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.

Trail Update for Burnett County

Here is the latest Trail Update from Burnett County Forest and Parks:

ALL Winter Snowmobile and ATV Trails are CLOSED.

Our next planned riding season will begin, weather permitting, on May 22 with the opening of our Summer ATV Trails. Be sure to check back for updated information.

Homes for Sale in Danbury, WI

Whether you’re looking for a place to call your year around home or a cabin to get away from it all, the Danbury, WI area is a great location! We have some nice options available right now that can meet many of the criteria on your Wish List. Don’t worry if you haven’t told Santa. All you need to do is contact us and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect place! Ho! Ho! Ho!

882998 Ham Lake $269,900

882998 Ham Lake $269,900

This cabin on Ham Lake is in the “sweet spot” of our market. Yes, the location is great, but the price point is also right where a lot of lake cabin buyers want to be. The property delivers a lot for the price too! Ham Lake is an ideal recreation lake, with crystal clear water and sandy frontage and the lot…Did I mention the lot??? The “Wow” factor of the lot is definitely there, with mature pines and easy elevation. There is also a vacant lot for sale next to this cabin, in case you have a friend or family member you like well enough to have nearby.

882563 Webb Lake Township $105,000

882563 Webb Lake Township $105,000

If your New Year’s resolution is to find a property where you can earn some sweat equity, this is a great choice for you. It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with an attached garage, which is what a lot of buyers are wanting in a year around home. It has great bone structure and is ready for someone to come in and do the “fun stuff”! But wait, there’s more! It’s sitting on 33 acres! Yes, it’s true! What a value!

877469  Swiss Township  $134,900

877469 Swiss Township $134,900

Ready to find a place where you don’t have to do any work or updating, a place where you can just exhale? This Swiss Township property is your match. It’s updated and ever-so comfortable inside. I would even go so far to say it’s adorable! With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, it could easily be a year around home or just a cabin where you can get away from it all. It’s near Lake 26 and all the trails, so once you’ve collected your energy, you can get outdoors and have some fun!

867704  Viking Hill   $139,000

867704 Viking Hill $139,000

I can’t believe how many people I’ve talked with who have vowed to improve their golf game in 2015. The golf course at Voyager Village is a great place to work on your game. It’s a favorite for so many golfers, with unique, wooded surrounds all throughout the course. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath chalet is just minutes from the club house and is in ideal condition for someone who wants to spend more time with their clubs and less time caulking sinks and laying tile.

880018 Dairyland Township $149,900

880018 Dairyland Township $149,900

Isn’t it time you’ve released your inner Daniel (or Danielle) Boone? If you’re itching to spend more time in the woods, this Dairyland Township property is waiting for you. Not only does it have 80 acres, where you can explore and hunt, but it’s also connected to Burnett County Forest. #getacompass! You can really get back to basics without having to strain yourself too much. The seasonal log cabin has air conditioning, the shower house has on-demand hot water and a nearby privy and the two deer stands are heated. Can you say “trophy buck”?

872777 Minerva Chain of Lakes $189,000

872777 Minerva Chain of Lakes $189,000

There’s a song out now called “Cool Kids” by Echosmith that makes me think of this property. How does that translate to lake property, you say? After spending almost 20 years with buyers looking at lake properties, I have a solid idea of the most popular lakes – the “cool kids”. The Minerva Chain of Lakes is definitely one of the most popular. If you have an itch, it’ll scratch it. Being able to boat between all of the lakes is an incredible experience that could easily fill a day’s worth of activity. There are ideal fishing environments, ideal swimming environments, ideal nature observation environments and ideal water sports environments. This year around lake cabin is ideal for another reason too – the pricing! Getting a place on the Minerva Chain for this price is a crazy, good thing. Run, don’t walk!

If you’d like to see any of these properties, give us a call or send us an email. We don’t care if you’re on the “naughty” or “nice” list and we’re here to help you, no matter the season! – Wanda Boldon

Aldo Leopold: The Man Behind Our Name

Highway Marker on I-94 Honoring Aldo Leopold

Highway Marker on I-94 Honoring Aldo Leopold

Our clients and customers often wonder why our company is named Sand County Services. I went to college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where students are introduced to a professor, author and environmentalist Aldo Leopold. His most famous book is called “A Sand County Almanac”. It’s a series of essays describing the environment around his cabin near the Wisconsin River, north of Madison. It reminded me of our family cabin on Prinel Lake, here in Burnett County.

When my parents, the founders of our company, moved here in 1984 to start a new life “Up North,” I gave them a nice copy of “A Sand County Almanac” for Christmas. As they explored ideas for starting a business as property managers and real estate sales, they were looking for a name. They wanted to have a name that described the area and did not specify the location, so they could expand the business in the future to the neighboring counties.

I suggested Sand County Services. The description in Aldo Leopold’s writings of the sandy soil, lakes, rivers, wildlife and nature was very similar to this area. I encourage anyone who loves nature to pick up a copy of “A Sand County Almanac” to enhance your view of our area. – Dave Boldon, Jr.

Musky Fishing in Burnett County, WI

The muskellunge, or more commonly known as the “musky”, is one of Wisconsin’s most prized fish – so prized, in fact, that it is our official state fish! Some of the biggest muskies ever caught, including the current state and world record of a 69 pound and 11 ounce musky, have been caught in Wisconsin.

Boating the musky takes a sturdy net.

Boating the musky takes a sturdy net.

Unlike pan fish, walleyes or bass, the musky is highly sought after by anglers as their trophy fish. Not only do they make for great fish stories to pass down to your grandchildren, but they can be incredibly difficult to catch, known as the “fish of 10,000 casts”.

Measure your trophy for future fish stories

Measure your trophy for future fish stories

Where can you catch a trophy fish like this in Northwest Wisconsin? In our area, most musky fishermen will tell you that Yellow Lake is the best place to fish for muskies. Other lakes that are good for musky fishing in this area are: Benoit Lake, Big McKenzie Lake, Little Yellow Lake, Des Moines Lake and Lake Twenty-Six. The best time, however, can be debatable. The musky fish is most active during the summer months when the water is at its warmest. However, the early fall months are the fisherman’s favorite because that’s when the largest fish are caught.

Fall muskies are well fed and fat!

Fall muskies are well fed and fat!

So grab your boat, some buddies, and maybe a couple beers and see if you can catch the mystical muskellunge. The season for musky ends on November 30th, so get out there while there is still plenty of time!

Make a gentle release back into the lake

Make a gentle release back into the lake

It’s Time to Get Ready!

You can’t go anywhere in the last couple weeks, without hearing people complain about the weather. It’s cold. It’s snowing. Freezing rain is falling. I agree, it’s been so discouraging to so many people who love Spring and the promise of Summer to follow. It’s also affected many, many businesses, including ours. Our buyers just don’t seem to be “in the mood”.

But I’ll tell you who’s in the mood: nature. Nature knows it’s the Spring season. Just ask the tom turkey that was all puffed up on County Road T, twirling and dancing around the road for a few onlooking hens, what time it is. He knows the seasons can’t be stopped and isn’t going to “drop the ball” on letting the good times roll.

For all of us who are anxious for the snow to melt and for our lakes to open, (so we can let our own good times roll), it’s time to take a lesson from that tom turkey. It’s going to happen, we know it’s true –  Spring will come and Summer will follow. It’s time to get ready! This year, we have an opportunity to be ultra prepared. This year, let’s do it right and get it right!

One of the things that we want to “get right” this year is floating in the lake beside the pontoon boat. We haven’t ever had good equipment for that fine sport and would like something that tethers us to the boat and helps keep our beverage upright. I think we found the perfect thing and since I’m a giver, I’m going to share the link for our find:

If you know of something better for the money, don’t be shy about sharing. We’re all in this together, so let’s get ready! ~ Wanda Boldon

The Tap Runs Dry.

Many people in the area tap maple trees for sap in the Spring – to make maple syrup, either for fun or extra income. We were able to capture this eye catching scene of a setup near Spirit Lake.

However, this year, things haven’t panned out so well in collecting the sap.

In order for the sap to flow, we need temperatures at night to be cold and then warm during the day. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had a different agenda.

There’s always next year! In the meantime, cherish your syrup!

Friday Nights are Back!

The loss of Friday Night Wine Bars at the Chattering Squirrel has long left us groping for a good alternative for a respectable glass of wine, delicious bites of food and a cozy, personal environment to enjoy them. We welcome the discovery of Full of Beans Coffee Cafe and Wine Bar at the corners of Hwy A&H. The service is personal and friendly, the wine selections are delicious and fun and the food has a homey Italian theme that is a winner for most palates. They even offered Fat Tire beer for the non-wine drinker in our group, which I’m told is unusual. We sat in a clubby, red booth and let the concerns of the day float away – an excellent alternative to a Calgon moment for those who don’t care to get wet.  I was also intrigued by the numbers of people who came in for carry-out pizza, pot pies or pastries. Yum! Something for everyone! I recommend trying this place. The place has a good vibe that’s not easy to come by.

Holidays on Ice.

If you drive through Voyager Village during the Christmas season, keep your eyes open for this church made from ice blocks. It’s at the corner of Kilkare Road and Hanscom Lake Trailway. In the daytime, the ice catches the sun making it sparkle beautifully and at night, it’s internally lit, so it glows softly from within.

Bob Ellson, the property owner responsible for this stunning Christmas icon said that his dad used to do this when he was growing up in Finlayson, MN.  He has a picture of him from 1952, so the tradition dates back pretty far. When he moved to Voyager Village, he thought it would be something that he would carry on and this year will be his fifth year. He said it took him and a group of about 10 volunteers 2 days to construct the church. They start by taking an ATV and trailer on Birch Island Lake to cut the ice blocks with chainsaws. He says the big trick is to make sure the ice is the right thickness. One year, he waited too long and the ice was frozen pretty deep for them to be able to easily make the ice blocks. He estimated they took about a 15 square foot stretch of ice from the lake. That’s a pretty big hole! But he said they block it off or fill it with brush so it’s not a hazard to anyone. (I’m sure it has limited use as a swimming hole this time of year!) Once the blocks are harvested, they use a snow and ice mixture as a mortar to get the layers of ice in even rows. Bob said they layer lights on the inside between the layers of block to give it a heavenly appearance after dark. What a site to behold! When you’re feeling a little harried from the season, the beautiful simplicity of this ice church transport you to a place of peace. Thanks Bob!