Julie Barnett
Harry Norman, Realtors® is licensed in Georgia and North Carolina
Julie Barnett
Harry Norman Realtors® Luxury Lake and Mountain
Cell: 404-697-3860
Office: 706.212.0228
Fax: 706.212.0161


Lake Burton

2090 Burton Dam Rd.
Clarkesville, GA 30523
For Sale

Price: $1,150,000
Property Type: Lake House
Bedrooms: 4.0
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sq. Ft. (approx): 2871
Lot Size: 3.025 acres
MLS Listing: Georgia MLS #7266799

"The Lake Burton Magic"

3.025 Acres  630 feet of lake frontage


You don't want to miss this one!!

Bathrooms and kitchen have been updated!

Power lines have been put underground, no unsightly poles in the lake view!

Lake bed has been dredged for easy access for boats!

Georgia Power is willing to work with us on renovations possibilities.

If you are looking for a true lake home, this one has great potential at a great price!!



As you pull down the driveway you are greeted by a picturesque cabin with a red metal roof resting on a level, grassy lawn tucked away in a private cove. As you approach the covered front porch you might feel the urge to grab a cold drink, turn on the ballgame and take a seat in the rocker, after all, that’s what this porch is there for.
The front door leads into the main living room with hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace, tongue and groove pine walls and ceiling and steps that lead to a spacious loft. Skylights and ample windows provide plenty of natural light. A half bath and wet bar make this space ideal for entertaining. Just off the living room is the original family room with pine paneled walls and a masonry stone fireplace, a perfect spot for those who want to get away from the crowd or watch something different on tv. This room has the potential to be converted to a master bedroom.
The large updated kitchen is rich with character featuring a 9’ ceiling, exposed beams and original louvered windows that frame a beautiful view of Cherokee Cove. The dine-in kitchen provides plenty of space to feed a crowd, including a built-in window seat for the farmhouse table where everyone loves to gather. A dual pane picture window has been added to frame the view.
Off the kitchen is a full bath, laundry/utility room and a community space that would make a great rec room. Two bedrooms, each with pine tongue and groove walls, finish out the main level.
A hand-forged spiral staircase leads upstairs to two additional guest bedrooms that share a jack and jill bath. Each bedroom is equipped with a vaulted ceiling, exposed rafters, multiple storage closets and hardwood floors. One bedroom has a lake view.
The level lakeside lawn is the perfect spot for croquet or horseshoes. The lakeside picnic table and swinging bench see a lot of use from spring through fall. As evening falls, guests love to gather around the fire pit to roast marshmallows as they watch the sky turn all different shades of orange and pink. Babbling creeks run along both sides of the cabin into Lake Burton, providing peaceful sounds for relaxation. A 2 stall boathouse is topped with a covered screened porch and storage area. The porch doubles as an outdoor rec room, perfect for ping pong and foosball, with plenty of space for dining and relaxing while enjoying the sweeping lake views. A boardwalk from the boathouse leads to a stationary swim dock with built-in seating housed underneath an arbor. The boardwalk and swim dock allow plenty of space for guests to dock their boats. The peaceful cove is tucked away from boat traffic providing a protected area to swim or paddle board.
This nostalgic Lake Burton cabin holds generations of treasured memories between its sturdy, pine tongue and groove walls. Rich with authentic homespun charm, this cabin has the potential to “wow” with a little imagination. Come feel a little of that “Lake Burton Magic” for yourself…it might just inspire you!


From the Owner:


Over the years spent at Lake Burton I have been asked many times “What makes this place so special?’  The following is my story and my hope is it will answer the question.

This place offers the opportunity to create multiple experiences for everyone; children, teens, adults and families. As an adult, it allows you to get back to basics and slow down. You will know what I mean when you notice your work/ life pressures fade a bit – this is part of the magic. Your focus becomes fun on the lake. This focus will bring a different perspective to your work/life pressures. It is an opportunity to “recharge your batteries”.

Early Years

We grew up spending the summers of my childhood at this cabin. One of the wonderful aspects of this property is the privacy. The days were filled with swimming in the lake, boat riding, fishing, skiing/ tubing or throwing the baseball in the yard. The nights were for roasting marshmallows by the fire, watching TV or playing cards. Frog races were a regular occurrence with flour lines defining the length of the race. We played games on top of the boathouse – often holding the lake burton doubles ping pong championship on the dock. We spent hours in the creek picking up rocks, building dams and rebuilding dams. The simple act of putting rocks in a bucket and building a dam was fun! I loved playing in that creek and those memories still bring a smile to my face. I have kept the creek clean and open hoping that someday another generation of kids will enjoy it as much as I did. We would catch lizards in the creek to fish with. We would hike the creek up the mountain to find the spring. The hike was an annual event for Dad and his boys. The property is bigger than you think and in my early years I built a track in the woods that crossed the driveway so I could attempt to jump the driveway. We sure had funtearing through the woods and I'm sure part of my track is still there in pieces.

The telephone wires at the mouth of the cove were the barrier my parents used as limits, first for swimming, then for canoeing and finally for learning how to drive a boat. I did not realize it at the time but these all taught me discipline. Dad taught us all about boats and how to problem solve when there was an issue, but especially to respect boats. Most importantly, he taught us to keep our passengers safe and never assume they knew what they were supposed to be doing at any given time. I learned the importance of respecting safety, water and boats. My Dad had a pontoon boat that we used to fish and swim from out on the lake. There is a natural fishing hole under the wires where the two streams. We spent hours catching bream, perch and bass. At the time it was “just fishing”. Looking back, I realize it was “Dad” time, a father and his 2 boys, kicked back, totally relaxed and enjoying life (simple lake magic). We would go to the marina and eat ice cream, look at the boats and feed the fish as we gassed up the boat, all great adventures for a kid. Saturday night was always “steak night” at the lake. Whoever was around sat down at the table for a steak dinner with lots of conversation about the day. For some reason, meals at the cabin always tasted better (simple lake magic).

Now just add your best friends / family friend or relatives to the above and you can now start to understand how it works.

Teenage Years

As a teenager, of course, priorities changed. At about 14 I was cleared to take the boat out in Cherokee Cove and finally into the lake. This enabled additional skiing, tubing and swimming opportunities for me and my friends. At the time, the cove by the dam was the teenager meeting place on the lake. We spent hours playing on the lake. As we got older, our “buddies” began to include girlfriends. We taught all of these folks how to ski, swim, boat around the lake and have a steak dinner and a fire at night. Music and a ping pong championship were always optional. We continued to fish with my dad as the sun came up or after dinner, sometimes my friends and girlfriends came along. I now realize this was “Dad time with friends” (simple lake magic). We helped build / fix the house for half the day on Saturday’s. My friends would ask when the next work day was in order to get in on the “fun”. Again, “Dad time” – Simple Lake Magic.

Building and stoking a fire after dinner became a routine which continues today. At that fire we learned more about life, our girlfriends, marriages, divorces, kids, parents, relatives…without even knowing it (Simple Lake Magic). The porch and the kitchen table were two other gathering places where the magic took place. Adding music tends to stir this recipe to fascinating outcomes.

Later Years

As a husband and father the “magic’ changed again …
Introducing and watching the magic happen to my friends and wife was special. I proposed to my wife at dawn at the mouth of Cherokee cove before we went skiing one morning.

There is something magical about teaching a kid how to swim, ski, jump off a boat into the water, catch their first fish, bait a hook…and the list goes on. Those kids are now 25+ they still visit “Uncle Chuck” and tell stories about growing up visiting the lake. Now it has cycled on to their kids. Saturday night is still “Steak Night”. We use the picnic table to eat outside during good weather. I bring the grill right outside the kitchen window to talk to the kitchen and porch dwellers while grilling the steaks. With good music and a cold beverage you easily have the makings of “simple magic”. Sunsets are another simple pleasure. The end of the dock is the preferred option – we like to call it “Happy Hour”.

As a father the magic happened again with my daughter and her friends. I find the same simple activities hold all the same magic they held for me. The house, the lot and the cove offer the perfect swimming area and landscape to play games with young girls / boys. My daughter is 14 and is a lake girl (almost – she will not remove a fish from a hook or catch a lizard in the creek – wife either for that matter – both firm requirements to be a 100% lake woman.) She can slalom ski and drive a boat. I believe she has learned respect for safety, water and other people and has gained confidence in general from her experiences on Lake Burton. She will hold all these memories for the rest of her life.

The one thing we can count on in life is “change”, however I believe the “Lake Burton Magic” will always exist. That is what I am offering the next occupant of our lake house. I sincerely hope our home will provide the same priceless experiences and growth to the next occupant as it has for me, my family and my friends.

Information herein deemed reliable, but subject to change.

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