Buyer wanted: 6 BR Luxury Historic Home on Lower Eau Claire Lake, Gordon, WI. Ideal Corporate Retreat or Family Estate
Details at Jean Hedren, Edina Realty, Gordon, WI. Gordon WI homes for sale.
Historic pre-war vintage lake home built in 1935 and fully updated with all the amenities you expect. The home is nestled in magestic pines on nearly 18 acres creating a private location. Open, sunny floor plan with plenty of room as a corporate retreat or family estate. Log siding inside and out. The great room features 20’ ceilings and massive split-granite fireplace, an impressive chandelier, and wraparound balconies leading to the four upstairs bedrooms (two more are on the main level). There are many indoor and outdoor options for more formal or casual entertaining.
The huge gourmet kitchen, with granite, stainless steel appliances, and hickory cupboards, will delight the master chef, plus there’s a second summer kitchen, newly updated, near the basement rec room. Two furnaces and two central air systems, full security system. Approximaly 5500 sq. ft. of living space. Space for 12 vehicles in two garages with room for bus or RV, and all the toys. A large, covered outdoor pavilion with concrete slab is a great space for picnics. Includes two docks, all appliances. Approx. 950’ gently sloping sand frontage on the lake, plus 1,350’ additional frontage on the Eau Claire River.
Perfect for Entertaining at the Lake
Want to visit with guests while you cook? Have them pull up a stool at your kitchen’s granite island. Later, you can move to the dining room, and then to the family room (it has a smaller fireplace of its own). If the party’s a little livelier, head for the basement rec area that features its own bar, pool table, music alcove, and TV room. Along one entire wall, you’ll find a hand-painted mural depicting the rowdy fans in Wrigley Field’s peanut gallery.
In the mood for something more sedate, and perhaps even a little fresh air? You can choose from a patio for grilling, a screen porch, or a four-season porch that extends along nearly the entire length of the house. The fire pit by the beach is a great place to entertain a few friends on a quiet summer evening. Inviting a few dozen friends for a special occasion? Head for the spacious outdoor pavilion. Previous owners have used it for parties, reunions, and at least one wedding reception.
A Historic Pre-War Vintage Lake Home, Fully Updated
The property is known locally as “The Mooney Mansion.” It was built in 1935 by a Captain with the Chicago Police Department. Over the years, one or two people have wondered how he managed to build this sort of summer cottage on a policeman’s salary? But perhaps he just saved carefully.
Summer in Chicago in the 1930s. It’s hot and humid. You’re in a tough, competitive business. It’s time to get out of town and head for the north woods. Later, once things cool off, you can head back to the city. Yes, it’s good to have a getaway up north where you can relax with friends.
That’s still true today, no matter what business you’re in. And much of the home looks just as it once did. The original footprint has been expanded only slightly, and a tower still stands where the Mooneys built their own private water tower. If you look more closely, you’ll see that some things have changed—and definitely for the better.
All of the original windows, for example, have been replaced with their modern easy-opening, energy-efficient, and maintenance-free counterparts. The gourmet kitchen has been tastefully done in granite and hickory, with stainless-steel appliances. Elsewhere in the home, you’ll find similar updates. All of them, however, have been made in a way that carefully preserves the home’s original historic character.
The home has two modern, high-efficiency furnaces, plus two central air systems. All of the home’s heating, cooling, plumbing, and wiring is completely modernized and up-to-date. There’s also a full electronic security system.
Spacious Grounds, a Fenced Garden, and Outbuildings With Plenty of Storage
You’ll enjoy 18 acres of wooded privacy and solitude. The property is, however, visited regularly by deer, bear, fox, beaver, eagles, kingfishers, and an occasional porcupine. It’s for this reason that its large garden is surrounded by a tall, deerproof fence. The enclosed area features several established blueberry plants and apple trees, with plenty of space remaining for vegetables or annuals. Back at the house, you’ll find a number of flowerbeds already planted with perennials.
At the waterfront, you’ll find two docks and wide beach. You’ll be able to pull several canoes and kayaks ashore, and yet still have plenty of room for sunbathing—or, if you like, a game of beach volleyball. Near the shore, there’s a small shed for life preservers and fishing tackle.
Features a 6-car garage with extra workspace. For additional storage, there’s a steel Morton building with room for several cars and boats, or even for two 40’ RVs. (Both buildings can be heated.) The outdoor pavilion has winter storage space for boats and pontoons.