Someday it would be great to have a place up at the lake. Someday…

In all the years I’ve been in this business, no one has ever told me they wish they’d waited another ten or fifteen years to buy their lake home or cabin.

Sure, it’s good to be prudent. And hard-working couples, especially those with with young children, may not have a lot of extra time or money. Someday, after they’re retired and their children are grown and gone, they’ll have plenty of both.

But instead of waiting for someday, right now is a great time to begin building memories at your cabin or lake home. And at this stage of your life, there’s no need to skip directly to the luxury lake home where you plan to live out your retirement.

If you’re ready, I’d be glad to show you a couple of those dream lake homes; I’m listing a few of them right now. But I can also show you some surprisingly affordable alternatives. You might call them “starter cabins.”

Sure, you may need to make a few compromises. But when your kids grow up, they won’t remember that the kitchen in your cabin didn’t feature high-end stainless steel appliances. They’ll remember roasting marshmallows and making s’mores down at the campfire. They won’t remember that your cabin wasn’t on the biggest lake with the biggest muskies. They’ll remember the four-inch bluegills they caught from the end of your dock.

Maybe someday is today. And if this year is the year, it’s not too early to get started right now. Here’s why: It may take us a while to find the lake and the cabin that are just right for you. Figure a little negotiating before you have an accepted offer, and then typically about another 60 days until the actual closing can take place. This means that if you’d like to start enjoying weekends at your new cabin this summer, it may not make sense to launch your search in May or June.

To learn more about the cabins and lake homes for sale in NW Wisconsin, call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin  at 218-590-6634.

Cabin fever???

It’s been a cold winter here in NW Wisconsin. If you’re experiencing a little cabin fever, and if you’ve been thinking of looking for a place up north, maybe now’s the time. 

Sure, you could wait until May or June. But we have some good values on the market right now here in NW Wisconsin. By starting your search now, you’ll have time to find what you’re looking for, buy it, and close. You’ll be able to get moved, unpacked, and settled in time for some great fishing, boating, swimming, or any other summertime lake activity you most enjoy.

If you’ve got cabin fever, it’s time to start looking for a cabin or lake home here on any of the clear lakes here in Douglas, Washburn, Bayfield, or Sawyer County. If you want to know more about any of the wonderful lakes in NW Wisconsin, check out the Lakes and Rivers of NW Wisconsin tab above.

If you’re thinking of selling, why wait until May or June to put your home on the market? In NW Wisconsin, the real estate market usually gets going in spring. Buyers are already starting to look now. If you’d like to know what your property is worth in today’s market, call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty, NW Wisconsin. 218-590-6634.

Just Sold. Small cabin with a big heart on Island Lake. Barnes, NW Wisconsin

SOLD. This well-maintained cabin is certain to be the new owners happy lake escape on clear, deep Island Lake, Barnes, WI. Great lake views from most rooms in the cabin. Level sandy beach shelf at the lakeshore.  Tranquil, wooded setting.

Interested in cabins for sale in Barnes WI lakes and recreation area? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, 218-590-6634. Or, email jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

Sold in less than 2 weeks. Private cabin getaway on 16 acres in Namekagon River canoe country. Trego, WI

Your private cabin in the woods getaway on 16.5 acres at the end of the road. Property is bordered by Washburn County Forest Land. Namekagon River Canoe Landing is a half mile away. Cabin is very well maintained. Panoramic view from the yard and screened porch. ATV/snowmobile trails and dozens of lakes nearby. Two hours from the Twin Cities.

Sold: N11070 Bergerud Rd, Trego, WI.

Interested in cabins in the Trego or Spooner area? Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin Realtor, at 218-590-6634. Or, email Jean: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

 

 

Small cabin, small price, big heart. $154,900 Barnes, NW Wisconsin

This well-maintained cabin is certain to be your up north Wisconsin lake escape on clear, deep Island Lake, Barnes, WI. Great lake views from most rooms in the cabin. Level sandy beach shelf at the lakeshore.  Tranquil, wooded setting. Details: 55715 E Island Dr, Barnes, WI.  Affordably priced at $154,900.

Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, to schedule a showing. 218-590-6634. Or, email jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

Beautiful cabin on big private lot with easy boating access to Middle Eau Claire Lake, Barnes, WI

Beautiful half-log sided cabin and privacy on the Eau Claire River with easy boating access to Middle Eau Claire Lake, plus small boat access to Lower Eau Claire Lake. Three bedroom, 2 bath year round home with stone wood burning fireplace, wrap around deck, large kitchen, stainless steel appliances, and lovely woods and water views. An addition added to expand the living space to 2148 sq ft with new roof and windows. Did I mention a 30 x 40 drive through pole building?


Less than 3 hours from the Twin Cities and one hour to Superior/Duluth.
Property details: 1890 South Shore Rd, Barnes, WI

Call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin, to schedule a showing. 218-590-6634.

Think outside the cabin box.

Maybe you’re thinking of buying a cabin up here in Northwestern Wisconsin.  And maybe, it could be that using or living in your cabin year-round is part of your long-range plan.

Your plan might be a good one.  But be realistic about whether your cabin is a three-season, 3.5 season, or four-season cabin.  In some cases, insulation upgrades and retrofits can be tough. If you are financing the purchase, lenders can be very specific about the type of cabin they will finance. Generally, they won’t finance a three-season cabin. But talk to your lender about what they can finance.

Be realistic, too, about how big that cabin is.  Even if it’s great for a long weekend, is it really big enough for seven days a week, twelve months a year?  Can even two people live in it without getting cabin fever?  Is there storage room?

Next, think outside the cabin box.  Can a new garage with a shop and extra storage solve those problems?  Can you add on?  (Don’t forget, though, to check your local zoning and waterfront setback regulations.  They could limit your options.)

I’d be glad to help you find a cabin for now—and maybe even for later.  And maybe your current cabin is the best long-term solution.  But if trading up is an even better solution, give me a call.  I can help you sell your current cabin and help you find a lake home that’s just right.

Start your Northwest Wisconsin cabin search at Jean Hedren, Edina Realty: http://www.jeanhedren.com/