Great Properties for Sale: Lots with Benefits

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The dream of building “a little something Up North” is something that lives in a lot of hearts and minds. But the reality of making it happen can be daunting. As with most daunting tasks, just getting started can be the hardest part. What if some of the hurdles of starting were already cleared? We have some solutions so your dreams can come true!

Dream: A small piece of acreage where you can get away, do some hunting and use as a headquarters for ATV riding.

Hurdle: Clearing a building spot, building a road and putting up a structure is hard, time consuming work.

Solution: A 5 acre lot in the heart of ATV country, near hundreds of acres of public land with a heated one room bunkhouse overlooking a canoe and kayaking lake. Did someone say duck hunting?

MLS #1520480 Lost Lake

MLS #1520480 Lost Lake

Dream: A lake place where you can swim, fish and boat with your friends and family.

Hurdle: Time to plan a building project and the funds to accomplish it are not available to you right now.

Solution: A lake lot with improvements in place, like a rustic cabin or bunkhouse!

MLS #1509707 Rice Lake

MLS #1509707 Rice Lake

 

MLS #1518151 Deer Lake

MLS #1518151 Deer Lake

Dream: A private fishing retreat on water that will eventually become a part of your retirement life.

Hurdle: Lake shore taxes could keep you from being able to afford such a place in your retirement years.

Solution: A lot on the River with quick and easy boating access to a phenomenal fishing has a lower tax bill than being right on the lake!

MLS #1517198 Clam River

MLS #1517198 Clam River

If you’re ready to start living your dream, contact us to see these properties or for more ideas. We’re here to help you clear the hurdles and find solutions! ~ Wanda Boldon

Nature’s Amusement Park

Wisconsin has possibly the most extensive ATV/UTV trail system in the U.S. With hundreds of miles of scenic trails, it’s no wonder ATV registration in the state has nearly doubled in the last 5 years!

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It’s a growing sport and activity that isn’t just for hotrodders or gear-heads. All ages and types are getting on board! With the variety of vehicle types available now, you can travel with 2-4 people and cover a lot of ground. It’s a great way to explore hills, forests and lakes with family and friends – of all ages. 

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If you’ve been intrigued about getting into the activity, get off the sidelines and check out the extensive trail system in this area alone. You can get a lot of good information, including trail rules and licensing information here.

Why get your thrill ride in a concrete jungle when you can roll the coasters in a natural setting? The trails are open. Go wild and get wheelin’! ~ Wanda Boldon

Trish Needham Has Earned the Certified Residential Specialist Designation!

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We’re so proud to announce that Trish Needham has joined the ranks of an elite group; the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS). She was awarded the prestigious designation after accomplishing their rigorous requirements of advance professional training and achievement in residential real estate.

This is a significant personal achievement and a milestone in a professional real estate career. Only 3% of all REALTORS are Certified Residential Specialists and we’re proud to have 2 working and thriving at CENTURY 21 Sand County Services! It shows a sincere and dedicated commitment to maintaining the knowledge and expertise required in our profession.

Trish has been a part of our firm for 15 years, starting by working behind the scenes. Her strong work ethic was made evident when she decided to get her license during a maternity leave, taking her exam the week before her due date! That was 12 years ago.

When asked why it was important to take on the arduous task of achieving the CRS designation, she said that education is important to her and that she wanted to spend her money and efforts on education that was 100% real estate driven. She plans to keep learning and achieving because she knows this business is constantly changing and she likes to stay on top of things.

Congratulations to Trish, an inspiration in many ways! ~ Wanda Boldon

Metal Arts are Alive in Frederic, WI

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Take a short drive. Travel south of Siren on Hwy 35 to Frederic. As you pass through town, a distinctive looking red building with cadet blue awnings will catch your eye. Do stop and go inside. This special place was recently given life by its new owners and occupants. Once a gas station, an oil company, a Greyhound bus stop, an optometrist office and a Coast-to-Coast hardware store (not all at the same time), this building was slated to be torn down.

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Serendipity smiled and along came Jon (Jack) Route and his son, Mike. The father and son duo, metal artists through education and experience, but mostly in their hearts, were in need of working studio space. They’d both been traveling individually, doing art shows to share their work with a larger populous and were at a place in their careers where they wanted to go down a different “route”.

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Jon (Jack) Michael Route, a skilled artist in nonferrous metal work, makes collectibles, commissioned pieces and corporate art installations with materials like silver, copper and brass. He is also the owner of One10 Gallery. The gallery features new art and fine craft art from dozens of quality artists, with an ever-changing choice of pieces to collect or give as gifts. If you have an immediate itch to scratch, in the way of art, this is the place to go!

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Mike Route, an award-winning blacksmith artist occupies the other half of the building with Red Iron Studio – his studio, office and a working blacksmith shop, where custom architectural ironwork pieces are created and forged. Mike and his crew create everything from furniture, signage, sculpture and architectural pieces for indoors and out. His work shows a combination of emotional, intellectual and physical energy that makes it distinctly his. Make an appointment to meet with Mike if you want him to make something special for you!

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This short drive that you plan to take. Do it this weekend. The One10 Gallery is a part of the Earth Arts Tour with specially planned demonstrations that will amaze you – even beer tasting on Saturday from Pitchfork Brewing in Hudson. Their hours will be Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. ~ Wanda Boldon

Cinco de Mayo Weekend – Up North

The list of fabulous things to do Up North on Cinco de Mayo weekend is growing! Gather your friends and family to plan your weekend and then plan a siesta after it’s all over!

Here are “cinco” events to choose from:

  1. 36th Annual Second Alarm Fish and Smelt Fry – Gather at the Jackson Town Hall at the corner of Hwys A & C on Friday, May 4th, starting at 5:00 pm for an incredible experience! Widely supported by the community for a good reason. Tickets can be purchased at the door – $10 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under. Get your smelt on!
  2. Inaugural Fat Fish 40 Bike Race – Show your true grit in this 42 mile bike race that starts at the Central Burnett County Fairgrounds in Webster, WI. The race has a fat tire division and is also has a “non-fat” category. The race course takes you on the sugar sand fire lanes, logging roads and trails by the marshes, lakes and streams through the lost acres of Webster, WI. With a spaghetti dinner the night before, the race starts at 9:00 am on May 5th and ends with a beer and a brat, a podium ceremony and prizes. https://www.fatfishrace.com/the-race/
  3. Wisconsin Fishing Opener – The first Saturday of each May kicks off the fishing season for many species of hook and line caught fish. Make sure you get your license in advance and stock your cooler so you can be on the water by 5:00 am. You own an ice barge, right? https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/seasons/index.html
  4. 9th Annual Taste of Siren – Tickle your taste buds on Saturday, May 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Northwoods Crossing Event Center. It’s an evening of food, festivities and fun! You can buy your tickets in advance or pay at the door. $20 per person or $35 per couple.  https://www.travelwisconsin.com/events/fairs-festivals/taste-of-siren-128205
  5. 17th Annual Spring Art Tour – Earth Arts of the Upper St. Croix organizers put together this distinctive tour of studios and galleries May 5-6th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. One could spend the entire weekend doing this alone! Download the brochure and map so you can prioritize your stops! http://www.earthartswi.org/spring-art-tour/

Sombrero and margaritas are not required, but not discouraged. Have a great Cinco de Mayo weekend! ~ Wanda Boldon

The Loons Return to Northwestern Wisconsin

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It won’t be long and we’ll be hearing the yodel, hoot, wail and tremelo sounds of our native Common Loons! After a winter, where they experience a complete molt of their feathers, they usually return from the South in mid-April to early May.

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Wisconsin has a summer population of over 4000 breeding loons. They are the darlings of the lake that they inhabit and are greeted with joy when they return. As much as we swoon over the fact that they “mate for life” and return to the same area together each year. Much of their lives is spent alone. They migrate in the Fall alone. They winter alone and they come back alone. (I’d go it alone too if I lost all my feathers.) The male loon usually returns first and waits for the female. After only a few days of calling and swimming side-by-side, they are back in synch, ready to build their nest.

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They spend most of their lives in the water because their bodies aren’t built for land dwelling. But they will typically lay two eggs in a nest on high ground and then teach their babies to swim through the course of the summer. The chicks ride on their backs for only about the first 10 days. After that, the parents swarm and coddle them as they grow and become stronger swimmers.

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The immature loons will migrate South for their first autumn, but don’t make the return flight for about 3 years. Once they do return, they will choose a place within 30 miles of their birthplace. With a typical lifespan of about 25 years, they have a pretty reliable flight pattern. From sun country to God’s country – nature is the original “get-it-right” operation! ~ Wanda Boldon

Busting Out of Icicle Jail

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Winter has had a long grip on our time and patience. It’s time to bust out! You don’t have to go far to feel the benefits of “escape” and enjoy an extraordinary outdoor experience in Northwestern Wisconsin.

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Just 45 minutes north of Danbury, lies Pattison State Park, containing the highest waterfall in Wisconsin at 165 feet! In any season, it’s a glorious site!

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The trails in the park are clearly marked and offer a variety of distances. It’s only a half mile hike through a majestic, mature forest on a nicely managed trail to get to the shores of the Black River.

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It’s a quiet place where you can let your hidden dreams of joining Tom and Huck bubble to the surface. It just might cause you to bust out…in a smile warm enough to melt ice! ~ Wanda Boldon

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How Quality Photography Leads to Happiness

Mud Hen Lake - Siren, WI

Mud Hen Lake – Siren, WI

When we discuss the real estate marketing process with Sellers, we explain to them that their “first showing” is online. Buyers thoroughly digest photos online before they contact us for a physical showing. Because of this, the photos we use to represent a property are critical to the success of everyone involved – Sellers and Buyers.

Ham Lake - Danbury, WI

Ham Lake – Danbury, WI

It makes us scratch our heads when we see new listings hit the MLS with poor photography. It’s kind of a public humiliation to everyone involved! So why does anyone let it happen? It takes work, timing and skill to beautifully represent a property. One can’t just hire a professional photographer and wash their hands of the process. If an agent is too busy to personally take and/or get involved with helping to achieve great images, the results show it.

Crooked Lake - Siren, WI

Crooked Lake – Siren, WI

At our firm, there are a few guidelines that we live by:

  • A head shot should be an exterior shot of the main dwelling. If you can’t show the outside of a dwelling in the head shot, it makes you wonder why…?
  • Efforts should be made to capture images on a picturesque day. If the weather isn’t cooperative, re-shoot when it is.
  • If the seasons change during the course of the listing, so should the photos.
  • Wide angle lenses should not be the “meat and potatoes” presentation of a property. They are for special effect only and should be used sparingly.
  • Drone photography is not appropriate for every property and should be left in the hands of a professional. Most drone shots done by amateurs (agents) in our area make it look like the woods around the property are lying down. (Sad.)

Real estate photography should flatter a property, but it should also paint a clear and realistic picture. Great photos attract the right Buyers. The right Buyers write better offers. Better offers lead to successful closings, where the Sellers and the Buyers are both happy. Happiness is all it’s cracked up to be! ~ Wanda Boldon

Danbury’s Minerva Chain of Lakes

Minerva Chain of Lakes

Minerva Chain of Lakes

One of the best kept secrets just East of Danbury, WI is the Minerva Chain of Lakes. “The Chain” consists of 9 lakes created by the Loon Creek dam. Seven of the lakes, starting at Burlingame Lake and heading South, offer connected boating and recreation. Each lake has a distinct personality, fishery and unique boating conditions, giving the gift of fun and adventure around every bend and bay!

Minerva Flowage - just South of the dam

Minerva Flowage – just South of the dam

Longtime owners, Paul and Dawn have enjoyed many years of fun with their family at their cabin. “We thoroughly enjoy the variation the Minerva Chain of Lakes provides, from an assortment of boat accessible lakes and channels, to remote undeveloped waters. The Chain has clean and clear water with a mix of vintage cabins and charming homes – all while being minutes from shopping, dining and entertainment options.”

The channel between Minerva and Falk Lakes

The channel between Minerva and Falk Lakes

The Minerva Chain of Lakes is ideally located in the heart of lake country and near thousands of acres of County Land, making it a highly sought-after location for most types of recreation – fishing, boating, trail riding and hunting. There are several bars and eateries within 10 minutes of any given point and there is even a boat-up tiki bar at Houman’s Resort in the summer! Nancy and John are new owners on the lake. “Every boat ride offers a new adventure for us.  We’ve enjoyed exploring the different lakes and unique experience that each one offers.  We also enjoy access to ATV and snowmobile trails right out our door, as well as numerous restaurants and bars nearby.”

Boater's paradise in full Summer

Boater’s paradise in full Summer

The water level is controlled by a dam, which means there is little fluctuation in water depth along with easy, sloped elevation at the shore. That’s a rare combination! Some waterfront owners are even able to leave their dock in the water year around.

Natural views around every corner on The Chain of Lakes near Danbury, WI

Natural views around every corner on The Chain of Lakes near Danbury, WI

Easy elevation on Gull Lake

Easy elevation on Gull Lake

The water clarity is high due to natural vegetation in the channels acting as a filter. “When our grandkids come to the lake, they want to take the pontoon to the sandbar on Love Lake. It’s a fun social outing for them and we always run into people we know.” Steve and Peggy

Entering Love Lake on the Minerva Chain of Lakes

Entering Love Lake on the Minerva Chain of Lakes

Love Lake water clarity

Love Lake water clarity

Sunset cruise on Minerva Lake

Sunset cruise on Minerva Lake

“What has probably surprised us the most is how quiet and peaceful it is around the lakes. It has been great for personal relaxation and bringing family together. It is the highlight of our nephew’s summer to spend a week fishing and playing. That’s pretty telling as they are now in high school.” Andy and Marlene

Fishing for bass and panfish on the Minerva Chain of Lakes

Fishing for bass and panfish on the Minerva Chain of Lakes

Summer vacations at the lake

Summer vacations at the lake

Jon and Lori have years of great experiences under their belt and are still loving it. “At the top of the list is the boat cruising!  We love the ability to take nice long boat cruises  from lake to lake. If we have friends up to visit we can load up a cooler with some beverages, put together a tray of appetizers, dial up some good beach or island music and venture out for a few hours. We think it’s fun to cruise slowly along the shoreline and look at all the other cabins and wave at everyone we see out on a dock, in their yard, or by their fire-pit. It’s fun to kayak back in the shallow bays. The water is so clear, you can see down into the water and see the little fish, turtles and underwater vegetation. On sunny days the turtles climb up on the logs along the bank and sun themselves and everyone gets excited and counts them. ”

We enjoy helping people get to know the hidden treasures of our area. After years and years of work experience, the Minerva Chain of Lakes still stands among the best! ~ Wanda Boldon

Minerva Chain of Lakes courtesy of Sportsman's Connection

Minerva Chain of Lakes courtesy of Sportsman’s Connection

Snow Day Means Snow Play

Two substantial snowfalls in the last week have added up to enough snow for a winter wonderland of fun in our area. What a great opportunity to get out and play!

Snow shoeing in Danbury, WI

Snowshoeing in Danbury, WI

This father and son were happy to get out and drill a few holes in the ice. They planned to spend the day fishing and relaxing together. 

Ice Fishing in Burnett County

Ice Fishing in Burnett County

The ice fisherman tucked away in this pop-up planned to fish into the evening. With another round of snow on the way, he expected the barometric pressure to change and the fishing to get exciting. He plans to retire in April and move here with his wife. Her workplace values her so much that they are paying to equip their home so that she can continue to contribute after the move.

Ice Fishing Near Webster, WI

Ice Fishing Near Webster, WI

The trails were open and snowmobilers were taking full advantage, including Dave and Carolyn Iverson.  “We didn’t take a warm weather vacation this year, and that’s really the result of living in God’s Country. We love it up here! Six inches of fresh snow on the trails certainly helps.”

The trails are open!

The trails are open!

Snowmobile trails in Danbury, WI

Snowmobile trails in Danbury, WI

 

Snowmobiling in Webb Lake, WI

Snowmobiling in Webb Lake, WI

After playing hard in the snow all day, you need to rest and refuel. The local businesses were happy to serve! ~ Wanda Boldon

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