Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Escape to Cedar Point on Delavan Lake's North Shore

     Cedar Point on Delavan Lake is undergoing quite a transition.  Once a street of modest full time residents on the way to the Delavan Lake Yacht Club, the drive has seen a number of new construction homes and extensive remodels that showcase the exceptional views that this location provides.
     One of these remodels is at 1617 Cedar Point Drive, Delavan Lake, WI.  Rather than blend in with the trend towards Nantucket blues, whites and greys, the five bedroom lake home conveys more of a country retreat with English gardens, flag stone pathways and an impressive field stone fireplace.
1617 Cedar Point Drive on Delavan Lake's north shore
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     Originally built in 1960 for Dr. Peterson, the home used Cypress wood for the siding and featured three levels of living and a sunk-in great room with waterfront views.  In the late 1980's the property underwent an expansion on all sides with a bedroom added to the lower level, a tower built off the lakefront bedroom, and an expansive front sunroom added to the great room area.
     Now pushing past 3,500 square feet of living space, the home utilizes the open concept on the main floor to provide lake views throughout the home.  Wood floors throughout the kitchen and dining room, easily flow into the great room and sun porch.  The tower serves as an observation post and area to showcase collectables and prized possessions.  A lower level office walks out to the lakefront patio and plush landscaping.
Kitchen area of 1617 Cedar Point Drive, Delavan Lake, WI

     Most of all, this is a lake home.  With its oversized pier, four car garage and outdoor entertaining space, the property is well suited for entertaining or a family retreat.  Currently listed for $1,250,000, the location offer quick access to area activities, shopping and entertainment.
Over sided pier and views at 1617 Cedar Point Drive

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Why All The Little Windows?

     When first seeing the Delavan Lakefront home at 2316 North Shore Drive, many people ask the same question.  "Why do they have so many little windows?
  The unique design, which has given the home the affectionate nick name of "The Birdhouse", occurred back in the early design process in 1989.  Back then, the owner of the property was meeting with an architect and wanted to create a home with a large "silo" feature on the lakefront side.
   The design was to give more dramatic views from the top floor and allow natural light to pour into the great room and sun room.  A large front deck area was created to give plenty of room for entertaining and enjoying the lake views.
     But why all the little windows?  Well, the owner of the property had two young daughters.  He wanted to involve them in the building and design process.  When he asked them what they wanted in their new lake house, the girls asked for lots of windows so they could see outside. 
     The result was windows at all heights and sizes.  Windows that the young girls could peek out and see the lake life around them.  Windows that let in lots of light and and can be used to peer out at the moon.
     Another bonus feature of this 5,688 square foot Delavan lakefront, in addition to six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a work out room, steam shower and jetted tub is the waterfront boat house that gives sweeping views of Delavan Lake.  It's a airy place to watch the children play while they splash around and jump off the pier.
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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Remodeled Lake Access Home with Boat Slip

     Nestled in the Viewcrest Subdivision, the home at 4308 Silverwood Drive offers privacy, lake access and remodeled relaxation.  Featuring a spacious first floor master suite and open great room area, this four bedroom cape cod is a fine value on Delavan Lake.
4308 Silverwood Drive, Delavan Lake, WIclick here for a tour
  As you enter the front door,  you are greeted with charm and character throughout the home.  Wood floors in the dining room, exposed beams in the remodeled kitchen, large great room window, flooding the room with light.
Great room at 4308 Silverwood Drive, Delavan Lake
     In addition to the updated kitchen, featuring tile flooring and tasteful fixtures, the home has ample outdoor space including a detached screen room and outdoor bar-b-que.
Updated kitchen at 4308 Silverwood Drive, Delavan Lake, WI
     What really makes the property is the boat slip on Delavan Lake.  As part of the Viewcrest Subdivision,  the house also has access to a private beach, boat launch and park area.  Close to shops and entertainment venues, this is a great summer get away.
Viewcrest beach and swim pier on Delavan Lake, WI

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Delavan Lakefront Real Estate Summary for 2018

     Sales of Delavan Lake homes took a pause in 2018 as frustrated buyers could not find properties available for sale. The low level of inventory pushed prices of poorly maintained properties above the fair market value while more informed buyers hung on to their investment dollars.
     For the total year, there were 15 lakefront homes that changed ownership on Delavan Lake.  This compares to 25 in 2017 and 10 in 2016.  Prices of homes on the main body that sold in 2018 ranged from $520,000 for a small south shore cottage on 60 feet of frontage to $1.85 million for a spectacular 6585 sq. ft. two story on level north shore frontage.
North Shore Delavan lakefront sale in 2018 for $1,850,000.

     Lake access homes were fairly steady with 45 sales in 2018 compared to 46 in 2017 and 52 in 2016.  Low inventory levels again played a factor as there were more buyers than sellers.  Prices of homes sold with lake access ranged from a three car garage in the Delmar Subdivision that had a one bedroom cottage on the same lot for $61,800 to $640,000 for a five bedroom, four bathroom home on the South Shore with lake views and a private boat slip.
     Condominiums sales on Delavan Lake were flat when compared to prior years with 20 sales in 2018;  21 in 2017; and 19 in 2016.  Prices ranged from $40,000 for a Delavan Lake Resort condo/hotel room to $310,000 for a three bedroom Delavan Gardens unit with a boat slip and pier.
Current Market Homes
     The number of available homes with lake frontage or lake access continues to shrink with only 24 listed for sale at the start of the year.  This compares to 33 in 2018 and 37 in 2017. 
     Prices for lake access homes range from $134,000 for a three bedroom ranch in the Delmar subdivision on the south shore to $399,000 for an older three bedroom ranch off of Glen Eyrie on the north shore.
     Prices for lakefront properties start at $349,000 for 90 feet of frontage on the Delavan Inlet that has a three bedroom, two bath home and two separate garages to $2.4 million for 453 feet of north shore frontage that boasts a 8,500 sq.ft. home with six bedrooms, seven baths and 10 garage spaces.
8,500 square foot Delavan Lakefront listed for $2,400,000.

Current Market Condos
     There were only 10 lake access condos available at the start of the year compared to 13 at the start of 2018.  Prices span from a two bedroom condo/hotel room in Lake Lawn Resort at $75,000 up to a two bedroom Geneva Landings lakefront for $274,000.
Best Value Lake Access
     The best value for a lake access home is located at 2904 Jones Street.  This three bedroom, one bath ranch is listed for $134,000 has lake rights that include a boat launch and swim pier.  The property has a larger lot and a detached two car garage.
Best value with lake access on Delavan Lake located at 2904 Jones Street.

Best Value Lakefront
     The best value for a lakefront home is located at 2724 Willow Point Drive.  This older four bedroom, two story has 100 feet of north shore frontage a private pier and detached oversized garage.  Listed at $795,000 the home has broad lake views and looks over a calm bay.
Best value lakefront home for Delavan is located at 2724 Willow Point Drive.
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Best Value Condo
     The best value for a condo on Delavan Lake is located at 1425 Delavan Club Drive.  At only $135,000, this one bedroom walks right out to the water and has a great club house and large outdoor pool.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Great Delavan Lake Gift Guide

     If you like Delavan Lake, you'll love the new Gift Guide from The Delavan Lake Store.  This year's catalog has more than just amazing wine and cheese baskets.  There are also new clothing items, Delavan branded trinkets and a line of Delavan Lake signs that can be customized with your family information.
     A link to the Delavan Lake Gift Guide can be found by clicking on to the image below.  Happy Holidays!
Find unique Delavan Lake Gifts by clicking HERE!

Friday, October 26, 2018

First Nine Months Slow For Delavan Lake Sales

     Sales of lakefront properties have been extremely slow this year on Delavan Lake.  In the first nine months, there have been only seven waterfront properties sold compared to 21 that were sold in 2017.  Prices ranged from $520,000 for a three bedroom ranch on 60 feet of South Shore frontage to $990,000 for a four bedroom log home with 67 feet of frontage on the North Shore.
     Lake access homes did better with 32 sold in 2018 compared to 33 in 2017.  The main drag on sales seems to be the lack of inventory.
     Currently, there are only 15 homes with water frontage available on Delavan Lake when normally we would have around 25.  The starting price point for a house on the water is $319,000 for a four bedroom ranch on the Delavan Inlet.  Prices increase to $1,895,000 for six bedroom, 7,000 square foot newer construction on the North Shore.
     The lake access homes are more abundant with 31 currently on the market.  Homes with water rights start at $94,900 for a one bedroom mini-house in the Delavan Inlet and graduate to $539,000 for a three bedroom two-story with lake views in the Viewcrest Subdivision on the west end of the lake.
     Condo sales are also lower than last year with 15 units trading hands in 2018 compared to 18 in 2017. Prices of condos currently on the market range from $75,000 for a one bedroom condo/hotel room in the Lake Lawn Resort and stretch to $375,000 for a three bedroom, 2200 square foot unit with a boat slip and attached garage on the North Shore.
     The best value lakefront home right now is located at 2724 Willow Point Drive.  This four bedroom two-story sits on 100 feet of frontage and has prime views of the middle of the lake.  Listed for only $795,000 the home is selling for pretty much the land value.
The best value for a lakefront on Delavan Lake is at 2724 Willow Point Drive
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     The best value lake access property is located at 4030 Bay Road.  This well-maintained two bedroom, is larger than it looks and has a full basement that could be used for additional sleeping area or entertainment space.  It is priced at only $225,000 and includes a boat slip and one car garage.
The best value for a lake access property on Delavan Lake is at 4030 Bay Road
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     The best value for lake condos is located at 2153 Newbury.  With two levels of living space, a walk out lower level and deck off the main floor, the unit has plenty of room for guests.  It is priced at $224,000 and owners can get a boat slip after a short wait period.

Friday, July 20, 2018

First Half Delavan Lake Sales Start Slow

     Delavan Lake sales have been limited in 2018 due to a tight supply of homes on the market.  Buyers have been frustrated by lack of inventory and a shortage of homes that have been updated and ready to move in and enjoy.
     For the first six months of the year, there have been 17 sales of lakefront and lake access properties on Delavan compared to 22 in 2017 and 27 in 2016.  Sales ranged from $65,000 for a one bedroom in the Delavan Highlands to $990,000 for a four bedroom lakefront on the North Shore.
     Condominium sales are up slightly with 10 sales in 2018 compared to eight in 2017 and 10 in 2016.  Prices of units sold ranged from $40,000 for a condo/hotel room in The Delavan Lake Resort to $237,000 for a two-bedroom in the Geneva Landings complex.
     Currently there are only 49 lakefront and lake access homes available to purchase around Delavan Lake.  This compares to 62 in 2017 and 72 in 2016.  Prices of lake access homes start at $74,500 for a one-bedroom cottage in the Delmar Subdivision and increase to $675,000 for a five-bedroom, 3,000 square foot newer construction in the Belrock Association on the South Shore.  Lakefront homes start at $339,900 for a four-bedroom ranch on the Delavan Inlet and top out at $2,085,000 for a five-bedroom, newer construction on the North Shore with 83 feet of frontage.
Highest priced home currently available on Delavan Lake.  $2,085,000.

     There are only 18 lake access condos on the market compared to 23 last year.  List prices range from $55,900 for a condo/hotel room and top out at $375,000 for a three-bedroom unit in Delavan Gardens on the North Shore.
     The best value for a lake access property is located at 4312 Silverwood Drive.  Nestled in Viewcrest Estates on the west end of the lake, this three-bedroom ranch is in excellent condition, has a boat slip, deck with hot tub and a four season room off the kitchen for extra entertaining space.  It is priced at $289,900 and enjoys association lake rights that include a beach, boat launch and swim pier.
     The best value for a lake access condo is 2141 Jefferson Lane in the Geneva Landings complex.  This four-bedroom unit has a number of upgrades including granite counters and new cabinetry in the kitchen, a walk out lower level and spacious master suite.  The unit is listed for $199,000.
Best value condo located at 2141 Jefferson Lane, Delavan Lake
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     The best value lakefront is located at 4302 Gil Court.  Priced at only $415,000, this three-bedroom lakefront has 25 feet of private frontage on the South Shore, a spacious front deck and a detached 2.5 car garage.  Rarely do we see a lakefront with so much to offer for less than $500,000.
Best Bargain on Delavan Lake, WI is located at 4302 Gil Court.
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Lakefront pier and boat slip on Delavan Lake for 4302 Gil Court.