Great Properties for Sale: Land Lovers

MLS# 901834 $89,000

MLS# 901834 $89,000

If you’re a land lover (or aspire to be one!), now is a great time to look for a special property to call your own. The ground is frozen, but the snow is not so deep that it would keep you from getting around in the woods easily. The leaves are down for good visibility and the bugs are…bugging someone else right now.

Owning a piece of acreage, where you can have some delicious privacy is a wonderful way to enjoy the Northwoods of Wisconsin. If you’re a sportsman, you already have a laundry list of things you’d like to do to for enjoyment. If you’re a nature lover, your list is a little different. If you’re just looking for a place where you can sing loud and giggle with your friends, you probably don’t use lists.

Everyone has a different definition of “fun”. But a common thread among land lovers is finding a place where you can escape the noise and responsibilities of the civilized world – a place where you can spread your wings. We have a few neat properties that would be great, no matter what your escapist goals may be. Allow yourself to take a look!

Unleash your inner Lewis and Clark at this 60 acre property with the Yellow River flowing through it. The land offers great access to the River from both banks and has big, mature trees throughout. Webster is the nearest fur-trading post, where you can stock up on bait for your fishing expeditions.

MLS# 901834 Yellow River $89,000

MLS# 901834 Yellow River $89,000

If your idea of camping includes running water and a flushing toilet, but you’d still like to “rough it” in a natural, wooded setting, you don’t need to apologize for wanting to smell nice. This property is outside of Siren and has all the creature comforts for the necessities of life, plus storage for your trail riding machines. This 17 acre escape will help you forget about your “to do” list at home. Go ahead, see how it feels!

MLS# 904516 Siren Township

MLS# 904516 Siren Township

MLS# 904516 Siren Township

MLS# 904516 Siren Township

This 25 acre parcel in Union Township is a great match for the land loving purist. Establish your own base camp, clear your own trails and stand back with the satisfaction of knowing that you did it all. Near world class fishing on Big and Little Yellow Lakes, ATV and snowmobile trails and State Forest Land, this property is an affordable way to have it all.

MLS# 891662 Union Township

MLS# 891662 Union Township

Yes, it’s winter, but there is fun to be had in all seasons in beautiful Northwestern Wisconsin. Let a friendly and professional CENTURY 21 agent help you find your fun! – Wanda Boldon

Just Say “Cheese” for the Holidays!


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You don’t have to be (or wear) a cheese head to appreciate beautifully crafted cheese. People from all over the country know about the treasure we have here – the Burnett Dairy. The staff at the Cheese Store has been working as fast as they can to fill orders coming from folks who aren’t lucky enough to live here and drool in front of the displays in person. I overheard one couple who were contemplating which varieties to take home and share with their family. He finally said, “You can’t make a wrong choice.” So right. Merry Christmas from The Dairy State! – Wanda Boldon

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Gift Idea for the Northwoods Enthusiast

Taken by Dr. John Ingalls near Falun, WI

Taken by Dr. John Ingalls near Falun, WI

Finding a unique gift that will delight someone can sometimes cause too much strain on your brain. You ask yourself: What don’t they have already? What would send the right message? What will fit my budget? (If that’s not a question on your list, then maybe you should run for office.) Once in a blue moon, you come up with something that makes you feel brilliant and at other times, you’re just glad you got something wrapped at all. It’s no wonder the holidays have a bit of stress that comes along for the ride. Well, that’s just not in the spirit of how we roll in the Northwoods. This is a place to get away from it all and feel great. So why don’t you let us ride in on a white horse and tame your tension? A great and unique gift idea is…a trail camera!

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A trail cam used to be something only a serious hunter would utilize. Now you see even casual outdoor enthusiasts using them. It’s a great way to enjoy some special wildlife moments, which is a fun activity for all ages and a good way to have a shared family experience. You don’t have to have a “trail” to use one either. Woodland animals are not shy about using all of the square footage that Mother Nature provides them. Just put one up in your driveway.

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One of the fringe benefits, we’ve come to find out, is they can act as a makeshift security camera. I once had a client who would arrive at the cabin each weekend, only to find an empty beer can perched in the planter near the front door. After he installed a trail cam, he discovered it was a calling card from a good buddy who had an “uncanny” sense of humor.

And wait there’s more! They’re not terribly expensive! Our work here is done. Ho, Ho, Ho! – Wanda Boldon

 

Schedule Next Year’s Projects Now.

Everywhere you go – small town to big city, the world is under the hustle-bustle spell of the holidays. It’s filling brain space as well as calendars – and hopefully filling hearts too! While preparing for the holidays is a part of most schedules this time of year, wrapping up year-end projects and planning next year’s projects is also on the agenda.

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I don’t know how things work in other geographical regions. But for here, if you’re planning to hire any vendors to work on your home or property in 2017, now is the time to get on their dance card. There are only so many skilled people to go around and if you want help from one of them, don’t wait to reserve your place in line. If you don’t know who to call or need references, use us as a guide. Our work connects us with a wonderful pool of home owners. We’re not trying to be nosey when we ask them who they hired for projects and how things went. We’re trying to build a base of knowledge so we can help others. We enjoy spreading the word about good experiences!

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Some people have a Wish List that includes a car with a bow on top for the holidays. If yours includes a vehicle with a ladder on top, now’s the time to make it happen. – Wanda Boldon

A Sign You’ve Chosen the Best

When you see a beautiful CENTURY 21 gold post sign on a property, you know the owners cared enough to choose the very best to represent them in the sale of their property.

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It’s not easy caring for and keeping those gold posts beautiful. We’re lucky to have someone who looks after them for us. The care and custody of our gold posts is in the hands of Mr. Pumper, who takes pride in what the gold post stands for. He keeps them clean, organized and freshly painted, so that when it’s time to install one on your property, they look their best.

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It won’t be long until the frozen tundra keeps us from installing our beautiful gold post signs and they’ll go into hibernation for the winter. Mr. Pumper will let them rest for a few months in the sign garage and will come back to check on them in the Spring. During that time, we’ll use their cousins, the metal step-in signs to showcase our newest listings. But rest assured, at the first signs of ground thaw, they will all be replaced with a beautiful gold post sign. – Wanda Boldon

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Great Properties For Sale – Intimate Lakes

We’ve met a growing number of buyers recently, who are seeking a more private setting on a quiet, smaller lake. This is refreshing because properties on smaller lakes can sometimes be seen as a weak sister in comparison to those on larger lakes. The appeal these buyers are drawn to includes the fact that one can do almost all of the things on a smaller lake that can be done on a larger lake, there is generally less boat traffic, there is usually less developed property on the lake (which translates to more natural views and less people), they have a sense of more safety for younger members of the family as they grow and start to operate boats on their own and an item that rings true for a lot of people – they’re less expensive!

We have a nice inventory of listings on smaller lakes that offer many, if not all, of these benefits. Here are a few great examples.

Many of us think this cutie pie on Lucerne Lake is one of the best lakeshore values available right now. When you close your eyes and paint the picture of a “cabin”, this is what you see – knotty pine interior, wood burning stove, a deck overlooking the lake and a clear lake with a sandy bottom.

MLS# 895856 Lucerne Lake $124,000

MLS# 895856 Lucerne Lake $124,000

This cabin on Pear Lake is an Opportunity. (notice the capital “O”) The owner has spent some time updating and breathing some really positive life into this cabin. There are only a few things remaining to finish the vision. With 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, it’s perfect for invited guests. The fireplaces and screen porch are assets as well.

MLS# 1502350 Pear Lake $160,000

MLS# 1502350 Pear Lake $160,000

If you’re looking for a legacy cabin – one that will stay in the family and create memories for generations to come, check out this place on Pine Lake. It offers all the benefits of a small lake, but is near many large lakes, restaurants, golf and trails. The welcoming interior has the perfect blend of home meets cabin and your family will want to linger, no matter what time of year!

MLS# 897828 Pine Lake $164,900

MLS# 897828 Pine Lake $164,900

There is no bad time of year to look for a special place to call your own. Our CENTURY 21 agents are experienced, full-time professionals. Let us help you sift through the choices and find the perfect place for YOU! – Wanda Boldon

It’s Time to Vote – For a Great Lifestyle!

1After a long and grinding political campaign season, it’s finally time to vote. It will be so quieting to wrap it up and move on to the pleasantries of everyday life! The political system in our country allows us to have differing opinions and ways of living, yet still function together as Americans under the same umbrella of laws and standards. It’s an ingenious model that seems so modern. Some things really do stand the test of time!

Life in the Northwoods echoes that so beautifully. The wide range of people, interests, viewpoints and lifestyles is ever-present. Yet, the appreciation for what we have here is not lost. For example, on any given day, I can run into a variety of people on the route where I walk. Usually, it’s just me, a few deer, squirrels and some woodpeckers. But earlier this Fall, I was greeted by bear hunters with their hounds, who respectfully made sure their dogs were under control and didn’t scare the daylights out of me. Then just recently, I encountered an elderly man, who, by his build, looks like he could have served in the Marine Corps. He was just trying to log a mere 13-15 miles while the sun was still out. And this Summer, I met a couple who were fishing from the roadside, while their little dogs kept watch nearby in their van. It was an outing for the gentleman who was in a wheelchair and wanted some fresh air and hopefully a fish fry for dinner.

We’re all different, but one thing that we do have in common is the love for this great lifestyle. If you’re ready to vote for a great lifestyle for yourself, we’d love to help you find a place that you can call your own. Our CENTURY 21 agents are here to help guide you through the process. Fall is a great time to get out and look, so give us a call to get started. – Wanda Boldon

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High Water Continues Into Fall 2016

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If you have any connection with waterfront property in Northwestern Wisconsin, you know that the high water conditions persist. It all began with an upward trend in the water level below ground and then built from the numerous heavy rains that fell throughout the Summer months. We won’t likely see “normal” water levels for another year or two.

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What does that mean to any of us? Well, some will be pleased that cropped trousers are still in fashion. Others will be glad for the new wetlands and wildlife habitats that have been created. On the other hand, some folks are mourning the loss of the land at their properties that used to be called “beach” and can’t find enough high ground to get their docks out of the water. But worse, we fear that many of our mature trees that used to reside along the water’s edge will be lost because they are now “up to their knees” in water.

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One thing we know for sure, we don’t have any control over any of it. Every day there is something beautiful and something to appreciate here. But every day something changes. Such is life! – Wanda Boldon

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Changes in Long-Term Ownership

The last "dock day".

The last “dock day” can be bittersweet.

One trend we’ve been experiencing lately is an abundance of people who have owned their property for 20, 30 and 40+ years and have decided it’s time for a change. Some have suddenly found themselves alone and can no longer care for the property by themselves. Others are just deciding that they need to sell in order to simplify their lives or to relocate to be closer to family.

Similarly, we’ve also had the honor of helping family members who’ve lost a loved one and face the challenge of selling a property that was a big part of the life of the person who is no longer with them. This involves respecting the wishes of the person who has passed away as well as the feelings of those they’ve left behind. They’re put in a position to find someone they can trust who can guide them through the process and we need to earn that.

For whatever the reason, it can be a sensitive time and a difficult transition for clients. It’s a great feeling to be a resource for them as they work through this change. We not only offer support and information about the selling process, but also provide references for services they may need to make it happen.

One interesting observation is that these properties tend to have been well cared for and are in great condition. There is a lot of pride that goes into owning and tending a property for the better part of your life. It’s a pleasure for us when we get involved! We enjoy representing quality homes and cabins and the next generation of owners is lucky to “inherit” these gems. Here are a few of our newest listings that fall into this trend. – Wanda Boldon

Rooney Lake - $289,000.

Rooney Lake – $289,000. Owned for 28 years.

Sand Lake Township - $285,000

Sand Lake Township – $285,000. Original land purchased in 1940.

 

Yellow River - $215,000

Yellow River – $215,000. Owned for 30 years.

Why a Cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin?

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As we watch the magic of Mother Nature happen right before our very eyes, it seems so obvious to us why a person would want a cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin. So it was interesting to me when I recently met a nice couple in our office asking themselves out loud why they would want a cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin. “What would we do?”, they continued, as they volleyed their own answers back and forth, right before me. I wish I could have had a recorder to capture all of their candid and refreshing answers! I’ll make an attempt to recap what I heard.

  • Do Nothing! It would be so nice to have a place where we could go to do “nothing”, maybe have a nice view and a quiet setting.
  • I would like to fish. I wouldn’t need to be on the finest fishing lake, but it would be nice to have several options where I could take my boat and catch some fish.
  • It would be fun to have a place to go grab some food if we don’t feel like cooking.
  • We could have a place that is simple and suits just the two of us. But we could also have a place for guests to sleep, in case we would invite another couple for a weekend.
  • I would like some cute shops where I could buy a scented candle or some special candy.
  • We would walk and ride bikes on a trail or on some lesser traveled roads.

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And as they finished their think-tank session, they knew they were in the right place. I could have told them that! – Wanda Boldon

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