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Fall Refresh for NW WI Lake Homes in Trego, Solon Springs, and Barnes

Last week I embarked on fall color tours through some of the most scenic corners of northwest Wisconsin.   Most of these tours were for fun.  But since I took drones and cameras along, I’m afraid they did turn into sort of a busman’s holiday.  I’ll share photos from those tours in upcoming blog posts.  The tour described in today’s post, however, was totally work-related.   Yup.  Real estate photography.  Summer is over, and it was time to give these four lake homes a fall refresh.   Two were in Solon Springs on Upper Saint Croix Lake.  A third was on Trego Lake, and the fourth was on Upper Eau Claire Lake in Barnes, WI.   

Here’s a sampling of those fall updates.  I think they turned out pretty darn autumnal.  For more, just scroll on down.


Stairway to Heaven on Bond Lake (Near Gordon, Wascott, and Minong, Wisconsin)

Last week I returned to this northwest Wisconsin lake home on Bond Lake so I could capture fresh photos of….  You guessed it.  A stairway.  This seller had freshly stained his home’s lower-level deck, and also the stairway leading down to the lake.   It was a big project, and must have taken several gallons of stain.  At least the new owners won’t need to worry about doing it again for a while.

Now, normally stairs are not something I tend to emphasize in photos.  Even if buyers enjoy exercise, they don’t always get excited about stairs.  But here’s the thing.  Yes, this home has some elevation.  And that’s also why it has such an incredible view of Bond Lake.   So for a lot of buyers, it’s an OK trade-off.

For an effortless, virtual stroll up the stairs, just scroll on down.  When you reach the top of the stairs, you’ll see what I mean about the view.


Just Listed: Home on Upper Eau Claire Lake (Barnes, WI)

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior of this Barnes, WI lake home on Upper Eau Claire Lake.  With its walk-out lower level facing the lake, it’s much larger than it appears from the driveway side. 

(I wrote “driveway side” because with lake homes like this one “front” or “back” can be confusing.  OK, so maybe you arrived at the front door.  But then when you’re inside your house and facing the lake, you’ll feel like the back side, the lake side, is really the front side.  If you know what I mean.)

This house also has a spectacular interior.  I especially liked the exposed beams made from reclaimed wood–and also the massive stone fireplace made from real stone, not just stone facing.  It extends to the lower level, where there’s a second fireplace in the rec room.  And just for extra measure, there’s a third fireplace in the master suite.  For a peek inside this spectacular lake home, just scroll on down.


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