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Old 10-10-2016, 10:07 AM
 
Location: East TX
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Chamber of Commerce is a great resource and should be able to assist in finding something for you in the immediate future for short term. I suggest for that short term you may want to consider the Minocqua area as there are many options for food, entertainment, storage for your household goods, as well as a fairly central location. Minocqua also has a good hospital, a pretty large clinic that is part of the Marshfield Clinics network, and numerous specialists. A family member had world class cancer care there, with only occasional trips to Marshfield or Wausau necessary.


As far as places to look for long-term living I suggest a few more. Hazelhurst has the lowest tax burden of any community in the state. Services are skimpy, as they may be in many areas. You need to hire snow removal and take your own garbage/recycling to the local center, fire dept is volunteer only, and police will be the county sheriff when needed. South of Hazelhurst in the Oneida County and Lincoln County areas are some little townships that have almost nothing other than rural residential or seasonal cottages but are also affordable. Look for Cassian, Harshaw, or Goodnow for available places.


You may also want to look further west. If you go to Phillips, Park Falls, or areas near them, perhaps south along Hwy 13 toward Medford there is affordable living that hasn't been inflated by the tourism money and is still close enough to the "northwoods" that it is beautiful and yet even closer to medical and larger city services.
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Old 10-11-2016, 08:36 AM
 
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Chamber of Commerce is a great resource and should be able to assist in finding something for you in the immediate future for short term. I suggest for that short term you may want to consider the Minocqua area as there are many options for food, entertainment, storage for your household goods, as well as a fairly central location. Minocqua also has a good hospital, a pretty large clinic that is part of the Marshfield Clinics network, and numerous specialists. A family member had world class cancer care there, with only occasional trips to Marshfield or Wausau necessary.


As far as places to look for long-term living I suggest a few more. Hazelhurst has the lowest tax burden of any community in the state. Services are skimpy, as they may be in many areas. You need to hire snow removal and take your own garbage/recycling to the local center, fire dept is volunteer only, and police will be the county sheriff when needed. South of Hazelhurst in the Oneida County and Lincoln County areas are some little townships that have almost nothing other than rural residential or seasonal cottages but are also affordable. Look for Cassian, Harshaw, or Goodnow for available places.


You may also want to look further west. If you go to Phillips, Park Falls, or areas near them, perhaps south along Hwy 13 toward Medford there is affordable living that hasn't been inflated by the tourism money and is still close enough to the "northwoods" that it is beautiful and yet even closer to medical and larger city services.
Unless the OP's budget is on a shoestring, I would stick to the areas with better amenities such as Minocqua if possible. I agree that the Marshfield clinic being there is a huge plus.

Frankly, property taxes overall are so relatively modest up there that it becomes a trade off once you start to move further off 'the grid' as far as quality of life is concerned, factoring in the harsh weather much of the year.
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:09 AM
 
Location: IN
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Unless the OP's budget is on a shoestring, I would stick to the areas with better amenities such as Minocqua if possible. I agree that the Marshfield clinic being there is a huge plus.

Frankly, property taxes overall are so relatively modest up there that it becomes a trade off once you start to move further off 'the grid' as far as quality of life is concerned, factoring in the harsh weather much of the year.
Property taxes are modest as long as you don't have a house on a more desired lake.
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:57 AM
 
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Property taxes are modest as long as you don't have a house on a more desired lake.
Yes, but the OP doesn't have that as a requirement of being in the northwoods. That said, it's a bit of a wash when you compare 'off lake' taxes. Sure, Park Falls is super dirt cheap per se but it's arguably more 'in the sticks' vs being in the woods 2 minutes from St Germain/Eagle River or Minocqua where there is at least some semblance of civilization
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:14 AM
 
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Yes, but the OP doesn't have that as a requirement of being in the northwoods. That said, it's a bit of a wash when you compare 'off lake' taxes. Sure, Park Falls is super dirt cheap per se but it's arguably more 'in the sticks' vs being in the woods 2 minutes from St Germain/Eagle River or Minocqua where there is at least some semblance of civilization
Park Falls was almost "city" when you grew up at Pike Lake, between Fifield and Lac Du Flambeau in the 70's.


Of course, one challenge with Minocqua, Eagle River, or St. Germain will be learning to live with the influx of tourists in the summer and the exodus on Labor Day. That cycle can be a challenge to learn to live with. From literal traffic jams to empty snow covered roads.
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:34 AM
 
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Park Falls was almost "city" when you grew up at Pike Lake, between Fifield and Lac Du Flambeau in the 70's.


Of course, one challenge with Minocqua, Eagle River, or St. Germain will be learning to live with the influx of tourists in the summer and the exodus on Labor Day. That cycle can be a challenge to learn to live with. From literal traffic jams to empty snow covered roads.

Sure, anything seems like a city when you are that far into the boondocks FWIW, one of my parents' closest friend has a small home near Pike Lake. That's about as peaceful of a spot as it gets(!)

I would argue that what you call a 'challenge' is actually a decent opportunity for some to earn a living and continue to enjoy the northwoods, either as a transplant or someone who grew up there. The tourist revenue/presence props up everything that would otherwise could not exist on the same scale (and more often than not, lower quality).
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Old 10-28-2016, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Northwoods of Wisconsin
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Consider St Germain WI about half way between Minocqua and Eagle River. We have a small grocery store and lots of restaurants and things to do summer and winter. If you are retired, there are many groups-The Prime Timers, St Germain Women's Service Club, Lions and Lionesses and more. There's a housing authority with 3 apartment buildings with common areas for low income seniors. Vilas County has a department called Commision on Aging that provides lots of support services! There are several subdivisions with affordable off water properties but nearby lakes in every direction. I live on 1.67 acres in a subdivision called Leisure estates. The snowmobile and ATV trails are down the road a bit. This subdivision has hardwoods which make for beautiful fall colors. There is a relatively new paved bike and walking path in town. We have lots of festivals throughout the year and a famous Monday flea market Memorial Day through Labor Day. It is nice here. Vilas County has one of the highest concentrations of freshwater lakes in the world!
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Old 10-28-2016, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Northwoods of Wisconsin
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Oh we also have a meals program (like meals on wheels for housebound but also at a local restaurant for making and visiting friends), and we are about 14 miles from Minocqua's super walmart and Marshfield Clinic, movie theater and other shopping. We have a few shops in St Germain like The Hammock Hut, Green Tea, Red Canoe Coffee, The Moccasin shop, a couple antique stores, yarn store, church thrift, 2 banks, pharmacy, hardware store, rental places, a chiropractor, bait shop, post office and our first chain restaurant, Subway.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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St. Germain is great. We used to stay on Big St. Gremain Lake every summer. But I would not want to live there in the winter. Too much snow and too cold for me.
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:39 AM
 
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Agreed! St Germain is really nice. My folks live near Shields Rd.

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Consider St Germain WI about half way between Minocqua and Eagle River. We have a small grocery store and lots of restaurants and things to do summer and winter. If you are retired, there are many groups-The Prime Timers, St Germain Women's Service Club, Lions and Lionesses and more. There's a housing authority with 3 apartment buildings with common areas for low income seniors. Vilas County has a department called Commision on Aging that provides lots of support services! There are several subdivisions with affordable off water properties but nearby lakes in every direction. I live on 1.67 acres in a subdivision called Leisure estates. The snowmobile and ATV trails are down the road a bit. This subdivision has hardwoods which make for beautiful fall colors. There is a relatively new paved bike and walking path in town. We have lots of festivals throughout the year and a famous Monday flea market Memorial Day through Labor Day. It is nice here. Vilas County has one of the highest concentrations of freshwater lakes in the world!
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