My Top 6 Cabins/Homes on Water Under $200k

Dreaming of a home or cabin on water in Itasca County but not sure you can afford it?  Here’s my Top 6 List; All under $200,000!  


Little Dew Lake Cabin in Togo:  If you’re looking for privacy, this cabin really fits the bill.  Bring your kayak, boat or canoe and start enjoying all of the peaceful solitude.  Walk out your back yard to hunt miles of public land.  If you’re seeking a remote cabin where you’ll see the occasional Moose or Bobcat, here it is. Listed for $140,000 (MLS# 9931870)

Blandin Reservior:  This year round 3 bedroom, 2 bath home includes a second parcel with frontage on the Blandin Reservior.  Lovely cozy touches throughout the home.  A little bit of country right in town. Listed for $147,000 (MLS 9932523)


Round Lake Cabin:  It doesn’t get much better than this!  Adorable waterfront cabin tucked away on the shores of Round Lake.  Private setting with gentle breezes, whispering pine trees, and filtered sunlight along the 240+ feet of lakeshore.  2-car garage with finished space above for whatever you want.  Listed for just $179,000 (MLS # 9932119)


Horseshoe Lake: The owners have done some great cabinet work, lighting, and decorating making this a superb up north property.  Beautiful views of Horseshoe lake.  Enjoy your morning cup of Joe on the 5 x 19 wrap around porch.  Peace and quiet at its best!  Listed for $189,000 (MLS # 9929061)


Mississippi River:  This home sets on a beautiful park-like setting with south-facing views of the Mississippi Rover and Blandin Reservoir.  With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, sits on a private road.  Inside you’ll find a brick fireplace, oak cabinets, hardwood floors, and an 11 x 11 sunroom.  There is a 24x32 garage and a store shed.  Listed for $189,000 (MLS # 9932578)


Bello Lake:  Ready to get away from people?  This secluded and private home sits on Bello Lake near Bigfork.  With an open main floor plan and two bedrooms upstairs ready for you to put the final touches on.  400’ of hard bottom sand shoreline and 9 acres.  Enjoy the Cedars, Birch, Maples, Balsam, and Aspen trees.  Listed for $199,000 (MLS # 9932535)


No matter where you are looking in Itasca County; Bigfork, Marcell, Spring Lake, Wirt, Grand Rapids……we have you covered at Edge of the Wilderness Lakes and Homes Realty.  Give us a call today!


Eagle Ridge Estates: Grand Rapids Finest Building Development

One of the many things we love to do in Itasca County is get outside during the wonderful spring & summer months.  The weather is prefect, the scenery stunning, and the people you meet are awesome.  After a long, long winter, what I really want is to play a great game of golf!


Eagle Ridge Golf Course is one of the best.  This 18-hole course with views of Trout lake, wide fairways and large greens, it makes for an enjoyable round of golf for all players. After a great game, you can sit on the large deck overlooking Trout Lake and enjoy a nice lunch or beverage.   Wouldn’t it be nice to live on a golf course?  Well lucky for you, Eagle Ride Estates has some terrific lots available for sale


Eagle Ridge Estate is the closest thing to a gated community in the Northland.  With only one entrance, you’ll have the peace and quiet of living on a private estate.  Large, wooded lots with Trout Lake access, these lots surround the Eagle Ridge golf course.  This is a common interest community with a Marina and Private Boat Slips.  Think of it; building your dream home, enjoy the serenity of the community, and enjoy being so close to a great golf course..  Walk to the Marina and take your boat for a spin on the 1890 acres that make up Trout Lake.  Enjoy fishing?  Trout Lake is home to a wide variety of fish including Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye. With so much to offer, Eagle Ridge Estates is sure to be one of most popular exclusive communities in the Grand Rapids Area.   


Lots start at just $25,000.  Give me a call if you’d like to explore all Eagle Ridge Estates has to offer. 

5 Home Maintenance Tips to Save you from Repair Headaches



Homeownership is great; especially in Northern Itasca County.  Having a place to call your own is what we dream about but what they don’t tell us is that along with having a nice home comes the maintenance piece.  While there are professionals that can handle the more detailed issues that might arise, there are some things that you can do to keep your Itasca County home or cabin in tip-top shape and avoid having to bring in the professional.  Here is a list of my top 5 maintenance tips to help to avoid repair headaches:


  • Air Filters:  Check your air filters monthly.  Did you know that when you change your air filters regularly as needed, you can cut your energy bill by as much as 5-15% annually?  This is certainly an easy way to not only cut energy bills but also a much needed maintenance piece for furnaces and AC units. 
  • Have your AC unit tuned-up:  With spring making its appearance, summer is not far behind.  To keep you cool this summer, schedule an AC tune-up early.  It’s better to have your unit is top condition before the heat of summer arrives and the technicians are too busy to get to you quickly.   
  • Check your Roof:  As winter finally gives way to Spring weather, the snow is melting and you can see your roof.  Spring is the best time to check your roof.  Look for broken or warped shingles or damage to a metal roof.  Having shingles repaired early will save you from water damage on the interior of your home later.  
  • Clean Your Gutters:  While you’re up on your ladder checking the roof, take a peek at your gutters.  Nobody likes cleaning out gutters, at least nobody I know.  But damaged or clogged gutters can damage your roof or force you have replacement gutters put up.  Do yourself a favor, clean them up and keep them happy.  
  • Clean your refrigerator coils: Here’s one that most people do not think about.  All kinds of grease, dust, and dirt can build up on the coils behind your refrigerator.  That makes it not only inefficient, it can be dangerous as well.  It’s very simple to clean them off.  Just unplug the frig, pull it away from the wall and use your  vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment to work the build-up away gently.  Don’t force it.  Then use a cloth to wipe away anything that the vacuum missed.  Piece of cake!  


Follow these 5 tips to help get ahead of any costly repairs.  Fishing opener is approaching quickly so why not get the house in order before putting that boat in one of the 1000’s of beautiful lakes Itasca County has to offer?  

Sellers: This will most likely happen

Listing your home for sale in Itasca County, MN this year?  Your Realtor has probably talked to you about listing contracts, inspections, staging your home, and all of the normal Realtor stuff.  But, did he or she tell you what to expect once your home is live on the MLS and all over the Internet?  At Edge of the Wilderness Lakes & Homes Realty, we want to ensure you know what’s likely to happen before it does.  Communication is key! As Noble prize winner George Bernard Shaw said “the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. At Edge of the Wilderness, we love communicating with our clients. That is why we want you to  know ahead of time what might happen so you can prepare.  Here’s a quick list of what to expect:


  • Expect lowball offers; at least it is a starting point
  • Other Agents will miss showing appointments and not call
  • Some showings will last 5 minutes and others will last 2 hours
  • Showing appointments will be made and cancelled at the last minute
  • There will be a day when I call you and say someone wants to see your house and you will ask me “when” and I will say “pull back the curtains, they are sitting in your driveway”
  • I will call you 3 minutes before your scheduled showing and cancel.  
  • Other Agents are going to knock on your door or even drive by and see you in the yard and ask if they can see your house.  (If this happens, call me!!)
  • You may not get feedback from every showing.
  • Some buyers will ask for everything including your dock, lawnmower, and even great grandma’s kitchen hutch.
  • The closing date on your contract will most likely change; it is a guesstimate and subject to many variables
  • You will most likely be asked to have your septic system inspected AND it may not pass
  • Buyers might walk away after the septic inspection, home inspection, or because of financing difficulties.  


Your Edge of the Wilderness Lakes & Homes Realtor will work hard to lessen the stress associated with selling your property; we are here to help and get your home sold.