While this lake is positioned relatively close to the Elkhart Lake Road America racing track and several camp grounds, resorts and other outdoor attractions—the owners here like the fact that they don’t have to put up with nearly as much attention or noise as some of their neighboring counterparts do. With one-hundred and sixty-two acres of water and more than sixty feet deep at parts, the lake itself also offers plenty of great fishing and recreation.
Sitting peacefully on one of the bluffs on the west side of the lake, this home offers the most classic of sunrise views and plenty more from the pristine shoreline with over one-hundred and seventy-six feet of frontage. The home will celebrate its 100th birthday in six more years, but you clearly wouldn’t know it by the amount of upgrades and renovations that have been done. The approach to the home is somewhat innocent, depending upon which route you take—from the north or south. As soon as you enter the driveway however, your perception immediately changes. Although the driveway itself is relatively short in length, it slopes downhill toward both the home and the lake. Since the home is slightly offset to the right, a visitor is instantly afforded a view of the two-story home with the lake as a backdrop—quite stunning actually, whether you’re a big lake fan or not.
Upon entering the home, you are embraced by wall after wall of warm cedar paneling. As it turns out, the current owner had the original cedar siding removed from the exterior—then cleaned, treated and prepped it for installation on these interior walls. This was all done as part of a massive restoration/remodeling project to upgrade the home with 21st century amenities, while still retaining the character of the original design. The cedar paneling was one of the effects that accomplished that goal in spades. From the foyer, the home is designed with a wrap-around concept and a very open style. Passing the first of three full baths finished in ceramic tile to the right, you will enter a spectacular living room / great room combination of over one-thousand square feet. The first logical section of the room is actually the original family room—still sporting the stone fireplace that the owner believes was part of the earliest design. It now remains as one of the few original features to still be intact. Due to the open concept of the home and the wrap-around style of the great room, it is around this point where your eyes are drawn to the spectacular view of both the lake and the surrounding landscape.
This is probably a good point to talk briefly about some of the unique features outside. Just off to the right, behind the home, is a stone patio and sitting area with an eight foot tall hand-made stone fireplace. From the patio or sitting area you will notice a winding path leading down to the lake bluff. As the story goes, this torch lit path was often utilized several years ago by one of the elders in the family. Because she couldn’t walk very far without getting fatigued, they placed wooden benches every 15-20 feet apart so she would have a chance to sit down and rest. Those same benches still grace the pathway today. By the way, in case you’re wondering—the short walk down the pathway is well worth the effort. At the end of the path toward the bluff’s edge, there is another sitting area with a gorgeous view looking over one of the bays on the lake.
Back into the home now, we circle around to the kitchen. The chef’s style kitchen is not short on amenities by any stretch. There are granite countertops, a private sitting/desk area, a corner dining island, wine refrigerator, pantry space, double ovens and more. There’s also a ton of storage space and built-in dishwasher, all carefully concealed with furniture-style cabinetry.
Heading to the upstairs there are matching bedrooms on either side of the staircase, separated by the second of the three full baths. The rooms are very similar in design and style with matching twin beds. They each take on a bit of that look-and-feel of an old-fashioned cottage. Now, the master bedroom on the other hand is clearly a different story. It’s easily the most modern looking room in the home; the bedroom and bath combination span the entire width of the back of the home. Featuring windows that allow for an awesome view of the lake there are many other features that jump out as well. There is an arched multi-dimensional ceiling and recessed lighting to add a little extra character. There’s a full wall of built-in book shelves and a private workspace area. A walk-in closet then provides a natural separation as we move toward the adjoining master bath. Here we find a full-sized soaking tub and more granite countertops around a customized vanity. On the far wall is a ten-foot glassed-in shower stall with a ceramic wall background—a very classy touch.
Some of the other “extras” included the home are: a composite shingle roof; central air conditioning and natural gas heating; municipal sewer; fiber cement with partial brick exterior; radiant and hot water heating; a partial basement mostly for mechanicals; a two and one-half car detached garage, an exterior patio and private boat dock and much more.
For anyone looking for the ultimate getaway lake property without having to travel three hours north to get there—this home is for you. It has the historic charm and serene allure of a home that has clearly been nurtured for decades. It is currently being shown by appointment only by Stephanie Brunkhorst of the First Weber Group.