Do you need to be on a lake, or would you be satisfied with a lake view?

Obviously, we’d all like to be on the water.  But what if you could have the same house with a great view of the lake, be living just a mile down the road from the boat landing, and only be paying half the mortgage and half the taxes?

Hmmm….  Something to think about.

In the Lakes and Rivers of NW Wisconsin tab above you’ll find out more about lakes of all sizes in Douglas, Bayfield, Washburn, and Sawyer Counties Wisconsin.

Looking for your dream home in a specific location in NW Wisconsin? Visit www.JeanHedren.com or call Jean Hedren, Edina Realty to start your NW Wisconsin home search.

Dreaming about buying a lake cabin? Choosing the lake or water type that’s right for you.

Buying a lake home in NW Wisconsin? Choosing the lake or water type that’s right for you.

Here we’ll examine the lake or water type that best suits your lifestyle.

Every buyer approaches the search process differently.  I’ve worked with some people, for example, who were very particular about the features they wanted in their new lake home; they were less concerned about where it was located.

I’ve also worked with buyers who prefer to start by choosing a lake—or at least by narrowing down their search to a very short list of lakes.  Only then do they begin looking for the place that’s right for them.  Choosing the right lake is their #1 priority; for them, this step comes first.

That’s a very good idea; every lake has its own distinct character. Do you want a home on a large recreational lake or a small quiet lake? Would riverfront property work best for you?

Large lakes, often the most desirable because they offer a greater variety of recreational activities, typically have homes and cabins with the highest price tags.

If you are willing to settle for a smaller lake, the same home may come with a smaller price tag. Chances are the lake is going to be quieter. Lakes below a certain size (about 200 acres) just aren’t very interesting for jet skis and water skiers; they tend to see more pontoons, fishing boats, or canoes.

You’ll have fewer neighbors and you’ll probably get to know them better. Depending on the lake, fishing pressure may be lighter.

Would riverfront property work for you? The same cabin or home will sell for less on a river than it would if it were on a lake. People tend to prefer lakes; maybe it’s because you can usually get out and do more on them than you could on a river.

Most rivers, especially smaller ones, just won’t offer the same boating or recreational opportunities as a lake would. In some cases, you may be able to travel upstream or downstream in a boat – or at least in a canoe or kayak. You may even have what’s essentially your own private fishing hole.

With some riverfront properties, the river may be too small or the current too swift. You’ll mainly just be able to sit and enjoy the river view. Still, if your waterfront is a small creek that you can see from your livingroom window, there’s something special about being near the water. It can also attract a lot of wildlife that you’ll be able to watch.

Check out all the Buying a Lake Home tips in the Buyers tab above. You’ll also find more information about many of the lakes and rivers in the NW Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers tab above.

As you are thinking about your ideal lake home or cabin, you’ll want to consider the type of water that works best for your lifesyle and budget. Visit www.JeanHedren.com to start your lake home search.

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

Home buyers, consider the lake home or cabin of your dreams (Interior)

Home buyers, consider the lake home or cabin of your dreams (Interior)

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

  • Size.  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.  But a home or cabin that’s too large will mean extra rooms to heat, cool, and clean.  If you’re an empty-nester, maybe you no longer need such a large nest.
  • Number of bedrooms.  Sure, you’ll have kids and grandkids come to visit occasionally.  But how will you use your new home or cabin the rest of the time?
  • Places for being together.  What spaces does the home have for relaxing and entertaining, and how do those spaces fit with your lifestyle?
  • Places for being alone.  As much as you might love them, eventually you’ll want a short break from the grandkids or your fishing buddies.
  • Decor.  Does it match your tastes?  If not, which features will be easy to change?  Which will be more difficult?

Ready to start looking for the lake home or cabin of your dreams?
Jean Hedren, Realtor
NW Wisconsin
Call 218-590-6634
http://www.JeanHedren.com

December 2013 Edina Realty Get Advice – Is it time to move up?

December 2013 Edina Realty Get Advice – Is it time to move up?

The housing recovery has enabled many buyers to purchase their first home. Trade-up buying is another sign of an improving market.

http://www.edinarealty.com/jean-hedren-realtor/pages/get-advice-dec-2013

Sold: 3 BR country home on 13 acres. 6418 E Cty Rd M, Gordon, WI.

Another home sold in Gordon, WI home – 3 BR, 13+ acres Douglas County forest land. 6418 E Cty Rd M, Gordon, WI. $198,000

3 BR chalet located in the heart of Douglas County Forest Land

3 BR chalet located in the heart of Douglas County Forest Land

Home offers open living space

Open living space with woodburning stone fireplace

 

Home Highlights

  • 2147 sq. ft. of living space
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Main level master bedroom and bathroom with whirlpool tub
  • Huge walk-in closet
  • 13.79 wooded acres on elevated site
  • Warm knotty pine T & G interior
  • Open concept living space with woodburning stone fireplace
  • Energy-efficient
  • In floor, hot water heating
  • Large windows to enjoy nature
  • Extra large, 36 x 30′ heated 2-car garage with plenty of storage and room for the toys
  • Security system
  • Enclosed 3-season porch
  • New roof in 2011
  • Turnkey – furniture included
  • Located in the heart of Douglas County forest land
  • Ideal location for the avid hunter
  • Plenty of recreational opportunities; close to trails, back roads, and abundant public land
  • Live in the country and commute 40-min to Duluth/Superior; Minneapolis/St Paul are 2.5 hours away

Homes and cabins for sale in Wascott Wisconsin lakes and recreation country.

Homes for sale in Wascott Wisconsin lakes and recreation country.

If you are considering owning a lake, town, or country home in Wascott Wisconsin recreation country, homes on the market are available in all price ranges.

Start search here: Homes for sale in Wascott, Wisconsin

Ready to purchase your lake, riverfront, or country home in Gordon, WI? I specialize in waterfront, town, and country properties in Gordon, Wascott, Solon Springs and other communities in Douglas County, WI. Also serving Washburn, Bayfield, and Sawyer Counties. Give me a call. I’ll be happy to assist you.

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