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Go North Old Man

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

US Census Reveals Population Trends Affecting Wisconsin Vacation Property Values

Don’t wait for a mass sell-off of Baby Boomers selling their cottages and cabins so they can move to warmer climates. Northern Wisconsin remains as a #1 choice to live for an aging population.

” . . . a small percentage of retirees leave for such places as Florida and Arizona but it’s a misconception most retirees flee due to the weather.”

” . . . that many older people migrating to the state may be retiring to homes or areas they once used for vacations, because northern Wisconsin is typically a vacation area . . .”

Here’s the link to the full article in the Green Bay Press Gazette.

US Government Surplus Property Sale in WI & MI

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The Federal Government is Cutting Costs by Getting Rid of Buildings We Don’t Need

This property location map visualizes a sampling of over 7,000 of the total 12,000 buildings and structures currently designated as excess, surplus real estate. These properties range from sheds to underutilized office buildings and empty warehouses. Included in the government surplus property sale is real estate in northern Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and lower Michigan.

The White House

The White House

Mackinac Bridge Cam

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Familiarly know as “The Mighty Mac” or “The Big Mac”, Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957 connecting Lower Michigan to the Upper Peninsula. For more information here’s a link to the Mackinac Bridge Website. Beyond the official website there’s additional bridge history about the Mackinac Bridge on Wikipedia including one of the best photos I’ve ever seen of the entire span across the Straits of Mackinac.

The web page that I frequently visit before I drive up to that part of the Upper Peninsula is the Bridge Cam to double check the weather. Here’s the link to the Mackinac Bridge Cam. (Hint: when you’re on the bridge cam page click the refresh button of your web browser to update the image.)

Mackinac Bridge Cam Image

Mackinac Bridge Cam Image

Wisconsin Fishing Season 2011

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Opening day for Wisconsin fishing is traditionally the first Saturday in May, May 7th during 2011. Hook and line fishing for many species of fish on many Wisconsin waters begins the first Saturday in May. However, to better manage Wisconsin fisheries, season dates are often specific to the species of fish as well as the water body.

Here’s the link to the Wisconsin DNR 2011 Fishing Season Web Pages. Have a fun and safe time on enjoying Wisconsin’s beautiful lakes and rivers.

Sunfish & Fishing Rod on Dock

Sunfish & Fishing Rod on Dock

Petosky, Michigan: Beach Drive Lake Access Settlement Proposed

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Inland Property Owners Propose Common Dock to Resolve Lake Access Dispute

View of Lake Charlevoix

View of Lake Charlevoix

Residents of Michigan and Wisconsin need to keep a close eye on how the laws of their state, and the courts that rule on those laws, are changing and affecting their rights to access our lakes.

Here’s the original article: PetoskyNews.Com

The Wonderful Wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Friday, April 29th, 2011

“Immortalized by Longfellow, the Midwest’s preferred vacation spot offers unspoiled forests, waterfalls and coastal villages” has discovered the UP.

Upper Peninsuala of Michigan: Cliff jumping into clear blue lake.

Upper Peninsuala of Michigan: Cliff jumping into clear blue lake.

Here’s the complete article: Smithsonian Travel UP MI Story

Here is a slideshow of UP MI photos that accompanies the story: Smithsonian Travel UP MI Slideshow

Vacation Home Sales Strong

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

From the National Association of Realtors “Speaking of Real Estate Blog”

Vacation-Home Sales Surprisingly Strong

“In today’s market, you might think the vacation-home market would be really soft. But as it turns out, sales actually grew at a faster rate than those of primary residences between 2008 and 2009 (7.9 percent to 7.1 percent, respectively). That’s according to NAR’s Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, released at the end of April. It shows that the typical vacation-home buyer is making a lifestyle choice, with nine out of 10 saying they intend to use the property for vacations or as a family retreat.”

Posted April 23 by Brian Summerfield, online editor

Here’s the original comment on Realtor Mag at

Crivitz, The Good Old Days

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
Crivitz, Wisconsin

Crivitz, Wisconsin

Crivitz, Wisconsin, before the streets were paved, before the traffic light, before McDonald’s. I bet real estate in Crivitz was cheap back then.

A nicely framed copy would look good over the fireplace in your vacation home or hunting cabin. You can support a great organization and order a print from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

UPDATE May 5, 2011: Here’s the same view as found on Google Maps Street View:

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Market for Vacation Homes Is on the Rise

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

“The strength of second-home sales paints a stark contrast to the overall housing market, which is expected to worsen in 2011.”

“According to the National Association of Realtors, one in 10 real-estate transactions in 2009 was for the purchase of a vacation home.”

From U.S. News on The Wall Street Journal Online, including specific comment on regional Wisconsin vacation home market.  Read full articles here:  WSJ – Market for Vacation Homes Is on the Rise

Northern Lakes Webcams

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

You can’t always jump in the car and head up north at the drop of a hat.  For those times when you need a little break from work, and to remind yourself what it’s all about here are a couple of websites with their web cams on two Wisconsin lakes.

Trump Lake, near Wabeno in Forest County, Wisconsin

Big Stone Lake, near Three Lakes in Oneida County, Wisconsin

Please forward the links for any Wisconsin and Michigan webcams you find for inclusion in future blog updates.  Thanks, and Happy New Year 2011.