New Wine Bar in Webster, WI

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There’s something new blossoming in Webster on Cedar Street. It’s named after the state flower of Wisconsin and is called Violet on Cedar. “Violet” is a wine bar that serves small plates, soups and dessert. It’s the creation of mother and daughter duo, Virginia Harstad and Ginna Lauré. They both spent their formative years in Burnett County, but their outside education and experiences have led them to this exciting new collaboration.

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The idea to create a place that offered wine and food germinated in 2012 when they sat down to write a business plan. Over time, they’ve allowed the idea to unfold as the right elements came along to make it happen. Among those elements was finding the right space and location, finding the right chef and food plan, and then preparing themselves with the knowledge they needed to do it right. Ginna even traveled to Napa, CA to earn a Level 3 certification with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust so that she felt confident in her knowledge of wines and wine service.

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Once they purchased the real estate that would become their vision, they acquired the zoning change and permits required to transform the 3 bedroom, 2 bath home into a 38 seat space, complete with bar area, a professional kitchen and a dedicated baking room. The interior is open, fresh, light and bright. It’s a comfortable place to linger with old friends and to meet new ones as well!

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The next step was to begin testing and tasting food concepts. They worked diligently with their chef Hans Eckstrand to create food ideas and recipes. To hear them talk about their food and what they plan to present to patrons can be summed up in one word: flavor! The menu will be everchanging along with some staples. And rest assured, if you require a gluten-free environment, this is a safe place for you! They also joined forces with Lisa Benson at Webster’s Fresh Start Coffee Roasters to create a house blend of coffee called – you guessed it, Violet.

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They’re taking things one step at a time, so that Violet can grow and develop in a way that maintains their vision. But the future holds ideas for private parties, wine tasting events, developing the outdoor green space for summer use and expanded hours.

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They’re open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 4:00-8:00pm and have menu and wine updates on their website and Facebook page. Stop by this weekend for their Open House on Saturday, January 12th from 4:00-8:00pm. When you arrive at 7438 Cedar Street, it will feel like you’re arriving at the home of a friend. When you leave, you’ll know that to be true! ~ Wanda Boldon

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Navigating Transition

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The nuts and bolts of our work involves real estate law, property evaluation and pricing, marketing and representation of properties, contract drafting and overall knowledge of our geographical area and community. But the deep reality of what we do is help our clients through transitions.

It’s our privilege to be a part of people’s lives as they make decisions to change and transition to something new. Our work puts us square in the middle of all the questions and issues that surround the process of change. Whether we’re working with a seller or a buyer, they each need help navigating their way to new territory.

Yellow River, near Spooner, WI

Yellow River, near Spooner, WI, December 2018.

December 2018, three days later.

December 2018, three days later.

Like the weather, change can happen quickly. Before you know it, things aren’t the same anymore. What no longer works for one person, now becomes the ideal for the next. We help connect those dots by truly getting to know people and understanding their goals. We are a conduit.

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Another aspect of what we do at our firm is help people build careers. In the last 30 years, we’ve helped people of all ages create a rewarding work life that fits their goals. Being able to live in this beautiful area, have challenging, meaningful work and financially create your own destiny is a dream come true, in our opinion. We’re always on the lookout for someone special and new who wants the same thing for themselves.

It's never too early - or too late, to start learning.

It’s never too early – or too late, to start learning.

We’re agents of change at CENTURY 21 Sand County Services and we never stop asking, “Are We There Yet?” ~ Wanda Boldon

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Great Property For Sale: 29008 W. Yellow River Road, Danbury, WI

We are honored to represent this beautiful new listing on the Yellow River with access to both Big and Little Yellow Lakes – about a 30 minute boat ride from the dock.

MLS# 1526160 Yellow River, $389,000

MLS# 1526160 Yellow River, $389,000

Yellow River, near Danbury, WI

Yellow River, near Danbury, WI

This year around log sided chalet has an expansive great room with lots of glass and a beautiful fireplace.

Great room with wood burning fireplace

Great room with wood burning fireplace

The kitchen has an open flow to both the great room and dining area, with lovely wood and tile flooring.

45The loft, above, is home to the owner’s bedroom suite – a spacious area with a pretty wood lofted ceiling and includes a full bath, walk-in closet and a large sitting area that could be used for hobbies or office space.

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When your friends and family arrive, there is plenty of space for them to unpack their bags and make themselves at home, with 3 additional bedrooms and a large room that could sleep extras or become a quiet space to get away from it all.

The large deck spills out from the great room and could hold a sizable dinner party, lots of potted plants and flowers – and even a portable bar! The fire pit is close enough to interact with any action that’s happening on the deck as well as the dock area.

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The wood fired sauna is a great place to warm up before a hard core session of yoga as well as a place to warm your bones after cross country skiing or snow mobiling.

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Wood fired sauna

Inside the sauna

Inside the sauna

The property has two stick built garages, both have cement floors and log siding that ties into the home. The largest was built in 2009 and has solar panels. What a great place to work on your sleds, store your boats and tell tall tales!

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When we asked the owners what they loved about the property, this is what they had to say…
“Home away from home, only 2 hours away from the Twin Cities, makes it easy to get away and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Yellow River or take advantage of the many area activities.  Great river activities, either relaxing on the ride down to the lake, kayaking or all day fishing. The cabin is great for families to gather to enjoy ‘Cabin Olympics’, including bean bags, ping pong, horseshoes, darts and maybe even a wager at the casino in Danbury.  Great location for walks, runs, bike rides, cross country skiing or ATV’s and sledding on the local trails.  Ending the day relaxing in the wood fired sauna or just enjoying the serenity from the covered deck!”

If this property looks like it could be YOUR home away from home…or the home you never want to leave, make an appointment with us to see it right away! ~ Wanda Boldon

Inside the New Webster Health Center

1For over a year, we’ve all been watching the changing landscape at the site of the old school in Webster. It’s amazing what can be accomplished in such short time! The exterior is visually impressive, but what exists inside might surprise you.

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I was fortunate to get a private tour from Dr. John Ingalls, a familiar face to many in the community and the name behind the original dream that started the process of what we have today – the Webster Health Center.

Inside, the Clinic has a bright and welcoming reception area, 19 exam rooms, 2 procedure rooms and a full dental clinic – all built to grow with the future needs of the community.

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The Clinic has an army of medical professionals and specialists to serve the needs of young and old alike and there is a first class physical therapy room (P.T. stands for pain and torture, right?) with machines and equipment like we’ve never seen here before!

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6If you’re interested in reserving “classroom” or presentation space, there are community education rooms available for your group or event.

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Perhaps the most surprising thing that I discovered was the Webster Wellness Center – a dedicated space for the ongoing fitness classes that are offered. You can take dance fitness, yoga (including senior yoga), kickboxing, circuit training and steady-as-you-go, to name a few. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday and the pricing ranges from $7 for a one time walk-in to $125 for an unlimited 3 month session. “Hello, New Year’s Resolution!” My suggestion is to round up a friend or two and meet up for a class a couple of times a week.

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What a wonderful transformation to have watched the old school come down and now have a welcoming door to open. The Webster Health Center – now doesn’t that feel better? ~ Wanda Boldon

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Thirty Years in the Making!

A brown box arrived in the mail this week. We weren’t expecting anything, but it didn’t seem unusual. From time-to-time, packages arrive and then our memory is sparked with what’s inside. But sometimes our memory isn’t sparked. Whatever. That’s when you just open the darned thing and find out. (Perhaps sing a little tune while opening. “Happy Birthday” comes to mind.)

After we opened the box, we were silent. Could it be? Thirty? Years? Well, it certainly said so on the piece of fancy hardware that we pulled out of the box! It must be true.

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So there, we’ve said it – WE’RE THIRTY YEARS OLD! Well, ahem – not me. But the firm is thirty years old. It feels kind of good to say out loud, like when a three year old announces to you that they’re three. It feels that kind of good!

Dave Boldon, Broker, CENTURY 21 Sand County Services, Inc. "Thirty Years Old"

Dave Boldon, Broker, CENTURY 21 Sand County Services, Inc. “Thirty Years Old”

A lot of things got their start in 1988, like Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign and “The Wonder Years” television show. We’re the same age as British singer/songwriter Adele and we were all singing (or plugging our ears) to Bobby McFerrin’s song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” thirty years ago.

A lot of great things have happened at CENTURY 21 Sand County Services over the last 30 years. Perhaps the greatest things we can cite are the thousands of interactions we’ve had with people to help them transition to the next stage, whether it be to sell a property or to buy one and become a part of our special life here. And so, we will keep asking ourselves the question and keep asking our clients the question, “Are We There Yet?” and look forward to opening another mystery box even farther down the line. ~ Wanda Boldon

What is Vintage vs. Dated?

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Determining whether your home has vintage versus dated style can be a fine line, and in many regards, much in the eye of the beholder. To that, some may say, “Who cares? It is what it is. My home is just like me – aging like a fine wine.”

That may be true. If that’s the case, we would call you and your home “classic”. If you think about defining “classic”, a few things come quickly to mind – Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress, the Ford Mustang and a Friday Night Fish Fry.

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But more likely the case for you AND your home, is that it’s not so cut and dried. Think about John Travolta’s bell-bottomed pants in “Saturday Night Fever”, Chrysler’s PT Cruiser and Jello salad – all interesting and unusual. A person could do something with each, in the right context, and if you felt like it. But they’re not for everyone.

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Such is the case with homes and cabins. In an area like ours, many properties have classic elements like knotty pine walls, stone fireplaces and log accents. These things have defined our Northwoods life for years and stood the test of time. But for those who dared to think outside the box, in the name of style when they built or made decorating choices, the jury is out. And who exactly IS the jury? It’s the buyer of your property. You will be judged. After the judgement, you will either be rewarded or penalized. Yes, we’re talking money now.

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Whether you’re thinking about buying or selling, this is a relevant topic. For sellers, it’s an opportunity to look at your property with fresh eyes and determine what can be changed or updated to help your property show beautifully. Sometimes it’s a simple matter of playing up the right features. Sometimes it’s a large renovation. Rely on a real estate professional to help you understand what makes sense for your property and the current market. They can help you make good choices so that you are ultimately rewarded in the end.

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If you’re a buyer, you can also rely on a real estate agent to help you envision the possibilities in a property. Depending on your end-game, skills and comfort level, you could do well by making some simple changes to a property that doesn’t really shine right now. We also often find buyers who are looking for a specific kind of lot in a specific kind of location. It can be frustrating to wait years and years for the right kind of lake home to come for sale on the right kind of lake. Try seeing things with different eyes and you may start to see some exciting possibilities.

MLS #1525070, Bone Lake Drive, $198,000

MLS #1525070, Bone Lake Drive, $198,000

MLS #1525070, Bone Lake Drive, $198,000

MLS #1525070, Bone Lake Drive, $198,000

The place where you dwell is ultimately a very personal space. It should feel good to YOU and suit the kind of environment that you choose. But when the place where you dwell becomes a marketable item, you have other things to consider. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t be afraid to hear the truth. Once you know the truth, you can make decisions from a better place. ~ Wanda Boldon

Leaf Peepers – Come Out, Come Out!

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We survived a week of rain, wind, cold and s***. It’s over. Now the coast is clear to come enjoy what Mother Nature has created this Fall season – the beautiful colors! Fret not. The masterpiece was not destroyed with last week’s weather. It’s still here, waiting to be appreciated.

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After you absorb the luscious surrounds in the crisp autumn weather, you may find yourself wanting to find a road that leads to a special place where you can kick off your boots and warm yourself by the fire. If that urge occurs, we’re here to help you find it! Contact us and let’s get started! ~ Wanda Boldon

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Great Properties for Sale: Acreage & Privacy on Water

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Winter is coming (as they say) and one good way to turn that frown upside down and keep the fire alive is to create something fun, fresh and exciting to look forward to. For instance, a private getaway in the Northwoods; something so private you can’t see your neighbors, something on a quality lake that will be there for you when the ice melts, something that’s “just” big enough, but not too much to take care of. Well listen up, Scout. It’s within reach!

It’s a rare thing to find a lakefront property with acreage. It’s even more rare to find it on a quality lake with sandy frontage. Add to all that, it’s practically impossible to find one where the cabin isn’t a falling down wreck and is usable in all four seasons. And you want ALL that, in an affordable price range? (Queue the crowd laugh track.)

This time, YOU get to have the last laugh. We have two incredible options for you.

MLS 1508582 Nicaboyne Lake, $259,900

MLS 1508582 Nicaboyne Lake, $259,900

MLS 1508582 Nicaboyne Lake, $259,900

MLS 1508582 Nicaboyne Lake, $259,900

MLS 1508582 Nicaboyne Lake, $259,900

MLS 1508582 Nicaboyne Lake, $259,900

Welcome to Nicaboyne Lake, with 9 acres of land and an additional 32 more acres available. The cabin has 2 bedrooms and 2 additional sleeping areas in the lower level. It has a steady-eddie gas forced air furnace to keep you cozy and warm in addition to a wood burning brick fireplace. Hunt out your back door and then jump on the snowmobile trails to expand your horizons.

MLS 1519301 Bass Lake, $299,000

MLS 1519301 Bass Lake, $299,000

MLS 1519301 Bass Lake, $299,000

MLS 1519301 Bass Lake, $299,000

MLS 1519301 Bass Lake, $299,000

MLS 1519301 Bass Lake, $299,000

Your next option is a 6.2 acre property on Bass Lake. The cabin has been recently remodeled and has a knotty pine interior with 2 bedrooms and a wood stove to supplement the forced air furnace. If you have a group of friends tagging along, they can take up residence in the bunkhouse for the weekend. The deer stand is already in place for hunting season. If you’re not into that, use it as a fort where you write the score for your next screen play.

Give us a call to make an appointment and take a look at these two beauties. We’ll help you get your hands on the one that suits you best. All the fun that happens after that is up to you! ~ Wanda Boldon

 

Labor Day Weekend: A Time for Kickoff

As we head into the Labor Day weekend, we find ourselves poised in the starting blocks of the Fall selling season. The Fall market has traditionally, year after year, been the most productive time in our calendar year. We don’t see any reason that this year will be any different!

At Summer’s end, we often have people look at us with sympathetic eyes saying, “You must be ready for things to slow down a bit, now that Summer will be ending.” There is no quick reply that. But the short story is, we’re excited and invigorated to accomplish as much as we can in the coming months.

What better way to head into the big season than with a beautiful new listing on the Minerva Chain of Lakes? Whether your looking to buy or not, we welcome you inside to take a look. This tour makes you feel like you’re there. If you want to see more, just let us know. One of our CENTURY 21 agents would be glad to show it to you personally! http://Tours.SpinVision.com/544723

MLS# 1523451 Minerva Chain of Lakes $495,000

MLS# 1523451 Minerva Chain of Lakes $495,000

MLS# 1523451 Minerva Chain of Lakes $495,000

MLS# 1523451 Minerva Chain of Lakes $495,000

Where one person sees an end, another sees a beginning. Happy Labor Day weekend! ~ Wanda Boldon

Septic Vent Pipe. There’s a Wrap for That.

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For years, people have been trying to hide, camouflage and dress up the signs of utilitarian necessities around their homes. There’s the famous wishing well placed over the well head. The fancy ones are sometimes adorned and laced with silk flowers. You’ve certainly seen the barrel sized flower pot placed over the septic cover, or at the very least, a painted re-“tired” ring that corrals a bevy of petunias. My favorite is the virgin Mary propped inside a bath tub. Though I’m not sure if she’s hiding anything, but perhaps just protecting. It’s a telling sign that folks just want to drive into their properties and feel pleasant about being home.

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Up to now, there hasn’t seemed to have been a proper cover for a septic pipe vent. You’ve seen it. It’s the bright, white pvc pipe emanating from your peaceful and serene wooded environment. It’s not exactly how Mother Nature intended things to be. Well now there’s a genius, easy to install, economical way to hide that nagging septic field from your moments of Zen.

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Kevin Hughes, inventor of the Septic Vent Pipe Cover says the idea came to his attention at his property near Johnson Lake. He felt moved to make it after seeing a white tail deer out the window, beside an unsightly vent pipe.

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The covers come in an array of Northwoods friendly patterns like red fish, camo and crappie (of course) and a variety of lengths, depending on the size of your system. The website where you can purchase covers was just launched – www.sspcover.com. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer, so you’ll want to load up for the holidays. Just think of the lively conversation that will ensue! ~ Wanda Boldon