Friday, February 16, 2018

Winter Weekend Happenings Around Delavan Lake

     It is a busy weekend for activities around Delavan Lake, Wisconsin for February 16th, 17th, 18th and perhaps even the 19th.  Yes, it is an extended weekend because of the President's Day Holiday

Here is a List of Activities to Choose From

FRIDAY, February 16
Snow Sculptures and Ice Carvings - Lake Lawn and Downtown Delavan
Happy Hour - 1/2 Price Drinks and Ice Cream - 4pm - 7 pm Delavan Lake Store, 2001 North Shore
Indoor Kite Flying Performance - Lake Lawn Resort 8 pm - 9 pm

SATURDAY, February 17
Free Wine Tasting - 10 am - 7 pm - Delavan Lake Store, 2001 North Shore Drive
Kite Kick Off - 10:30 am - Lake Lawn Resort
Grand Kite Launch - 12 pm - Lake Lawn Resort
Kite Performances - 12:30 pm - 5 pm - Lake Lawn Resort
Happy Hour - 1/2 Price Drinks and Ice Cream - 4pm - 7 pm Delavan Lake Store, 2001 North Shore
Town of Delavan Winter Lakefest - 5 pm - 9 pm - Live Music - BCT - Delavan Community Park
Live Music - Curtis Goodman - 7 pm - 9 pm - Delavan Lake Store, 2001 North Shore Drive

SUNDAY, February 18
Free Wine Tasting - 10 am - 5 pm - Delavan Lake Store, 2001 North Shore Drive
Kite Kick Off - 10:30 am - Lake Lawn Resort
Grand Kite Launch - 12 pm - Lake Lawn Resort
Kite Performances - 12:30 pm - 5 pm - Lake Lawn Resort
Family Night at the Movies: Mary Poppins - 8 pm - Lake Lawn Resort

There will be free shuttle pick up and drop off on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm wetween Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan Comfort Suites, Delavan Super 8 and Downtown Delavan

Enjoy the Winter Fun!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Surging 2017 Delavan Lake Real Estate Sales Sap Supply

     2017 was an excellent year for Delavan Lake real estate. 25 lakefront properties changed hands which is the most sold in a single year since 1999 when there were 33 transactions.  The burst of activity has left inventories depleted and has created upward pressure on pricing.
     Sales of properties with water frontage on Delavan Lake compared favorably to the last two years with 25 sales in 2017; 10 sales in 2016 and 17 sales in 2015.
     When looking at just the main body of Delavan Lake, there were 17 sales in 2017, 8 in 2016 and 13 in 2015.  Prices ranged from $240,000 for a one bedroom cottage near Brown’s Channel to $1.9 million for a newer four bedroom South Shore residence with 126 feet of level frontage.
     Lake access sales were also strong on Delavan with sales in 2017 of 46 units compared to 52 in 2016 and 37 in 2015.  Prices ranged from $48,000 for a two bedroom in the Delmar Subdivision to $657,500 for a three bedroom two-story along Assembly Park’s Gazebo Drive.
     Delavan Lake condo sales increased with 21 sold in 2017, edging out 19 in 2016 and 15 in 2015. Prices started at $44,000 for a condo/hotel room in the Delavan Lake Resort and topped out at $310,000 for a three bedroom townhouse in Delavan Gardens off of North Shore Dr.
Current market homes
     Strong 2017 sales have caused a shortage of available properties.  At the beginning of the year, there were only 33 lakefront or lake access properties available.  This is down from 37 in January of 2017 and 53 at the start of 2016
     Prices for Delavan lakefront properties begin at $629,000 for a five bedroom walk-out ranch on the Delavan Lake Outlet to $2.9 million for an 8,500 square foot estate with 410 feet of steep frontage on Delavan’s North Shore.
     For lake access homes, prices start at $87,900 for a one bedroom bungalow in the Delmar Subdivision and increase to $548,500 for a modern three bedroom two-story in Viewcrest Estates at the west end of the lake.
Current market condos
     The options for condos with lake rights on Delavan are also limited.  At the beginning of 2018, there were 13 units available compared to 11 in 2017 and 14 in 2016.  Prices start at $49,900 for a one bedroom condo/hotel in the Delavan Lake Resort and increase to $284,000 for a beautifully appointed two bedroom townhouse in Geneva Landings.
Best value lake access
     The best value for a Delavan Lake access home is located at 2808 Mabie Street.  This remodeled two bedroom is energy efficient with a new HVAC system, insulation and electrical.  Listed for $127,500, the property has a fenced yard, one car garage and lake rights that include a launch, pier, beach and two parks.
The best value for a lake access property on Delavan is located at
2808 Mabie Street in the Delmar Subdivision
Best value lakefront
     The best value for a Delavan lakefront property is located at 2804 Manor Lane and is offered at $799,000.  With its 100 feet of level frontage on the south shore, this four bedroom two-story has an open floor plan and expansive lakeside deck that is perfect for entertaining.
The best value for a Delavan Lakefront Property is located at
2804 Manor Lane along the South Shore
Best value condo

     The best value for a condo is at 2172 Newbury Lane in the Geneva Landings complex. Priced at $199,000 the unit has a first floor master suite, newer flooring and two guest rooms in the walk out lower level.
The best value for a Delavan Lake condo is located at
2172 Newbury Lane and includes an inground pool

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Geneva Landings on Delavan Lake a Great Starter

     A comment often heard when buyers are considering a lake property is, “I don’t know how much I will use it.”  For those concerned with the number of trips they will make to a vacation home, a condo in the Geneva Landings complex may be a great option.
     The complex is located on the outlet of Delavan Lake which leads directly into the main body.  Owners have access to boat slips and a boat launch along with an easy-to-enjoy boat valet service that has your craft ready and waiting for you whenever you want to go out.
     The main reason that Geneva Landings is a great starter property is the carefree features of this condo development.  Lawn maintenance, snow removal, pool care and pier maintenance are all included in the monthly fee.  Owners can focus on enjoying Delavan Lake and not worry about the chores that can interfere with lake life.
     Currently there are 10 units available in the complex.  The smallest unit is a one-bedroom on Landings Lane offered at $159,000.  The one-bedrooms have water views and a detached one car garage.
2112 Landings Lane, a one-bedroom option in Geneva Landings

     Also offered with lake views are three of the two-bedroom units.  The two-bedroom units have one bedroom on the main floor and a second bedroom in a loft area that is accessed by a spiral staircase.
Set one row back from the water, is another version that features an attached garage and first floor master suite.  Located along Newbury Lane, these side-by-side condos have a walk out lower level that is finished off either with two or three additional rooms.
2172 Newbury Lane includes an attached one-car garage

     The largest units are built along Jefferson Lane, two streets away from the water.  While lacking a water view, the buildings are spacious three level townhouses with attached two-car garages and 1700 square feet of living space. 
2141 Jefferson Lane is one of the largest units offered in Geneva Landings

     All of the units have full access to the outdoor swimming pool, exercise room, club house and pier system.  With outside upkeep and roofs taken care of in the monthly dues, all of the units offer a way to try out the lake with a minimal time commitment.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

End of season discounts on Delavan Lake properties

     As the end of the year quickly approaches, we often see some discounting on properties that the owners don't want to carry over the winter months.  This year is no exception with a couple of particular note.
     The first, which I call, the Ice Fisherman's Retreat, is located at 2808 Mabie Street, just off of the South Shore.  Recently remodeled, this cozy two bedroom has all the essentials for an Ice Fishing base camp... Heat. 
     Well actually, it has more than just a new furnace.  The house is surrounded by a chain link fence for secure toy storage, a detached garage, for secure toy storage, and a long paved driveway, for secure toy storage.
2808 Mabie Street could be your Ice Fishing Base Camp

     Priced at only $127,500 the property is in the Delmar Association that includes a boat launch that is perfect for launching your Ice Fishing Shanty in the winter and jet skis in the summer.
     Inside is enough room for weary fishermen and women to unload their gear and cook up the days catch.  In addition to the two small bedrooms is a front living room area and back enclosed porch.  A great opportunity for anyone wanting to set up their base camp.
     The second year-end-value is for those ready to cozy up to a fire and entertain guests in an updated three bedroom condo in the Geneva Landings complex.
     Found on the north side of the lake, 2172 Newbury Lane gives you the opportunity to enjoy Delavan Lake without the worries of home ownership.  Besides having a first floor master suite, attached one car garage and open concept living room with field stone fireplace, this unit enjoys on-site management for lawn care and snow removal.
Relax at the association pool included with 2172 Newbury Lane

     In the summer you can enjoy the in-ground swimming pool, bocce ball court, boat launch and extensive pier system.  There is a short waiting list for a boat slip and convenient In-and-Out-Service for those who desire professional assistance.
     Inside the unit you will also find a first floor deck overlooking the grounds, a walk out lower level, new carpet, stainless steel appliances and a cathedral ceiling.  The unit has just been reduced to $199,900 and is ready to move in today.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Local Store For Delavan Lake Apparel

     Those wanting some Delavan Lake apparel and gift items can now find a selection at The Delavan Lake Store just off of Delavan Lake, Wisconsin.   This cozy shop combines a local ice cream, candy, cheese and coffee shop with a relaxing wine and cocktail lounge in the same building.
The Lounge at The Delavan Lake Store
2001 North Shore Drive, Delavan Lake, WI
    First opened in 2016, the store converted a shuttered restaurant into an ice cream shop and has expanded its offerings to include sweat shirts, t-shirts, hats and bags with Delavan Lake imprints and messages.  Also available are mugs, cups, shot glasses, and custom made gift baskets.
Shop online at

     Offerings on the lounge side include locally produced wines from Staller Estate Winery and The Apple Barn.  Wisconsin brews are also available such as ones from: New Glarus Brewing Company, Milwaukee Brewing Company, Lake Geneva Brewing Company, Lakefront Brewery, and Gray Brewing Company in Janesville.
The Delavan Lake Store features local Wines, Beers, Cheese, Coffee and Ice Cream
     Hours are 8-8 Monday through Thursday, 9-9 on Friday and Saturday, and 9-5 on Sundays.
     The Delavan Lake Store is located at 2001 North Shore Drive, Delavan Lake, WI and can be found on line at

Friday, November 3, 2017

Delavan Lake 3Q Home Sales Drain Inventory

For the first nine months of the year, sales of lakefront properties reached 22 units compared to only seven in 2016.  Prices ranged from $307,700 for a foreclosed three-bedroom on Manor Lane to $1.9 million for a magnificent newer construction along South Shore Drive. 
The lack of inventory hurt the lake access homes with 33 selling in the first nine months of this year compared to 43 in the same time frame last year.  Prices ranged from $69,000 for a two bedroom summer cottage to $657,500 for a tricked out two-story in Assembly Park with direct lake views.

Activity for condos was also strong with 19 sales through the third quarter of 2017 compared to 15 in 2016.  Prices for condo sales ranged from $44,000 for a one-bedroom condo hotel unit in the Delavan Lake Resort to $310,000 for a three-bedroom unit in Delavan Gardens on the north shore that included a boat slip and lake views.

There are 45 homes currently on the market with lake access or lake frontage on Delavan Lake.  This compares to 47 homes available last year and 66 in 2015.  The price range of lake access homes starts at $49,900 for a two-bedroom, 645 square-foot cottage in the Delmar Association to $670,000 for a three-bedroom ranch in Lakewood Estates that last sold for $242,500 in 2014.  I know inventory is tight, but the asking price on this 1976 relic is $400,000 over the assessed value.

If you want to have water frontage on the main body of Delavan Lake, the starting price point is $399,900 for a two-bedroom bungalow on the west end of the lake.  The property has 40 feet of muck frontage and received an accepted offer within two weeks of being listed.  The most expensive home on Delavan Lake is a five-bedroom off of North Shore that has been on and off the market for the past two years.  Listed at $2.9 million, the home sits on 410 feet of lakefront but is need of major repair and updating.

There are only 13 condos with lake access currently on the market around Delavan Lake.  This compares to 20 at this time last year.  Only two of the condo complexes have units available.  Units in the Delavan Lake Resort start at $49,900 and those in Geneva Landings start at $159,000.

Currently, the best value for a lake access property around Delavan Lake is located at 2808 Mabie Street.  This cozy two bedroom is located in the Delmar Association and includes a boat launch and swim pier.  The house has been recently remodeled, has a fenced yard and detached garage.  The asking price is $127,500.
2808 Mabie Street in the Delmar Association

With the limited lakefront properties available, the best value is located at 2804 Manor Lane.  Situated on the south side of the lake, this four-bedroom, two-story has 100 feet of level lake frontage, an open concept and plenty of yard space to enjoy the lake views.  Listed at only $799,000, the price leaves room for a new owner to update and decorate and still be below market value.
2804 Manor Lane on Delavan Lake's South Shore


The best value for lake access condos on Delavan Lake is located at 2152 Newbury in the Geneva Landings complex.  Although the unit is marketed as a one-bedroom, there is space in the lower level to add one or two additional rooms.  Listed at $187,500, it is $31,500 below similar units in the complex.
2152 Newbury Lane in the Geneva Landings complex.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Summer Heats up Sales on Delavan Lake, WI

     Just as the temperatures started to rise, the lakefront home sales on Delavan Lake, WI took off and have now created a shortage of homes to choose from.
     For the first six months of the year, there were only three sales.  Those ranged from a $307,000 foreclosure to a remodeled three-bedroom for $620,000 on the mouth of Browns Channel.
     Once the mercury started to rise, sales expanded with 13 sales from July 1 through September 22.  Four more are under contract, including one infested with mold that should be torn down and rebuilt.  Prices of these sales ranged from $240,000 for a little one bedroom to $1.9 million for the perfect lakefront layout on 125 feet of level South Shore frontage.
     The explosion in sales has left very few options for those that still want a lake home on 2,000 acre Delavan Lake.  Today, there are only 12 homes on the main body left unsold.  The best options include 2804 Manor Lane and 2724 Willow Point Drive.
     Located just off of South Shore Drive, 2804 Manor Lane is a four-bedroom two-story waiting for the next owner to remodel and redecorate to take advantage of the 100 feet of level frontage that the property enjoys.
2804 Manor Lane, Delavan Lake with 100 feet of South Shore frontage.
      A newer structure, built in 1986, the home has served as a full time residence and features a spacious lakefront deck with hot tub and expansive lake views.  The property is priced at $799,000.
     The North Shore option is 2724 Willow Point Drive.  Listed for $825,000 this classic four bedroom lakefront also has 100 feet of private frontage and has three waterfront decks.
2724 Willow Point Drive, Delavan Lake located on the North Shore.
     The master bedroom includes a lakeside balcony and sitting room.  There is a sun porch, first floor bedroom and custom Kohler fixtures.  The home is located off a a quiet private drive and showcases detailed woodwork and custom stain glass.