Lake Geneva Manor

Lake Geneva Manor

I sold a home yesterday, and even though these pictures suggest otherwise, the act of the sale in and of itself is not worthy of this post. To the naked eye, the sale wasn’t really anything special, nor was it particularly unique. A fabulous young couple from Chicago bought themselves an aggressively charming stone cottage in Lake Geneva. That also isn’t that interesting. The stone cottage was oozing with charm, decorated to the nine’s, and located a pleasant 5 minute walk from town. This fabulous young couple could wake up on any Saturday morning they choose, don some sandals and t-shirts, and walk a few minutes down the shore path to purchase their morning coffee and perhaps a bagel. Should the mood strike, and they sought to irritate vacation hating Daniel Gross, they could also buy a New York Times. This too isn’t particularly exciting or unique.

The couple will ultimately decorate this quintessentially perfect stone cottage complete with stone fireplace and built-ins galore, and they’ll undoubtedly love this new vacation home. They’ll enjoy Friday afternoon drives to the lake, and in a couple months they’ll find that while the soft green grass of summer gives way to the crunch of leaves, that morning walk for coffee will be no less enjoyable, and the changes of the seasons and the way those changes affect their walk will be subtly noticed, but will always be exciting, always charming, always bucolic. The couple will find that the sun filled patio lounging of August is no more enjoyable than the sound of a crackling fireplace on a December evening. That a cookout with friends on Labor Day is divergent and entirely opposite from a Christmas Eve party with twinkling white lights outside and another warm fire inside, but both provide cherished memories.

No, there’s nothing special about this home and this couple, what’s special is the way this couples life will now change. Weekday thoughts will wander to the lake. The drive up to the lake will become a ritual that they’ll learn to love, and each and every weekend throughout the year their idyllic cottage will have the exact same feel and an entirely new feel at the same time. It’ll feel like home, and that will never change.

The cottage that I’m opining about is in the Geneva Manor, a lovely association with lakerights to Geneva just West of downtown Lake Geneva. It’s an association with private park, lakefront pier system, and a short walk to all that downtown Lake Geneva has to offer. While there are some homes for sale in the association, some are disgustingly over priced, and none as unique and special as the cottage that my favorite young couple just bought. This home was rare, in spite of all my verbose commentary above, it is one of the more unique homes in the Lake Geneva real estate market. The stone exterior is timeless, and the interior fit and finish is as well. It’s just a great combination of style and charm, and the location was the clincher.

The sale wasn’t particularly special, but what this simple purchase will do to change the lifestyle of the buyer is down right spectacular. Weekends won’t be the same from here on out, and there’ s a big congratulations due to these buyers for their decisiveness and ability to pull off a purchase like this. As always, I am eternally grateful that they chose to work with me on this sale, and more than grateful, I’m thrilled for them and the new life they’re about to begin.

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  • Nancy Fogelstrom November 30, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Wow! So nice to see the home my grandfather built back in the 1930’s. When I lived there I thought it was a mansion not a cottage! But sorry to see that the beautiful California redwood was painted over around the fire place and doors. Looks cheap now. And all the beautiful evergreens that he planted years ago were ripped up for a pool. What a shame. If he could see his home now! No matter who owns this home it will always be the Fogelstrom home! Tore up the front yard for a circular driveway. It was so beautiful compared to now. Wish we had never sold it back in the 70’s. We took such good care of it. My grandparents and father would be shocked the way it looks inside now.
    Theodore W. Fogelstrom and
    Theodore D. Fogelstrom

    • David Curry December 1, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Rather than being negative as to the current, beautiful, condition of the home, you should be remarkably pleased that it has been so well persevered. Most houses in the area that were built in the 1930s have either been demolished, or otherwise completely and utterly renovated. This home preserves so much of its original character that anyone with a history of visiting the home should be proud.

  • Nancy Fogelstrom November 30, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Oh by the way… the house still haunted???

    • David Curry December 1, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Of course not, don’t be silly.

      • Fogelstrom June 4, 2016 at 12:21 am

        But then how would you know? You never lived in the house….but I did…..

        • David Curry June 6, 2016 at 1:10 pm

          Your fascination with this home is really quite impressive. Thanks for reading.

  • Fogelstrom June 4, 2016 at 12:25 am

    By the way, back in the 30’s there were only 2 homes in the manor area. Both are still standing and have not been demolished.

  • Sandy Junkunc October 7, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    David …or Nancy Fogelstrom: ” I’d like to get in touch with Nancy. As a kid, I lived two doors from the Fogelstroms from 1945 to 1951. My name is Sandy, and our’s was the first house nearest to the Geneva Manor gates.

    • Nancy Fogelstrom November 23, 2016 at 11:51 pm

      Sandy! Wow! I don’t know you but yes…my grandparents and my father lived in the house from the 1930s until we sold it in the 70s. The house used to be so beautiful with the two open fields on each side of the house. I saw the house you mentioned on the corner at the entrance to the Manor on Oct. 8 2016 and they were gutting it out!!! I remember a girl named Heidi used to visit my grandfather. She lived in the house on the corner. Write me back!!
      Nancy Fogelstrom

  • Fred September 7, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Hahahaaa. Haunted. Love it. It was just made more valuable.

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