FOR SALE

Register
Jul 14, 2014

 

 By Rita M. Mahler

Special to the Register 

Over the past winter months of cold, icy weather and fewer cars on the roads of the Peninsula, there was one thing that kept increasing.  "For sale" signs.  As winter finally gave way to spring and summer, the summer residents and tourists flooded in, and "sale pending" signs began to show. Then "sold" signs were popping up.  What used to be little summer cottages, or campground hookups, has really changed.  It’s just not cheap to buy into summer on the lake like it once was. Big summer homes and condos are now the draw along the waterfront and Johnsons Island and the homes along the interior ridge of the old quarry are something else to see, let alone own.

So far, the first half of the year has had 150 property sales, in Danbury township.  Big houses, small houses, houses with docks, waterfront homes, condos, trailers, modular homes and bare lots. More than a few new homes are being built and the sale signs still keep popping up. Several businesses are also for sale, and spaces for new businesses have increased.  One of the most recent home sales was on the waterfront near the location where the old Marina Restaurant stood for many years. Sale price of $1,050,000. 

The "for sale" sign at Prehistoric Forest tugs at my heart.  One of my summer jobs while I was in high school (1970) was working as a cave-woman at Prehistoric Forest.  That was back in the day when Mystery Hill and Prehistoric Forest were a joint amusement attraction that drew a steady flow of customers every day.   I wonder what it might become when a new owner signs on the dotted line.

It’s true that many of the open fields on the waterfront no longer provide a view from the road. The subdivisions with huge homes and landscaped yards take their place but one thing remains steady. There will always be the beauty of the lake, the sound of the waves and the joy of a boat ride at sunup for a day of fishing, or that evening cruise at sunset.  The ever-changing beauty of Lake Erie and all it has to offer is hard to put a price on. Yet it still happens, over and over again.

Next week… The Quarry.

 

Comments

PROLINE20

HOW ABOUT DOING AN ARTICLE ON THE COAST GUARDS BOARDING POLICIES. GETTING BOARDED 3 TIMES IN ONE DAY FOR AN ALCOHOL INSPECTIONS UNDER THE GUISE OF A SAFETY CHECK.ONE TIME AT NIGHT TRIED TO SNEAK UP ON MY WITHOUT THEIR RUNNING LIGHTS ON. SCARING THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF MY WIFE AND GRAND CHILDREN. BOARDING OUR BOAT IN 5 FOOT WAVES LIKE STORM TROOPERS ALL DRESSED IN THERE JACK BOOTS, CARING COMANDO KNIVES, SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. ARE WE NOW IN A POLCE STATE? IS THIS THE US COAST GUARD OR THE USSR COAST GUARD. THEY TREAT EVERYBODY ON THE WATER GUILTY OF DRUNK DRIVING, TILL PROVEN INOCENT. EVERBODY NEEDS TO WRITE THE REPS IN CONGRESS AND LET THAM KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. OUR CONSTIONAL RIGHTS ARE BEING VILOATED. ALSO ALL THE HOMELAND SECURITY, BORDER PATROL, IMMIGRATION ON THE LAKE. WRONG PRIORITIES, WRONG BORDER. WHAT A WASTE OF RESOURCES AND TAX PAYER MONEY. WE NEED TOM TAKE AWAY THERE FUNDING, THEY ARE WASTING MIILIONS OF DOLLARS EACH DAY, JUST ON FUEL JOY RIDNG ON LAKE ERIE AT THE TAX PAYERS EXPENSE.

Jason Werling

PROLINE20- We had that story a week ago, you can find it here... http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

doppleganger

I feel for you PROLINE20. That's the main reason why we got rid of our boat. Too bad, really. Oh well. I have no desire to swim or even boat in a toilet anyway, and that's what I hear the barge party is making the water. I wonder how trashed the sandbar is these days. Maybe after a boat has been boarded once they can give you a sign that reads "already boarded once today" so they don't waste time and can move on to inconveniencing a different innocent boater.