Bill Branigan
Ayre/Rhinehart Bay Realtors
1008 Adams
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: 989-892-4800

Bay County Tour of Homes is Sunday October 14th!

Autumn is a wonderful time of year with changing leaves, cooler temperatures, football, great food and fun and... the annual Bay County Historical Museum Tour of Homes! This year the tour is scheduled on October 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a great lineup of homes to see, including Bill and Carol's home at 1420 5th Street.  Visitors get to see the inside of these wonderful homes that are so chararcteristic of the amazing architecture of Bay City. This year the lineup besides 1420 5th, includes 2221 Center Avenue, 1600 5th, 1609 5th, 803 N McLellan, 801 Pendleton, 2 superb condos at the Boathouse at 1111 N Water and the St. Boniface Church at McKinley and Lincoln. Tickets are priced $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour. For tickets, visit one of the shops around the county that are selling them or stop in to the Museum at 321 Washington Avenue or call them at 893-5733.

Mansions Lost

Bay County's rich history of architecture includes some stories that feature mansions that did not survive the wrecking ball. One such example is the Wells Mansion at the site where Wells Court currently is. The photo above is from 1948 just before the home was taken down. The all-brick structure included the carriage house in the lower left corner of the photo. That carriage house became 901 Wells Ct. that was recently listed and sold by Bill Branigan. The mansion was so big that now the court and 3 other homes take up the space that was once occupied by the impressive home.

The William Clements Mansion is another of Bay City's grand homes that is now lost. This magnificent home was situated at the corner of Park and Center Avenues. It was so large that it had a two-story library, attended by a full-time librarian. The library's books were donated to the University of Michigan which now has the William L. Clements Library on the campus.

Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy Publishing a Free Field Guide!

Call SBLC at 891-9986 to get your copy!

Bill Branigan and Consumers Energy sponsored the 2012 SBLC Nature Photography Contest. All the entries are in and the winners will be announced on November 7th at the Wirt Library in downtown Bay City. The most recent big news is that the Conservancy is publishing 5000 copies of the Saginaw Basin Field Guide and it is free of charge to those that request it. The full-color lavish guide shows readers where the preserves are located that you can visit, what wildlife, birds and fauna are there and what the Conservancy is all about. SBLC does important work to permanently protect crucial wildlife habitat and corridors, valuable forestland and ecologically significant wetlands which help keep our water clean. The SBLC is located in their new headquarters at 809 E Midland Street across from Bart's Steakhouse.  Click here for more details on how you can support SBLC. Please check out SBLC's Facebook page for current updates.

Fall Recipe: This is the Easiest I have Ever Done!


Ingredients: An already baked apple pie at Tiny's Apple Store at Broadway and 22nd Streeet!

Directions: Drive to the store and buy the best Apple Pie that I have ever tasted! This pie is so good that I have it on my iPhone as a "To-Do" item. Carol said that it is the closest pie to her grandmother's that she has ever had. She has been comparing every apple pie, since I have known her (41 years!) to what her dear grandma used to make. I wish I had met Carol sooner, if her pie tasted this good! Support the Tiny Apple store and pick up any of their donuts, muffins and pies. They are that good! 

Bay City in Bloom Honors Jim & Vonda Oliver

The latest Bay City in Bloom winner is very deserving of this award. Jimmy and Vonda have an impressive arrangement of landscaping and flowers surrounding their Bay City home. See the display on N McLellan Street, just north of Center Avenue.

Look for the Newest AR Bay TV ad!

Are you a fan of TLC, HGTV, or CNN? If so, keep your eyes open for the new Ayre/Rhinehart Bay television ad that was recently filmed, or view the ad here on my website. Name recognition and top-of-mind-awareness is what we are after, so when you think Bay County real estate, think Ayre/Rhinehart Bay!
2012 Calendar of Events

Oct 14 Historical Museum Tour of Homes
Oct. 22-28 Fall Downtown Restaurants Week
Nov. 2-4 Holiday Open House Downtown
Nov. 11 - Dec. 16 Sundays in the City
Nov. 17 Brass & Strings Holiday Show
Nov. 23 Santa Arrives in Downtown
Nov. 30 - Dec. 9 Bay City Players, It's a Wonderful Life

Check out Bill's Listings:

See Bill's YouTube Channel,
or see his new website
or at

2222 Groveland, $199,000
1409 6th, $147,900
1720 6th, $165,000
604 Nurmi Ct., $187,900
901 Wells Ct., $182,900 Sold!
2675 Bullock, $114,500 Sold!
1012 5th, $274,000
1411 N Wagner, $89,500 Sold!
2149 4th, $99,900
2149 6th, $59,900
4463 E Park, $99,900 Pending!
2260 Fairway Pines, $79,900 Sold!
1008 N Chilson, $34,900 Pending!
120 Acres Beaver Rd., $1,200,000
14 Acres Michigan Rd., $65,000
7 Acres N Henry St., $29,900 Sold!
W Midland Rd. lot, $40,000
509 Wilson, $30,000 Sold!
221 Grant, Auburn, $59,900
3254 S Huron, $69,900 Sold!

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