4th of July Activities

Independence Day Celebrations around Lake Geneva and Fontana, WI4th of July Lake Geneva

It’s hard to believe we’re rounding the corner to the 4th of July already!  The weather has just started to get summer-like in Lake Geneva and the lake traffic has really just started picking up.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that this is the place to find out all about what’s going on in Lake Geneva and around the lake!  So here’s your options if you’re looking for things to do in Lake Geneva with kids for the 4th of July.

Fontana, WI

Fontana’s Independence Day Celebration is on the 4th.  All the activities take place on the lakefront beach with fireworks beginning at dusk.

The Abbey Fontana WIThe Abbey Resort – Fontana, WI

The Abbey Resort & Spa have an entire weekend of activities planned to celebrate Independence Day!  Beginning on Friday, July 3rd with a fish fry and Triple D playing music on the waterfront.  The big party starts on Saturday July 4th and continues into with Fontana’s fireworks.  For more information about all the festivities check out the Abbey Resort’s Facebook Event Page!

Lake Geneva, WI

Independence Day festivites are held at The Grand Geneva Resort and Geneva National golf club.

Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, WI

The Grand Geneva Resort is celebrating all day on Sunday, July 3rd.  This year, Grand Geneva is partnering with the Lake Geneva Food Pantry to benefit our community and those that need help.  They are asking that each attendee coming to the fireworks bring two nonperishable food items to be donated to the food pantry.  For the entire weekend of 4th of July Events at Grand Geneva, check out their website! This year Grand Geneva will again partner with the Lake Geneva Area Food Pantry by asking each attendee of the fireworks show to donate two non-perishable items that will be used to help the local community members in need. Lake Geneva Country Meats will once again be matching the food donations with ground beef donations up to 250lbs.

Geneva National Golf Club

Geneva National on Hwy 50 between Delavan and Lake Geneva will be celebrating on Saturday, July 4.  They are planning a traditional barbeque picnic in the pavilion.

Fireworks will begin around 9:15 p.m.


Town of Delavan and the city of Delavan celebrate the 4th of July on both the 3rd and 4th.  On July 3rd, festivities take place in the Town of Delavan at the Community Park (the corner of Hwy. 50 and South Shore Dr.)  Parking is free and they have food, drinks, bing and tons of things to do for kids of all ages.  Fireworks begin at dusk.  On July 4th, the City of Delavan has their Let Freedom Ring celebration through downtown.  There’s a parade at 3:00 p.m. with entertainment, food and games following.  Fireworks are at dusk over Lake Comus.


You can open your Independence Day weekend with an evening of fun in Elkhorn.  Friday, July 1st, the City of Elkhorn will host it’s Star Spangled Celbration from 5 – 9:00 p.m. at Sunset Park (200 Devendorf St.)  They have a great open air concert in the pavillion and firworks at dusk.

Wherever you are celebrating Independence Day, let’s remember to give thanks for our freedom and all of the blessings we have.  Please, have a safe and fun 4th of July weekend with your families!

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International Buyers Want US and Lake Geneva Homes

TEA2 Architects Ellison & Nepp at Houzz.com

TEA2 Architects Ellison & Nepp at Houzz.com

International Buyers Pay in Cash

According to the National Association of Realtors®, home buyers from around the globe are spending billions on property in the U.S.

Many of these well-heeled international home buyers don’t require financing—which means the sales are often easy to accomplish. [Read more…]

Time to Update Your Lake Geneva Kitchen

Updating your Lake Geneva Kitchen Doesn’t Need to Be Expensive

Interior Designer Timothy Whealon for elleDecor.com

Interior Designer Timothy Whealon for elleDecor.com

Contemporary home design on lakefront property is all about knowing what the latest trends are and which to choose when regular maintenance calls for a change in appliances or décor.

What’s ‘In’ for Lake Geneva Kitchens in 2014?

In 2014, Eco-friendly appliances are definitely ‘in’—as are the pops of bright color meant to create a vivid and welcoming kitchen.

And as convenience features continue to evolve, those are increasingly prominent factors influencing design choices.

If you are planning to sell your Lake Geneva home in the near future, there are a few home design directions that you can go in.

They’re most likely to impress prospective buyers who’ve been exploring the latest kitchen trends.

Renewable Materials

Eco-friendly Bamboo Butcher Block by RefugeBuilding.com

Eco-friendly Bamboo Butcher Block by RefugeBuilding.com

Going green is a pronounced trend, not just in home design.

Using renewable, Earth-friendly materials can be a way to update a kitchen while minimizing environmental impact.

A sample idea would be a sustainable bamboo parquet butcher block to grace the kitchen counter or table.

They come in beautiful, rich wood tones, and when large enough to cover a substantial counter area, can warm the feel of the entire room.

High Tech Gadgets

Photo Courtesy of Siemans/Multimedia Ventilation Hood

Photo Courtesy of Siemans/Multimedia Ventilation Hood

Another (almost diametrically opposed) current direction is to deck the kitchen out with a few of the latest high-tech gadgets.

Even if you resist an ultra-modern look, a few chic techie touches can add a dash of luxury to your Lake Geneva kitchen.

TVs aren’t just for refrigerators anymore.

Siemens Home Appliances makes a multimedia ventilation hood comes with a 17-inch LCD screen.

It has options for listening to music and watching TV, too.

It’s a creative way to make cooking more entertaining—and one that would certainly help make your Lake Geneva listing stand out!

Appliances in Bright Colors

Color hasn’t always been popular in kitchens, but lately, appliance manufacturers have been less shy about offering exuberant finishes.

You can find blenders, toasters, microwaves and refrigerators in bright blues, pinks, reds, yellows, greens and oranges.

And the smaller, more portable appliances can be an inexpensive way to add a splash of color to your kitchen, too.

Big Chill Kitchen Appliances at www.BigChill.com

Big Chill Kitchen Appliances at www.BigChill.com

Stay Neutral Rule when Selling Your Home

If you’re planning on selling your lakefront home soon, I’d recommend you forgo the large, bright appliances.

Don’t invest in a red refrigerator or pink dishwasher just yet. You don’t want buyers to walk into your house and immediately think about the extra costs of replacing a stove or refrigerator because they have a strong reaction to the color.

So if you are getting ready to sell your home, it’s always wise to go with neutral colors, no matter how gorgeous that red fridge might be.

Confine the color pops to bright accent chairs, plates, or colorful floral arrangements.

Valerie Pasquiou Interiors + Design, Inc.; Houzz.com

Valerie Pasquiou Interiors + Design, Inc.; Houzz.com

Copper is Popular

In-Detail Interiors at Houzz.com

In-Detail Interiors at Houzz.com

Copper is also an increasingly popular trend in kitchen design this year.

Its natural antibacterial properties make it a practical home design element.

With a cool, rustic hue it looks great in warm, gold-toned kitchens.

Copper sinks and faucets are both practical and stylish – although keeping them bright and shiny can be a challenge.

There are certain things you’ll need to do in order to maintain them.

The great thing about copper is that no matter what your kitchen style, a copper sink and faucet will look beautiful.

It’s a great conversation piece, and a BIG PLUS when it comes to selling your home.

Selling Your Lake Geneva Home? Think Kitchen Update

Lauren McPhillips with Erin Feasby for Bleeks Design for StyleAtHome.com

Lauren McPhillips with Erin Feasby for Bleeks Design for StyleAtHome.com

If you are thinking of selling soon, consider incorporating one or two current Lake Geneva home design ideas if your kitchen could use a decor infusion.

Looking for more ideas?

Let’s connect. We’ll discuss what is making today’s lakefront homes in Lake Geneva S-E-L-L!

– Michalene
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Lake Geneva Real Estate Resurgence and the Special Function Room

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It’s a little like fashion and men’s ties; the same really wide or narrow ones that you’re laughing at today, you can count on will be back in style tomorrow. Changes happen – all of the time – and believe it or not, an analogy can be made between men’s ties and the Lake Geneva real estate market.

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Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol: Keeping our kids safe


Thank you Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol!

One of the many benefits of living on Lake Geneva that distinguishes our waterfront to many other lakes is the dedication of our lakefront residents to the awareness and safety measures provided by the Water Safety Patrol.  On the evening of Friday, August 7th you will see many boats heading toward the Ferro Pavillion, Cobalts, Streblows, Chris Crafts with boat names that are staples to this lake parked on the pier and owners celebrating under the stars.   There is a great amount of effort, tradition, money and honor in supporting an organization that protects and supports our residents and weekend warriors. It’s always wonderful catching up with friends and other couples around the lake that support the Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol.

Lake Geneva Water Safety PatrolFrom jumping off the piers and swimming to boating around the lake, water safety is paramount.  Even with cautious practices accidents happen.  People get carried away or they try to help someone else in need and end up in trouble themselves.  It’s in that moment that the Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol is there.  They dedicate countless hours to training for emergency situations.

Not only do the members of the Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol perform rescues, are first responders on the scene of an accident and handle emergencies, they also teach people of all ages water safety tips.

The Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol offers swimming lessons around the lake Monday – Friday at 7 different spots;  Lake Geneva Beach, Fontana Beach, Williams Bay Beach, Linn Pier, Knollwood, Lake Geneva Beach Association and Buena Vista!  They have trained water safety instructors and make sure that people understand everything they need to know while enjoying summer on the water.

The organization now has 6 boats, provides lifeguard services at 12 different locations around the lake, offers swimming lessons, boat safety classes, lifeguard training, and employs a staff of over 80 people.life on a boat

How can we support the Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol?

Because the Water Safety Patrol is so vital to Lake Geneva, they rely on the donations and support of the surrounding communities.  They are a private, non-profit organization.  If you visit their website you’ll be able to make a donation to support the organization.  Also in August, Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol has an annual fundraiser.  This years “Nautical Night” is a dinner, dance and auction.  It will be hosted on Friday August 5th at the Ferro Pavillion at George Williams College (the same location for the Music By the Lake concerts.)  As part of the theme of water safety, there will be a water taxi that will transport you from your pier to the event and return you home safe and sound. Reservations are required and tickets are on sale now.  To reserve your seat at this grand event contact Ted, Brigid or Carol at 262-245-6577 or e-mail wsp@genevaonline.com for more information.

While you are out enjoying the beautiful lake this summer, please remember to tip your sunglasses to the Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol!  They are a vital part of our precious lake!

Keefe Real Estate Top Producing Lakefront Realtor 2013-2014

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Your Direct Connection to Lowering Your Lake Geneva Lakefront Tax Bill

investingOwning a lakefront property on Lake Geneva is an investment of time, money and most of all family.  We all dream of lakefront ownership and the logistics of the monthly overhead is a reality.  The important aspect of this to realize is that time and money are valued, safeguarded and wisely invested when you have trusted resources available to you.  The silver lining in the Lake Geneva Lakefront Real estate market trend is based off of sales since 2008.  If you are currently a lakefront owner, pay attention to your tax bill. Below is the schedule of dates pertaining to each municipality.  If you are interested in speaking with an expert on this subject click this link and work directly with the person that can help you save time and money.

The profile buyer acquiring Lake Geneva Lakefront Property is calculated, conservative, goal oriented, driven and always accessing their resources to fine tune their portfolio.   It’s time to spend your summer stress free.  If you are organized, informed and implement this service, your investment will be that much sweeter.   There are also owners on Lake Geneva that have found themselves in the position of inheriting their parents home.  According to Forbes, “Boomers stand to inherit upwards of $27 trillion over the next four decades, according to The Center of Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, and a portion of that includes the house their parents lived in.”  The multigenerational ownership lake homes are at the top of the list to check up on their property taxes, values and really check in to create a realistic baseline on understanding the current market.Lake Geneva Lakefront

We are still discussing property taxes with clients on a regular basis. Many times homeowners don’t realize just how over assessed their Lake Geneva property values are. If you have acclimated yourself to the lake and have the time to call or text from the pier we are happy to email your the latest tax bill for reference.

Being entrenched in the Lake Geneva Lakefront Real Estate market allows my team to have a pulse on property values around the lake. This is our job but also my pleasure. Just because we have money doesn’t mean we spend it. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” We are happy to help you.

For more information about getting your Lake Geneva Lakefront Property taxes reviewed please click here. Be sure to include the property address and best method to contact you.


(All communication concerning your Lake Geneva Lakefront property are strictly confidential. Please don’t hesitate to contact Michalene at 262-745-3738 (text is best), www.michalenemelges.com, michalene@michalenemelges.com )

Love where you live, Shore Shore Club on Lake Geneva

South Shore Club on Lake Geneva

The South Shore Club has one lot left for sale, Lot Eight is the most private location in the Club and has a list price of $465,000 proving to be a value with the past 12 months of sales history. The privacy of the Forest Hills Court offers convenience of the tennis court, kids play area and quick golf cart ride to the pool.  The owners on Forest Hills Court are quite pleased with their decision to purchase in what they call the “privacy ridge” of the Club. The South Shore Club on Geneva Lake is the lifestyle that you have earned and should enjoy. When owners come up to the lake their fun begins that moment. There are no obligations, worries, chores or dreaded micro-managing tasks that need to be done. The ease and accessibility to all of the amenities the South Shore Club has to offer are there for your convenience and truly valuable and enjoyed by all the families.

Photo Courtesy of Matustik Builders

Photo Courtesy of Matustik Builders

In the past 12 months the Club has had an incredible amount of activity,  5 homes were constructed over the course of this winter. Three of these homes built by John Matustik were completed and ready for occupancy prior to Memorial Day Weekend. The lots were purchased last summer with an average sale price of $558,750 and the average home sales in the past twelve months specific to the Club were $2,266,500. With a list price of $465,000 for Lot Eight and a timeframe that Matustik Builders provides with their team of experts I’d say that you have just found your value on Lake Geneva.

The South Shore Club offers many elite amenties including but not limited to, a private marina with boat fleet, all maintenance, gas and service included for the boat fleet, maintenance, staff, toys are included, wave runners, SUPs, swim piers, pool, club house, lifeguard on duty and full staff to assist you all summer long. Build your Lake Home in South Shore Club with maintenance free living and concierge available 24/7. Enjoy your time at the lake with family and on the water instead of working on the house all weekend.

The South Shore Club on Lake Geneva is the perfect balance of relaxation, privacy, family time and most of all piece of mind when it comes to considering the value you have regarding what is provided for you and eliminated from your “to do list”. Enjoy Lake Geneva don’t dread schlepping pier furniture and orchestrating life. That can be done for you.

Lake Geneva LakefrontsIf you are looking for a location in the Club to build your dream home, feel free to contact me for more information. (262) 745-3738. I’m more than happy to share my love for the South Shore Club with you and give you a personal tour of all the amenities.
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You’ve Got Mail…Lake Geneva Mailboat Tour

Lake Geneva Mailboat

Lake Geneva’s ode to “You’ve Got Mail“… On June 15th, 2015 the mailboat will celebrate its 99th year of operations. I will tell you, there is nothing more exciting than waiting for the mailboat to reach your pier and get your summer mail.  It’s one thing that never gets old.  There are several options for you to take in the beautiful sights of Lake Geneva. You can choose one of the beautiful boats and get to know the Ladies of our Lake; Belle, Walworth, Lorilei, Geneva and the infamous “Lady of the Lake” these boat tours on Lake Geneva are fun, fast and informative. The most popular boat tour offered by Lake Geneva Cruise Line’s is the mailboat tour. Who wouldn’t want to watch a mail giver jump on and off each pier with the boat never stopping.  Great fun, minimal face planting but it does happen once in a while.The mailboat tour is that the tour is narrated. You will  not only see the Lake Geneva Lakefront Estates, but you’ll also hear some of the history behind those estates. From Stone Manor, Black Point, Driehaus Estate to the South Shore Club, you’ll hear how they came to be and some fascinating stories of the early beginnings of families living on Lake Geneva.


Lake Geneva Shore Path by foot is also an awesome way to explore.   There is a beautiful 21 mile lake path that encircles Geneva Lake and leads you right past all the beautiful lakefront homes. Many of the  lakefront homes landscape the Lake Geneva lake path as a special feature of their frontage. You’ll see beautiful gardens and gorgeous outdoor gathering areas, all the while breathing in the fresh air. The entry points suggested to start your adventure are : Big Foot Beach Park, Lake Geneva Library Park, Williams Bay and Fontana Beaches, Chapin Road between Conference Point and the Narrows on the North Shore, Linn Pier Road on the South Shore. If you intend to walk around the entire lake you need to schedule an 8 hour timeframe.  It goes by quickly.

Lake Geneva Shorepath

Whatever your mode of transportation, take some time this summer to really enjoy the beautiful environment we call home. The incredible Lake Geneva Lakefront Properties are just one of the many highlights when you are looking for things to do on Lake Geneva.

Lake Geneva LakefrontsMichalene Melges specializes in selling luxury lakefront homes on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Whether you are looking to buy a vacation home on Lake Geneva, or you’re interested in selling your lake home, Michalene will discuss your situation in confidence and see to it that all details through out the sales process are handled for you. If you need an honest, open discussion about what your options are, contact the Michalene at (262) 745-3738.

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Monday with Michalene


Monday with Michalene

Monday with Michalene