A Lac La Belle Classic
Sitting on a scenic lake front and located in the heart of Oconomowoc is one of Wisconsin’s best kept secrets. The tiny village of Lac La Belle has the passive splendor of the rural north woods, but is comfortably close and centered uniformly between the dynamic cities of Milwaukee and Madison. Lac La Belle is home to Wisconsin’s second oldest 18-hole golf course and also home of the prestigious Lac La Belle Yacht Club.
At first glance, this Village of Lac La Belle residence of ninety-plus years (estimated to be built around 1920) looks more like something off a southern plantation than a home in rural south-central Wisconsin. With an imposing curbside view, this white-washed two story colonial has the classic feel of an old-world mansion. Stately pillars surround a sprawling porch on the lake-facing southeast side of the home, with a spiral staircase connecting to a second story veranda off the luxurious master suite. While Lac La Belle drive separates the yard from the lake shore, the property actually includes over one-hundred feet of lake frontage. Featuring a walk-out sand beach, the lake shore panorama offers a perfect sunrise view east across the lake with Oconomowoc’s downtown as the perfect backdrop.
The entrance drive showcases an extensive stone retaining wall with patio sitting area and also exposes the generous addition that was built on the west side of the home in the early 2000s. The total estimated square footage of the home is now in excess of 4,200-square-feet. The interior of the home is clearly a departure from your typical one-dimensional style. Making your way around from room to room or floor to floor you’re never quite sure of exactly what you might find. For example, coming through the entryway you’ll find a wide foyer with towering ten foot ceilings, ceramic tile and a four-foot walkway down the hall. In the first room to the left then, we have what was the original kitchen space back in the early days. With the renovated new kitchen now on the other side of the home, this room still has that old-fashioned look and feel but also serves very handily as a butler’s kitchen or caterer’s room, as the current owners like to call it. Most of the original wooden cabinets are still intact, but have been gracefully enhanced with inlaid glass doors and background lighting. There is also a fifteen-foot long countertop along the back wall, perfect for the family buffet line.
Moving around to the dining room and continuing with our eclectic theme, we find this room to be fashioned more in the French Country theme. The chandelier, built-in book shelves and corner china cabinets all tend to follow after this model. This room, like most of the rest of the rooms in the home, also begins to showcase the exterior landscape and of course opens up charmingly to a wall of windows looking out over the lake. The owners were quick to point out this fact, of course. As supported by the majority of their remodeling efforts, why would you want to live on a lake and not be able to see if from nearly every room? Also following suit with the other rooms along the southeast side of the dwelling, each one has its own set of single or double French doors leading out to the porch which spans the entire width of the home. The living room is next in line, featuring another antique chandelier with hardwood flooring and custom cherry cabinetry. There is also a natural wood burning fireplace in this room, recently updated with a blower insert that can help heat a sizable amount of the first floor even on the coldest of winter days. This room really provides an exceptional view of the outside porch, spiral staircase, outdoor landscaping and naturally the lake in the background.
Working our way past the powder room we come to the newly remodeled kitchen. This sun-splashed room is an entertainer’s delight, featuring plenty of seating, a massive island flanked by pillars on each corner, a wine bar, beverage center, three separate sinks and all high-end professional appliances. This kitchen is a dream for any chef from novice to master. Granite countertops and tons of cabinet space, built-in book shelves and spacious work areas make it functional as well as charming. The open concept and classic center-island design really make this room stand out. It certainly doesn’t hurt of course, that two walls of windows and doors provide around-the-clock natural lighting for this little masterpiece.
An arched entranceway takes us into the family room which provides a great backdrop for the kitchen. As a more traditional room for relaxing or television or just sitting around another fireplace, you still don’t lose sight of the natural surroundings from anywhere you sit.
As we head upstairs we will find a second floor laundry facility and all four of the family bedrooms. The first is a large room (added as part of the addition project) with its own private bath. The second and third bedrooms share a traditional Jack and Jill style full bathroom between them, featuring tile flooring, granite countertops and a pedestal sink. The third bedroom also includes a rather uniquely styled raised retreat section, which includes plenty of space for a big screen TV and gaming area and additional seating.
A fitting finish to our tour is the contemporary new design of the master bedroom and master bath. The bedroom alone measures more than 500-square-feet of Brazilian cherry flooring and an ageless open-concept design. The master bath features custom-designed cabinets, granite countertops and ceramic flooring. It also has a walk-in shower and two-way walk-in closet, accessible from either the bath or bedroom. A portion of the master bedroom, as it is logically separated, is currently being used as an office space or work area. The king-sized bed is surrounded by three walls of windows that allow the cherry flooring to glisten in the sunlight. There is also a raised sitting or reading area to the far side of the room looking out over the veranda. To truly appreciate the serenity of a lakefront home, you must naturally be enamored with the tranquility that comes with looking out over a peaceful lake. That’s the exact feeling you get when you step out of the master bedroom and onto this second story veranda. Finished off charmingly in stone tiles and hardwood rails and balusters—what an awesome setting to either begin or finish your day.
Some additional features included in the home are: a three-car detached garage; central air conditioning system and natural gas heating; custom made crown moldings in many of the rooms; a basement level used primarily for mechanicals; a cozy sitting area built into the outdoor patio—perfect for a fire-pit; plenty of lake frontage for your favorite recreational activity; and much more.
So if you like the sound of an inviting abode tucked away on the western shoreline of a quaint little town in the Lake Country—then this is the home for you. For more information on this property or to arrange your private showing contact Lori Fritz of First Weber Realtors at 262-391-0009.