Recently from a property on the east side of Lake Burgen I launched my drone equipped with a GoPro camera. The lake property went on the market last weekend and within days of plunking my for sale sign in a snowbank at the end of the driveway, it sold. I have embedded the full video I recorded and if you look closely you can see the new high school across the lake. For a better view, click the icon in the lower right corner of the video to go full screen.
After being quiet for too many years, sales of lake lots in the Alexandria Area perked up in the second half of 2013. The sales were fairly evenly distributed between twenty lakes in Douglas County. With 2013 being a strong year for lake homes sales in Alexandria’s market and with positive activity starting out 2014 (a home listed for sale on Lake Ida in the low $500,000 price range went under contract this month), I think lake lot sales in 2014 will top the 2013 sales.
Here is a breakdown of the 29 sales in 2013 listed by lake with the sale prices, the number of frontage feet and acreage.
Le Homme Dieu…$270,000…75’…0.84 ac
Earlier this week I was at a property on the east side of Lake Burgen in Alexandria that I will be listing for sale soon. The video below shows the view enjoyed at this property. It will be tough to see in the video but almost directly across the lake it is possible to see the lights of the football field for the new high school in Alexandria that is nearing completion.
Most often, the people I come in contact with that are looking to purchase a lake home in Douglas County want to be on a lake larger than 600 acres. This afternoon I decided to take a look at the breakdown of lake homes sales in 2013 to see the totals and the price ranges for lakes with sizes up to 600 acres and for those greater than 600 acres. Lake homes in associations or those that have deeded access aren’t included in the totals. The number of sales of all lake home types in Douglas County so far this year is 147.
20 homes at lakes with less than 600 acres of room to roam sold with a high price of $460,000 (Lake Henry) and a low price of $135,000 (Lake Victoria and Lake Burgen).
Lakes that have 600 acres or more had 72 lake homes sales with the sale prices ranging from $850,000 (Lake Darling) to $122,000 (Red Rock Lake). The $850,000 sale price is the high sale so far in 2013 for lake homes and homes without lakeshore. Of the 72 lakefront home sales, 6 of them were in the 600-700 acre size.
Note: If you like ‘The Lake’ sign in the photo, it is for sale on Etsy.com.
Ever since I purchased a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) early in 2012 I have been visiting and enjoying many of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Public Accesses in and around Alexandria, Minnesota. They really do a fantastic job and the public is very lucky to have them nearby and in great quantity. One of my favorites is at the northwest end of Lake Burgen in Alexandria. I like it for a variety of reasons. First, I can get to it and from it quickly from my office at the corner of Broadway and Third Avenue so it is possible for me to get out for a quick 45-60 minute paddle when I have some free time. Perfect for exercise and relaxation. Second, the size of the lake is perfect for SUP-ing. In less than an hour I can paddle the entire shoreline of the lake on a not too windy day. I should note that it also appears to be the perfect size for other recreational watercraft as there usually is skiing and other activity. Yet, it remains fairly serene. And, the lake is clean. Third, the location is killer. I finish paddling and enjoy sitting on a long shoreline of sand with nothing but sand out in front. Really, really nice.
Now the downside. It is a long, private drive off of Hazel Hill Road into this access that is directly south of the Lake Victoria Public Access. The long drive is not the downside but being hidden is the downside. Each time I visit the Burgen Public Access there are others that are stopping by not to use the access. Some come to let their kids swim go for a swim or for their dog to have some fun. Some come to enjoy a smoke or some fast food during a lunch break. Others come to enjoy a beverage regardless of the time. None of these are wrong as long as a law isn’t broken and as long as each is considerate of others. There are quite a few that aren’t. I am making this observation not only by what I have seen but by what I have picked up.
Last Friday afternoon, I couldn’t believe what was on the ground and at the shoreline when I arrived at the Burgen Access. There are no trash cans but it is still no excuse. Cans, bottles, bags, etc. were prevalent. I made a mental note to bring a bag for my next visit.
The following day I pulled in early to spend an hour on my board on Burgen as it was a scorcher. What I found at the access was worse than 24 hours earlier. What was shocking/disappointing was when I started picking up everything that had been thoughtlessly left. My bag was filled within 20 minutes and must have weighed more than 5 pounds. Broken glass led the way to the dock and I also found more than a few used diapers, plenty of beer cans (not very good beer), soda pop cans, fast food bags, lollipop sticks and even a t-shirt. Someone was evidently grilling as well as they dispersed their used charcoal just north of the broken glass leading to the dock.
It all really saddened me. Like anything, it is probably a small percentage of the users that are leaving the mark but of course are making the greatest mark. I hope someone in law enforcement reads this and sends a patrol to this location on a Friday or Saturday evening.
I emailed the MN DNR about possibly developing an adoption program. Public thoroughfares get adopted by citizens or organizations to keep them clean. Why couldn’t the same be done with our Public Accesses? Most of the DNR Public Accesses have Biffy’s and garbage cans but a lot still ends on the ground. What do you think?