When this tiny house in northern Wisconsin caught our eye, we had to call up listing agents Tom and Dana Acton to get the scoop. The very cold, very remote scoop—snowshoes not included.
The little home located in the vacation destination of Iron River, WI, was originally intended to be temporary digs for the owners, who planned to build their dream home on the property. Alas, financing fell through, so the lake-filled acreage, along with the tiny house, guest shed with bunk beds, and “deluxe” outhouse at 12478 Forest Rd #242, could be yours for the low, low price of $ 85,000.
For less than $ 100,000, “you can have your nice place in the woods. You can do a lot of stuff with it,” Tom Acton said. The place could be yours as is, or you could add a garage, or even another house.
So what’s there to do in this miniature home surrounded by lakes, more lakes, and forest on all sides? “Well, either you are an ice-fisherman, a hunter, or you’re a drunk, or you’re all of those things,” Acton joked. “We are a robust group of people—there’s no doubt about it.”
And if you’re feeling robust, the tiny home is surrounded by natural wonders for outdoor enthusiasts. There’s the nearby Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the state wilderness area Moquah Barrens, and the stunning Apostle Islands ice caves. Lake Superior is just a 20-minute drive from this spot.
There are also unnatural wonders. According to Acton, the boss move for fishermen is to get an ice castle—basically a souped-up RV that rolls onto an iced-over lake and allows fishing through a cutout in the vehicle’s floor.
The other big thing: all-terrain vehicles. Acton noted that Wisconsin is ATV-friendly, which brings crowds of four-wheelers from Minnesota. (The property is just 40 minutes from Duluth, MN.)
But back to the 10-acre site: “You can build whatever you want. If you want to build a big mansion, you can build a mansion. If you want to live in a tiny house, we got one,” Acton said. And, with all that surrounding wilderness, privacy is a given. “You can’t see any of the other houses,” he said. However, you can see the star-filled night sky.
Thanks to a propane wall heater, the pine cottage is livable even in the winter. “It’s so cute, it’s just adorable,” said Dana Acton. “It’s like a little love nest.”
She pointed out that the building requires very little maintenance: “You don’t have to work hours on cleaning a tiny house.” That leaves more time to spend on “showshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling, (and) four-wheeling.”
You’d just better like snow and ice.