Category Archives: Waterfront Real Estate

Storrs Area Day Trips

Storrs is a picturesque area to live, yet offers big city amenities and entertainment just minutes away. One of my favorite things about the Storrs, CT area is that even though I can enjoy a small town atmosphere, wonderful neighborhoods, plenty of space, and unique local flavor, I can also enjoy many different experiences without really having to travel. The Storrs, CT community is ideally located to offer residents many options of entertainment, all within a day’s drive.

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Lake Bunggee Woodstock Ct

Fabulous Lake Bunggee in Woodstock Connecticut

Fabulous Lake Bunggee is approximately 111 acres in size and set in the bucolic, rolling hills of  Woodstock Ct.  Tall pines and winding roads surround the lake area, almost giving you the sense of being further north, perhaps at a lake in Vermont or New Hampshire.  The good news is that if you are looking for a full time residence in Ct, or a second home/vacation home within a reasonable distance of your primary Ct residence, or New York or Boston, this is the place to look! 

Here you will find cozy cabins as well as elegant lake properties, there are  usually a couple of lakefront homes for sale in the area, if you have questions about the lake and the properties located on it, be sure to give us a call, we are happy to help.  The lake is an easy commute to Boston, UConn and Hartford CT, and we know a number of people who have second homes on the lake and live in towns like Glastonbury, Ct or perhaps a bit further away, they love the easy commute and enjoy being able to get to their lakefront retreat in less than an hour.  Woodstock is part of Windham County, but is an easy drive for anyone living or working in the Tolland County areas as well.

Connecticut Lakefront Homes for Sale

Connecticut Lakefront Homes for Sale 

More Ct lakefront homes are starting to come on the market with the warmer spring weather!  As lakefront property owners and waterfront specialists, we love this time of year and look forward the buzz of lakefront home buying and selling activity.

Here are the current homes for sale on Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton Ct. The lake is approx. 516 acres in size and is a fully recreational lake, so if you are looking for boating, skiing and lots of fun activities, you will enjoy living here year round living or as a wonderful second home and weekend retreat. 

Your Lakefront Retreat – Only a short Drive Away

 Many lakefront second home/vacation home buyers are looking for a lake home within a reasonable distance of their primary residence, so they can easily drive there and even commute to work should they choose to.  Lake Pocotopaug is an easy drive from anywhere in Ct and within 2 hours of Boston and New York. 

Please let us know if you would like to see any of these homes, or have any lakefront home buying and selling questions.

4 bed, 2 bath, 2311 sq ft classic cape with 275 ft. of frontage – $798,000

3914 sq. ft. stunning contemporary w/5 bed, 3.1 baths and over 200 ft. of frontage-$749,000

2250 sq ft. 4 bd, 2 bath with 80 ft of frontage – $746,900

Built in 1998 with 4 bed, 3 baths, 2784 sq ft – $665,000

2100 sq ft contemporary with in law apt., price range from $519,000 – $598,000

2.45 acres with 58′ frontage on Lake Pocotopaug, rustic building with 2 apartments and 3 seasonal cottages on property – $529,000

3 bd, 1.1 bath, 1940 sq ft, very desierable location on the lake – $475,000

Spectacular sunsets from this 1142 sq ft cape w/3 bed and 1 bath with sunroom – value range price from $399,000-$458,876

2184 sq ft, 4 bed, 2 bath direct waterfront home with many updates – $449,900

2 bed, 2 bath, 1400 sq ft, only steps from the water with beautiful sunsets – $375,000

765 sq ft cottage to enjoy or tear down and build new, 3 bed, 1 bath with 50 ft of direct waterfront – $325,000

Built in 1900, this 1800 sq ft home offers 4 beds, 1.1 baths and 90 ft of direct waterfront – $299,000

This is a pretty good list of homes with a range of styles and pricing, we specialize in many Ct lake areas and find that buyers are  flexible when choosing which Ct  lake they buy a lakefront home on, so touring all the lakes in the area can be fun and often takes up most of a warm spring weekend!

Andover Lake in Andover Ct

Peaceful Andover Lake 

Andover Lake Home viewAndover Lake in Andover Ct is one of those areas and lakes that just make you want to slow down, relax and enjoy your life a bit.  Tom and I have always loved this lake and the fact that it is so peaceful and quiet enhances the quality of the lifstyle on Andover lake even more.  I grew up in neighboring Coventry Ct, spent all my summers on Coventry lake and have always treasured the quality of  a lake lifestyle.

Lake Lifestyle Experience and Lake Expertise go Together

When you own a lake property, just waking up everyday to the view of the water pretty much gets you off to a good start – if it doesn’t, well, probably nothing will.  We have shown and sold properties on every lake in the area for years and our love of lakes and lake lifestyle has led us to own a number of different lake properties over the years. We even owned 2  lake homes at one time for about 2 years!  Lake life is unique and so is listing and selling lake homes – you really need to know what your market is and the many qualities about lake homes and the surrounding areas in order to find the perfect match when someone is ready to sell or buy a home on a wonderful lake like Andover Lake in Ct. Wth our office location in Storrs Ct and the office in West Hartford, CT we are well known expert lake home specialists for a  large part of Ct

Hmmmm……..I’d like to make a lake please

Andover Lake is known as one of the cleanest lakes in Ct and was first formed in the 1920’s.  Many people do not know this, but almost all the lakes in a large area of Ct are man made!  Usually a couple of streams were dammed up (as is the case with Andover lake) and then the bed of the lake was cleared and the lake was formed.   Years ago, you could do something like this – can you imagine dealing with the DEP now and telling them you wanted to “make a lake?”  Probably not……

Powerboat or Non Powerboat…Which Fits Your Lifestyle?

The homes on Andover lake are always highly sought after and swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing are some of the recreational activities enjoyed here.  There are no powerboats allowed on the lake and we have found over the years that there are two kinds of lake property buyers.  There are those who want a power boat and water skiing lake, or those who absolutely do not – Andover is the perfect lake for someone looking for a peaceful, tranquil setting for a year round home or weekend/vacation home.  I also love the proximity to everything – you can easily commute to UConn in Storrs or  Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic as well as an easy commute to Hartford Ct.  Andover is that great mix of small town America with all the amenities you could want only a short drive away – The Shoppes at Evergreen in South Windsor, one of my favorite destinations with Burtons Grill (delicious) located right there is only about 20 minutes away.  For more information on this beautiful lake check out our lake website  http://www.ctlakeliving.com/

January 2009 Home Sales

The Greater Hartford Association of Realtors reports that pending home sales for the region decreased by 1.59% from January of last year.  However, looking at the month to month data, pending sales were up 49.40% from December 2008.  At The Burns Real EState Group we have seen an increase in activity in many of the markets we specialize in – luxury homes, Uconn area homes and lakefront properties.  The first time homebuyers we have been helping have been finding some great properties and are also at the forefront of the increased level of market activity in recent weeks. This does not mean there has been an increase in prices, the median sales price in the area fell by 7.05% in the same month to month comparison.  Inventory increased by 2.21% over the same time period for last year and  the average days on the market remained at 77 days.

Connecticut Waterfront Update

We wanted to let everyone know about a couple of great Connecticut waterfront properties. The first property on Deepwood Drive in Lebanon makes an ideal year-round residence.

The second lakefront property is a sneak peek of property on Coventry Lake. This exceptional estate on 16 acres features a year-round main house, seasonal guest cottage and over 500 feet of lakefront! The main house offers generously sized rooms, 4 fireplaces, chef’s delight kitchen, first-floor master suite, & a wrap around porch. The property will be coming on the market for $1,250,000.

Give us a call at 860-429-2853 with any questions or when you’re ready to schedule an appointment to view these great Connecticut waterfront properties!

Market Update: Waterfront Property

Connecticut has been enjoying a healthy dose of winter weather this year! That hasn’t put a damper on the recent real estate activity in the Storrs Mansfield area, including waterfront properties. Of the 45 Storrs-area properties under deposit since the first of the year, 7% are waterfront!

Winter is a perfect time of year to buy a Connecticut lake house for seasonal or year-round living. Buyers can close well before the summer fun season begins so they can settle in for fun with family & friends! Have you ever considered living lakeside? Why not see what’s on the market? You can view currently available homes for sale here – they’re even sorted by lake! There’s no obligation and the search service is completely free.

And since buyers ARE buying Connecticut lake properties – even in this market! – now’s also a great time to list your waterfront property. With a wealth of expertise & tools available to strategically market your Connecticut home, The Burns Real Estate Group can expertly guide you through even the most tumultuous market.

The Burns Real Estate Group has consistently been an industry leader in Connecticut real estate. We are luxury & waterfront property specialists with extensive experience in the second-home lakefront market. To further help our clients find the right buyer for their Connecticut luxury home or lakefront property, this veteran real estate team is also a member of an elite referral network of luxury Realtors® throughout the United States & Canada.

Successful marketing in the real estate market has changed as the Internet has become the leading resource for both buyers and sellers. The Burns Real Estate Group has custom designed, cutting-edge websites that give both buyers and sellers the information they need to help them succeed. To work with the area’s leading professionals in real estate, call The Burns Real Estate Group at 860.429.2853 or visit www.ConnAreaHomes.com and www.CTLakeLiving.com.

To Powerboat or Not To Powerboat

Lakes in Connecticut are classified two ways – powerboat & non-powerboat. People looking for a waterfront home tend to have a definite preference for which lake lifestyle they are looking for.

Connecticut’s powerboat lakes are typically deeper and larger in size than non-powerboat lakes.  Powerboat lakes appeal to those who love boating, water skiing, jet skiing, tubing and of course, swimming. People who love these powerboat lakes seek these properties out and Connecticut home prices reflect this – prices are higher on these powered Connecticut lakes than non-powerboat lakes. Homes like our newest listing on Crystal Lake in Ellington are strongly sought after as only a very few may come on the market each year.

Non-powerboat lakes in Connecticut are also strongly sought after and lend themselves to lower key recreational activities like canoeing and kayaking.  Swimmers like the fact that they can swim across the lakes and not worry about boats and skiers.  Fishing on some of these Connecticut lakes is superb, and many are stocked on a yearly basis. Most of the lakes in Connecticut, whether powerboat or non-powerboat have very few seasonal homes left as people have bought up the properties and improved them significantly.

For people who want to get away but do not want to spend 3 or 4 hours on the road, buying a Connecticut waterfront property within an hour or two of your primary home is a wonderful option. You can even live there during summer months and still go to work! More and more Connecticut residents have chosen to do this as they find a long commute to a vacation home means they don’t get there as often as they would like.  Once you are at your Connecticut waterfront home, relaxing and watching a beautiful sunset on the water, it doesn’t matter if you are in New Hampshire, Maine or Connecticut….

As experienced Connecticut Realtors, waterfront property specialists and the owners of a waterfront home, The Burns Real Estate Group has the expertise to help navigate the waters of Connecticut’s lake property real estate market. Stop by our Connecticut lake property website, www.CTLakeLiving.com, or contact us for additional information about buying or selling Connecticut lake property.