Sitting on the shores of a pristine lake in southeastern Wisconsin is a historical mansion, originally built in the mid-1800s, that has been carefully and meticulously maintained through the years. This exclusive dwelling has been a well-tended home and enjoyed by many families over time; with each new owner and family comes the opportunity to re-imagine this unique space to cater to the specific lifestyle of their own family.
“The Corona” was recently purchased by new owners as a second home to escape from their life in the city. As such a retreat, it is the perfect reprieve for a busy family and endless guests, offering something for everyone. The home had previously been remodeled for the former owners by Colby Construction, so it was a natural extension to the home’s history with Colby to then take on the new residents’ plans for an update to the look and feel of the home, custom tailored to their taste.
The 3-story home features soaring ceilings, beautiful, massive crown moldings, a cascading grand staircase, and inviting fireplaces, all the features and touches preserved from the original home along with every modern luxury you can imagine in a new home.
The updated, clean fresh look of the home gives the space a nautical, classic feel, befitting its place on this storied lake and property where it presides majestically. No detail was overlooked.
Some of the unique features of the home are emphasized in its grand, welcoming kitchen. It is a space that beckons friends and family to gather, and at the heart of this airy room is the featured attraction: a “U” shaped island to facilitate conversation and camaraderie. Other features include hidden cabinets for waste and recycling, a charging station for up to 10 devices, and hidden electric outlets set into the countertops. The use of brass and nickel combined in one space exemplifies the trend to combine materials and colors. With a wet bar in the space and a sitting room just off the space, it’s truly a dream kitchen that invites gatherings and companionship while entertaining.
The main floor also includes a sprawling great room with a magnificent fireplace that is as much an obvious focal point as a source for warmth in the room. A library is tucked in the corner, a perfect place to enjoy a book or build a puzzle. Cozy couches, game tables, and a breathtaking mantle allows a space for the entire family.
Other features on the first floor include an impressive dining hall, replete with original accents, a butler’s pantry, and a generous laundry room.
The grand, sweeping staircase takes you to the upper two levels of the home. The second level features a theater room for families to relax and enjoy movies together.
The master suite is also located on this floor. The views of the lake from the master bedroom and master bath are breathtaking. The suite is set apart from the other rooms, allowing for optimal privacy and a perfect place to escape and unwind.
Along with the master suite, there are three bedrooms and bathrooms for the children. The in-suite bed and bathrooms are updated and include unique features like nooks with extra beds for sleepovers.
Continuing up the winding staircase to the third floor, this level is ideal for guests and families, with several rooms to choose from and bathrooms to be shared. This third level gives space for privacy and relaxation from the rest of the home.
What updated mansion doesn’t include the modern amenities and additions available to entertain adults and children alike? This home truly has it all. A garage addition allowed the opportunity to add a full basketball and sports court underneath. The addition was connected to the updated, walk-out lower level featuring a kitchenette, wine cellar and large game room.
Imagine strolling outside to the cascading lawn where you are greeted by lush green acreage and massive pine trees. Picture grabbing a book to read or taking a nap on the porch or in a hammock – what a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon at this retreat! And, don’t forget the clear, clean lake just beyond the home: it awaits the family and their guests all year long!