From this spot on the shoreline you can see and feel the warmth of the daytime sun from the wee hours of the morning until it sets at dusk. When they say that this is the best swimming frontage on the lake, it really is. In fact, this stretch of Lac La Belle shoreline might actually be the best, most consistent, hard sand bottom frontage in all of the Lake Country. Combine this with hiking and biking trails and the Lac La Belle Country Club that boarders the back of the lot, and you have virtually everything the outdoor enthusiast could ask for.
One of the many unique features of the home is the front door is actually in the rear of the home. While it’s a bit unique, having the main entrance at the back of the home allows for the entire front of the home to have an unaltered view of the shoreline. The home is only around 24 years old, but it underwent an award-winning, million-dollar renovation that was nearly a complete facelift.
The intent of the renovation was to take full advantage of the lake views from every angle and every available inch in the home. Once inside, the open concept foyer quickly gives way to a large great room. This room has a cleverly designed wall of windows that provide our first glimpse of the shoreline, but it is equally as appealing to observe the wall of onyx stone that engulfs the two-way fireplace and provides a backdrop all the way to the second level. This glistening onyx stone wall was installed one piece at a time with 2-inch thick and 4-6-inch wide pieces all the way from floor-to-ceiling. A meticulous effort resulting in one of the most elegant fireplace walls you will ever see.
A significant part of the renovation effort and open-concept conversion was the expansion of the formal dining room and dinette areas. The original version of the home had a rather small kitchen with no dinette and a closed-off dining room. The current dining room, finished with the same inlaid mosaic tile flooring that runs throughout the entryway and foyer, is now open to the great room and separated ever so gracefully by a twelve-foot couch console. It is also balanced scrupulously with the same white pillars that now wrap around in sequence all the way from the end of the great room back to the kitchen. The new dinette area was fashioned off of the kitchen by expanding the wall and inserting a huge bay window. This not only provides a continuous view of the shoreline across the front of the home but also provides a cozy little sitting area for a family meal or coffee.
The kitchen itself was probably the single biggest motivating factor behind the Gold Award the renovation received in 2010 from the American Society of Interior Design (ASID). The kitchen is not exceedingly large in size, but it’s loaded with specialty finish work from one end to the other. The custom cabinetry is finished in a glazed Harbormist color that blends perfectly with the granite countertops. The countertops meld into a backsplash which is then enhanced by and inlaid ceramic design over the stovetop, sink and around the sill areas. There are Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances with an island and plenty of cabinet space that make this kitchen as practical for the master chef as it is inspiring for the casual cook. A gazebo style cedar sunroom with access to a wrap-around patio is a great finishing touch to this side of the home.
Making our way to the opposite end of the first-level we find a bedroom which could also serve as a guest room with its own private bath. Similar to most of the bathrooms in the home, this one has a ceramic tile floor and shower with a decorative vessel sink and hardware built directly into the mirror. They are all unique in their own right and very tastefully done. Across the hall and through the French doors we find the den or office room. It includes a second set of French doors, that lead out to the brick patio, and the room also has one side of the two-way fireplace from the great room. A quaint yet functional room regardless of how you choose to utilize it.
Heading upstairs we find the second-level balcony that looks over the great room and dining room and provides another awesome view of the lake. To the right side of the balcony we have the master suite. This suite includes a sitting area and marble-surround gas fireplace. It also has a private outdoor balcony looking out over the lake. A custom-built canopy-style bed with recessed lighting provides a welcoming ambiance and leads into the ultra-modern master bath which includes a tile floor and black granite countertops, double sinks, a jetted tub and glassed-in shower. There’s also a large decorative window with a circle-top providing a wide-open view of the backyard. Across the balcony to the opposite side of this level is a large office that could easily be used as another bedroom. The room also includes a huge walk-in closet that is prepped with plumbing access if someone wanted to convert/add an additional bathroom.
Now just about the time you think you’ve completed the tour, we discover an entire new extension to the home. Located above the garage and finished with the same exquisite touches as the rest of the house is a guest quarters or in-law suite. Accessible from either the first-level hallway or the garage, there is more than 1,000-square-feet of additional living space up here. It has a private kitchenette area and a spacious family room with a balcony looking over the backyard. It also has two separate bedrooms with walk-in closets and another full bath all very stylishly decorated. What a perfect setting for visiting grandchildren, in-laws, college students or other guests.
Some of the extras in the home include: a nearly one-acre lot that borders Lac La Belle Country Club on the rear corner; fiber cement siding; Anderson windows; a wrap-around poly deck adjacent to an inlaid brick patio all across the front of the home; a reverse osmosis water filtration system with Iron Curtain water filtration; separate furnace and temperature control system in the guest quarters; a crawl space in the basement for additional storage capacity; a 3-car attached garage; over 100 feet of lake frontage with pier and much, much, more. This home you have to see for yourself. To arrange your private showing, call Lori or Molly Fritz of the Fritz Team at the First Weber Group. Lori Fritz, (262) 391-0009; Molly Fritz, (262) 443-9327.