Escape to your Island Lake cabin. Barnes, NW Wisconsin

This well-maintained cabin is certain to be your happy place on clear, deep Island Lake. 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.  Offered at $165,000.

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

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. (With new banking regulations that have recently gone into effect, the only exceptions are generally cash offers with no inspections or other contingencies. They can usually happen faster.) 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, give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, you can reach me at jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

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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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