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Islandale on Lac La Belle

N54 W38926 Islandale Drive, Oconomowoc, , 53066 Property Website Dated Posted: April 16, 2014


Circa 1882

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About This Old House

Off-marketImagine living on an island surrounded by crystal clear water and sandy swimming frontage watching the sailboats drift by all from the covered veranda of an elegant Victorian home listed on the National Register of Historic Places….this once in a lifetime offering could be yours. This summer cottage was built in 1882 by Chicago businessman Walter Peck, he later “built” a causeway nearly a 1/4 mile long to connect the island to the mainland. The estate includes a beautifully restored 3 story home with a walk-out lower level & a widow’s walk, a wet boathouse with guest quarters above, a storage shed, a 2+ acre lush landscaped yard, and 900 ft. of lake frontage complete with stone rip-rap. There are fine details throughout…each floor boasts 10 ft. ceilings, the main floor has a unique pattern of Black Walnut and Fir hardwood floors, the foyer features white herringbone wainscoting, reproduction vintage Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper, and a grand 3-story carved Cherry staircase. The staircase features a sunflower design theme, the original architect’s personal design choice that is echoed throughout the home. You will see more carved sunflowers in the finely crafted built-in china cabinet featured in the formal dining room and in the colorful stained glass transom windows in the kitchen. The home’s vintage light fixtures has been rewired from gas to electric and a few “new” antique finds have been added. Although there a many details of yesteryear there are also many modern updates that blend seemlessly. Take the newer thermopane windows, the walk-in pantry converted from the original dumb waiter, granite kitchen countertops, updated bathrooms, central vacuum system, and completely modernized mechanical systems from heating & cooling to electrical & plumbing. Even the elevator is in working condition…it travels from the library on the main floor to the second story hallway, to a third story bedroom. The home is topped off by a unique widow’s walk reminiscent of east coast estates when women would peer out the ocean waiting for their loved one to return from sea.

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