lake superior: Madeline Island Ferry Line Adopts Policy Requiring Passenger Masks - 04/14/20 06:50 AM
Madeline Island Ferry Line Adopts Policy Requiring Passenger Masks
 
Yesterday the Madeline Island Ferry Line posted a policy requiring passengers using the on-board passenger cabins "to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose".
 
The Ferry line meets the definition of a "common carrier" under Federal Maritime Law (see Federal Maritime Commission rules, 46 CFR, subsection 530.0). This rule which pertains to "a vessel operating on the high seas or the Great Lakes", gives the Ferry Line broad authority to make and enforce regulations on Lake Superior dealing with passenger safety and conduct while on board.
 
This is a proactive step towards protecting passengers from … (0 comments)

lake superior: Seven Years of the Madeline Island Real Estate Market at a Glance - 04/13/20 02:06 AM
Seven Years of the Madeline Island Real Estate Market at a Glance
 
About a dozen years ago, the Island Gazette newspaper offered a column entitled "What's it Worth?", written by a local real estate agent. The column was an effort to forecast the current and future market for homes in LaPointe, Wisconsin.
 
At that time, most of our local agents were not using comprehensive SOLD data or detailed comparable sales statistics to construct a clear picture of our local real estate market.
 
Fast forward to 2020, and we're now able to view a quick, accurate picture of median home prices on Madeline Island … (2 comments)

lake superior: Town of La Pointe, WI Closes Municipal Buildings - 03/19/20 02:26 PM
The Ashland Daily Press has reported that all municipal buildings in the Town of La Pointe, Wisconsin were officially closed yesterday until further notice, presumably because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The closing will be in effect until further notice. Meetings in municipal buildings are canceled, except for those scheduled by appointment.
Numerous similar closings are being reported along the south shore/Apostle Islands region, from Ashland and Odanah to Madeline Island, Washburn and Bayfield. The Red Cliff Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa closed its "Legendary Waters" Casino today, following a similar move by the Bad River Tribe at their own casino. The … (0 comments)

lake superior: Problems With Madeline Island Maps - 03/02/18 11:41 PM
Problems with Madeline Island Maps on the Web
 
Three years ago, while we were updating our website, we discovered something on Bing and Open Street maps (Open Street maps are used by MapQuest and have been used in the past by Snapchat and Foursquare). The problem was that Madeline Island was depicted on those maps as being totally underwater:
 
[Before the OpenStreet Map Correction - Madeline Island Appears Submerged]
 
As you can see above, the Bayfield mainland is pictured in white, against the blue background of Lake Superior. But Madeline Island appears completely submerged. Some roads are visible (in white) and a few landmarks … (3 comments)

lake superior: Amazon's Agent NEO app Could be a Game Changer for Real Estate Agents - 12/06/17 10:21 AM
Amazon's "Agent NEO" app Could be a Game Changer for Real Estate Agents
 
Inman News is talking about this. I haven't seen it mentioned on Active Rain yet, but it's certainly getting attention elsewhere. And if you've missed it, you might benefit from doing a little research.
 
Agent NEO is Amazon's latest foray into providing a service to the real estate profession. The Agent NEO app is currently in Beta testing. It looks like both large and small brokerages are applying to test the new app.
Who couldn't use another way to reach real estate consumers? Alexa has become a popular way to keep … (17 comments)

lake superior: Madeline Island Real Estate Buyers Picking up Late Season Bargains - 12/07/16 06:29 AM
Madeline Island Real Estate Buyers Picking up Late Season Bargains
 
Almost every year, we see a late-season surge of home buying on Madeline Island and throughout the Apostle Islands area. 2016 has been no exception. Home buyers and vacant land shoppers who began looking months ago have finally gotten serious about these late season values.
 
The November sale of 2862 North Shore Road, LaPointe Wisconsin is a good example. This value-priced log home on Madeline Island was clearly one of the best home values of 2016 in our market area.
 
In December, we saw a North Shore Heights lot on Madeline Island (nearly six … (0 comments)

lake superior: A Crib Dock Can Add Value to Your Waterfront Property Shoreline - 04/11/16 06:33 PM
A Crib Dock Can Add Value to Your Waterfront Property Shoreline
 
In our geographic area in northwest Wisconsin (the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior), it's not uncommon to see what are sometimes described as "permanent docks" or "crib docks" along the shoreline.  Among the twenty-one Apostle Islands, Madeline Island is home to perhaps a couple hundred of these crib docks.
 
Construction of these crib docks generally consists of oak cribs, pinned together with heavy iron spikes and filled with large brownstone boulders. The rock-filled cribs are then "topped" with planking, allowing a dock surface that can be equipped with mooring cleats or dock … (7 comments)

lake superior: Spring Snowfalls Hamper Showings in Bayfield WI and on Madeline Island - 04/09/16 07:07 AM
Spring Snowfalls Hamper Showings in Bayfield WI and on Madeline Island
 
It's pretty unusual for a real estate agent to have a brisk showing schedule in early April on the shores of Lake Superior.  But it's happening this year.  We're seeing a healthier than usual amount of prospective buyer traffic in the Apostle Islands area this spring.  There's just one problem.
 
It's snow.
 
Snow, and lots of it, is slowing down real estate agents in our Madeline Island Realty office and in some instances it's causing showing appointment cancellations in the Bayfield and Madeline Island area.  Heavy, wet snows in the past 36-48 hours are making it difficult … (2 comments)

lake superior: Perhaps the Best Remaining Building Lot at Roy's Point in Bayfield WI - 03/16/16 01:58 PM
Perhaps the Best Remaining Building Lot at Roy's Point Shores in Bayfield WI
 
Listed for sale by Madeline Island Realty - Lot 9, Creek Trail, Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814, adjacent to Roy's Point Marina
 
We have heard others, including a competing local Bayfield, Wisconsin real estate agent, who have described this vacant buildable lot as "the best of the remaining lots at Roy's Point Shores".   It may even be the best available lot of its kind in the Apostle Islands area. 
 
Lot nine, Creek Trail in Bayfield, Wisconsin features a gorgeous, private building site and a partial Lake Superior view. The 1.63 acre wooded lot is platted … (5 comments)

lake superior: Superb Brickyard Creek Waterfront Home in Bayfield WI - Sale Pending - 03/15/16 07:00 PM
Superb Brickyard Creek Waterfront Home in Bayfield WI - Sale Pending
 
One of our favorite Madeline Island Realty listings ever  is now a Pending sale.
Built by renowned Minneapolis & Saint Paul master builder Tony Eiden in 2003, this magnificent waterfront home in the Brickyard Creek development, adjacent to Roy's Point Marina, is in superb condition.
 
The exceptional view of Basswood Island (in the Apostle Islands of northwest Wisconsin) is an "up-close-and-personal" focal point of this luxury waterfront home. From the large, elegant tiled foyer and formal dining room to the dramatic wall of windows in the living room facing Lake Superior, the construction quality and attention … (8 comments)

lake superior: With Vacation Homes, Expect Time on Market to be Longer - 03/13/16 11:17 PM
With Vacation Homes, Expect Time on Market to be Longer
 
Every so often, a prospective buyer points to the "Days on Market" number on the MLS data sheet and asks, "why has this property been on the market for such a long time?"  I believe that many of these would-be buyers are looking for another way to ask, "what's wrong with this house?"
 
But market times can be much longer in a vacation home/recreational area, particularly when tourist activity is unquestionably seasonal. With few exceptions, in our Apostle Islands real estate market (in northwest Wisconsin), our tourist season is six months long, with the remaining winter months … (4 comments)

lake superior: Ours May be the Only Beachfront Real Estate Office on Lake Superior - 01/02/16 04:01 AM
Ours May Possibly be the Only Beachfront Real Estate Office on Lake Superior
 
To our knowledge, Madeline Island Realty enjoys the only beachfront residential real estate office on Lake Superior. If that is true, it would be quite a distinction, as Lake Superior has over 2700 linear miles of shoreline. By the way, that shoreline circumference equals approximately ten per cent of the way around our planet, measured at the equator (about twenty-five thousand miles). 
[Madeline Island Realty is next door to the Beach Club Restaurant, to the right of center in this photo.]
 
Madeline Island Realty is located at 809 Main Street, La … (2 comments)

lake superior: Spring Returns to Bayfield, Wisconsin - 03/25/15 01:23 AM
Spring Returns to Bayfield, Wisconsin
 
My good friend and client in Bayfield, Bob Durfey, sent me a delightful email about fishing tugboats firing up their engines and making a first run to Grant's Point (on nearby Madeline Island) yesterday morning. Bob wrote,
 
"A follow up to yesterday...   We went to the dock and listened to all the banter. four fishing boats gave their all, three making it to Grant's Point on the southwest side of Madeline Island, one turning back halfway there. Ferry made its inaugural run at 11 am. We spent the day working in the yard, spreading … (7 comments)

lake superior: Ferry Service Between Bayfield, Wisconsin and Madeline Island Resumes - 03/24/15 02:13 PM
Ferry Service Between Bayfield, Wisconsin and Madeline Island Resumes
 
Today was the big day.  Yesterday, the Madeline Island Ferry Line made its first crossing of 2015, opening up a narrow channel in the ice between LaPointe, Wisconsin (Madeline Island) and Bayfield, Wisconsin on the mainland. And today, the Ferry Line made its first scheduled trip across the 2.2 mile stretch of Lake Superior that connects Bayfield with the Island.
 
The motor vessel Island Queen  made the first passage of the season through the ice yesterday late in the morning.  Apparently the crew nearly turned back, but their efforts prevailed … (3 comments)

lake superior: Showing Extraordinary Lake Minnetonka Properties This Morning - 03/20/15 01:54 AM
Showing Extraordinary Lake Minnetonka Properties This Morning
 
In the real estate business, not all days are like this one.  This morning I had the privilege of touring some remarkable properties in the Lake Minnetonka area of Hennepin County (about half an hour west of downtown Minneapolis).  These were anything but typical homes and lots. Prices over $1.5 million and above are not uncommon in the particular areas that we toured during the past several hours.
 
Our tour of properties for sale began this morning in Wayzata, on the west end of town.  We also took in parts of Deephaven … (3 comments)

lake superior: Madeline Island Realty Recommended by Blogger Bob Crane - 02/22/15 10:54 PM
Madeline Island Realty Recommended by Blogger Bob Crane
 
We're very proud of this recent recommendation by ActiveRain blogger and forestland expert Bob Crane:
 
http://activerain.com/blogsview/4609137/ashland-county--wisconsin-forests---miles-of-shoreland-
 
In Bob's blog post about buying land in Ashland County, Wisconsin, Bob wrote, "If you are interested in purchasing land in Ashland County, give my friend Eric Kodner a call". 
 
At Madeline Island Realty, we do  specialize in homes and land, not only in Ashland County but also in neighboring Bayfield and Douglas Counties of northwest Wisconsin.  It's gratifying to be endorsed by top real estate bloggers like Bob Crane and we're proud to … (1 comments)

lake superior: 1150 Big Bay Road, LaPointe WI - Sunset Bay Value on Madeline Island - 10/21/14 02:45 PM
1150 Big Bay Road, LaPointe WI - Sunset Bay Value on Madeline Island
 
If you're searching for luxury and comfort in a secluded Lake Superior setting on nearly four acres, yet close to the Town of LaPointe, you've found it.  1150 Big Bay Road combines wooded privacy and plenty of room with close proximity to town shopping, restaurants, the Madeline Island Airport and the Madeline Island Ferry Line.
A year-round home with sunset views of the Bayfield mainland, 1150 Big Bay Road is one of the best values currently available on Madeline Island.
Highlights of this property include:
An extra-wide … (2 comments)

lake superior: Never Underestimate the Power of Lake Superior - 09/12/14 02:17 AM
Never Underestimate the Power of Lake Superior
 
The video below tells the story of what happened on Madeline Island two days ago.  We're told that the storm which struck the Island on Wednesday tore as many as sixty crib docks off the shore.  
 

 
During the ferry crossing from Bayfield, Wisconsin to LaPointe (Madeline Island), we counted well over one hundred pieces of floating debris, including dock planks, timbers and downed trees.  
 
Here's what the dock looked like before Wednesday's storm:

Notice how the planking atop the log cribs has been completely swept away … (2 comments)

lake superior: Late Ice on Lake Superior Slowing the Start of our 2014 Tourist Season - 04/02/14 02:37 AM
 
Late Ice on Lake Superior Slowing the Start of our 2014 Tourist Season
 
The late ice cover on many parts of Lake Superior is slowing the start of our tourist season.  The ice road is gone now, and windsled travel is anything but easy.  So the "shoulder season" between ice road and ferry transportation is delaying the activities of many Madeline Island businesses, including our own.

We have new listings to bring to market, but there's little point in photographing a new listing covered in snow and ice.  The ice cover on Chequamegon Bay isn't exactly a tourist season … (1 comments)

lake superior: NEW LISTING - Lot 6, Cramer Lane, North Shore Heights, Madeline Island - 02/23/14 10:50 AM
 
NEW LISTING - Lot 6, Cramer Lane, North Shore Heights, Madeline Island
 
Check out our newest listing on Madeline Island, with deeded lake access and a hillside lake view from the front of the lot, looking west towards Hermit and Basswood Islands in the Apostle Islands area of Lake Superior.
Are you searching for that ideal building site with dynamite views, unmatched privacy and affordable property taxes?
Lot six in the North Shore Heights development on Madeline Island just may be what you've been looking for.  It's a twenty-minute drive north of the Town of LaPointe, Wisconsin on Madeline Island, close enough to … (3 comments)

 
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