, as you’ll notice many exceptional cottages right at the shoreline for such a steal.


Life in Big Spirit Lake

Miniwaukon, Marble Beach, Templar Park and Trickle's Slough offer a variety of facilities that include picnic shelters, campgrounds, boat ramps, trails and more. A recent conservation effort recently preserved Anglers Bay and 2,500 feet of its native bulrush bed on the northeast shore of the lake, ensuring the natural wetlands and prairies along the north shore for everyone to enjoy.

Since Big Spirit Lake is less commercialized, many residents make the drive to the close by towns and lakes such as Spirit Lake, East Okoboji Lake and the town of Orleans. The Northern part of Big Spirit Lake rests just below the Iowa and Minnesotan border, so some residents prefer to do their shopping and dining in the state above.

Does living in Big Spirit Lake real estate interest you? If so, be sure to get in touch with our group of professionals! Our team is dedicated to finding you the best options!

The information being provided by the Iowa Great Lakes Board of REALTORS® is exclusively for consumers' personal, non-commercial use, and it may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. The data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS.

Listing information last updated on April 19th, 2021 at 6:15am CDT.