Lake Zoar Waterfront

by admin on March 20, 2015

Fish Rock Road...Lake Zoar

Lake Zoar Waterfront  $390,000 click here to view details

Shortly after Lake Zoar was created in 1929, people started building small charming bungalow style waterfront retreats along the shores of this beautiful lake. This home is one of those charming waterfronts but it has been expanded and remodeled with modern conveniences. Its funny how popular Lake Zoar was is the 1930’s to 1950”s compared to nearby and larger Candlewood Lake, then Zoar kind of went off the radar for decades and only recently has it been rediscoved from the shadow of Candlewood. Anyway, if you are searching for a great waterfront value, you might want to take a long hard look at Lake Zoar and especially this wonderful waterfront home.

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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 

To View Homes on Lake Zoar click here

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Is Your Brain Really Blue?

by admin on September 6, 2014

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A new York Times best seller, the book Blue Mind is a fascinating study of the emotional, behavioral, psychological and physical connections that keep humans so enchanted with water…you’ll read it once and then come back to it time and again…” ~Washington Post

Marine Biologist and Author, Wallace J. Nichols PhD., chronicles the surprising science that shows how being near, in, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do.

It’s incredible to think that we can alter our brain’s positive neural pathways by increasing our exposure to happy experiences in, near or on water, but apparently it’s true. While the mind runs the show, the body isn’t left out of the discussion. Most of us could close our eyes right now and recall the sights and associated sounds of our favorite shoreline.

Nichols explores the sensory appeal of water, showing us how the sight, sound, feel, and even smell and taste of water affect us on an incredibly deep and raw level.

After 60+ years of being on and around the water myself, it’s certainly something I’ve always believed in…but it’s good to know there’s science behind it!

The book is available on Amazon here: Blue Mind.

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Candlewood LakeWe have been fortunate with the weather this summer (cool nights and moderate days), which tends to minimize the occurrence of blue green algae blooms – however it’s important to be aware of the following facts.

When temperatures climb and the sun beats down, conditions are especially favorable for Connecticut lakes to produce algae blooms, some of which can be harmful to pets and humans.

What: Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are most often blue-green algal (otherwise known as cyanobacteria) blooms containing toxins or other noxious chemicals, which can pose harmful health risks.  Not all algae blooms are “blue-green” (see page 2 photos), and not all blue-green algal blooms are harmful, however there is no visual way to predict the toxicity of a blue-green algal bloom without a more detailed chemical evaluation.

Several types of blue-green algae commonly occur in lakes and ponds in Connecticut.  Blue-green algae blooms can occur frequently throughout the summer season in some lakes.  Spells of hot weather and heavy rains carrying nutrients can create conditions that increase the possibility for frequent blue-green algae blooms though they are hard to predict.  Since lakes are always in motion, the wind and waves that bring a bloom to a beach are just as capable of blowing it away.  Blooms can linger for a few hours or days depending on weather conditions.

Why is this a concern? People or pets that immerse themselves in waters when a bloom is present may be exposed to toxins.  They may develop skin irritation or upper respiratory problems from exposure to HABs, gastrointestinal problems, and in extreme cases, dogs and other animals have even died after ingesting water containing these toxins by either drinking the water or cleaning their fur coats with their tongues.

Where: Severe blue-green algal blooms typically occur on lakes when nutrient loading exceeds certain levels resulting in poor water quality and looks like green paint, pea soup, or a thick green cake (see photo gallery below for examples). These blooms may produce and release toxins.  Algal blooms often result in extremely low water clarity (less than 1 foot).

What should I do if I suspect a HAB on my lake? When blooms are present, people should avoid contact with the water and they should prevent animals from swimming in or drinking the water.  Scientists do not yet know what causes some blooms to produce toxins while others do not, so the safest course of action is to avoid contact with all blue-green blooms.

What does it look like? Blue-green algae can be hard to distinguish from other types of algae. While it’s often described as looking like pea soup or spilled green paint, it can take other forms as well.

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Photo of Blue Green Algae shown above.

 

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 The  photo above is Filamentous Algae , NOT Blue Green Algae.

 What should I do if I or my pet accidently come in contact with a blue-green algae bloom?

  • Thoroughly rinse yourself and your pet(s) off.
  • If you experience any signs of symptoms post-exposure, contact your health care provider or Poison Control Center for advice.
  • Immediately contact your veterinarian if your pet shows any symptoms post-ingestion.

WHO SHOULD I CALL?

If you believe you, someone else or a pet are experiencing adverse health effects due to contact with, or ingestion of, lake water/algae, you should seek medical attention.

In addition, people are encouraged to call their local Public Health Agency, or Connecticut Department of Public Health (CDPH) (860) 509-7758. Citizens can also contact CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) at (860) 424-3020 or visit the DEEP website for more detailed information at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2719&Q=510024.

 

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American Pie and Candlewood Lake

by admin on July 6, 2014

American PieHere’s the dream and I think it can be done…. let’s say you are out on the lake cruising and you decide  you want to enjoy a nice lunch, something more than the usual boat picnic food. What better place than  American Pie in Sherman, so how do you get there by boat… cruise into Sherman harbor and beg or borrow a slip by the town park (yeah yeah I know that could be a problem) once you find a spot for your boat just ask around for the location of the nature trail and now comes the adventure part, you follow the nature trail to the little shopping center where American Pie is located. We have yet to try this adventure, so if any of our readers have, do let us know. We have ventured into Sherman harbor many times and it’s just lovely. We have also enjoyed many wonderful breakfasts and lunches at American Pie, well worth a trip, just ask any of the locals.

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Candlewood Lake

It was a beautiful spring day and Kevin, one of our waterfront agents was recently showing homes on Candlewood Lake and the son of his customers decided to bring along his drone, following is the video he put together after he flew his drone around all day click here to view video

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Amazing Panoramic Views from this recently remodeled Candlewood waterfront. Dramatic greatroom with catherdral ceiling and stone fireplace and walls of glass with sliders to expansive waterfront deck, beautiful custom kitchen with granite counters, huge master suite features vaulted ceiling with dramatic wood tones and even has waterview sitting room. Lower level includes nice size familyroom with walk-out to waterfront patio, 1/2 bath, laundry room, and two extra rooms for possible media room and overflow sleeping area. Especially nice waterfront gardens, patios and did I mention WOW! waterfront views. This waterfront home is a true pleasure to show and a wonderful value at this price point. offerred at $1,198,000   click here for more details and photo tour

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Not a blade of grass out of place not a speck of dust to be found in this amazing custom detailed Craftsman style waterfront home in Candlewood Shores, Brookfield. 10 foot+ ceilings throughout, custom designed mono-stringer staircase, extra bedroom/office in lower level, Brazilian and American Cherry hardwood floors with radiant heat, Indoor/Outdoor surround sound, security system, Central vac, sparkling Avonite counters, main floor laundry/mudroom, luxurious master suite with walk-through closet, fireplace and whirlpool tub with dramatic western water view, finished lower level super man cave with wet bar, office/den, full bath and a workout/storage room, generator hook-up, elegant Azek trim, lake-drawn irrigation, western sunset water views. Dramatic landscaping with lawns, and gardens that cascade down to waterfront patio and dock.                                                     click here for details and PHOTO TOUR

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2014-04-02_164621 Located in sought after “Sail Harbour” in Sherman. This home is an architectural masterpiece with a score of curves and lines blending seamlessly with walls of glass, bringing the lake into nearly every room.  The panoramic water views look out across Candlewood Lake and onto undeveloped land, granting you stunning vistas all year long. True contemporary waterfront retreat with over 7,000 square feet of luxury living for family and friends.

  • Circular drive with covered car stop and covered entry
  • Grand formal entry foyer features fountain area and two staircases to second level light drenched gallery
  • Expansive Great room with dramatic water views
  • Formal dining area with adjoining wet bar and beautiful water views
  • Breakfast room overlooking water
  • Dramatic contemporary custom kitchen with Viking range and center island
  • First floor master suite with dramatic water views
  • Two guest suites on upper level, each with sitting area and private bath are connected by rambling curved wall gallery, all with water views
  • Lower level features a massive family room area that opens to game room and wall of glass to private waterfront patio, a guest bath for waterfront, gym room, overflow extra 5th sleeping area and a 4th very private guest suite with private patio area and small reflecting pool with cascade
  • 3 car garage, private 1.8 acre setting, extensive landscaping
  • Romantic woodland path to waterfront with expansive dock for your boat
  • Value packed priced below town appraisal as seller has already moved to the west coast.     Click here for more details and PHOTO TOUR

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