About Mike Konen
As a southern CA resident, I recall the days leading up to much anticipated weekend trips to the river; Friday, often times Thursday’s departure, just couldn’t come soon enough. Commute time averaged 4 hours, which included a stop or two along the way. With the hustle and bustle of LA in the rear view mirror and the abundance of stars lighting the way, time had a way of passing at warped speed and before we knew it, we were standing on a beach with beverage in hand. Moonlit skies led to late night swims off Crazy Horse Campgrounds in waters 80 degrees and above. Daybreak could not come soon enough as the glassy ski conditions at sunrise made the trip most rewarding. It’s been many years since our last trip across the desert, in fact, to put time in true perspective, I’d estimate the average boat length at the time was somewhere between 18 – 21 ft.
My wife and I purchased our first home in Lake Havasu in 1993. Our home was located within minutes of downtown, a mere 2 – 3 miles from Windsor launch ramp, and offered picturesque lake and sunset views. I recall many a Thursday afternoon pulling into town, unwinding on our patio, and watching the sun drop below the illuminated horizon while the weight of the world lifted from our shoulders. Our first of two sons, now 17, was born in that house; incredible how time passes. Back then, we were all about the lake, boating, warm summer temps, and the casual atmosphere Havasu offered. We donned flip-flops, board shorts (although not as long), and t-shirts while dining at Nicolino’s restaurant. We golfed Emerald Canyon in Parker, road motorcycles in the dunes across from Echo Lodge, and capped the day off with a drink at memorable Hussongs. We bet the dogs and horses at Sportsters, caught a movie beneath the bridge, and strolled the path in Rotary Park. As selfish as it sounds, we breathed a sigh of relief Sunday afternoons once company departed leaving us to enjoy the comfort and solitude we had grown to love.
Little did we know, Lake Havasu serves up four full seasons of activities. From Relics and Rods to the Jet Ski World Finals; from the Winter Fest and the Pyrotechnics to London Bridge Days; from the Grand Canyon Rodeo to the HITS Triathlon; and from the Desert Storm Poker Run to the Christmas Boat Parade; activities in Lake Havasu are plentiful and non-stop all 52 weeks of the year. We enjoy 360+ days of sunshine per year, the ferocity of a summer monsoon and the calm that follows, and the sounds of nature with the passing of winter. We enjoy early morning runs, endless hiking and bike trails within Sara Park, kayaking at sunset, and afternoon barbeques. We continue to enjoy gorgeous sunsets, the solitude brought on by days end, and more than anything, the safety and sense of community in the city we call home.
For all of your Lake Havasu real estate needs, simply pick up the phone and call: 928.486.1868
Mike Konen is a Licensed Realtor with Selman and Associates - Selling Real estate in Lake Havasu City since 2000.