I was lucky enough to have 2 cottages on Skeleton Lake. We bought 6 acres with 400' of frontage back in 1989 privately at a exceptional price. It was with luck and spending the whole summer in a tin boat riding around the lake and talking with cottagers if I saw them on their dock.
I soon realized there wasn't much available and the price was higher then I thought. But as luck would have it I spoke with someone who was waiting for some buyers that didn't put a deposit down and he sold his other property to me that day. We didn't even know there was 6 acres or the frontage all I knew was I had a deal.
Most of my Real Estate transactions have been done with word of mouth and getting out there and talking to people.
A few years later we bought South Kelly Twin Island and sold our road access cottage on Fish Hatchery Road for island LIFE. Wow what a beautiful Island it was and many years of enjoyment. I know my one daughter Virginia Hastings still misses it.
I bet your wondering why we sold , well with 2 places in Huntsville I wanted to be living on the lake year round. Which we now live on Walker Lake, not far from town and a lovely dock to sit on everyday after work or on our days off with friends.
We bought the ugliest cottage on the lake and have renovated it back to a lovely not large home. But the property is what sold us as its a large level lot with moss and rock and hardly any grass to cut.
I KNOW EVERY INCH OF SKELETON LAKE AND WOULD BE ABLE TO ADVISE YOU ON ANY REAL ESTATE QUESTIONS REGARDING BUYING OR SELLING ON THE LAKE. Below I have added some history about this lovely lake.
The lake is thought to have been formed as a result of a Meteorite impact. About 800 million years ago, an asteroid impact is suspected to have created a crater much larger than the remnant lake. Periods of glaciers since then have removed the original crater, leaving a lake approximately 2.2 miles across and 100 meters deep at its center. Skeleton Lake is recognized as a suspected impact crater. Ironclad evidence of the impact hypothesis would have been removed during the ice ages, and unless more shock geomorphology is found the crater's origin cannot be certified beyond a reasonable doubt. Due to the spring fed nature of the lake, the water is exceptionally clear. According to residents of the lake, on calm days it is possible to see up to 30 meters (98 ft) underwater with the naked eye.
Skeleton Lake, or the pool of bones, is so named because when surveyors were working on the north shore, they came upon two skeletons resting on the rocks. When they asked a local Indian chief where the skeletons came from, they were told that he and his people had camped one winter on Skeleton Lake. When food became scarce the tribe decided to move elsewhere. One mother, with a fourteen-year-old son too weak to move, refused to accompany them. They died together of starvation, and the lake was named in memory of this mother and her son. It is said there is an underground current that leads south but no attempts to find where it leads have been made.