Debunking a Long Held Loon Myth.

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Recently, we were boating with friends and came upon an adult loon with a loon chick on its back. It was incredible how close we were able to get to them! After 20 years of watching the loons on our lake, I’d only seen this “piggyback” ride in pictures, not in person. This kind of awe and appreciation for what we have here never gets old and it brought on a discussion about loons in general. Being the romantic-minded person that I am, I’ve always swooned over the notion that loons mate for life. It’s something you hear people say out loud as they put their hand on their heart with respect. This particular night, however, my friend Jim informed me that a recent study, where they banded loons has shown that loons DO NOT mate for life. He’d read about it in the latest “Wisconsin Natural Resources” magazine. I didn’t hear anything else he said after that because all I could hear was a loud popping noise. It was the sound of my bubble bursting. – Wanda Boldon

Black Bear in Siren, WI

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Amidst all the road construction clattering right outside the doors at our CENTURY 21 Sand County Services office in Siren, this black bear felt at ease sauntering through our parking lot and yard. Although we’ve already had many black bear sightings this year, it was kind of incredible to look up and have one wandering right outside our windows at work.

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Even though your knee-jerk reaction is to be alarmed, black bears are shy and mostly just looking for food. (I tend to be in that same mind-set, myself!) I tell my customers that they should feel lucky if they spot a black bear because of the fact that they are so shy and will typically run away when they’re startled. When you consider that only 61 people have been killed by a black bear since the year 1900 in North America, your chances of being killed by a domestic dog, bees or lightning are much greater. (I know – tell that to the 61 people…) But if you find yourself in a face-to-face situation with a bear, just wave your arms and speak. That should be all it takes to make them run. I had one cross the road in front of me while I was on a walk this Spring. After a brief pause, I reminded myself that it wasn’t waiting in the woods to jump out and get me. I continued on my walk, but I did start singing loudly and clapping my hands. That went on for about 20 minutes, just to be sure! – Wanda Boldon

Giant Leopard Moths in Siren, WI

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This beautiful “bug” was spotted on the deck at our office and drew a lot of attention. It’s  a Giant Leopard Moth with a 3 inch wing span. Underneath this stunning black and white facade is an equally striking color story – a bright blue body with reddish-orange bands! We had to ask ourselves why this lovely moth was drawn to our office. Once we understood that dandelions were a favorite on their meal plan, it all made sense! Our lawn has more than a few of those! – Wanda Boldon

Cabins for Sale with Sandy Frontage

This is what you're looking for!

This is what you’re looking for!

There are a lot of cabins for sale in Northwestern Wisconsin. But if you’re specifically looking for lake property for sale with nice swimming frontage – a hard sand bottom on a clear water lake, how do you sift through the real estate listings to find a good match? Read on and you’ll find some great options! We have several properties for sale in Burnett County, in a wide range of prices that will meet your criteria. Go ahead and click on each picture for more information.

Not only is this cabin on Clear Lake affordable at $139,900, it’s close to all the fun that’s available in Siren, WI.

882761 Clear Lake $139,900

882761 Clear Lake $139,900

You can bring the whole water volleyball team to this cabin on Hanscom Lake. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a large family room with a bar.

886498 Hanscom Lake $199,000

886498 Hanscom Lake $199,000

A gorgeous cedar chalet and the prestige of Devils Lake add up to a winning combination. This is a dream property!

887382 Devils Lake $479,000

887382 Devils Lake $479,000

Long loved by many generations of families, Webb Lake is still a destination in the Danbury, WI area that stirs up memories. This vintage cabin fits right in.

888046 Webb Lake $124,900

888046 Webb Lake $124,900

Mud Hen Lake is under 2 hours from the Twin Cities and since this place is like new, you can spend all of your time in the water!

888132 Mud Hen Lake $299,900

888132 Mud Hen Lake $299,900

Once owned by a Senator from Missouri, this vintage log home on Big Sand Lake is not only charming, it’s also sophisticated.

888986 Big Sand Lake $319,000

888986 Big Sand Lake $319,000

Level elevation and just steps from the water, this Nicaboyne Lake cabin is uber affordable at $119,000.

889450 Nicaboyne Lake $119,000

889450 Nicaboyne Lake $119,000

Middle McKenzie is another prestigious lake with level elevation. You can’t go wrong with a cabin on this lake!

890563 Middle McKenzie Lake $197,000

890563 Middle McKenzie Lake $197,000

Having sandy frontage on a clear water lake has been a recurring theme with many of the buyers I’ve worked with lately. I can’t say how many times I’ve heard, “I just want to float at the dock with a drink in my hand.” Understood! If you’re searching for a lake cabin and have been dreaming of that same thing, we can help make your dream come true! – Wanda Boldon

Life on the Lake in Northwestern WI!

Summer 2015 is underway in the Northland and life on the lake couldn’t be a more welcome thing! Whether you like to take it easy on your pontoon boat (a floating living room!), brush up your water sports skills on skis or socialize with family and friends, it’s time to get back on the water and soak up the beauty that Northwestern Wisconsin lakes have to offer.

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We have hundreds of natural, clear water lakes, so you don’t have to look very far to find a great outdoor experience. It’s truly a morning to night activity. You can start your day early by fishing for bass or pan fish. Sun yourself midday while reading one of the highly recommended books for this summer. Meet with friends on the lake in the afternoon for the cocktail hour. Make sure you have a large enough cooler that is well stocked because you won’t want to pull off the lake for dinner! As the moon rises, take a slow cruise around the lake and count the number of campfires you see. What a glorious life! If you haven’t taken in the fun and beauty available on our lakes in Northwestern Wisconsin, you’re missing the boat! – Wanda Boldon

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The Turtles are on the Move Again!

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The turtles of the Northland are on the move again, looking for a suitable place to lay their eggs. They’re known to travel large distances from water to find a nesting location. This painted turtle thought the end of our driveway was a good place for the job. If you see a turtle crossing the road, give them a break and try to avoid them if you can safely do so! They’re a wonderful part of the mix of wildlife that we enjoy here. – Wanda Boldon

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Seeing Orange on Memorial Day Weekend.

 

DSCN1194As the traffic flows North for the holiday weekend, many people will be seeing orange – a lot of orange! Yes, road construction season is well underway and we are seeing our fair share of it right here in paradise. The most “in your face” zone for us is right outside the doors of our office. The Highway 70 round-a-bout is under construction and it’s understandably caused a bit of confusion for folks as they drive through. (Is this how the term “circle jerk” was born?) Luckily, there is a turn option that allows you to turn right into our office parking lot. So if you want to come see us, you’ll be able to drive right in. However, if you want to leave, you might hear the tune to “Hotel California” swirling around in your head. Don’t worry though – there is a way out! You can take the frontage road South and jump back on the Highway at Southwinds Plaza. Plan for a one minute delay.

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Like road construction and jumpsuits, not all orange is scary though. The scarlet tanagers are back for the summer and they stand out like a lovely flower in the treetops. I was lucky enough to have a moment with one this week as I was walking in the woods near Danbury, WI. Stunning! Keep a look out for orange and have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend! – Wanda Boldon

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Northwestern Wisconsin’s Real Estate Market: Update

In comparing this calendar year with last calendar year-to-date, the condition of the area’s real estate market seems to be improved! At this time last year, 101 homes had sold, with an average sale price of $141,192. After digging into what has happened this year so far, 131 homes have sold with an average sale price of $171, 286. That shakes out to the following: we’ve sold 23% more homes with the average sale price being 18% higher.

If you’re trying to get your arms around “what defines our market area”, we embrace real estate from the Grantsburg, Siren, Webster, Danbury, Webb Lake, Spooner and Minong areas. It’s a large piece of geography to cover, but we love it all!

Before you go popping any corks, bear in mind that this is a small sample and can be greatly skewed by a few sales. Here’s the work we have ahead: there are 603 homes on the market right now with an average list price of $222,970. That’s about an 18 month supply. If we follow the Japanese business philosophy of Kaizen and practice continuous improvement, we should be well on our way to popping a cork sooner than later. – Wanda Boldon

2015 Wisconsin Fishing Opener is High and Dry

Based on the level of activity in the area last weekend, our fishing opener was a great success! There were plenty of beautiful and not-so-beautiful fishing boats being pulled behind an equal variety of vehicles. Who said you need to be fancy to catch a fish? You just need to be smarter than the fish!

This year, the fishing folks had to maneuver some unusually high water conditions. Our lakes are lapping at the brim, leaving trees and what used to be beaches under water.

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Conversely, we are suffering from a very dry Spring – looking for any sign of rain that we can squeeze out of Mother Nature. I talked to a group of fishermen who were pulling out of Crooked Lake after a long day of fishing. They said it was hard to come up to the cabin and not even have a campfire. But I saw their pile of fish and they couldn’t have been too sad. They clearly belonged to the more smart variety of fishing folks! – Wanda Boldon

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Unfurl the Leaves!

Springtime porch sitting and watching the sun go down at the end of the day is a favorite past-time at our house. The open views through the woods allow you to see things that you would never be able to see once the leaves fill in. The openness also allows the sun to stream right to the spot where we sit and wait for our dose of vitamin D. After the winter, we have such an appreciation for even the smallest amount of warmth and find ourselves saying over and over, “I can’t believe how lucky we are!”

Once the leaves are out in full, it will all change. Yesterday was the first day that the delicate veil of green appeared in our vista view. Tiny little itsy, bitsy leaves are starting to appear. Dave poetically described them as green pearls hanging from the branches. Soon it will become a green curtain. Until then, we’ll appreciate every day that we get! – Wanda Boldon