Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Delavan Outlet Home is a Present Ready to Unwrap

     Just like the perfect Christmas present, the Delavan Lake property at 2116 Lake Trail Drive, is a holiday gift waiting to be unwrapped. 
     Being sold as a turn-key package, this waterfront home makes lake living easy from the day of closing.  Included on the main level is the north-woods style furniture in both the master suite and great room.  Custom pieces include a rustic-log queen-sized bed, canoe modified shelf, antler based lamps and hand-woven area rugs.
Great room entry way at 2116 Lake Trail Drive, Delavan Lake
Rustic log bed, included in the purchase price at 2116 Lake Trail
    The kitchen is completely stocked with place settings, silverware, cooking utensils, glasses, cups and saucers.  As a new owner, you will be ready to entertain from the moment you turn the key in the front door.
     In the lower level there are two separate guest bedrooms, each with a double-single bunk system to sleep three persons comfortably.  There is also a recreation room with walk-out to the water, patio, and hot tub area.
Walk right out to the water from the lower level recreation room.
     Outside are three separate entertaining areas.  A sand seating area, with lounge chairs for relaxing and soaking up the sun is one inviting option.  There is a pier patio area for watching water activities and friends fishing off the dock.  And there is a fire pit circle, standing near the gas grill and deck for evening marsh mellow roasts and romantic camp fires.
Relax and catch the sun in the sand seating area just steps from the dock.
     Listed for only $499,000, this is the most complete package available on Delavan Lake for under $500,000.  Located at the end of a private cul-de-sac, the home offers both lake access and a family retreat all wrapped up in the same package.
Lakeside lawn, fire pit, hot tub and patio.  All included in the purchase price.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Town of Delavan to Host Free Thanksgiving Dinner

     No one needs to go without a Thanksgiving dinner around Delavan Lake this year.  Once again, the Walworth-Lakeland Elks Lodge and the Village Supper Club will be providing free meals to anyone in the Delavan Lake area that is alone or in need.
     The event will be hosted at the Town of Delavan Community Park, located at the intersection of South Shore Drive and Hwy 50 on Delavan Lake.  The event will begin at 11 am and continue until 3 pm in the afternoon.
     There will be plenty of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, coffee, desert and companionship available.  In addition, the Thanksgiving Day football games will be featured on a large screen television provided by the Dish Dealer of Delavan.
     The Thanksgiving meal is available to anyone in need of food or companionship over the holiday. Volunteers will be serving the food which has all been donated by members of the community.  No reservations are needed and all are welcome.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Geneva Landings Condos Turning Over Quickly

     If it is on the water and has two bedrooms, it sells.  That seems to be the mantra for Geneva Landings condominium units this year on Delavan Lake.
     Over the last twelve months, three units on Landings Lane have come on the market and all three have sold.  The recent sales created a void in the hottest condo properties in the Delavan Lake area.  That is until last week, when two additional units came on the market.
     The units are located at 2124 Landings Lane and 2146 Landings Lane.  Both units have two bedrooms, two baths and a lakefront deck overlooking the Delavan Outlet.  The main level contains a master suite, kitchen, laundry and living room space.  Upstairs is a loft bedroom and a second bathroom for guests and family members.
Inside of 2124 Landings Lane, Delavan Lake
Looking out on Delavan Outlet from 2146 Landings Lane
     Each unit is able to enjoy all the amenities of the Geneva Landings complex including an in-ground swimming pool, club house, exercise facility, bocce court, boat launch and boat slips.
Refreshing pool at the Geneva Landings complex on Delavan Lake

     Listed at $229,000 each unit is priced to the market and also includes a one car, detached garage.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Delavan Lake Oktoberfest

     Delavan Lake is holding their annual Oktoberfest Celebration this Saturday evening, October 25th from 5pm to 10pm. 
     The main feature appears to be food with an extensive selection of German food being offered as soon as the doors to the Community Park building open.  Last year's crowd came early resulting in all of the specialties running out by 8 pm so an early arrival is recommended!

This year's food selection includes:
Bratwurst with Smoked Bacon Sauerkraut
German Weiner with Smoked Bacon Sauerkraut
Schnitzel Sandwich
Schnitzel Plate
German Sausage Plate
German Potato Salad
Hot Pretzels

Deserts include:
Honey Cake
Apple Strudel
German Chocolate Cake

Special beverage selections include:
Paulaner Oktoberfest Beer
Hacker Pschorr Hefe Weisse Beer
Hofbrau Dunkel Beer
Huber Bock Beer
Riesling Wine
Budaherz Blaufrankish Wine

There will also be soda, water, and Miller products for sale.

Afterwards, patrons can enjoy the Polka and German music provide by the Steve Meisner Band. which starts at 7pm.

All events will take place at the Town of Delavan Community Park which is located at the corner of South Shore Drive and Hwy 50 on beautiful Delavan Lake.  There is no charge for entry.  All food and beverage items will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Town of Delavan Friends of the Parks.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Delavan Lake 3rd Quarter 2014 Real Estate Update

     The Delavan Lake real estate market is tightening up with inventory shrinking and prices finally increasing.  This year included the highest lakefront sale price in four years and a clearing out of bargain condo/hotel units.

     For the first nine months, there were 13 lakefront properties sold and 31 lake access properties sold.  Last year at this time there were 17 lakefronts sold and 25 lake access properties sold.  Only eight of the sales were on the main body of the lake this year.  The lake access properties that sold this year ranged from a $26,000 three-bedroom cottage in the Delmar Subdivision to a $385,000 three-bedroom cape cod in Assembly Park that featured a large front porch and full basement.  The lakefronts sales ranged from a $215,000 three-bedroom home with 100 feet of frontage on Brown’s Channel to a $1,325,000 seven-bedroom, seven-bath South Shore estate that included a guest house near the water’s edge and 158 feet of frontage. 
Recent sale at 1617 Garfield in Assembly Park, Delavan Lake
     There have been 15 Delavan Lake condo sales so far this year compared to 12 last year.  Sales ranged from the liquidation of four $17,000 condo/hotel units in the Delavan Lake Resort to a $284,000 three-bedroom, three-bath, unit in Delavan Gardens that included a boat slip and two-car garage.  The four units that sold for $17,000 were initially purchased for as high as $150,900 back in 2005.

     There are 73 single family homes on the market with lakefront or lake access on Delavan Lake.  This is down from last year’s number of 89 homes for sale.  List prices of lake access properties start at $72,000 for a two-bedroom cottage in Delmar Subdivision and increase to $749,000 for a five-bedroom, four-bath, two-story located in the Belrock Association on South Shore.  Lakefront homes on the main body of the lake start at $450,000 for a three-bedroom cottage off of North Shore’s Willow Point and increase to $1,595,000 for a four-bedroom, three-bath estate resting on 166 feet of level South Shore frontage.
Value priced $72,000 two-bedroom cottage at 2700 Mason Street, Delavan Lake

     There are currently 17 condominium units for sale, which is down from 23 last year.  The properties range from a $75,000 one-bedroom condo/hotel in Lake Lawn Resort to $279,000 for a similar unit in the Resort.  Non-resort units range from $147,000 for a one-bedroom unit in the Delavan Club complex to $246,000 for a two-bedroom unit in the Geneva Landings association.

     The best value condo is located at 1484 Delavan Club Drive.  Listed at $225,000, this three-bedroom, three-bath unit is priced $25,000 below sales of similar units.  While it is need of new carpeting and paint, the unit has a gas fireplace, deck, pier, boat launch, swimming pool, tennis courts and club house.  In addition, there is a detached one-car garage.
1484 Delavan Club Drive looking out on Delavan Lake

     The best value for a Delavan lakefront is located at 3207 South Shore.  This four-bedroom, two-bath home is listed for $739,000 and has 50 feet of private lakefront, a long wooded driveway, ample parking and breathtaking lake views. 
Lakefront pier and view from 3207 South Shore Drive

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tour New Delavan Lake Estate through Google Glass

     So I purchased this Google Glass computer thing.  Call me a pioneer or geek; either way, they are a great way to showcase property in the area and I may not know how to do much with them, but they are pretty handy for taking a video while stepping through a home.
     The newest listing for Delavan Lake, is a four bedroom estate on over 150 feet of level lakefront off of  Delavan's south shore.  As you drive in the private drive through wooded landscape and lush lawn, the home appears in front of you, stately, yet inviting.
3525 South Shore Drive on Delavan Lake
     After parking in the circle, you enter into the large tile foyer and immediately are drawn to the lake with expansive water views and a spacious waterfront deck.

     On one side of the main level is a formal living room with natural fireplace and walk out to the deck.  On the other side of the main level is an informal billiard room, also with a natural fireplace, deck access.

     All of the bedrooms have water views and the master suite includes a waterfront balcony, private bath, and is adjacent to a unique octagonal study.  Truly a home ready for entertaining and family gatherings.  Listed for $1,595,000 the property is located at 3525 South Shore Drive, Delavan.  The Realtor.com link to additional features can be found below.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Delavan Lakefront Condo Values Still Available

     There is no doubt about it.  The best value around Delavan Lake right now are single bedroom units in the Delavan Club and Geneva Landings Condominium Complexes.
     The one-bedroom unit sales have fallen behind the two-bedroom units causing owners to drop prices and offer credits for carpeting and new appliances.
The outdoor pool at the Delavan Club gives residents an inviting way to cool off.
     An example of one of these values is at 1489 Delavan Club Drive.  This one-bedroom unit has a north woods feel with wood paneling, gas fireplace and rustic decorating.  The unit walks right out to the water and is an inviting retreat for someone looking for a carefree way to get away and enjoy the lake.

     Priced at only $165,900, the unit includes a one-car garage and multiple complex amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, tennis courts, basket ball court, volley ball court, boat launch, boat service, club house, exercise facility and game room. 
     This family friendly development is close to local restaurants, night life and shopping.  There is also easy access from both Hwy 43 and Hwy 50 making it a smart choice for those living both in Illinois and Wisconsin looking for an efficient get away.
     A link to the Realtor.com listing can be found here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Delavan Lake Breaks $1 Million Mark for 2014

     Delavan lakefront property finally started heating up this year with the first sale of over $1 million.  The property, located at 3020 North Shore Drive, sold for $1,080,000 in a cash transaction last week.
3020 North Shore Drive, Delavan Lake
     Situated on 221 feet of prime Delavan lakefront, the home has a wooded North Shore entrance winding down past a Frank Lloyd Wright designed barn to the secluded waterfront setting.  The building consisted of four bedrooms, four bathrooms, with a walkout lower level.
     While in need of some updating, the construction was solid and the property was well maintained.  Whether or not the home will be renovated or razed is yet to be seen.

     Also selling last week was a prime South Shore parcel with 104 feet of level frontage and marvelous sunset views.  The parcel, located around 3117 South Shore, sold for a bargain $780,000 and stretched over 1300 feet deep encompassing over 2.9 acres of land.
South Shore Drive vacant parcel on Delavan Lake
     The new owners will be constructing a new home nestled between a couple of other recently constructed retreats.  This is the first vacant parcel sold on Delavan Lake in two years.  The lot next door sold in 2012.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Delavan Lake Condo Offers High End Upgrades for Mid Range Price

     Getting away to the Lake can be even more enjoyable when you don't have to worry about the maintenance of your property, mowing the lawn, landscaping or testing the pool water.  This can all be avoided with a Geneva Landings condominium located on beautiful Delavan Lake.
2232 Landings Lane, featuring an open concept living area.
     Starting at a price of only $174,500, the unit at 2232 Landings Lane features granite counters, plush carpeting, tile flooring and an open concept living area.   The complex includes an in-ground swimming pool, spacious club house and exercise facility along with a private boat launch and boat slips for owners.
     This high-end unit can be toured on the link below.
     With low monthly dues of only $166 a month, this is a great option for you if you are testing out the lake life, or just want to scale down to a carefree water retreat where you can relax on the lake side balcony and leave the stress of the week behind.
Waterfront Balcony at 2232 Landings Lane
     Additional details can be found on Realtor.com at:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

South Shore Estate Sets Delavan Standard

     What are the key elements most desired in a Delavan Lakefront Property?  Start with at least 100 feet of frontage... level frontage... that you can walk right into the water without any steps.  Add a large lakefront entertaining area... like a deck or a patio.   Provide multiple entertaining areas... such as a great room and separate family room.  And finally, it must have a master suite... with lake views... and preferably a private deck or balcony.
     Well, here it is, at 3525 South Shore Drive on Delavan Lake.
3525 South Shore Drive
     Resting on 166 feet of prime South Shore frontage, this four bedroom estate provides all the elements lakefront home buyers require.  Starting with the wooded driveway off of South Shore Drive, winding down to the stately Tudor architecture, and lake views that are provided to nearly every room in the home.
Stately view as you drive into the property.
     The main level features a grand entry way with tile floors and immediate water views.  This leads into either the spacious kitchen area or open great room with its cathedral ceiling and natural fireplace.  On the other wing is a billiards room with a second fireplace and direct access to the expansive front deck that spans the entire front of the property and includes a gazebo sitting area.
View from the expansive lakefront deck.
     On the upper level are four generous bedrooms, all with lake views.  One of the bedrooms is the master suite which includes a balcony overlooking the water and a unique study or office area in an octagon configuration with wood ceiling and plenty of natural light.
     Listed at $1,595,000 this estate includes a private pier, boat lift, 21 foot motorboat, 16 foot sailboat, jet ski and golf cart so you can start enjoying your lakeside paradise right away.
    View this listing at: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3525-South-Shore-Dr_Town-Of-Delavan_WI_53115_M89893-81355?row=1

Friday, July 25, 2014

Delavan Club Condo Includes Boat

     If you are ready to take the plunge and purchase a new Delavan Lake property, the owner of this Delavan Club Condominium has the deal for you.
The great room at 1443 Delavan Club walks right out to the water.
     Located at 1443 Delavan Club Drive, this unit not only offers a newly remodeled two bedroom, two bath condo along the water in on Delavan Lake, you also get a Bayliner 19 foot inboard/outboard boat in the package.  All for a mere $215,000.
Walk out patio on the lake side of 1443 Delavan Club Drive
     This condo has all you need to start enjoying the lake life.  Walk out patio to the lakefront, gas fireplace, pier system, open concept great room and swimming pool on the condominium grounds.  Also included with the complex are tennis courts, volley ball courts, fitness room, sauna, steam room, and separate locker room for men and women.
The outdoor pool is a welcome site on hot summer days at 1443 Delavan Club
     The Delavan Club is a great family complex with playground equipment for the kids and a large outdoor pool.  Along with the included Bayliner, you can start to enjoy the benefits of Delavan Lake the day you close on the property.
     See this property on Realtor.com http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1443-Delavan-Club-Dr-3_Delavan_WI_53115_M83856-61195?row=2

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Delavan Lake Real Estate Sales off to Slow Start

Sales of Delavan lake properties are lower for the first half of the year and inventory continues to fall.  Prices of the waterfront homes have held steady, while the lake access homes have fallen to a bargain level due to some remaining foreclosures.

For the first six months, there were four lakefront properties sold and 20 lake access properties sold.  Last year at this time, there were seven lakefronts sold and 15 lake access properties sold.  The lake access properties this year ranged from a $49,000 three-bedroom cottage in the Delmar subdivision to a newer $330,000 three-bedroom two-story along 90’ of Browns Channel.  The lakefront sales included a $500,000 three-bedroom cottage situated on 100’ of prime South Shore frontage and topped out at $950,000 for four-bedroom North Shore home on 102’ of frontage.

This home along Browns Channel sold for $330,000
Delavan Lake condominium sales are down from last year.  There have been nine sales this year compared to 11 the prior year.  Sales ranged from three $17,000 condo/hotel units to a $285,000 three-bedroom, three-bath, two-story in the Delavan Gardens that included a boat slip and an attached two-car garage.

There are 71 single family homes on the market with lakefront or lake access on Delavan Lake.  This is down from 88 last year and 100 in 2012.  The lake access properties start at $74,900 for a three-bedroom foreclosure in the Highlands Subdivision and increase to $749,000 for a five-bedroom, four-bath home in the Belrock enclave along Delavan’s South Shore.  The association shares over 300’ of pristine frontage and each of the eight homes in the complex has a boat slip.  Lakefront homes on the main body start at $450,000 for a three-bedroom tear-down at the end Alpine Lane to $1,599,900 for a lakefront estate resting on 132’ of North Shore frontage that features five-bedrooms, lush gardens, private waterfall, and two four-car, heated, garages.

Five-bedroom South Shore home currently available for $749,000
In the condo arena, there are 18 units for sale, which is down from 24 last year.  The properties range from a $75,000 one-bedroom condo/hotel in Lake Lawn Resort to $299,000 for a three-bedroom two-story in the popular Delavan Gardens complex off of North Shore Drive. 

The best value for a condo on Delavan is located at 2232 Landings Lane.  Listed at $174,500, this one-bedroom unit is ready to enjoy with an open concept design, white brick fireplace, granite counters, and balcony overlooking the Delavan Outlet.  The complex features boat slips, an outdoor pool and exercise facilities.
2232 Landings Lane condo with open concept layout. Listed for $174,500.


The best value for a Delavan lakefront is located at 1522 Hiawatha Drive.  This three-bedroom home sits in a gentle bay on the North Shore, includes a three-car garage, expansive lake views and ample parking.  Listed at $799,000, this newly-built home is a great care-free starting point for the lakefront home buyer.
1522 Hiawatha Drive on Delavan's North Shore listed for $799,000.
Video tours of Delavan Lake Properties can be seen at:

Friday, July 4, 2014

Delavan Lake Fireworks July 5th

     The fireworks over Delavan Lake will take place on Saturday, July 5th.  Great viewing locations are available on the open water in front of Assembly Park and Lake Lawn Resort.
    Landlubbers will be able to view from the Delavan Town Park (which is located at the corner of South Shore Drive and Hwy 50) and the grounds of Lake Lawn Resort (located off of Hwy 50).
     In addition to fireworks, the Town of Delavan will host a full day of activities which include:

          Bingo 9 am - noon
          Wreath Laying Ceremony  12:30
          Live Music with the Jack Farina Band   1:00 - 3:00
          World War II Living History Presentation   2:00 - 5:00
          Vietnam Presentation   3:30
          Card Board Boat Race  5:00 - 6:30
          Live Music with the Cruise-O-Matics   7:00 - 11:00 
          Fireworks  at Dusk

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Delavan Lakefront Breaks $800,000 Price Point

     With most Delavan Lakefront Properties hovering around $900,000, it is refreshing to see a newer three-bedroom come on the market for only $799,000.
1522 Hiawatha Drive on the North Shore of Delavan Lake
     Located at 1522 Hiawatha Drive, this affordable two-story was built for lake enthusiasts with frontage on a small bay off the north shore.  The home was rebuilt in 2003 and constructed to maximize views from the great room and sun room.  The master loft has an open concept design with a private bath and seating area that overlooks the water.
     On the main level is a great room with cathedral ceiling, natural fireplace and walk out to large waterfront deck.  The sun room is adjacent to the deck as well for easy entertaining and lake enjoyment.

     The property also includes a full basement with egress window, plumbing for a third bath and possible second fireplace.  Ready to move in and enjoy the lake this year, this home has all the elements in place for immediate summer satisfaction.
     See the listing on Realtor.com with this link" http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1522-Hiawatha-Dr_Delavan_WI_53115_M74535-97694?ex=WI583177351

Friday, June 13, 2014

Delavan LakeFest Displays Local Talent

     Delavan LakeFest was a success once again this year with four bands on Saturday, June 7 and two more on Sunday June 8.  Saturday's line up featured local talent including folk rock artist Simple to kick off the activity and blues legend Glenn Davis to finish off the day.

     Fishing for the kids was active both days with most of the participants catching pan fish varieties and all walking away with a free tote bag and tackle box.
     Sponsors this year included: Reeds Marine, Mercy Health, Shodeen, Town of Delavan, Town of Delavan Friends of the Parks, Delavan Lake Improvement Association, DelavanLakeProperty.com, and Miller Lite CJW Distributors.
     Next year's event will be the first weekend in June with more music, fishing and family fun.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

North Shore Lake Home offers New and Nostalgic

     Whether you are looking for a newly remodeled lakefront or a lakefront with the nostalgia of yesteryear, the home at 2524 North Shore Drive has both for the lake home buyer.
2524 North Shore Drive, Delavan Lake
     Perched on 80 feet of prime frontage, this home features a newly remodeled kitchen and master suite yet has kept the charm of the lakefront great room with leaded glass windows and pine ceilings and walls.  Comfort abounds in this lakefront property with overstuffed chairs, multiple decks and a waterfront terrace with expansive lake views.
Lakefront Terrace at 2524 North Shore Drive
     There are three large bedrooms, in addition to the spacious master suite and lake views from nearly every room in the house.

     Priced at only $859,000 the property also includes an over-sized pier, two car garage and family room with wood burning stove.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cedar Point Estate Creates Escape

     Created through the combination of two lakefront parcels, the residence at 1617 Cedar Point Drive on Delavan Lake's North Shore, is an example of an estate created for the purpose of escaping the weekly rat race.
     Lush landscape surrounds the property with a combination of French and English Gardens and a tranquil waterfall flowing through the center.  It is as though the order of the French plantings, with their rigid rows and attempt to control nature, meld into the relaxed flower beds of the English coverings symbolizing the transition from a rigid work week to a relaxing lake weekend.
Gardens abound at 1617 Cedar Point Drive, Delavan Lake
    Okay, that was a little thick.
    Anyway, this place is magnificent.  Five bedrooms in the main house with an enclosed sun porch soaking up panoramic views of Delavan Lake, and a single bedroom apartment above the second garage that includes its own deck and kitchen facilities.
Magnificent views of Delavan Lake
     Take a tour through the main elements with the help of our video links below.  The home is offered for $1,599,000 and includes 132 feet of frontage, ample living space and two four-car garages.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Delavan LakeFest Scheduled For June 7 & 8

     The Town of Delavan is holding their annual LakeFest event on June 7 and 8, 2014 at the Community Park on South Shore Drive of Delavan Lake.

     Scheduled activities include:
Saturday June 7, 2014
8 am-1 pm - Free fishing for kids (poles, instruction and bait provided)
9 am - Walworth Lakeland Elk’s Lodge Flag Day Ceremony
9:30-11 am - Breakfast buffet provided by the Elks Lodge ($7 per person)
10 am-2 pm - Delavan Lake Improvement Association exhibits and speakers
10 am – C-Boat Sailing Regatta on Delavan Lake – Town Park observation point
10 am-2 pm – Town of Delavan Local vendors on display in Park Pavilion
10 am -5 pm - Laser Tag
Noon – 3 pm – Sandpit Volleyball competition
Live Music from 2 pm – 9 pm – Free Admission
2 pm-3 pm - Simple Rezonation
3 pm - 5:30 pm - Mike Stone Trio
6 pm -9 pm - Glenn Davis
Food, Beer, Soda, and Wine will be available for purchase from 11 am - 9 pm
Sunday June 8, 2014
9 am – 1 pm - Free Fishing for kids (poles, instruction and bait provided)
10 am – C-Boat Sailing Regatta on Delavan Lake – Town Park observation point
10 am -5 pm - Laser Tag
Live Music from 12 pm – 5 pm – Free Admission
Noon- 2 pm - Hobie and the Leftovers   
2 pm - 5 pm - Sawdust Symphony
Food, Beer, Soda, and Wine will be available for purchase from 11 am - 5 pm

More information can be found at www.DelavanLakeFest.com

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Large Lakefront Lowers List $25,000

     One of the largest lakefront estates available on Delavan Lake has lowered the list price for the property by $25,000.
     Carved into a wooded North Shore backdrop, with 221 feet of prime frontage, this classic walkout ranch is ready for an owner that wants privacy and functionality.  The home is part of what was once an expansive family estate that included pastures, outbuildings and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.  The parcel was subdivided into a number of smaller family plots with one at the waters edge offering spectacular views of South Shore.

     The house itself features four large bedrooms on the first level, with two facing the lake and two containing private bathrooms.  The master suite has direct access to a wrap around deck that also leads into the great room and dining room.

     In the great room is a natural fireplace, two walls of windows.  The formal dining room is just off the kitchen which is accessed from the covered porch on the street side of the property.
     A classic retro wet bar is the main feature of the lower level, with its arching curves and rattan stools.  There is a second natural fireplace, walkout sliding doors to the lake and plenty of space for guests.  The lower level also includes a dark room, library, work room and half bath.  The level could easily be converted to create a fifth bedroom, recreation room or theater room.

     Listed now for only $1,300,000, the parcel is one of the most affordable from a frontage foot perspective and has the potential to be returned to the grandeur of yesteryear with a little creativity and craftsmanship.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Carefree Cottage Comfort

     Sometimes simple is better.  That may be the case with this two-bedroom cottage located off of Delavan Lake's South Shore. 
     Situated in the South Shore Manor, this home, at 4325 East Drive, is available for a mere $110,000 and offers value and convenience of lake activity for a minimal price.
4325 East Drive is steps away from a private lakefront park.

     The benefits of being in South Shore Manor are numerous.  The association features a private park on the main body of Delavan Lake that includes a sandy beach, swimming pier, picnic area, and expansive views of the entire lake.  Standing on the fishing pier, one can see from Lake Lawn Resort, all the way to the Island.  The park is maintained with the $180 annual dues that are associated with the home.

     Additionally, there is a private boat launch that is only available to association members.  This allows for easy lake launching of boats, kayaks, and jet skis.  The home itself has a large kitchen, great room, full bath, and two cozy bedrooms.  Additionally, there is a side porch that can be used for additional sleeping area, toy storage or a play area for kids.
     Simple, easy to maintain, and ready to start the summer.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Great Starter Condo for Delavan Lake

     If you are not sure about whether or not lake life is for you, you may want to start out with a condominium unit to minimize the cares and concerns that sometimes come along with a lakefront property.
     An example of a great starter condo is present at 1401 Delavan Club Drive in the Delavan Club condominium complex.  Listed for only $159,000, this one-bedroom unit features a large great room and open concept living.
     The kitchen includes granite counter tops, tile floor and a walk in pantry.  The master bedroom is large enough for a king size bed, and there is a jetted tub in the full bathroom.
The great room at 1401 Delavan Club includes a pass through to the kitchen area.

     Included in the Delavan Club complex are association piers, a boat launch, outdoor swimming pool, club house, tennis courts and volley ball courts.  The club house includes a weight room, sauna, steam room, library and kitchen facilities.
     A tour of the unit can be completed through the link below.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Rare Delavan Lake South Shore Lot Available

     When people describe a perfect lakefront lot for building their Dream Home, some of the same desires are repeated over and over.
    - At least 100 feet of frontage.
    - A private wooded entrance.
    - Level walk in frontage.
    - Ability to build a walk-out lower level.
    - Sandy lake frontage.
    - Panoramic views.
Take a 360 degree tour of 3117 South Shore Drive

     It is very rare that all of these desires can be met in one property, yet right now, they are all available at 3117 South Shore Drive, Delavan Lake.
     This ideal lakefront lot features nearly three acres of vacant land with the road side protected by mature oaks and hickory.  A wooded drive leads down to a clearing that opens up into a panoramic view of Delavan Lake.  The lush lawn is inviting the next owner to engage in a game of croquet, bocce ball or just relax in a hammock.
     Priced at $849,000, the lakefront parcel is neighbors to two newer homes that have similar frontage and lot sizes.

Friday, April 11, 2014

North Lake Property Provides Rustic Retreat

     Sometimes you want to get away.  Sometime you want to get away every day.  This rustic retreat on peaceful North Lake, ten miles north of Delavan, is the perfect setup for someone that wants to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday activities and gaze out on a placid natural setting.
6931 West Lakeshore Drive, just off of tranquil North Lake
     Set just off of North Lake, with 50 feet of private frontage across West Lakeshore Drive, this home also backs up to a private wetlands area providing water views from all angles of the home.  Set on nearly two acres of private woods, the property also has some trails for hiking and bird watching.
Tour the main floor of 6931 West Lakeshore Drive
     Creature comforts are not absent from this log-style home, however.  The master suite features a jetted tub, walk-in closet, and direct access to a wrap around deck.  In the lower level is a spacious family room with wet bar, hot tub, wood burning stove and full bathroom.
See the music loft at 6931 West Lakeshore Drive
     Priced at only $284,900, this home at W6931 Lakeshore Drive could be a weekend retreat or a full time residence for the nature loving owner.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Delavan Lake Sales Drop Sharply in First Quarter

          The first quarter of 2014 was cold and brutal for the Delavan Lake Property market.  There were only four lake access properties sold and no lakefront properties sold during this period.  Last year, there were three lakefront properties sold and five lake access properties sold.  The range in sales were $53,000 for a foreclosure in the Delmar Subdivision to a $160,000 four-bedroom ranch in the Viewcrest Subdivision.

     The sales of lake condos were equally poor in the first quarter.  There were three transactions that took place.  All of the sales were condo-hotel units in the Delavan Lake Resort.  They sold for $17,000 each.  These units had sold for $140,000 in 2001.

     Currently, there are 67 lakefront or lake access homes available for sale around Delavan Lake.  This is down from 68 that were offered this time last year.  The home prices start at $59,900 for a three-bedroom cottage in the Delmar Subdivision to $1,499,000 for a five bedroom showpiece on Delavan’s North Shore.  The North Shore lakefront includes a two-bedroom apartment above a separate garage.
     There are only 16 lake access condos available for sale on Delavan Lake.  This compares with 35 that were available this time last year.  The prices range from $75,000 for a Lake Lawn condo hotel unit to $299,900 for a Delavan Gardens three-bedroom, three-bath unit that includes a boat slip on the North Shore.
     The best value for a lake access home is located at 1605 Jackson Park Drive.  This two-bedroom lake home is in excellent condition, sports a large back deck, and includes a deep water boat slip on the North Shore of Delavan Lake.  The home is listed for $174,000.
Jackson Park has one of the largest pier systems on Delavan Lake
1605 Jackson Park has a large back deck for summer enjoyment.
     The best value for a lakefront home is located at 4146 Glue Gill Road.  This three-bedroom, three-bath waterfront has 50 feet of private frontage, a spacious deck, oversized pier and two living room spaces that look out on the water.   Listed for only $489,000, this home also has a two car garage for boat and toy storage.
Enjoy the views of the entire lake from the private deck on 4146 Blue Gill.
     The best value for a condo unit is located at 1435 Delavan Club Drive.  This two-bedroom unit, listed at $219,000, has been completely remodeled and walks out directly to the lake.  The complex includes a swimming pool, exercise facility, sauna, steam room, tennis, basketball, pier use, boat launch and a club house.
Remodeled throughout, you will have no concerns at 1435 Delavan Club
The relaxing pool awaits your arrival at the Delavan Club.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Viewcrest Subdivision's Affordable Lake Access

     Located along Delavan Lake's northwest shore, the tranquil and inviting Viewcrest Subdivision offers home buyers an affordable way to access Delavan Lake.
     With annual dues less than $700, the subdivision maintains a lakefront park, beach area, swim pier and boat launch.  Additionally, many of the home owners in the subdivision have a private pier and boat slip.
The beach and swim pier at Viewcrest Subdivision
     The subdivision is comprised mainly of four streets, Viewcrest, Highland, Silverwood and Northview.  Viewcrest is directly along the lakefront and most homes on this stretch sport expansive views of Delavan Lake.
     The area in front of the subdivision is know for its great fishing.  During the summer, anglers can be seen anchored along the nearby banks.  During the winter, small villages of ice fishermen appear throughout the season.
Sunroom filling with light at 4507 Highland Drive.
     Currently, there are eight homes available for sale in the subdivision.  One of these, located at 4507 Highland Drive features a completely remodeled interior with four bedrooms, two full baths and a spacious sun room that looks out onto a well manicured lawn.  The home has an extensive deck off the back for entertaining and comes with a private pier on the association lakefront.
4507 Highland Drive in the Viewcrest Subdivision
     Listed for only $274,000, the property offers an entry point for those wanting to see if lake life is the fun-filled adventure they believe it can be.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Rare Delavan Lake Vacant Lot Available

     Rarely does a prime Delavan lakefront buildable parcel become available.  Even more rare is for the parcel to have level, walk-in frontage and be located along the shores of the middle part of the lake.
     Fortunately, for the discriminating luxury lake home builder, the opportunity just became available.  
     A nearly three acres parcel, located along the scenic portion of South Shore has been placed on the market for $849,000.  The lot has the traditional wooded entrance along South Shore Drive protecting the property from curious cruisers on the roadway and then opens up to a magnificent clearing offering panoramic views of Delavan Lake. 
Sunset at 3117 South Shore Drive.  Vacant parcel available for new home.

     This home site is nestled among million dollar waterfront homes and enjoys breath taking sunsets, along with sandy walk-in frontage. Select your own builder to create a lakefront dream home that can include a private pier, lush gardens and become a showpiece for your family to enjoy.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Delavan Lake Fireworks Planed for July 5, 2014

     The Town of Delavan announced that they will be holding their Independence Day Celebration on July 5, 2014.  Usually held the Saturday before the Fourth of July, the Town moved the date to better coordinate with weekend activities.
     Festivities for the Town will take place at Community Park which is located a the corner of Hwy 50 and South Shore Drive.  This year will feature a number of events including the big band sounds of Jack Farina, a tribute to military personnel, live music from The Cruise-O-Matics, a card board boat race, bingo, food and beverages. 
     Fireworks will begin at 9:30 and will be launched over beautiful Delavan Lake.  They can be easily viewed from Community Park, Lake Lawn Lodge, or by your personal yacht, dingy, kayak or canoe.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Channelling Your Delavan Lake Ambitions

     As much as some of us hate to admit it, (especially me) we cannot always get what we want.  So we compromise or do without.

4320 East Drive - Delavan Lake

     Well, in regards to a Delavan Lake vacation home, compromise may never feel as good as the home located at 4320 East Drive in South Shore Manor.
     This is no ordinary home, and not really much of a compromise.  What you give up is a direct lake view, and high taxes, and twice the purchase price.
     What you gain is direct lake access, a new home, quality finishes, and carefree vacations.
     From the moment you walk in the back door, (back being street side and front being lake side) you can feel the quality construction with solid wood floors, an open concept, and direct views to Brown's Channel.
Wood floors and open concept greet you as you enter the home

     There is a warm and cozy feel with an inviting wood fireplace with stone hearth in the great room and tasteful painting and decorating throughout the home.
Roomy kitchen with stainless steel appliances
     Through the font patio doors, off the great room, is a large concrete patio with a built-in fire pit.  The patio leads directly to your private boat lift and expansive seawall along the 90 feet of water frontage.
Loft area looks into great room and lets in sunlight stream in

Your private water access just off the patio leads directly to Delavan Lake

     Priced at only $350,000, this three bedroom, two bath recreational retreat is ready to enjoy now and especially when the ice finally melts away.  The channel leads directly to Delavan Lake and provides protection from summer storms and rough waters during heavier boat traffic hours.
     This is definitely one to consider if you are on a budget or want to avoid the higher costs of a home on the main body of Delavan Lake.