Luxury Living in Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin’s hidden gem!

When people think ‘Wisconsin’ I’m confident cheese, beer, and The Packers also come to mind. Which as a proud Wisconsinite, I can say is a very and I mean VERY accurate representation of our state, but I do believe something is missing. Lake Geneva is a resort city on Geneva Lake. The shore of Geneva Lake is dotted with gorgeous mansions that are just as breathtaking as the scenery that surrounds them. It’s time the real estate in Lake Geneva gets the attention and appreciation they deserve. With that said, may I present to you, luxury homes in Lake Geneva!

1. The Lakeside Oasis

This is a gorgeous 3 level lakefront home with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. This New England coastal style mansion includes a number of spectacular amenities including multiple decks, 5 fireplaces, Wolf/SubZero kitchen with expansive island, luxury master suite w/attached nursery or sitting room, 2-story great room fireplace, and a wall of windows allowing for an abundance of natural light into this lakeside dream! With a finished lower level and full entertainment kitchen, guest room, exercise and playrooms, this is the perfect family home or lake day getaway! LEARN MORE!

2. The Custom Built Brick Estate

Just steps from the water, this custom built brick frontage estate is the perfect place to enjoy the breathtaking Geneva sunsets. When you enter this home you are immediately welcomed by the gorgeous 2-story foyer. The foyer looks straight into the great room which includes a wall of windows allowing you to see the spectacular views from anywhere in the room. The kitchen comes with a breakfast bar island, 42” maple cabinetry, SS appliances, recessed lighting & french doors leading to the patio. The perfect single family home along the beautiful shore of Geneva Lake! LEARN MORE!

3. The Coastal Shingle Inspired Design

New outstanding lake-front luxury home Located East of the Narrows with wide view of Geneva Bay and Lake Geneva. Some notable additions include a Screen room with fireplace, lakeside patio,  large level lawn for entertaining, and a 3+ car attached garage. This home is lakeside living…but up a couple notches. LEARN MORE!

4. Exclusive Lakefront Estate

This exclusive lakefront estate, which overlooks the south shore of Geneva Lake, offers exquisite views from every room in the home! With a number of amenities including: a pool, spa, bi-level patio grills, sauna, steam shower, state of the art exercise room, walk-in cooler and much more, this is the perfect lakeside escape! LEARN MORE!

5. The Quiet Cul-de-sac Home

Perfect for all the golf fanatics out there, this home has outstanding views of the golf course! In addition to the golf course you can enjoy all the Geneva National amenities (some shown in pictures). With a 3 car garage, split bedroom design, gas fireplace, vaulted and tray ceilings, a lower level bedroom suite and so many builder extras, this home truly does have it all! LEARN MORE!

6. Stunning Modern Farmhouse

This breathtaking luxury home transitions modern farmhouse into comfortable lakeside oasis. This home brings luxury to the lakeside with stunning interiors and a number of amazing amenities. These amenities include A De Giulio kitchen with Sub Zero, Wolf and Miele anchors the west side of the home, with a two story family room separating the kitchen from the lakefront bluestone patio and covered porch. LEARN MORE!

7. Prime Lakefront Home

Prime lakefront home on Geneva Lake’s south shore boasts a number of amazing amenities including, cathedral ceilings & stone fireplace in great room, updated bathrooms, large kitchen, hardwood floors, main floor laundry, and fresh coat of paint throughout. This open concept home is situated on 1.7 acres in Trinke Estates and has some spectacular lake views! with a vast yard down to lake & pier, gazebo, and patio area w/ paver stone this home offers the most amazing outdoor atmosphere! LEARN MORE!

8. Residence in Geneva National Golf Club

This spectacular residence in Geneva National Golf Club brings warmth, elegance and spaciousness to the lakeside! Some of the notable features in this home include a spacious great room with access to the large outdoor deck, adjacent dining room, high end kitchen with updated appliances, study, laundry/mud room, master suite with a custom fireplace, and luxury bathroom with heated floor. There is so much to enjoy in this luxury Lake Geneva home! LEARN MORE!

9. Magnificent Country Retreat

This home is a gorgeous country resort just a short walking distance from downtown Lake Geneva. This home lies in the prestigious Lake Forest Estates on 2.3 acres of private land. With views of the countryside from every room and views of the lake from the front of the home, this home is a stunning and peaceful escape! The back yard is beautifully landscaped with a heated pool and a spa/whirlpool tub, you will never want to go inside! LEARN MORE!

So if you don’t want to purchase a house in Lake Geneva by this point, then I don’t think you really read the article accurately. So go back, take it all in and rejoin when you’re ready. Alright, now that we are all on the same page and in agreement that Lake Geneva is THE place to be, let me tell you about a way you could get money back at closing for any of these properties! Cashifyd is our cash back program that gets you money back when buying or selling real estate! Cashifyd helps buyers and sellers connect through a cashback at closing offer. The results of this are $100’s to $1,000’s to $10,000’s in cashback depending on the unique property you are looking to buy or sell. All the homes shown above are eligible for Cashifyd, so if you saw something you liked or have something you’d like to sell, maybe this is the time to unleash your real estate superpowers! LEARN MORE ABOUT CASHIFYD!

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Lights, Camera, Wisconsin! A Look at the Badger State in TV and Movies

Wisconsin is best known for it’s cheese-munching, Packers-loving residents and while that’s a relatively fair (and accurate!) depiction, Wisconsin is so much more. Here’s how the Badger state stacks up to its Hollywood depictions.

Young and the Restless (1973-Present)

According to Nielsen ratings, this daytime soap opera was the leading daytime drama for more than 25 years as of December 2013. This show follows the dramatic and sometimes scandalous lives some of the prominent families in Genoa City, Wisconsin.

The Verdict: In true soap opera fashion, not much about this show is true to life. Genoa City, Wisconsin does actually exist, but that’s where the similarities end. While in the show the town is portrayed to be a bustling metropolis filled with corporate headquarters, the real Genoa City is a rural village with a population of about 3,000.

Happy Days (1974-1984)

Set in an idealized version of the mid-1950s to mid-1960s USA, Happy Days followed “innocent teenager” Richie Cunningham and “cool” biker and high school dropout Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli and became one of the most popular US sitcoms of all time and spun off other Wisconsin-based shows such as Laverne & Shirley.

The Verdict: While times certainly have changed, those of us who didn’t get to experience the golden era of Happy Days first hand can still delight in the sugary-sweet storylines of Happy Days. While the design for the fiction Arnold’s Drive-in was modeled after two real-life Milwaukee diners–the exterior of Pig’n’Whistle and the interior of The Milky Way (both since closed and reopened under different names), all it takes is hearing Richie pronounce it “Wes-consin” (around 3:40) to know that the show wasn’t actually filmed here.

Wayne’s World (1992)

After a “Laverne and Shirley”-esque intro, which includes shots of the Milwaukee city hall, the “party dudes” duo of Wayne and Garth get backstage access to Alice Cooper’s dressing room. Here Cooper reveals an intimate knowledge of the city’s history from it’s supposed French-name origins to its political past of socialist mayors.

The Verdict: Actually, Cooper isn’t too far off in this clip! There’s some debate as to the tribal origin of the name, with some believing it is a Potawatomi name meaning “Gathering place [by the water]”. His reference to socialist mayors is also accurate as the town was presided over by Mayors Seidel (1910-1912), Hoan (1916-1940), and Zeidler (1948-1960)–still the only major American city to do so.

Dogma (1999)

In this Kevin Smith movie, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon play two fallen angels condemned to spend eternity at an airport in Milwaukee. After Damon tries to “convert” a nun to the dark side, the angels are able to escape Milwaukee.

The Verdict: While Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport is not the type of place you want to spend a long layover (like eternity), it’s not a terrible spot to hang out for a few hours while you’re waiting for your next flight out. P.S. the scene was actually shot at the Pittsburgh International Airport indicating they needed to find someplace worse than the real MKE…

That 70’s Show (1998-2006)

This sitcom follows Eric Foreman and his friends and family during the mid to late 1970s in their industrial Wisconsin hometown. In addition to being set in Point Place, Wisconsin the cast often mentions visiting Kenosha or driving to Chicago for a party and even go to Packer game!

The Verdict: The setting is supposed to be somewhere near Green Bay, Wisconsin, but the geography laid out in the show doesn’t quite add up–like the crew going to Canada to buy beer or to Chicago to party. Point Place isn’t a real Wisconsin town, but Wisconsinites will recognize names like Kenosha or references made throughout the run of the show like Donna having to decide between Marquette University and a UW school. Oh and the excitement about going to a Packers game at Lambeau? Accurate. Perfectly accurate.

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

Lars Lindstrom, a socially awkward man, lives a relatively secluded life in his small Wisconsin town. One day Lars introduces “Bianca” his new girlfriend to his brother and sister-in-law, the catch is that Bianca is a lifelike doll whom Lars, suffering what appears to be a lucid delusion, treats as his human companion. Under direction of the local doctor, Lars’ family (and the townspeople) go along with this until Lars is mentally capable of letting Bianca go.

The Verdict: The movie depicts the state fairly well. There are references to the cold and how layering clothes helps Lars avoid physical contact with others which is too true for anyone who lives in the frozen tundra. While Wisconsin isn’t known for it’s open-minded, anything goes culture (like say, NYC or California) it’s easy enough to believe that the small town residents would set aside their prejudices to help one of their own overcoming the issues he’s struggling with, even if they still gossip.

The Bye Bye Man (2017)

This supernatural thriller follows three college students attending a Wisconsin university who accidentally summon a psychic serial killer while staying in a creepy, rented house in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

The Verdict: The movie is based on an allegedly true story by author Robert Damon Schneck. According to Schneck the events of the book are based on supernatural experiences by a friend in Sun Prairie, a Madison suburb in the 1990s, but there were no real murders or appearances by the Bye Bye Man.