This year Blowfish took me off to the mountains to explore the wonders of Lake Burton in the NE corner of Georgia. A special present was Mermaid joining us for lunch! She has a new position which requires her to travel the South. She was able to organize her schedule to come hug her Mama on the day. What joy!
We met up and had a great lunch at the Chophouse Grill at LaPrade's Marina. Since
grouper is my favorite fish I was thrilled to find it on the menu. It did not disappoint.
This lake was created in 1919 by building a dam and filling a valley along a 10 mile stretch of the Tallulah River. The northern most lake in what is known as the Tallulah River Watershed. The initial reason for this was to produce hydroelectric power for the growing city of Atlanta. Just 54 years after Sherman came burning.
It is named for the town of Burton which now lies
beneath the lake. Others refer to this lake as the
Actually $1.3m. I get you are buying the location, not the structure but an almost impossible to build on strip of land? Seriously? I would be afraid on Friday nights the local teens would miss the curve and drive through my roof!
On the scenic front, the homes along the wateers edge evoke idyllic family summers at the lake house. Then too, just the design of boat houses seems to be a regional architectural specialty. Some of these boathouses are so gorgeous I told Blowfish, "who needs a house!" Well, indoor plumbing in the Winter is a desirable thing but ...I have relatives in Florida who might give me a bed in the cold months, if I share with them in the Summers.
This property is on the market for $10.5 million. I have no need or desire for one of these fabulous estate homes for myself. For a client.....oh yes I would be happy.
bargain at just $8.5 million. I do love the way the shoreline has been left wooded and how the main house is nestled into it's environment. For me though, I could happily live in this oh so wonderful boathouse. Blowfish pointed out it would probably be beyond our budget to rent the boathouse. I laughed and told him I thought we probably could not afford to rent the mailbox!
Actually many of these lake places do not have mailboxes because they can only be accessed by water. While we were lunching we observed families of duffle toting folks loading up the boat for the ride to the house. Others come by private helicopter or sea plane. Good for them!
I love this place! Also on the market and can be titled to you and your loves for just $ 3 million.
This one to me is more architecturally a "lake house" vernacular. For me, this is a picture of life lived in real time. I can look at this picture and hear children laughing, smell the barbeque and feel the summer breeze. Plus there is just something extra wonderful about a location which is bathing suit hot during the day but requires snuggling to stay warm in the evenings.
Do I actually have to say out loud how hard I fell in love with this boathouse? Okay, it does need a few flowers and there is no place to park but I did not care. Of course it is a satellite to a monster house just across the street. Some of these properties are not lakefront they are across the street from a narrow two lane country mountain road. But they have deeded access to the lake and so there is boathouse after boathouse along the shore. Sigh. Maybe if I win a lottery ....
I did pick up some real estate magazines while I was in the area. Take a look at this property listed for $789.000. It is a 2bed, 1 bath mess of a house. Someone will buy it, tear it down and build something new on this site. This once loved yellow cottage at the lake will be gone, except in memories and old photographs of the families who once gathered here.
Here is why
This is the boat dock for the yellow cottage
here is the house across the lake
Here is an even better view of the mountain at the end of the lake
One of the things which called to me about this lake is the limited access and the intimacy.
Here in Pondtown our big water lake is ginormous. Almost a thousand miles of shoreline.
Lake Burton has 64 miles of shoreline. Because the valley was small,as valleys go, there are sections which are relatively narrow and areas of quiet little coves. All of it is beautiful. I get not everyone wants to spend a birthday rambling around the countryside admiring what they can never have. In my case this was a present of a day because I love nature, architecture and glimpses of what I think of as true idyllic Americana. So for me it was a visual feast and a bit of a memory trip to the America of my youth. I loved the day in it's entirety. These days it can be a rare experience to live in a Norman Rockwell painting for a day. For someone who raised a daughter to believe it is more important in life to spend your time and money on experiences rather than things.....this was a really good investment.
As we were leaving I did tell Blowfish if he wanted to surprise me, this would do nicely.
Blowfish heard me.
He stopped to buy a lottery ticket on the drive home.
We did not win but this will not keep us from dreaming.