Lake Geneva, WI – December 15, 2022– Just 75 miles from Chicago, Lake Geneva, with its 5,400-acre freshwater lake, 21-mile shore path, numerous beaches, award-winning golf courses and 5-star restaurants, has long been the summer playground for vacationers, giving it the nickname ‘The Hamptons of the Midwest’. Residents, however, know that the adventure doesn’t end when the leaves begin to fall, making the area a desirable relocation destination for Illinoisans.
“We’ve seen a significant influx of buyers from Illinois moving to our Lake Geneva communities, Stone Ridge and Edgewood Vistas, over the past two years,” said Jaynelle Then, Sales Director for Shodeen Homes, a family-owned-and-operated builder for over 60 years. “Good schools, lower taxes and a recreationally rich lifestyle are among the top reasons Illinois buyers are calling Lake Geneva home. In addition, Lake Geneva’s proximity to Chicago allows buyers to commute to work or visit Illinois friends and family with ease.”
“There’s so much to enjoy and explore in Lake Geneva and the surrounding areas, not just in the summer but year-round, it’s no surprise that growing families and empty-nesters alike are making the move,” Then said. “Cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, ice fishing, snowboarding, winter zip lining tours, fall color and Santa cruises on the lake, winery and brewery tastings and more attract home buyers as do events such as Oktoberfest and Winterfest.”
The upcoming Winterfest runs January 16-Feburay 20, 2023 and features professional ice artisans, including ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, crawl spaces and slot canyons, which are illuminated at night with color-changing LED lights. Horse-drawn sleigh rides and whimsical winter characters will also be part of this year’s event.
The two-story Berquist model is open for touring and is situated on a corner homesite. This 2,019 square-foot home includes three bedrooms and a loft, 2 ½ baths, wide plank engineered oak flooring throughout the first-floor, study with French doors, gourmet island kitchen open to the two-story great room with fireplace, master bedroom suite with tray ceiling, walk-in closet and private bath, two secondary bedrooms served by a full hall bath, full basement with rough-in plumbing, concrete patio, fully sodded homesite and attached 2 1/2-car garage.
In addition to the Berquist, buyers may choose from a collection of ranch and two-story designs ranging from 1,600 to 2,230 square feet in size with three or four bedrooms, two or 2 ½ baths and two or 2 ½-car garages. All homes include full, unfinished basements as well as fully sodded and landscaped homesites. Homes are currently priced from the low $400s.
Just west of Route 12 and north of 120, Stone Ridge offers an impressive collection of open-concept ranch and two-story designs, priced from the $470s and ranging from 1,860 to 2,674 square feet in size with three or four bedrooms, two to 3 ½ baths, gourmet island kitchens, basements and two or three-car garages.
A new neighborhood within the larger Stone Ridge community, The Woods of Stone Ridge, is now open and offers ranch and two-story homes up to 2,993 square feet in size with three-car side-load garages on homesites up to 2.5-acres. Only 12 homesites are available featuring wooded views and walkout and lookout basement options with prices starting in the $740s.
Homes at Edgewood Vistas and Stone Ridge are available for 2022 move-in and are served by Lake Geneva School District J1, including Badger High School.
Every Shodeen home is backed by a 1- 5- and 10-year warranty program and includes energy-efficient features such as a house wrap air infiltration barrier system, 92% energy efficient forced air gas furnace, high-efficiency central air conditioning, Energy Star Power 50-gallon hot water heater and insulated sidewall, vapor barrier, attic and exterior basement walls.
To learn more about Shodeen Homes and communities in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, please visit shodeenhomes.com. Models and sales centers are open Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment and Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call (262) 496-0044 for more information.