Right NOW is a great time to find the lake home or cabin of your dreams.

Don’t delay until May. Right NOW is a great time to find the lake home or cabin of your dreams.

Crotty Lake, Wascott, wI

10058 E Landmeier Rd, Wascott, WI

Today is Valentine’s Day. It is a good day to buy.

There’s no need to wait until spring; right now is a great time to find the lake home or cabin of your dreams. February is a great time to see the bargains that are out there in the woods. Then, when you do find what you’re looking for, there’s no reason to be afraid of moving in the winter. It’s not so bad.

As I noted in an earlier blog post, I’m finding that today’s lake-home market is no longer just a summertime surge. Maybe it’s because buyers are now eager to enjoy their new homes all year round. In the fall there’s hunting, fishing, paddling, hiking, biking, and ATVing. In the winter there’s skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and just relaxing by the fire. Every spring, long before the water is warm enough for swimming, we’re blessed with months of weather that’s perfect for enjoying the great outdoors in other ways.

If you find what you’re looking for now, could you end up moving in the winter? Maybe. But it’s really no big deal. (And on this I speak from experience.) Moving in the winter is nothing to be afraid of—especially if you’re paying someone else to load up the moving van and drive it away. Of course, if you’re buying a cabin that’s already furnished, moving will be less of an issue anyway. Still, it will be nice to get the unpacking done and out of the way sooner. That way, next spring you can spend your weekends out on the lake—or just relaxing on your deck overlooking the lake.

There’s only one situation when winter could potentially complicate your plans, and that’s if you’re buying a three-season cabin that has its water shut off in the winter. You’ll probably want an inspection, and it’s hard to inspect a cabin’s well, septic system, and plumbing without turning on the water. But even then, I’m usually able to help buyers and sellers work things out.

A top economist has just published 5 Reasons Now Is the Time to Buy a Home. So, there you have it, even more reasons not to delay your lake home search.

Right now is a good time to begin your search. For tips on how to narrow the possibilities as you’re getting started, give me a call today or visit Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin.

Behold the Garabin Cabin…

When is a garage not a garage? When it’s been converted into a cabin. Hence the term “garabin.” As utilitarian as the idea might sound, some of these conversions can be quite charming.

Every now and then families build garages before they even break ground for their cabin or lake home. Typically it happens when they’ve decided to spend their weekends up north in a camper or RV while they save for something more permanent. Meanwhile, they want storage. When their plans change, one option is to convert the garage into a garabin.

Some conversions are total makeovers—four-season insulation and heating, full plumbing and electricity, and garage door openings that have been filled in and replaced with “normal” doors and windows. The only visible clue to these cabins’ humble garage origins is that they perfectly match the footprint of a two, three, or four-car garage.

Other conversions retain one or more of their original garage-door openings. With gigantic floor-to-ceiling screen windows, their owners can enjoy a great indoor-outdoor summertime cabin experience. Then, when they pack up and head home on Sunday night, they can roll down the garage doors, lock the other doors, and feel confident their garabin will be safe and secure until they return.

Ironically, many garabin owners end up building a garage or pole barn so they’ll have more storage up at the cabin. And later, if they eventually build a larger cabin or lake home on the same lot, they can always use their garabin as a guest cabin.

By the way… I just happen to be listing this lovely garabin cabin on Catherine Lake in Solon Springs. It comes with a large pole building, 2.94 wooded acres, a great view of Catherine Lake, and a whopping 750’ of peninsular frontage—all of it level sand shoreline that’s perfect for swimming. To learn more, and to see more photos of this charming garabin and its beachfront, please visit Catherine Lake Garabin.  Jean Hedren, Edina Realty.

$119,900

11564 Steinhilpert
Solon Springs, WI 54873
  Bedrooms: 1 Sq. Feet: 768  
  Bathrooms: 1 Year Built: 1999  
MLS#: RANWW889843
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Beautiful, private 2.94 acre setting on a point with spectacular lake and wildlife views. Gentle elevation to sandy beach shoreline. Perfect swimming spot and great fishing too. Cabin is a converted garage very well maintained. New 40×30 pole building with plenty of storage. There is a level building site for a future home or cabin. Strategic location in Barnes lakes and recreation area; close to many lakes, trails, and hunting land. Turnkey. Half hour to Hayward, 1 hour to Superior/Duluth.
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Phone: 218.590.6634

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Spring has arrived on Lake Nebagamon. Time to hit the deck!

Spring has arrived on Lake Nebagamon. Time to hit the deck!

Spring is here, and it’s time to hit the deck and relax by the lake. Here’s another in a continuing series of “hit the deck” posts—this time from a cabin I’m currently listing on Lake Nebagamon.

To learn more about this cabin, please visit my Edina Realty website.

11479 E Wangerin Rd, Lake Nebagamon, WI

11479 E Wangerin Rd, Lake Nebagamon, WI

Beautiful Lake Nebagamon

Beautiful Lake Nebagamon

 

Spring has arrived on Breakfast Lake, Barnes, WI. Time to hit the deck!

Spring has arrived on Breakfast Lake, Barnes, WI. Time to hit the deck!

Spring is here, and it’s time to hit the deck and relax by the lake. Here’s another in a continuing series of “hit the deck” posts—this time from a cabin I’m currently listing on a small lake in Barnes, WI. It happens to be just up the shore from the cabin in my previous post. (To learn more, please visit my Edina Realty website.)

55945 Island Dr, Barnes, WI

55945 Island Dr, Barnes, WI 

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Spring has arrived on Middle Eau Claire Lake. Time to hit the deck!

Spring has arrived on Middle Eau Claire Lake. Time to hit the deck!

Spring is here, and it’s time to hit the deck and relax by the lake. Here’s another in a continuing series of “hit the deck” posts—this time from a lake home I’m currently listing on Middle Eau Claire Lake in Barnes, WI. (To learn more, please visit my Edina Realty website.) And by the way… Be sure and scroll down to the very last photos. This home’s guest cabin has a screen porch with some pretty decent views of its own!

2455 Lake Rd, Barnes, WI

2455 Lake Rd, Barnes, WI 

The deck

The deck

Restored vintage guest cabin

Restored vintage guest cabin

Guest cabin deck

Guest cabin deck

Affordable 3 BR Home, Strategically Located in Barnes, WI

Affordable 3 BR Home, Strategically Located in Barnes, WI

This 3BR home is large enough to be a full-time residence, and yet it’s affordable enough so it could make a great cabin for your up-north getaway. Although it’s not on a lake, it’s within minutes of several dozen lakes and streams that are great for fishing, boating, and paddling. It’s also near hundreds of miles of trails and back roads that are just waiting to be explored.

The kitchen, dining room, and living room areas have just been remodeled, and the home has a large two-car garage. It’s ready for you to move in, and it’s priced right. To learn more, please visit my Edina Realty website.

1375 Gronemus Rd, Barnes, WI

1375 Gronemus Rd, Barnes, WI

Just sold: 2 BR cabin on clear, deep Pickerel lake, Barnes, WI

Immaculate 2 BR cabin on Pickerel Lake. 2775 Walter Rd, Barnes, WI. $125,000

Immaculate and well-maintained lake cabin on clear, deep Pickerel Lake. 2-car garage wired for 220V. Wonderful southerly view from the deck, and a gentle breeze offers a cooling effect. Woodburning stone keeps this cabin toasty during crisp fall days. This cabin is ready to move in and enjoy the lake. Clear and deep, and good fishing for northern, walleye, bass, and panfish. Located in Barnes WI lakes and recreation country with many other lakes and recreation activities nearby. Less than a half hour to Hayward for shopping and restaurants.

2 BR cabin on Pickerel Lake

2 BR cabin on Pickerel Lake

2775 Walter Rd, Barnes, WI

2775 Walter Rd, Barnes, WI

100' of frontage on 81-acre Pickerel Lake

100′ of frontage on 81-acre Pickerel Lake

81 acres, 38' max. depth

81 acres, 38′ max. depth

June is a great time to check out NW Wisconsin lake homes/cabins

June is a great time to check out NW Wisconsin lake homes/cabins 

Homes for sale in Gordon/Wascott Wisconsin

Homes/cabins for sale in Barnes, WI

Homes/cabins for sale in Minong, WI

Homes/cabins for sale in Hayward WI

Ready to purchase your lake, riverfront, or country home in NW Wisconsin? Jean Hedren, Edina Realty specializes in waterfront, town, and country homes in Gordon, Wascott, Solon Springs, Minong, Hayward, and other communities in NW Wisconsin. Also serving Washburn, Bayfield, and Sawyer Counties. Give me a call. I’ll be happy to assist you.

Home buyers: Consider the lake home or cabin of your dreams (exterior)

Home buyers: Consider the lake home or cabin of your dreams (exterior)

Before you look closely at homes exterior condition, there’s another question you should be asking yourself: “Is this the right home or cabin for me?”  Consider carefully the:

  • Size of the home.  Although I mentioned this topic in my earlier post on deciding if the interior is right for you, it bears revisiting. Your perfect weekend getaway, for example, could turn out to be just a little too cozy after you’ve retired and you’re living there year-round, seven days a week.  On the other hand, a home or cabin that’s too large will just mean extra rooms to heat, cool, and clean.  If you’re an empty-nester, maybe you no longer need such a large nest.
  • Amount of land.  A small lot, a few more acres for privacy, or 20 acres for even more privacy?  How about 40—or even 80 or more—for more elbow room and good hunting or hiking on your very own land?  Everyone’s dreams are different.  But sometimes it’s not a bargain to pay big money for land you won’t use and enjoy regularly.
  • Location and neighborhood.  Choosing a location can involve trade-offs.  It’s great to have a shorter drive to the cabin, but you may need to drive a little farther north before it really feels like you’re “up north.”  And while solitude and privacy are great, it’s great to have new friends and neighbors up at the lake.  If your nearest neighbor is a mile away, you could be missing out on all that.
  • Terrain.  Low, medium, or high elevation above the lake?  Rocky, wooded, or a wide-open lawn?  There’s no right answer to these questions.  It’s all about what’s right for you.
  • Lake or river.  If it’s waterfront property, is it the right waterfront property for you?  For more, check out these posts on choosing lakes and choosing rivers.
  • Maintenance requirements.  Some people enjoy mowing the lawn or tinkering with home improvement projects.  Some don’t.  And if you enjoy an open expanse of lawn that gives you a better view of the lake, then maybe it’s an easy trade-off.  It’s your call.

Ready to start shopping for the lake home or cabin of your dreams?

Jean Hedren, Realtor
Edina Realty
218-590-6634
www.JeanHedren.com

Just sold: 5330 Lyndale Bay Rd, Barnes, WI. 4 BR home on Upper Eau Claire Lake.

Sold: 4 BR home on Upper Eau Claire Lake, Barnes, WI. 5330 Lyndale Bay Rd, Barnes, WI. $375,000

4 BR Upper Eau Claire Lake home

4 BR Upper Eau Claire Lake home

5330 Lyndale Bay Rd, Barnes, WI

5330 Lyndale Bay Rd, Barnes, WI