The Legacy of the Lakes Museum (formerly named Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum) in Alexandria has many exhibits that are enjoyable to visit again and again. One of them exhibits the Grand Hotels and Resorts that were in Alexandria. I took this photo of a brochure from Bedman’s Beach Resort at Lake Ida. Ah, the days of $20 – 22 a week at the lake. My favorites from the brochure are “Surf-board riding is a real sport” and “Where lake cooled breezes and home comforts with no care for the morrow make winter come too soon”.
At the southwest corner of the second largest lake in Douglas County (MN), Lake Ida, is Bedman Drive. It is a paved township road with no outlet. Very peaceful. And, the location is advantageous as it is a short drive to downtown Alexandria and an even shorter drive to places such as Arrowwood, Zorbaz, the Alexandria Golf Club and Bug-a-Boo Bay.
It isn’t very often that level, sandy lakeshore is for sale at prime Alexandria lakes and is even more uncommon to have them right next to each other. That is the case today. Two adjacent lots on Bedman Drive are both listed for sale. Different owners with the same reason for having them on the market. They both now have homes on an Alexandria lake. Both of these lots have public sewer ready (connection fee needed). Only a well will be needed. As you will see in the video I recorded yesterday for lot 2, it is a really nice setting.
If they interest you, feel free to visit and walk them. Both lots have the corners staked. There are two routes to get to this location. Heading north on County Road 34, turn left onto County Road 61. Then, turn right on Bedman Drive and turn left at the T. Or, if you are on County Road 22, turn right on 61, left on Bedman and left at the T. All routes are paved. No gravel roads.
It is uncommon for properties at the south end of Alexandria’s Lake Ida to go up for sale in Alexandria’s Multiple Listing Service but it is still fun to look at. Nice, level and sandy shoreline. In the video below you will travel above Bedman Drive and Sahara Lane. Part of Burkeys Lane is also on the south end of the lake but I was nearing the maximum range of my quadcopter so I stopped at the stream that separates Saharan Lane and Burkeys Lane.
The video below was recorded on June 24, 2015 at the southwest corner of Lake Ida and gives you a counterclockwise view of Lake Ida from the air.