Since the 19th century, the beauty of the Northwoods brought visitors, their numbers increasing each decade. In the 20th century, tourism surpassed lumber and became the primary industry. While several towns and small cities became meccas for tourism, some maintained their untouched rural beauty. Affordable Mercer rests at the end of one of those roads less taken, a small town surrounded by wilderness. Known as the Loon Capital of the World, it includes the 14,300 acre Turtle Flambeau Flowage, 74,500 acres of public forestland, and has 200 lakes in a 20 mile radius.
For those looking for property up north, Mercer also holds an advantage of having less expensive homes than in more popular tourist-based towns. For example, for a larger home, a 2,732 sq. ft. 3BR/4BA house with exceptional workmanship–such as maple wood flooring, cherry wood cabinets, and granite countertops–is selling for $289,000 (only $2058 for taxes).
Some Mercer trivia: The Capone family from Chicago used to vacation at the Jack Solomon Lodge in Mercer. In the 1930’s, Ralph Capone–Al Capone’s brother–returned to settle down and owned the Rex Hotel and Billy’s Bar. For decades, Ralph did much for the community and was a well-respected person in Mercer.
About those 200 lakes in a 20 mile radius…it’s no surprise that Mercer is an excellent destination for fishing. But the clear lakes, like Mercer Lake, Grand Portage Lake, and Echo Lake, are also wonderful for boating and swimming. If you’re considering buying property in northern Wisconsin, it’s invaluable to have a guide who knows the territory. Email us, message us, give us a call. We’d love to show you around!