“Even knowing we had no intention of moving, we were charmed by the location and the incredible sunset views from the location where we used to enjoy walleye and eggs! Within 48 hours of our tour, we put in an offer on a bare bones, naked-studs condo.”
Let me start our tale by saying we thought we would never move out of the lake house we designed, built, enjoyed and loved for 13 years. Forty years ago, we bought a small house on Jordan Drive near my parents’ cottage. We traveled “up north” from Illinois for summer weekends, to enjoy family time and FISHING. After my father passed 30 years ago, my mother decided to sell her small cottage. Maintenance on the cottage, in addition to her home in Illinois, was just too much for her. We told my mom that if she wanted to sell, we would sell our place and buy hers, keeping the property — and the fishing springs—in the family.
For the next 17 years we enjoyed the cottage, continuing our treks up north and beginning our plans for our “Escape to Wisconsin” retirement. In 2006, we retired from our careers in Illinois and became transplants, LOVING Wisconsin and our small lake house. Fast forward to 2018. We are now in our 70’s. I had mentioned to my husband a couple of times that if anything happened to him, I couldn’t take care of the house and yard like he did. I don’t have his knowledge, skills or muscle.
Early in May, he suggested we stop by for a Hard Hat Tour on a Sunday. I said, “REALLY????” Even knowing we had no intention of moving, we were charmed by the location and the incredible sunset views from the location where we used to enjoy walleye and eggs! Within 48 hours of our tour, we put in an offer on a bare bones, naked-studs condo. Six months of culling and packing, and we moved in on December 17th. While all our remaining worldly goods are in the condo and storage area, we are still trying to figure which memento fits best in which spot.
Favorite room, hands down, is our kitchen. Cooking and dining are enhanced by the incredible lake view. Each condo has a design layout that affords a lake view from the moment one steps through the front door. My husband has happily bid farewell to shoveling, snow blowing and, next summer, mowing, weeding, washing windows and wrestling with the squirrels over his garden produce. He’ll have a lot more time for fishing and, in season, bow hunting. I’ll continue to enjoy reading, knitting, crocheting and my paper crafts.
—Happy Waubesa Shores Condo Owner