Candlewood Waterfront Retreat $1,290,000

by admin on December 16, 2017

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Enjoy Candlewood Lake comfort and the quintessential getaway in this updated, open concept, Western exposure home. Lake views abound from just about every luxurious room. The large chef’s kitchen complete with granite countertops & professional grade stainless steel appliances flows freely into the dining room, as well as spacious living room, featuring a Fieldstone fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows, and vaulted ceilings. A full, house-length deck with hottub, and plenty of space to entertain leads to the lake. A short hallway ushers you into the private main level master suite whose spotlights include Western sunset views and a walk-in closet. A two car garage, mudroom, & a three season enclosed porch are also found on the main level. The second level features two oversized bedrooms, each with walk-in closets, vaulted ceilings, and full bathrooms. One of the bedrooms walks out onto a private and spacious rooftop deck, the perfect place to enjoy the evening or morning coffee. The waterfront boasts a large dock, lakeside patio, well-landscaped yard, steps to sandy area, & of course, wide lake views with magnificent sunsets. This one-of-a-kind home also comes with a separate and private finished space that contains two individual offices sharing a double-sided fireplace. Countless other modern amenities include an updated propane furnace, Nest temperature control, & custom outdoor lighting. Come experience lake living year-round in this exquisite waterfront retreat.    click here for details

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Putnam Park

Putnam Memorial State Park… click here to view web page

“Connecticuts Vallry Forge”

 

Partial history; General Israel Putnam’s division of the Continental Army encamped in Redding in the winter of 1778-1779. This division was comprised of General Poor’s brigade of New Hampshire troops under Brig. General Enoch Poor, a Canadian Regiment led by Col. Moses Hazen, and two brigades of Connecticut troops: 2nd Brigade Connecticut Line regiments commanded by Brig. General Jedediah Huntington, and the 1st Brigade Connecticut Line regiments commanded by Brig. General Samuel H. Parsons. This division had been operating along the Hudson (Eastern New York) during the fall, and as winter approached it was decided that it should go into winter quarters at Redding, as from this position it could support the important fortress of West Point in case of attack, intimidate the Cowboys and Skinners of Westchester County, and cover lands adjacent to Long Island Sound. Another major reason was to protect the Danbury supply depot, which had been burned by the British the year before but resurrected to keep supplies going to Washington’s army.

Colonel Aaron Burr, one of General Putnam’s aides and a frequent visitor to Redding, had suggested that Putnam look over the area for a future winter encampment during a summer visit to General Heath’s Brigade in Danbury. Putnam found the topography and location ideal.

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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 well known Candlewood Lake.   

click here to view waterfront homes for sale on Lake Zoar       click here for photo tour of Lake Zoar

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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…. 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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Brian Corson…. waterfront specialist helping waterfront buyers and sellers for over 30 years all over Connecticut

 

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 me a call today at 203-426-2721

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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.

click here for boat lift video

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Waterfront Home Search Made Easy

by admin on September 11, 2014

waterfrontIt is said that over 90% of all home buyers begin their search on-line. And while this is typically a smooth process for most home buyers, the same cannot be said for those dreaming of waterfront living. Searching the internet for direct waterfront homes can be tedious and difficult.

The inherent problem is the way that Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data is entered, and then distributed, to the internet. Generally, MLS systems do not have a way to separate the DIRECT lakefront homes from the ones that are across the street, have deeded rights, or simply just have a view of the lake. Therefore, search functions cannot grab the right data for interested consumers.

We found buyers were extremely frustrated trying find DIRECT waterfront homes on-line. In fact, our feedback from buyers indicated they were spending many hours searching through  websites and coming up empty handed. So we set out to reduce that time to just seconds to find waterfront homes all over Connecticut.

Every day, our team of waterfront specialists comb through every new listing in Connecticut. These new waterfront home listings are then individually entered into the database of our new user friendly website at AdvancedWaterfront.com  Now it’s possible to browse through 100’s of waterfront homes, all on one easy to use website. Give it a try…you could have your toes in the water faster than you think!

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Lake Zoar .... Newtown

So many people think they have seen Lake Zoar but mostly they have only seen the few sections of the dammed up Housatonic River that look like a regular rambling river. To be sure, Lake Zoar is a manmade lake, that was created by a dam on the Housatonic River and the northern part of the lake looks pretty much like just another Connecticut River. That’s the section of the lake that most people have seen, because you can drive along sections of it and that’s where many of the lakes waterfront homes are, but now comes the good part, about 80% of the shoreline in the southern part of the lake is virgin forest with few homes and the lake just gets wider and wider as you go south, much more like a traditional lake and just beautiful for cruising, water sports or just cruise into a cove and chill. The lake is about 12 miles long so it’s plenty big enough to find a quiet spot. You can even take your crew to the Lake Zoar Drive In for a burger. Another big plus for Zoar is the great waterfront home values on the lake, it’s pretty easy to find a basic cottage style waterfront in the $200,000’s and some very lovely grander waterfronts with very level waterfronts in the $600,000, similar waterfront homes on nearby lakes can be well over $1,000,000

To view a photo tour of Lake Zoar click here 

click here to view waterfront homes for sale on Lake Zoar

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