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Old February 7th, 2008, 02:04 AM   #21
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Wixom Lake is definitely better than Sanford, I always go fishing with friends and stuff on Wixom and it's really nice. One morning I woke up to Joe and the Poor Boy and they were talking about how Sanford lake is god's toilet that needs plunging because of how dirty and brown it is. I know a guy who fell on a stump water skiing on Sanford lake and got cut up real bad.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 05:15 AM   #22
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Old February 7th, 2008, 05:28 AM   #23
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I agree, Houghton or higgins lake rocks, lots of cabins and such around the lake at decent prices still.
there is nothing on Higgins lake at a decent price. Even old tiny shacks are $200-$300k.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 07:00 AM   #24
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I take it you like watersports then?
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Old February 7th, 2008, 07:15 AM   #25
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we make it to Canadian Lakes where the inlaws live in the summer in typically 2 1/2 hours.

Not quite the 2 hour radius requested Mel/Chris, but not so much cottagey, as "2nd home" type of lake fronts. smaller lakes too so no 90 mph worries, but still large enough to ski/wakeboard/tube on during the summer. being that they're 2nd home style houses, and some are in fact truly 'estates' one would think that they'll hold their value a bit and perhaps even appreciate again some day.

the price of entry may be a bit more than you're looking for however even with this, a buyer's market.

oh, and if you golf, there's 3 or 4 REALLY nice gold courses in the area. if you fly, they also have a small grass landing strip that sees some use as well.

one thing some folks overlook when looking for a remote cottage is that Canadian lakes area is actually not too bad in terms of location from the nearest shopping/groceries. while there is a small mom and pop grocery store right near the resort areas, there's a 1 stop light town of remus 10 minutes away, and only 30 from big rapids.

being west side, they also get quite a bit of that lake effect snow in the winter if you're one to do a lot of snowmobiling.

best of all, it's not that "frustrated/parked in" up north traffic on Friday's and "headed home" traffic on Sunday's. *shrug*
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Old February 7th, 2008, 07:21 AM   #26
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Check out hubbard lake, lots of stuff sellin right now around there.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 09:27 AM   #27
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Ryebread isn't Canadian lakes property REALLY expensive?
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Old February 7th, 2008, 09:41 AM   #28
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thanks everyone for the suggestions and ideas. Thanks also to Chad for the suggestions and the simmering down :tonka: I guess part of my frustration of spending a few hours on the net looking at $200,000 shacks spilled over into my post.

We definitely want something we can tube/waterski on and is big enough to enjoy even on a busy weekend. I appreciate the pros and cons and suggestions of lakes I hadn't peeked at yet.


And, Matt, I realize palm trees don't grow up north, but I figured that the commute to and from Key West to get Brendan to school would have wasted too much relaxing time by the water.

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Old February 7th, 2008, 10:12 AM   #29
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Ryebread isn't Canadian lakes property REALLY expensive?
as I said, definitely not as "cottagey" as some of the areas, but there are still quite a few 40s and 50s era homes/cottages that haven't been turned into the mc mansions, and/or very expensive homes like my inlaw's

(they paid 375k for their prowpoint/a-frame and sunk another 125k into it)

given the number of foreclosures in the entire state, it wouldn't surprise me if one could get a lakefront that's a bit more from the 50s era down around 200k.

for someone wanting to put some sweat equity into it over the years it could work out quite nicely. (the analogy: it's generally better to buy the pig in a nice sub, than the mansion in a shitty sub)

that being said, if chris/mel are looking for more seclusion, and/or a larger lot then yes, they'd be better off passing on that region.

my inlaws did own one of the last acreage pieces on the lake before buying their old "cottage back" - it was 1.25 acres fronting on the 'traffic road' across from one of the golf courses. if I recall correctly, they sold it for a hair over 200k a few years back, but it's back on the market for substantially under that - still vacant, already surveyed, and perked.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 10:13 AM   #30
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thanks everyone for the suggestions and ideas. Thanks also to Chad for the suggestions and the simmering down :tonka: I guess part of my frustration of spending a few hours on the net looking at $200,000 shacks spilled over into my post.

We definitely want something we can tube/waterski on and is big enough to enjoy even on a busy weekend. I appreciate the pros and cons and suggestions of lakes I hadn't peeked at yet.


And, Matt, I realize palm trees don't grow up north, but I figured that the commute to and from Key West to get Brendan to school would have wasted too much relaxing time by the water.
screw the cottage idea then, sell your main house, and put the proceeds together with the funds you originally had set aside for the cottage and buy a year round home on one of the lakes around the fenton area off of one of the foreclosure lists
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Old February 7th, 2008, 12:11 PM   #31
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Little Island Lake, Sand Lake, Round Lake, Indian Lake, all are ~10 miles west of Tawas. Takes us 2 hours from Lennon to get to our lot (Especially if you know the back roads to avoid traffic) The lots are still pretty inexpensive as well

We are on Little Island Lake, it is only a 60 acre or so lake (the smallest of them IIRC) and it is a nice area not very far from motorcycle trails etc... not toooo far from Rose City area either.
Is little island lake all sports? I remember driving around it looking for vacatnt lots a few years ago. It is really a nice lake from what we could see.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 01:27 PM   #32
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RyeBread...I wasn't aware you could touch anything at Canadian lakes for around $200k. I figured everything was at least $350k and more.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 02:10 PM   #33
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RyeBread...I wasn't aware you could touch anything at Canadian lakes for around $200k. I figured everything was at least $350k and more.
http://www.cblakes.com/ current lake front listings range from a low of $103,000 to over $1,000,000. those appear to be "normal" listings, not something exclusively off of a foreclosure list. edit* some would also appear to be "in the area" but not actually part of the Canadian Lakes Chain/Development.

we don't get up there much if at all during the winter - deb's parents head to Venice Florida each year earlier and earlier... this past year November 1st...

the local realtor my inlaws have used is Jerry Doyle, but I can't recall which company (if any) he is currently affiliated with. He seems to have his name/face on everything west of Mt. Pleasant though...
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Old February 7th, 2008, 02:11 PM   #34
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RyeBread...I wasn't aware you could touch anything at Canadian lakes for around $200k. I figured everything was at least $350k and more.
While there are some expensive houses out there, I also think you could find something on the water for 200K. Just be ready for the association to tell you what color siding you can have...
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Old February 7th, 2008, 02:19 PM   #35
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screw the cottage idea then, sell your main house, and put the proceeds together with the funds you originally had set aside for the cottage and buy a year round home on one of the lakes around the fenton area off of one of the foreclosure lists

that would be a swell idea if we could sell our main house. I won't even try it on the market because if the ones around us aren't selling, ours most likely won't either.

That's the worst part of this economy right now--great buyer's market. Terrible seller's market.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 02:28 PM   #36
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While there are some expensive houses out there, I also think you could find something on the water for 200K. Just be ready for the association to tell you what color siding you can have...
x2. if I recall correctly, they were told way back in '88 when they originally built it before selling it to move to Cincy, and then ultimately buying it back in the early 2000s that they should get preliminary plans drawn up and approved before proceeding with full blueprints, as the association required that no two elevations be "exactly alike" - this included mirrored/reversed plans not allowed.

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that would be a swell idea if we could sell our main house. I won't even try it on the market because if the ones around us aren't selling, ours most likely won't either.

That's the worst part of this economy right now--great buyer's market. Terrible seller's market.
understood.

a few years back the inlaws wanted us to buy a "cottage" off the water up there by them, so that when we visited/stayed we would have our own place to stay at...

my father inlaw lives in a different fantasy world/income bracket than we do... no way in hell would I justify the extra principle, interest, upkeep and non-homestead property taxes on something I could only enjoy a few weekends out of the year.

at the risk of drawing ire from the teachers on the board, if I were a teacher and had "3 months in the summer off" then I could reconsider it...

/me ducks the incoming flack from teachers :tonka: (my mom is a teacher too so easy on the abuse...)
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Old March 16th, 2008, 04:53 PM   #37
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Mel, there is a lake front lot on an all sports lake in Gladwin MLS# CG0114954 for $55,000.00. 900 Rivers Terrace, Gladwin, MI 48624. We looked at it today, but we need to sell something before we buy something else. It was pretty nice...not sure if it is what you are looking for, but you may want to check it out.
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