It winds up and down and around the hilly terrain until it leads us to this 3-story residence near the point of the peninsula. This home, at least the original version, is believed to be around 127 years old—although even after 22 years the current owners have not been able to confirm this for certain.
From the moment you enter the home you are drawn into the deep rich colors of the hardwood flooring, wood paneling and beamed ceilings. The fireplace in the living room carries through the open-concept second story balcony-area all the way to the second story ceiling. The balcony itself actually forms a rectangle above the living room resembling a classic old hotel design, exposing the hand-carved railings that provide the border, along with offering a sneak peak of the spacious second floor. The hotel concept that it portrays is actually not all that far off—based upon how this home has been utilized over the years.
The owners have been hosting both national and international travelers ever since they completed their remodeling efforts back in the early 2000s. At that time, they transformed what had been a cottage-like home, albeit a very large one, into over 8,000-square-feet of resort-like character from one end to the other and one level to the next. As part of their collaborative plan with the owners, the remodeling company salvaged many of the doors and windows from the original structure and strategically placed them throughout the newly designed home with modernized effects and accents. This of course allows the home to retain some of its old fashioned character while introducing updated and modernized amenities at the same time.
To the left of the living room is the more than 400-square- foot music room with sitting area. The huge bay window provides our first glimpse of the rolling landscape and picturesque shoreline. The room also features the second of five fireplaces and built-in cedar cabinets. Heading back across the living room and past a thirty-foot wide tiled porch, is the formal dining room. With accomodations for 12 or more people and featuring a two-way fireplace and wainscot-finished walls, this room already has a lot to offer—but there’s also a little nostalgia to add. In the center of the floor under the dining room table, there is a foot-triggered call bell that rings in the kitchen when stepped on. The bell itself happens to be imported from England and just another reminder of the way things used to be once upon a time.
Behind the two-way fireplace is the kitchen and sunroom. The sunroom features a wall of windows that provide another inviting view of the landscape in a cozy little setting. The kitchen area is full of numerous amenities of its own. There’s a huge island in the center with seating area. There are also double ovens, honed granite countertops, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, maple flooring and imported light fixtures. The cabinet work in here is a wonderful example of old vs. new style and design. Every cabinet door in this kitchen was retained from the original model or cut out and moved from one of the other rooms in the home, and then refinished and stained to match. The cabinets around the main sink also feature toe-kick drawers for a little extra storage space.
Passing through the pantry area and first level laundry room we still have even more to cover on this floor. A private den or office area sets up nicely for a perfect view toward the lake. It also features an inviting fireplace setting with dual French doors leading out to the bluestone patio, one of several facing the lake. Across the hall from here is the guest room or what could also be used as in-law quarters. It has its own personal shower and bathroom and includes a private entrance/ exit to the outside connected via stone walkway to either the lake shore or back around the home to the driveway. It’s handy for the swimmers and boaters coming off the lake to be able to have direct access to a shower as well. The far end of the first floor is finished off with a custom-designed mud room, featuring built-in cabinets, sports closets and shoe racks. There is also a smartly designed powder room on this end featuring a pedestal sink and nickel fixtures.
Up on the second level is a new adventure all on its own. Featuring the master suite and master bath, this room includes its own private sun porch, a sitting area and two walk-in closets, a heated marble floor in the bath with a whirlpool tub and built-in his and hers sinks. There are also four additional bedrooms on this level and three more baths. The first bedroom adjoins one of the two libraries on this level and features a built-in canopy bed and its own private bath. The second and third bedrooms share a Jack-n-Jill style bathroom with private sitting room. The fourth bedroom also has its own private bath. The two separate den/library rooms on this level impress with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, one located on either end of the floor. All of this is built around the rectangular balcony that looks down over the entryway and living room.
It would be difficult to pick out a single highlight in this home, but heading up the third level certainly does put a nice finishing touch on it. The third level could function as an au pair apartment and it certainly packs a lot into one floor. We enter into the main entertainment or theatre room which features a seventy-two inch projection screen and surround sound system with programmable recording capabilities, sound-proofing, and black-out blinds. There is a full bath on this level with an original claw-foot tub and ceramic tile floor. There is also a full service kitchen on the back side of the floor with full appliances, built-in cabinets and hardwood flooring. Last but not least there is another bedroom or craft room to finish off the floor.
Some of the extras in the home include: four separate heating and air conditioning zones; two separate water heaters; a reverse osmosis water system; 8-foot doors and 9-and 10-foot ceilings throughout; more than 100 windows for the ultimate in natural lighting; a finished basement with full-sized exercise or entertainment room; private mechanicals and security room; closet space and storage galore; a 4-car detached garage; more than 300 feet of lake frontage; a boathouse with pier and much, much, more.
There are simply endless examples of character and craftsmanship that have been put into this home both inside and out. For more information on this extraordinary Oconomowoc Lake residence contact Jon Spheeris of Coldwell Banker–Elite at (262) 261-0758 to schedule your private appointment.