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March 2014

Bob Webster •

(262) 348-3233


MLS# 1349150 - WILLIAMS BAY: This spectacular 14+ acre estate on the North Shore of Lake Geneva has 350' of prime water frontage and would be the perfect place to build the home of your dreams. There is an existing building on the site formerly known as the Water Safety Patrol building. The structure is in excellent condition but would most likely be removed in order to build an elegant home taking full advantage of the private wooded setting literally unlike anything else presently on the market on Lake Geneva. . . . . . . $8,750,000

FONTANA: Fabulous like-new Engerman built home with 164' of ideal level Lake Geneva lake frontage shared with just two other families. The immaculate 4 acres of no maintenance common grounds insure beautiful views of the lake and an oversized transferable boat slip is included. The 5 bedroom, 5 bath home will impress you the moment you step inside from the Great Room with adjoining Rotunda to the outstanding kitchen and marvelous master suite. 3 fireplaces, elevator, guest wing with full kitchen & separate entrance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,499,900

MLS# 1345430 - WILLIAMS BAY - Classic Lake Geneva Tudor style lakefront home with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths located on a gently sloping lot with 114' of ideal lake frontage. The home is in move-in condition with up to date modern kitchen and baths, yet the charm and character remains with attractive wood floors and fireplace in the living room, a lakeside sun room and spacious deck, all with beautiful views of the lake. Substantial pier with double canopied slips and spacious lounge area . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,399,000

MLS# 1347112 - LAKE GENEVA: One of the best Lake Geneva lakefront values on the market today, this home is neat and clean and in move-in condition having been completely remodeled in the last 10 years. The home offers 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 2 half baths, 3 fireplaces, a huge deck for entertaining and lakeside patio area with 3 attached garage spaces and an additional 2 cars detached. Exceptional lake views, fabulous kitchen and impressive master suite with Jacuzzi tub and sauna . . . . . . . . $1,899,000

MLS# 1293523 – LAKE GENEVA: This beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 bath lakefront is located on 125’ of ideal level Lake Geneva lake frontage with a convenient South Shore location. The home has been totally updated inside and out and is being sold furnished and ready to move into. The fabulous kitchen accents the open Great Room concept along with cathedral ceilings, wood floors and stone fireplace. There is a huge deck overlooking the lake with impressive lake views from most rooms. The Lake Geneva Country Club is within easy walking distance . . . . .$3,495,000

MLS#1293786-LAKE GENEVA: This fabulous Lake Geneva lake front building site is located on over 120’ of ideal level frontage and over two acres in size. This gorgeous property has beautiful westerly views and is located midway between downtown Lake Geneva and the landmark Stone Manor condominium in an area of impressive and classic Lake Geneva style homes. If you’re looking for the perfect location to build your dream home on Lake Geneva, look no further, you’ll find everything you want right here. Served by city water and sewer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,495,000

MLS# 1345435 - LAKE GENEVA. This beautiful Lake Geneva lakefront building site offers 110' of ideal level frontage over 500' in depth with gorgeous mature trees and a virtually unobstructed and panoramic full length view of the water as well as remarkable afternoon sunsets. The price has just been reduced by an additional $100,000 over a previous offering in the past, so check out this perfect park like setting among several other striking multi-million dollar homes to build your perfect 2 or 3 story water front home distinction . .$2,449,000

MLS# 1345470 - FONTANA: Here's a charming waterfront home located at the water's edge in Fontana with great views of the lake, its own pier and a desirable boat house, perfect for lakeside living and entertaining. Six bedrooms and four baths on two levels, two comfortable patios and a very spacious lawn area between the home and the lake. Use it in its present condition as a fun year round cottage at the lake or at this new reduced price offering, use it as a base for new home or remodel. City water and sewer, easy walk to Chucks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,795,000

MLS# 1345307 - LAKE GENEVA: Attractive 3+ bedroom, 2.5 bath home with transferable boat slip to Lake Geneva. You'll love the convenience of being able to walk to the lake or take a short golf cart ride to the pier and boat slip and lovely association park complete with sand swim area and gazebo. The home is neat and clean and ready to move into and will pass the white glove inspection with flying colors. Fireplace, sunroom, impressive master suite, office, finished basement and 3 car garage. Take a look, you won't be disappointed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$899,900

MLS# 1290140-LAKE GENEVA: New price. Lake Geneva luxury in a private gated community! Two story great room, two family rooms, three fireplaces & granite gourmet kitchen. Walk in closets, five bedrooms and a fabulous master bath Jacuzzi. Custom upgrades everywhere! And best of all….is the gorgeous in-ground custom pool and beautiful stone patio. It doesn't get better than this!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$599,900

MLS# 1345317 - FONTANA: Impressive 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home located within walking distance to the association pier and public sand beach swim area on Lake Geneva. Two story high ceilings in living room and dining room accented by attractive wood floors. Bright open kitchen, main floor family room with fireplace, main floor laundry and 3 car garage. Enjoy the screened porch and deck overlooking the wooded back yard. Full basement ready to be finished with existing fireplace and windows in place. Ready to move right in and enjoy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $575,000

MLS# 1325445 – LYONS: This 50 acre parcel is located just north of Lake Geneva off Hwy 120. Approximately 40 acres are zoned A-1 and approximately 10 acres are wooded with a stream running through it and zoned C-4. Would make for an ideal building site with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and a touch of nature with the adjacent woods and stream. All of this located just minutes outside Lake Geneva . . . . . . . . . . $429,000

MLS# 1345297 - FONTANA: Abbey Harbor Dockominium boat slip "AA" size, 14' x 44', is located in a highly desirable and convenient area just inside Marina. This slip will accommodate the larger sized boats and offers the advantage of parking close by and adjacent to the slip. Enjoy the outdoor pool and restroom and shower facilities of the Harbor House just a short walk away. Enjoy The Abbey Resort restaurants and lounge and walk to the beautiful Fontana sand swimming beach. Here's an affordable way to enjoy boating on Lake Geneva. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $99,000

MLS# 1345460 - FONTANA: Here is a value priced "AA" Dockominium boat slip located in the Abbey Harbor Marina adjacent to the Abbey Resort in Fontana. This is the largest size slip with dimensions of 14' x 44' and offers a very convenient location just inside the entrance to the harbor, easy to navigate to as well as nearby vehicle parking, just steps from your boat. Enjoy the amenities of the Harbor including an outdoor pool, club house and comfortable rest rooms and showers. An easy way to enjoy affordable boating on Lake Geneva. . . . . . . . . . .$86,900



March 2014


Call/Text (262) 745-3630

Janis Hartley ABR, CRS, E-PRO, RSPS

MLS #1349912 – GENEVA NATIONAL: Many consider 1440 Masters Road the “crown jewel” of Geneva National Golf Club. You now have the opportunity to own this stunning residence, overlooking the fairway and green of the Palmer #3 course. Richly finished in custom details and amenities, this is a home for the most discerning buyers. Custom walnut millwork, Italian tile bathrooms with exquisite detailing; luxurious granite counters in kitchen, laundry and every bathroom; a brilliant, custom stained glass ceiling above the main stairwell, abundant natural light, and a floor plan that encourages gracious living and entertaining. With panoramic fairway views from virtually every room, this is a home for those who love to observe the changing seasons. Intelligently priced at $1,250,000... because sometimes you can find your dream home just waiting for you. YOUR REALTOR OVERSEES ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS YOU MAY EVER MAKE. SHOULDN’T YOU CHOOSE THE BEST? SHOULDN’T YOUR REALTOR GUARANTEE HIS OR HER SERVICE? MLS #1340789 - GENEVA: French country 5BR 5.5BA custom home on 3+ ac. Vista views, private and gated locale, 3 lvls include a main fl master ste, 700 sq ft kitchen, studio .............................................$1,650,000

MLS #1345114 - LYONS: Casually elegant 4BR, 5BA ranch with finished walkout lower level on 20 wooded acres 5 miles east of Lake Geneva. 2 ponds, trails, naturalized gardens .....................................$1,350,000

MLS #1344872 - GENEVA NATIONAL: Casually elegant main level living has never looked so beautiful! 4BR, 3.5BA ranch residence overlooking Palmer 1 at Geneva National. Impeccably crafted, beautifully maintained ........ $849,000


Call/Text (262) 745-3630 MLS #1333295 - GENEVA NATIONAL: Perfect blend of traditional and open concept design in this 4BR, 3+BA spacious home w/finished walkout on Palmer course. Panoramic view over fairway and lake ................. $685,000

ML S#1316971 - LAKE GENEVA: Enjoy resort-style living at Vista del Lago. 4BR/2BA condo w/loft has granite counters, maple floors, lake views. Clubhouse w/indoor pool, tennis, pier .............................................$499,000

MLS #1345650 - LYONS: Private 5 acre property close to Lake Geneva. 3BR, 3.5BA California contemporary. Open concept, 2-3 car garages plus pole barn, In ground pool. Passive solar ..................................................$475,000

MLS #1325887-FONTANA: Year-round, enviable lake views from most rooms in this 2 bedroom, 2 bath upscale Abbey Ridge main floor condo. Split bedroom design, fireplace, steps from the water .......................$425,000

MLS #1318808 - FONTANA: Glenwood Springs cottage has pizzazz & charm. Open concept kitchen & great rm w/FP, 300 SF screened porch. Upstairs master & 2 sleeping lofts, plus 2 addt’l main flr BR’s .......$350,000

MLS #1342301 - LAKE GENEVA: 4BR/2BA updated home close to town. Gorgeous kitchen w/lg granite island, luxurious master suite w/fireplace and large, fenced yard ................................................................$250,000

RANKED IN THE TOP 2% OF ALL WALWORTH COUNTY REAL ESTATE AGENTS OF 2013! SPECIALIZING IN LAKE & RESORT LIFESTYLE PROPERTIES THROUGHOUT WALWORTH COUNTY. “Janis Hartley is the consumate real estate professional. She is organized and thoroughly understands the process involved to get the job done to the benefit of all involved parties. More importantly, she understands the transaction on a visceral level. Janis treated the transaction as a conduit for helping all parties realize their dreams. It was not the purchase of a house, but rather the acquisition on a home. I know our family will be thankful to Janis for helping us create memories of our new home in Lake Geneva. Janis comes with our highest endorsement ... that being we would use her again for any real estate transaction in the future.” — Michael Frantz


March 2014


New Listing on Lake Geneva $2,699,000 - Pier 675A N1967 Birches Dr. Lake Geneva, WI Situated in the popular "Narrows" this sun filled home has 105 feet of lake frontage. The main level is an open floor plan with sweeping east to west views of the lake. A fireplace with imported wood carved mantle flanked by authentic antique stained glass' windows and wood floors throughout. A first floor Master Suite, a gourmet kitchen with state of the art appliances and granite counter tops and backsplash, a center 'cooks island' and eating island seating 6.The grand family room with 18 foot ceilings and windows and two enclosed porches, give access, from all angles to the beautiful lake and spectacular summer sunsets. A second floor Master Suite with fireplace and walk in closets, spacious bedrooms and children’s sky lit 'bunk room' complete the upper level. A 3 car garage with paver driveway, bluestone patios and path to the lake. A large pier with awning covered sitting area and canopy and side curtained boat slip.





March 2014

Commercial Appeal Italianate architecture on Lake Geneva’s Main Street If you can get past the colorful business signs and eye-catching storefront displays while walking down Main Street, take a look upwards. The upper stories of most of our downtown buildings meet the definition of Main Street USA’s architectural mainstay: Italianate Commercial. The style dominates three of the four corners of Main Street’s 700 block. It also runs rampant throughout the entire downtown area, with brief interruptions by Colonial Revival, Prairie School, and Victorian. The telltale characteristics of Italianate architecture, whether commercial or residential, are flat roofs and brackets, single or paired--see detail at top of page for an example of single brackets. The photo is a closeup of 704 Main Street’s roofline (See center photo below for another look at this structure). The 704 Main Street building, which was constructed around 1848, was Wisconsin’s first interior bank. The decorative window moldings are also classic Italianate detailing. At 712 Main St., you’ll see a slightly later version of the com703 Main Street

mercial Italianate style. This was the home of the First National Bank of Lake Geneva The brick building’s more subdued interpretation of the cornices and brackets give it a more modern feel and are an indication of the style’s star fading, as do the rounded window tops, which are more Romanesque in nature. At the southwest end of the 700 block of Main Street, the Metropolitan building is both an example of commercial use of reginal cream bricks and the Italianate influence.

Originally the Hotel Clair, this commanding structure was built in 1874 and is typical of the less “exuberant” commercial style. Less detail, stylized brackets and lack of three-dimensional window moldings give the building, which now houses shops and offices, a simpler, more streamlined exterior. Across the street from the Metropolitan building is the site of the city’s first hotel, The Lake House. The original wood structure was built in the mid 1830s and was consumed by fire almost a century later. The building that stands on the corner now is a Colonial Revival structure that was built about 1930, well after Italianate Commercial had fallen out of favor for both business and residential structures. Bookending the north side of the 700 Main Street block is the building at 703 Main. This was built in 1872 and is a good example of the hybridization of Italianate and Romanesque styles. The brackets are pronounced and while the windows are arched after the Romanesque style, they carry enough weight in the moldings to pass as Italianate as well. 704 Main Street

772 Main Street

Italianate architecture by the numbers • Mid- to late-1800s: America’s downtown districts begin to take on a classic look, following the Italian Rennaissance architectural trend in residences. • 2-3: Most Italianate Commercial buildings were built to two or three stories, with the street-level story as a storefront with large picture windows. • 711 Main Street: this was the city’s first fireproof building, constructed in 1848 (the same year as 704 Main St.). • 529 Main Street: a good stand-alone example of the Italianate Commercial style, this building is circa 1880 and was built as an Odell typewriter factory. COVER PHOTO FROM ‘LAKE GENEVA IN VINTAGE POSTCARDS’ STORY BY JESSICA FRANZENE




March 2014

Thawing out from a long, wet winter Has your home sustained damage from the season? While some homes make it through winter unscathed, the harsh weather of the year’s coldest season can add several tasks to homeowners’ springtime to-do lists. Some home projects are best left to the professionals, but many others can be tackled even by those homeowners with little or no DIY experience. The following are a handful of projects tailor-made for spring. Gutters tend to bear the brunt of harsh winter weather, and come spring gutters are in need of inspection if not repair. Winter winds, snow and heavy rainfall can compromise the effectiveness of gutters, which can easily accumulate debris and detach from homes during winter storms. In addition, gutters sometimes develop leaks over the winter months. As a result, homeowners should conduct a careful inspection of their gutters come the spring, being sure to look for leaks while clearing the gutters of debris and reattaching gutters that might have become detached from the home on windy winter days and nights. When reattaching loose gutters, make sure the downspouts are draining away from the foundation, as gutters that are not draining properly

can cause damage to that foundation and possibly lead to flooding. Much like its gutters and downspouts, a home’s roof can suffer significant damage over the course of a typical winter. Shingles may be lost to harsh winter winds and storms, so homeowners should examine the roof to determine if any shingles were lost (lost shingles might even be lying around the property) or suffered damage that’s considerable enough to require replacement. Summer can be especially brutal on shingles, especially those that suffered significant damage during the winter. If left unchecked or unaddressed, problems with damaged shingles can quickly escalate into larger issues when spring rains and summer sun inevitably arrive, so homeowners should prioritize fixing or replacing damaged shingles as quickly as possible. Frozen temperatures can be hard on humans and homes alike, but unlike humans who can stay inside when temperatures dip below freezing, homes are forced to withstand the elements throughout the winter. External hose faucets are often susceptible to freeze damage. To inspect such faucets, turn

the water on and then place a thumb or finger over the opening of the faucet. If your thumb or finger can completely stop the flow of water, the pipe where the water is coming from is likely damaged and will need to be replaced. Once a lawn has thawed out, homeowners can patrol their properties looking for low spots in the yard or even low spots within spitting distance of the home’s foundation. Such spots increase the likelihood of flooding. Flooding near a home’s foundation increases the risk of potentially costly damage, while low spots on the lawn that go ignored can make great breeding grounds for insects, including mosquitoes, when the weather warms up. When low spots are detected, fill them in with compacted soil. Compacted soil can prevent spring rains from flooding a yard or damaging a home’s foundation. Assessing potential property damage is a rite of passage for homeowners in the spring. Though some damage is significant, oftentimes even novice DIYers can work their homes and properties back into shape in time to enjoy spring and summer.

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Lake Geneva! This home sits on 1.93 wooded acres in Academy Estates; enjoy Lake Rights & your Transferable Boat Slip on Pier #550. Gourmet kitchen offers a Viking Range, Sub-Zero Refrig Drawers, lg island. Formal Living & Dining Rooms, an Exec. Office w/Cherry Built-ins, Owner’s retreat & more. Meticulously maintained with many updates. See it today! #1349267 • $795,000 | Bob Rauland • 262-949-5494

Elegant 4 BR/4.5 BA Contemporary Colonial w/ 3 Car Garage in upscale Pheasant Ridge. Dine-in, island kitchen w/ cherry cabinets w/ Corian & stone counters, SS appliances, tile backsplash & floors; FDR; FLR; 2-story FR w/ brick FPL; Finished, walk-out LL w/ rec room; master suite w/ tiered ceiling, WIC, lg jetted tub & W/I shower; paver patio & much more. #1348323 • $424,900 | Shari Rauland Mohr • 262-745-2956

Captivating Colonial 2-story w/ cherry floors. Ideal floorplan flows from entry foyer to FDR, w/French doors to outdoor patio, to LR & FR. The sunroom and study each have French doors that open to the kitchen and deck. The extraordinary, island, kitchen boasts granite counters, SS appliances and ample cabinets. Owner’s retreat & more... #1345020 • $575,000 | Bob Rauland • 262-949-5494

Secluded getaway in the woods with this 3 Bedroom, 2.5 bath home sitting on 5+ acres. Walking paths to your hunting stand or just enjoy the views. Great Room has fireplace & leads to a 19x12 Screened porch w/ hot tub. Each level of home has a bath & living space. Owner’s Suite on main level. Extra 23x23 detached garage for your storing needs. Very well taken care of & updated. #1319471 • $339,000 | Connie Poggensee • 262-215-7644

Beautiful 4 BR, 3.5 BA, 3 Level Home on 7+ Acres in Delavan Township. Gourmet Kitchen w/ Marble Counter Tops opens to Screened Deck. FDR & FLR w/Natural FPL. Walk-Out LL is a Complete In-Law Suite w/ Kitchen & Laundry. Large Master Suite w/ 2 Walk-In Closets. 35 x 25 Rec/Bonus Room above the Garage. Barn & former Single Family Residence on the property.

Nothing compares to this 3 BR, 3 BA Prairie style home with two screened porches that look onto Evergreen Golf Course. All the upgrades w/ granite counters, outstanding wired sound system, newly painted outside. Master bedroom has it’s own screened in porch & the lower level provides the perfect theatre room space. Leaving the rest to your imagination-come take a look. #1316483 • $364,900 | Connie Poggensee • 262-215-7644

#1334513 • $565,000 | Harry Mohr • 262-745-2953









You can’t ski behind your IRA so escape to Abbey Springs resort on beautiful Geneva lake & Learn to enjoy life more from this great 2 BR, 1 BA condo w/two-sided fireplace. Enjoy the private beach, swim & boat piers, tennis, indoor & outdoor pools, racquet ball & fitness areas, restaurants, playground & more. The clubhouse is newly renovated. Ready…Set…Enjoy!

Ready 2 bedroom ranch on a large level lot located in Walworth. Features hardwood f loors, newer appliances, finished lower level with bath and laundry room, fresh paint through out, eat in kitchen area. Ideal starter house. Move right in!

Beautifully maintained 3 BR, 2 BA, Ranch home in desirable Country Club Estates with association lake rights to Geneva Lake. Sun drenched florida room off the large eat-in kitchen is a great place for the family & friends to gather. Separate Living & Dining Rooms round out the main floor living areas in this spacious home.

#1258318 • $214,900 | Shari Rauland Mohr • 262-745-2956

#1341409 • $138,500 | Becky Merwin • 262-215-4000

#1350284 • $315,000 | Mary Beth Bromfield • 262-374-0772




Vintage Victorian located in Sharon with all new windows, carpet, paint, upstairs laundry access and a new high efficiency furnace. Cleary Building is 40’x30’ and features a concrete floor; two doors at end being 8x10 & 8x8. Bring your stuff to store or make a workshop within this insulated shed that used to have a woodburner for heat. All the work has been done — Move Right In! #1348336 • $122,500 | Becky Merwin • 262-215-4000


Located across the street from St. Benedict’s Church it’s a nice walk or bike/ scooter ride to Fontana’s beach, shops, restaurants, parks & gathering places. Well maintained & cared for 2 BD plus den, 1BA bungalow offers nicely updated exterior, 2C Det Gar, 12’x8’ garden shed w/elec. on 1 1/2 lots. Would make a great starter home or nice summer home! #1333156 • $119,900 | Lisa Berg • 262-729-7084



Ready ranch located in Sharon in turn-key condition w/ large fenced back yard for kids & critters. Storage shed the size of one car garage located within fenced yard. New windows, fresh paint, updated bathrooms, pellet stove in LL family room helps w/ heating bills. Appliances included. Must see inside to appreciate. Quiet street w/ ranch homes all nicely maintained & close to grade school. 1348224 • $142,500 | Becky Merwin • 262-215-4000




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LAUDERDALE LAKES BOAT SLIP. This choice home overlooking Green Lake is absolutely amazing with lake views, great quality, lots of natural light, and extensive deck. Well appointed kitchen and open concept living area with vaulted ceilings, fireplace, and hardwood floors. Roomy master suite with cathedral ceilings and access to deck. Finished walk out lower level with family room, office, and bath. Large private yard with mature oak trees. Just a few seconds walk and you can enjoy your boat on lake thru private lake access, dock, and boat slip. Just lovely ........ $420,500

NEAR LAKE LORRAINE AND CONVENIENT TO Delavan and Elkhorn with generous main floor master suite and main floor laundry. Bright and open living room, kitchen, and dining area with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and access to back deck. Lower level with full windows awaits your finishing touch .......................................... .................................................................. $225,900

ONE OF THE BEST LOTS IN Country Club Estates includes a house that needs work or tear it down and build new. Close to Fontana Beach, Country Club Estates amenities include tennis court, playground, golf course, trails, private lakefront park and pier. Could be your opportunity to live in one of the best areas around Lake Geneva ...... ...................................................................$169,000

INCOME PROPERTY in Darien being sold because owner is relocating to a warmer climate. Both units have two bedrooms and separate utilities. Located close to park and library. Long term tenant takes care of lawn and some maintenance. Owner says make an offer .............. ...................................................................$109,000


March 2014


101 BROAD STREET • LAKE GENEVA, WI • 262/249-5900 EXT. 208 MLS# 1263844 PIER#865 STUNNING SUNSETS 57 ft. of elevated frontage, shared pier, and private canopied boat slip. Comfortable 3-level home within walking distance to downtown Lake Geneva. 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, including separate quarters with private entrance. Main level with open floor plan, fireplace, lakeside deck, fabulous views and stunning sunsets. Walk-out lower level, professionally landscaped yard, patio and firepit .................... $1,995,000

MLS# 1197701 PIER #41 NORTH SHORE OF GENEVA LAKE 115 ft. of frontage, pier with double canopied slips, and sun deck. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3 fireplaces, and a private master suite encompassing the upper level. Walk-out lower level, perfect for entertaining, with bar and access to expansive deck overlooking the lake. Impressive round lakeside porches provide a haven for relaxation. Just off Snake Rd. and a short walk to downtown Lake Geneva...................$2,995,000

MLS# 1349568 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY – WALWORTH ZONED B-3 Perfect building and location for restaurant business. Excellent condition, numerous major improvements in 2007. Being offered with all restaurant equipment and furniture ......$155,000 Commercial building only ....................... $130,000

MLS# 1332100 2-STORY IN LINN TOWNSHIP Beautiful, country home with 3 bedrooms, lovely master, 3 full and 1 half baths, hickory floors, open floor plan, lower level family room w/wet bar, media center and office. 2-car garage and nicely landscaped lot .........................$269,000

MLS# 1320867 COMFORTABLE RANCH IN CITY OF LAKE GENEVA Well cared for 2+ BR home, close to Badger High and Big Foot State Park. Large family room w/FP, open to kitchen/dining. Recent kitchen and bath upgrades. Partially finished lower level and professionally landscaped lot. .................$182,900

MLS# 1211010 1.3 ACRES IN WILDWOOD SUBDIVISION 4 BR, 2BA home just minutes from Lake Geneva. Newer kitchen w/stainless appliances, oak floor, vaulted, wood ceilings, LL family room w/FP & kitchenette. 2-car attached and separate heated 2-car detached garage. Wooded. .......... $222,000

MLS# 1312081 SUNSET HILLS – VACANT Buildable parcel in Sunset Hills Subdivision. 100’ x 125’, wooded and level. Once a home is built, enjoy lake access through the subdivision lake front, with beach, swim pier and grassy park area. Located on north side of Hwy 50 ................................$69,900

MLS# 1312079 SUNSET HILLS – VACANT Large, buildable parcel with private lake access once a home is built. 150’ x 125’, located on the north side of Hwy 50 in a quiet, wooded area. Convenient parking lot at the lake for association members. Get out the house plans! ................................$74,900

MLS# 1307457 118 ACRES ADJACENT TO GRAND GENEVA Currently leased for farming, this land is contiguous with the northern border of the Grand Geneva Resort and bordered by Lyons township roads on 3 sides. Excellent potential, just minutes from downtown Lake Geneva.............. $1,250,000

MLS# 1224552 69 ACRES – LYONS TOWNSHIP Looking for land with character? This idyllic parcel has the White River meandering through it. Buildable 8 acre portion, with functioning well and approved for conventional septic. Abuts DNR land ........................................ $425,000

MLS# 1345971 YOUNGLAND MANOR CONDO – 2ND FLOOR Pristine second floor unit in this historic stone and timber coach house. 2 BR, 2 BA, hardwood floors, high ceilings, open floor plan, gas fireplace, private deck, newer furnace and recently painted. Private pool and great view .......$209,900

MLS# 1332143 YOUNGLAND MANOR CONDO – 3RD FLOOR 2 BR, 2 ½ BA unit w/loft, one of the largest units in the building. Soaring roof lines, roof windows, wood floors, gas fireplace, open kitchendining-great room. Private pool, perennial gardens, walk to downtown Lake Geneva ..............$210,000

MLS# 1309028 YOUNGLAND MANOR CONDO – 3RD FLOOR 2-story condo w/outstanding architecture and space. 2 BR, 2 ½ BA unit with loft, recently painted and new granite in kitchen. Open floor plan, many upgrades, wood floors, gas fireplace, exposed brick, 11 skylights, 1-car garage.............. $219,900

MLS# 1314561 ABBEY VILLA CONDO – 1ST FLOOR Located directly across from the pool, this 2 BR, 2BA unit provides nice views of the park-like grounds. Unique style, open floor plan, gas fireplace, and in-unit washer/dryer. Walk to Abbey Resort, restaurants and lake ........................................ $219,000




March 2014

Take heed, DIYers: tips from the pros Weekend warriors will soon be visiting home supply retailers to buy everything from paint to plywood. There are many advantages to making home improvements on your own, including the opportunity to test your mettle at projects big and small. Many a novice DIYer has learned the ups and downs of home improvement through trial and error. But the following are a handful of lessons first-timers can heed before beginning their maiden voyages into the world of DIY home improvements. Measure twice, cut once. Perhaps this is the best-known mantra of home improvement, yet many still ignore it. Whether you’re anxious to get started or simply because you still cannot convert metric to standard formula, you must take the time to measure twice before cutting. Learning that you’re a hair too short later will be prove frustrating and time-consuming and often necessitates a last-minute run to the store for more materials. Always measure multiple times before making cuts. Enlist a helper. Having a partner helping with the work is the most efficient way to tackle a project. This person can assist you with heavy lifting or moving things or by holding the ladder or simply passing tools your way. He or she also can manage work while you make another run

to the home center for more supplies. Having a helper around also provides companionship during tedious projects. Lighten the load. You run the risk of injury, both to yourself and your belongings, if you attempt to move heavy items on your own. When moving heavy items, take steps to lighten your load. For example, empty or remove drawers from desks and dressers before moving them. Rely on sliding pads when moving furniture so items can be slid into place instead of lifted. Always ask a buddy to help move especially heavy items. Prime before painting. Painting can be a time-consuming task. In an effort to save time, some people will look for painting shortcuts, and these may include skipping the priming portion of painting. Priming helps to cover existing paint color and prevent bleed-through of stains or darker hues to the next coat of paint. Failure to use a primer could mean having to paint coat after coat, which can become costly and take up a significant amount of time. Always rely on a priming product, or look for a paint that blends a primer within to achieve better coverage. And while you are ensuring a proper paint job, remember to use painter’s tape or an edging product to help keep paint off of moldings and

trim. Use the right tools. The right tools make work safer and easier. Think about how much faster you can cut through a tree trunk with a chainsaw rather than a handsaw. Improvising or using the wrong tools for the job can cost you time and increase your risk of injury. Turn electricity off at the panel box. Be especially cautious when working with electricity, turning off the current. This means shutting down the power on the breaker box. A live wire can provide a minor shock or lead to serious injury. Take the extra time to ensure the power is off before working with any exposed wiring. Expect the unexpected. Although many renovation projects go off without a hitch, you never know what you might uncover when you embark on repairs or remodels. Homeowners have come across all sorts of hidden problems when doing seemingly minor repairs. Removal of drywall may uncover insect damage in beams or indications of water infiltration. Some people take down old paneling, only to discover it was covering heavily damaged walls beneath. One repair project can run into another when home improvements are being made. Always leave breathing room in your budget and schedule extra time for unforeseen tasks as well.






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March 2014 “Let my 23 years of lakefront experience save you time and money!”

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MLS #1342231 – LAKE GENEVA: Lake Geneva 5BR, 5.5BA lakefront estate w/htd pool, 400’ lvl frontage, 110’ pier w/huge sundeck, 3+ slips all on a 750’ deep beautifully landscaped parcel .............................................. $4,500,000

MLS #1319058 – LAUDERDALE LAKES: Grand 6.54 AC lakefront estate on Lauderdale’s gold coast featuring 7BR, 11BA w/prime swim frontage, fab. sunsets, lakefront lot w/wet boat house on private tax key ...................$2,150,000

MLS #1325397 – PARIS: Enjoy commanding views overlooking 37 Acres of woods and water (3 ponds) from this magnificent 7 BR, 4.5 BA (6800Sf) brick colonial, convenient to Chicago + Milwaukee....................................... $1,199,000

MLS # 13 35 4 50 – FONTA N A: Stunning 6 BR, 4.5 BA Cape Cod of fers nearly 5000 SF living space on 3 levels, steps to Brook wood’s fabulous lakefront park w/ Buoys Available ........................................................ $799,900

MLS #1321375 – LAKE BEULAH: 4BR Lake Beulah W/O ranch on 1/2 ac lot w/105’ swim frontage + lakeside boathouse. Freshly painted, newly carpeted and offered partially furnished for immediate summertime fun ................................ $737,900

ML S # 13 3 5 515 -FON TA N A : Unbelievably af fordable and meticulous condition, this 4BR, 2.5BA Oak Shores Contemporary w/deeded boat slip is everything you’ve dreamed of in your new lake home .........................$679,900

MLS #1297301 – LINN: 11.55 AC equestrian retreat w/custom built 3 BR, 3.5BA, 3 car (3755 SF) home w/magnificent views, stocked pond, and 60’ x 80’ pole barn w/htd shop and 6 stalls ............................................ $599,900

MLS #1329160 – WHITEWATER LAKE: 3BR, 3BA Whitewater lakefront on 85’ frontage with 3 stor y insulated garage featuring heated club room, storage and full bath. Lake views from all bedrooms ............... $598,800

MLS #1331009 – WHITEWATER LAKE: Whitewater hidden gem — Enjoy elevated lakeviews and peaceful seclusion from this recently renovated/ expanded 4BR 3BA lakefront (2766 sf) on 102’ of swim frontage .......................................... $549,900

MLS #1274712 – LAKE GENEVA: Premier “point” location with full length views of Lake Geneva, 24’ slip, 3BR, 2 balconies, huge living rm, new carpets/appliances, indoor pool & tennis .................................................$499,000

VACANT LAND MLS #1190127 – GENEVA NATIONAL: 1.51 acres of wooded privacy in GN’s gated Geneva Club w/west exposure .....................................................$159,900 MLS #1345912 – LAUDERDALE LAKES: Lauderdale Lakes 0.83 Acre home site w/lakeviews + 40’ swim frontage easement steps away ...................$99,900

MLS #1297152 – SUGAR CREEK: Cedar and stone 3-4BR, 3.5BA, 3/4 Ac wooded retreat is convenient to everything Lauderdale Lakes offers yet enjoys views of Lake Wandawega wetlands ...............................................$319,900

MLS #1307327 – GENEVA LAKE: Light & bright 4BR, 2BA Cedar Point Park W/O ranch has room for the entire gang, steps to CPP’s fabulous lakefront parks & ready for summer fun w/many updates ...................... $319,900

MLS #1313938 – GENEVA NATIONAL: Fully furnished 3BR, 2BA Golf view Villa Ranch overlooking 16 Trevino w/fabulous décor, OC great room, cath ceilings, FP, screen porch and in meticulous condition. ...............................$195,900

MLS #1345911-LAUDERDALE LAKES: Lauderdale Lakes 0.72 Acre home site w/40’ Middle Lake swim frontage easement steps away ................... $59,900 MLS #1345909 – LAUDERDALE LAKES: Lauderdale Lakes 0.67 Acre home site w/40’ Middle Lake swim frontage easement steps away ...................$54,900

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