Lake Zoar …. is it a lake or a river

by admin on March 13, 2016

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Lake Zoar… is it a Lake or is it a river. If you see the north end of the lake, as most people do, you will probably say it’s a river, but you might well change your view if you got in a boat and journeyed to the southern part of the lake. The problem is most people never do that, they just drive around the northern section accessible by car, such as the Glen Road steel bridge in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown or maybe they have only seen the lake when they go over the I-84 bridge. Lake Zoar was created by damming a section of the Housatonic River, so the area nearer the dam is much more like a traditional lake and really unique for western Connecticut, as almost 80% of the shoreline is beautiful virgin forest. Besides the natural beauty of the lake a big attraction is how unknown it is by folks outside Connecticut and so it’s still rather inexpensive, compared to the much more known Candlewood.   click to view homes for sale on Lake Zoar    click here for photo tour of Lake Zoar

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Lake Lillinonah Waterfront Building Lot

by admin on March 4, 2016

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0037.JPGHere is the dream Lake Lillinonah waterfront you have been looking for, with 400+ feet of waterfront, beautiful neighborhood of custom homes, dramatic waterfront, tranquil water and woodland views, wonderful privacy, lot mostly cleared, curb cut with formal stone wall entrance, permit for dock on existing waterfront bulkhead. Check out the dramatic elevated picnic grove on the peninsula with wow water views

click here to view photo tour

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Frozen Dock …. Don’t Let It Happen

by admin on October 14, 2015

Candlewood Dock

Floating docks typically go in the water each spring, and come out of the water each autumn.

When temperatures in an area drop below freezing, ice forms on lakes, rivers and other bodies of water. Ice can damage floating docks, so it makes sense to remove the docks before the brutally cold weather comes.

If you have a floating dock, the first thing to do in preparation for its removal is to take off all accessories and put them in storage. For instance, if you have chairs, tables, or decorations on the dock, remove them first before dealing with the dock itself. Next, temporarily tie your dock to the shoreline of your waterfront home. Wherever you have chain anchors, pull them out one by one. If the anchors are exceptionally heavy, and it’s easier to leave them in the water for next season, attach a buoy to each one—that way you’ll be able to find them easily next spring. If you use pole anchors, detach the pole connectors from the dock, sliding them off. The poles can then be pulled out of place and stored for the winter. The gangway can be detached from the dock on just one side (leaving it out for the winter), or completely. After that, dock pieces can be taken apart and brought to shore for storage. Ideally, it’s best to start from the waterside and work your way back to the shoreline. It would helpful to convince some buddies to be involved in the process to make it easier—and more fun.

Depending on your approach to dock removal, you can detach them piece-by-piece or leave some connected and haul them away. If you get a couple people to help, it’s probably easier to take them away connected, rather than spending the time to detach each one. Some people use their boat trailers to take the dock pieces out of the water. You can float the dock on top of the submerged trailer, tie the dock onto the trailer, and pull it out, rather than having several men do heavy lifting.

After the dock pieces and accessories are on shore, find a good spot to store them. If you have room in a garage, that’s great. If you want to leave them outside, store the dock face up. In the spring, you can power wash the dock before putting it back in the water so it will look clean and fresh.

You could also just call your favorite dock service company and enjoy coffee in front of your fireplace while they do the work

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Candlewood Lake … Value Packed at $564,000

by admin on September 22, 2015

Candlewood LakeCandlewood Lake WOW $529,000

Nestled on a quiet tree lined lane on the northern most section of Candlewood Lake in New Milford with just beautiful water views from almost every room in this recently remodeled home. Just a short walk down the lane to one of Candlewood Lake’s most beautiful beach’s and a docking slip for your boat.   click here for photo tour and more information

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Waterfront…. Turn Key Don’t Miss Out

by admin on August 3, 2015

Lake Zoar Waterfront

Many sellers of waterfront homes have more than one home and if the waterfront home is not their primary residence they may have little need or desire to move furniture or even more personal property like, window treatments, linens, wall decorations, dishes etc. In some cases it’s just too much trouble and expense to move these things. This can be good news for a buyer if you happen to like the seller’s choice in furnishings, worst case is you have a turnkey waterfront and you can make changes over time as you decide. Always ask, you just might get a windfall waterfront complete turnkey house. click her to see our latest turn key waterfront on Lake Zoar for $390,000

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Candlewood Lake…. Get Lost

by admin on July 31, 2015

Candlewood Lake

This beautiful lake calls you to get in a boat and get lost and getting lost really is possible on this wonderful lake. With more than 60 miles of varied shoreline, 2 major bays, 4 extended fingers, quiet coves galore and many islands to explore. With dramatic vistas of the Berkshire foothills and 1000’s of acres of undeveloped land, it’s easy to find a quiet spot to just drop the anchor and chill or maybe take a house cruise…. It’s really fun to just cruise past all the beautiful waterfront homes and dream about which one could be yours… or maybe it’s time to go to your favorite hidden swim spot have swim, a snack and a nape.

click here for photo tour of Candlewood Lake

click here to view waterfront homes for sale on Candlewood Lake

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Bayliner Boats…back to function

by admin on July 30, 2015

Connecticut Boating

Lots and lots of people are re-thinking boats and getting back to simpler and more functional designs that allow a variety of activity’s on the water and don’t break the bank doing it. This wonderful new Bayliner Element XL really does the job…. a fun cruise with family and friends, some fishing, tubing with the kids or maybe it’s time to go water skiing.  click here to view boat test

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Forty Acre Mountain Candlewood Lake

This updated lake home paradise on a double lot has panoramic lake views, 153 ft of waterfront, & a beautifully landscaped yard. The open concept living space on the main level assures you and your guests will enjoy every moment. Panoramic views are enjoyed from almost all of the rooms. The eat-in kitchen flows seamlessly into the dining room and then out through double doors to the generous wraparound deck for easy entertaining. All 3 bedrooms, including a grand master suite are on the main floor, a generous office & den on the lower level complete this spacious layout. A wrap around stone patio leads to the lakeside stone patio & spacious deck/dock cabana and steps into the water experience. Available completely furnished.

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Lakefront Specialist

Waterfront homes are unique, your home is unique… and it takes a focused marketing approach to attract & educate the best buyers from a nation-wide audience.

So why would you trust your most important investment to a generalist? Most Real Estate agents sell every type of property they can get their hands on…and there’s nothing wrong with that. But waterfront homes are unique. The buyers that buy them are unique. So it just makes sense to have an agent that walks the walk.

Here’s some things to look for when searching for a lakefront specialty agent to sell your property:

  • I always tell sellers to ask the following question as soon as the agent walks in the door: “Sell me on my lake right now”. If they don’t completely blow you away with their waterfront knowledge, you’ve got the wrong agent in your house. You’ll save an hour of your time! It’s worth repeating…Buyers are buying the waterfront, not the house!
  • Most sellers will ask “How many waterfront homes have you sold over the last 12 months?”  And although that’s a good question (and be sure to get an answer), what you really should be asking is: “How many waterfront buyers are you working with RIGHT NOW that qualify for my home?” Because if their entire marketing plan is to put it on MLS and hope that another agency sells it, that’s not a marketing plan.
  • Do they know what it takes to prepare your waterfront home for sale Buyers have very specific needs…they are buying a lifestyle, not just a home. So be sure they know how to stage your home to highlight the lifestyle the buyer will be living.
  • Ask them how they will be setting the sales price. Two things happen when you get a market analysis from a “generalist” agent. They either price it like it’s not on the water (because that’s all they know); or they price it way too high because they don’t understand the value the waterfront brings. Be sure they understand the #1 way to correctly value your lakefront property.
  • Do they understand waterfront use permits, boats, water sports, water quality issues, boat size requirements, septic system issues around the water, shoreline management plans, waterfront community association requirements and amenities, waterfront zoning issues, waterfront building permit requirements etc etc

You only get one chance at this…never leave money on the table. Give yourself the best chance at maximum value, hire a lakefront specialist!  Give us a call today at 203-426-4663

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Photo by Hewitt Lifts

Boat lifts come in a number of different styles and sizes. Some are ideal for small boats, and others work better for larger crafts. The tie that binds them all, however, is the fact they tend to make routine maintenance and even docking a lot easier on their waterfront home owners.

Many boat owners invest in boat lifts for a number of reasons. Not only do they make it easier to fully inspect a boat for cleaning and maintenance, they also make dry docking simpler. When a lift is used, a boat can be stored just above the water rather than having to take it in and out on each outing. This cuts down not only on the damage some water can cause to a vessel, but also on the time involved in getting a boat in and out of the water.

The different types of boat lifts include:

Four-point lifts: These lifts provide support one all four sides to ensure a boat is steady out of the water. They can range from those designed for small to medium sized boats to those for slightly larger craft. In most cases, these lifts work by having the boat park above them and then a switch is turned or a crank is cranked to elevate a vessel out of the water. They can range in price greatly.

Freestanding lifts: These boat lifts tend to offer full frames that encase a boat for storage or inspection. They can work on hydraulics or might involve the use of winches to raise and lower the boat into and out of the water.

Floating boat lifts: This type of lift is ideal for storage of a vessel and even for some maintenance. The one thing they don’t tend to offer is access to the underbelly of the boat. Still, these can be great for those who want to ensure their boats don’t sit moored for long periods of time taking the damage sea water and even lake water can dish out.

Boat lifts just make it easier for lakefront boat owners to perform routine maintenance and provide their vessels with the benefits of dry docking without having to remove the vessels from the water entirely. They can cut down on the time involved in hauling a boat in and out of the water, too, which is always appreciated by boat owners. Those shopping for boat lifts will find the prices vary, but the benefits can make the investment quite worth every penny.

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