What are the three most important features of your dream lake cabin?

We all think differently. The property that’s perfect for you might not be perfect for me or for anyone else.

Those three most important items might be the type or size of lake, the perfect swimming beach, other recreation activities, the cabin style that best fits your lifestyle, the number of bedrooms, the garage size, distance from home, and certainly your budget.

Make a list of what’s most important. Trade-offs may be necessary within a particular price range. If you find the cabin and lake of your dreams, what are you willing to trade off in your price range? Keep in mind that even if money is no object, you’ll still need to make choices and trade-offs.  For example:  a quiet lake that’s good for paddling and wildlife watching may not be the type lake good for waterskiing and jetskiing.  It’s tough to find both in the same lake.

Start your lake home search at my website www.JeanHedren.com Jean Hedren, Edina Realty, NW Wisconsin. Or give me a call at 218-590-6634. 

It would be my pleasure to help you find the lake, home or cabin, or lakeshore lot of your dreams. Northwest Wisconsin including Douglas, Bayfield, Washburn, and Sawyer Counties. Communities: Gordon, Wascott, Minong, Barnes, Solon Springs, Trego, Spooner, and others.

Buying a lake home in NW Wisconsin – Getting started

If you are planning to purchase a lake home or cabin in Northwest Wisconsin, this series of tips will help answer many questions. Check out all 20 tips in the  Buyers tab above.

#1 – Getting started

Purchasing a lake home or cabin is different than buying a primary residence in a town or city. Whether the lake home will be your main residence or a second vacation home, there are other considerations to understand. This series will provide you with some basics about the type of lake, the type of home or cabin, and other information you need to know to make the best decision, and a good investment, about purchasing a lake home or cabin.

11479 E Wangerin Rd, Lake Nebagamon, WI

11479 E Wangerin Rd, Lake Nebagamon, WI

Just as in buying any home or property, here are the first steps to take:

  • Visit with your loan officer and get pre-approved, or have proof of cash funds
  • Know your budget – what the bank will loan you.
  • Know the area you want to cover. The most efficient use of your time and the Realtor’s time will be an area of not more than 50 miles radius of a specific town, or, in general, the county, if you know that.
  • Do your initial research on-line. Have a general idea of what the market is doing; you can ask your Realtor good questions to confirm.
  • Find a knowledgeable Realtor. Someone that knows the local area well, the lakes, towns, and information about the area.
  • Meet first to begin a good relationship. Ask lots of questions. Your Realtor will be doing the same to get to know you and begin the process of finding the properties most appropriate to your needs and life style.

Start your search at www.JeanHedren.com. Jean Hedren, Edina Realty, NW Wisconsin. Search by community or by lake name in NW Wisconsin.

Beautful kitchen, new T&G paneling, and many other improvements. 14982 S Lawler Bridge Rd, Wascott, WI.

Beautful kitchen, new T&G paneling, and many other improvements. 14982 S Lawler Bridge Rd, Wascott, WI.

14982 S Lawler Bridge Rd, Wascott, WI.
MLS: 871480

Call Jean Hedren at 218-590-6634 to arrange a showing.

Wonderful opportunity to own this year round home in a postcard-pretty Eau Claire River setting just a few miles south of Gordon, WI. 2.57 acres in the tall pines and 607′ river frontage. Many new improvements: electrical, plumbing, roof, insulation interior and exterior, kitchen, hickory cabinets, bath, LP smart siding, windows, heating and baseboards, T&G paneling, 200 amp service. There’s some finish work to do, but a great value in this wonderful Gordon/Wascott recreation area with hunting, fishing, boating, trails, more. Only 45 minutes to Superior/Duluth, 1.5 hours to Eau Claire, 2.5 hours to Minneapolis/St Paul.

Newly remodeled kitchen

607' frontage on the Eau Claire River

607′ frontage on the Eau Claire River

Newly remodeled kitchen

Newly remodeled kitchen

Click here to see additional pictures of this Eau Claire River home.

Gordon/Wascott WI recreation area

Wascott is located on the very southern edge of Douglas County Wisconsin, bordering Washburn County. With more than 100 pristine lakes to fish, swim and boat, the possibilities for recreation are endless.  Experience the wonders of nature while you canoe down the St. Croix, Namekagon, Totogatic, or Eau Claire Rivers.

Find more homes in the area.

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.

Just sold: Beautiful 4 BR home on Lake Minnesuing, 10740 E Efaw Ln, Bennett, WI.

Just sold: Beautiful 4 BR home on Lake Minnesuing, 10740 E Efaw Ln, Bennett, WI.
List: $349,000
Sell: $325,000

Perfect for your family retreat, private getaway, or full-time, year-round lake home.  When you drive in from the tall pines and cedars and get your first glimpse of this home, its design says tradition. However, it was built in 2002, and as soon as you step through the front door, you’ll see that this home says “family fun at the lake”. With 220’ sand bottom frontage on 423-acre Lake Minnesuing, there’s plenty of swimming, fishing, and lake enjoyment. The home is nestled in towering pines and cedars. The home is bright and welcoming with an open floor plan. Maple and cherry paneling, cabinets, and many built-ins throughout. Maintenance-free metal siding. Four-season sunroom and full-length deck. Gently sloping walkway to lakeside firepit & sandy swim area. Half-hour to Superior/Duluth.

  • An open, sunny floorplan.
  • Incredible views from nearly every room in the house.
  • Custom maple and cherry cabinets in the kitchen.
  • More maple and cherry paneling and built-ins throughout the home.
  • Breakfast bar and informal dining area.
  • Gas fireplace in living room.
  • In-floor radiant heating.
  • Sunroom that’s fully insulated and ready to enjoy all year round.
  • Mudroom with built-in storage compartments for coats and boots.
  • Lower-level walkout ready to finish to your own tastes.

Outdoors, you’ll find:

  • 3.6 acres dotted with towering pines and cedars.
  • A front porch, wraparound deck overlooking the lake, and lakeside firepit.
  • A gently sloping walkway to the shoreline.
  • An included dock.
  • Maintenance-free metal siding and a low-maintenance yard so you can enjoy your weekends relaxing by the lake rather than worrying about chores.

More about Lake Minnesuing: This 423-acre lake has a maximum depth of 43’ and a mean depth of 18’. According to the DNR, its bottom is 55% sand, 40% gravel, 4% rock, and 1% muck. In it, you’ll find northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout, and panfish.

An important note about Minnesuing’s water clarity: Although Secchi disk readings average around 7 feet, the lake’s reduced clarity isn’t due to mud, pollution, or algae. Rather, it’s due to natural tannins found in spruce and tamarack bogs that are nearby and upstream. This natural phenomenon occurs in many of the North’s most pristine wilderness lakes.

For more information about this listing or other area listings, visit my website www.JeanHedren.com or call me at 218-590-6634

Another home just sold by Jean Hedren: 10058 E Landmeier Rd, Wascott, WI. 2 BR log chalet.

Just sold: Rare opportunity to own a true Up North cabin with nearly 800’ level sandy frontage on clear Crotty Lake. Plus 15 acres end-of-road privacy

Details: 10058 E Landmeier Rd, Wascott, WI

10058 E Landmeier Rd, Wascott, WI

2 BR log home sold in Wascott, WI.


  • 15 acres with over 790’ of sandy lakeshore – a rare find in NW Wisconsin
  • 1248 sq ft of living space
  • New loft addition and main cabin completely remodeled
  • 3 bedrooms accommodating sleeping space for up to 15 people
  • Bright, sunny interior with large, lake-facing windows
  • Warm knotty pine interior woods
  • Main level bedroom and bathroom
  • Log sided exterior
  • 30 x 15’ beautifully finished room over the garage
  • 30 x 30’ 3-car garage. Upper level garage with 9’ door
  • 50 acre clear lake that’s fun for all ages – boating, swimming, fishing, or simply enjoying the view
  • Nestled in mature pines and hardwoods
  • Great fishing for bass and panfish
  • Cozy 3-season porch
  • Centrally located amid unlimited recreational opportunities – hunt, hike, bike, ski, snowmobile, ATV, golf, and much more
  • Convenient shopping and easy commute – minutes to Minong, 45-minutes to Superior/Duluth, 2.5 hours to Minneapolis/St Paul.

Wascott WI lake home for sale.

Dreaming about your up north lake cabin? An investment in fun and future.

Start your lake home or cabin search today at www.JeanHedren.com. Search by lake name or community in NW Wisconsin. Then give me a call to arrange a showing tour.

Just listed: 2 BR log cabin in Wascott WI lakes and recreation country. 7168 E Marshall Rd, Wascott, WI

Just listed: 2 BR log cabin in Wascott WI lakes and recreation country. 7168 E Marshall Rd, Wascott, WI

This newer log cabin is your quiet getaway on 10 wooded acres. Quality construction throughout. T&G pine ceilings and paneling. Energy-efficient cornburning stove can heat the whole house, also LP forced air furnace. Watch nature from the deck running the full length of the cabin. Located in prime Wascott lakes and recration country. Close to boat landings on nearby Cranberry Lake, Crystal Lake, and Minong Flowage is just a few miles away. Minong is 10 minutes away, Eau Claire is 1.5 hours, Twin Cities is 2.5 hours.

2 BR log cabin in Wascott WI

2 BR log cabin in Wascott WI

Log cabin with energy-efficient cornburning stove

Log cabin with energy-efficient cornburning stove

2 BR log cabin getaway in Wascott WI

2 BR log cabin getaway in Wascott WI

7168 E Marshall Rd, Wascott, WI

7168 E Marshall Rd, Wascott, WI

Log cabin on 10 acres in Wascott WI

Log cabin on 10 acres in Wascott WI

RISmedia: Vacation home market makes a comeback

RISmedia full story: Vacation home market makes a comeback.

Good news from the National Association of Realtors. Sales of investment and vacation homes rose in 2011, the highest level since 2005.

There are many excellent values in the lakes and recreation country in NW Wisconsin.

Ready for Spring? Now is a fantastic time to buy your home or land in NW Wisconsin

Now is the best time to shop for a home or cabin in NW Wisconsin. Get in while interest rates are still at historic lows and prices have not climbed much yet. As of this post, the rate for a 30-year conventional loan is at 3.625%. The opportunities to purchase a primary residence, lake home, or recreational property at outstanding values are still very good, but this may not last.

NW Wisconsin is in a transitional market. That means the good inventory of lake homes and cabins currently available at exceptional values will not last forever. Buyer confidence is up and buyers are out looking – and buying – right now. January and February were busy months.

Douglas County, including the communities of Gordon, Wascott, Solon Springs, and other communities, known for spectacular beauty, clear lakes, sandy beaches, and tall pines, is an easy 2.5 hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul and 45 minutes from Duluth/Superior. So, not only does the buyer benefit from affordable prices and a large selection of outstanding properties, but is also within a short distance from major metro areas. For those that desire the best of both worlds, live in the country or on a lake and commute to work in Duluth, Superior, Spooner, or Hayward.

The lakes and access to all the recreational activities that has made Northwest Wisconsin a destination for decades will always be in demand. It’s a great time for buyers to jump in and own a piece of it.

Live, work, and play in the spectacular beauty of Northwest Wisconsin among the pristine lakes and big woods. Start your search today:  www.JeanHedren.com. You can search by community or lake name. Save your search and check back frequently for new listings. Then give me a call, I’ll be happy to help.

Looking for NW Wisconsin homes for sale? As your NW Wisconsin Realtor, I’ll assist you with all of home or land buying and selling needs. Start your search for local listings in the communities of Gordon, Wascott, Solon Springs, Barnes, Minong, Trego, Spooner, Hayward, and other area communities in Douglas County, Washburn County, Bayfield County, and Sawyer County. Lake homes, country homes, waterfront land, hunting land, recreation land. First time home buyers, repeat and move-up home buyers. Luxury homes.

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