Listing of the week

  • The is the rear of the larger home, which faces Lake Wisconsin.

    The is the rear of the larger home, which faces Lake Wisconsin.

  • The smaller cottage has a sun porch and walkout basement out back.

    The smaller cottage has a sun porch and walkout basement out back.

  • Both homes offer sunset views of the lake.

    Both homes offer sunset views of the lake.

By Jean Murphy
Daily Herald Correspondent
Posted6/26/2015 12:01 AM

Enjoy your own private getaway in Wisconsin near Lodi, Sauk and the Dells by purchasing a large home or a cottage, or maybe both, on Lake Wisconsin in Dekorra.

The current owner purchased both homes a few years ago, using the cottage for her guests and as a rental, and using the larger home for her family. The two houses are not adjoining and do not have any particular relationship to one another. In fact, there is a house in between the two.


But both enjoy wonderful frontage on Lake Wisconsin and superb sunset views. The larger, more modern home features a boathouse with a rail system to house and store a boat, while the cottage sports a pier.

The larger home was built in the Craftsman style in 2003. It is a one-story home featuring 2,665 square feet on the main floor, complemented by a 1,742-square-foot, walkout basement. It features five bedrooms, three baths, a great room, dining room, kitchen, office, laundry room, recreation room and two-car attached garage. There are three fireplaces and even an indoor hot tub.

It has solid beechwood floors through most of the house, travertine floors in the kitchen and slate in the lower level. the house also features fiber cement siding, Hurd windows and zoned heating and cooling.

The vinyl-sided cottage was built in 1960 and is much smaller and more intimate. It is a ranch plan home with two bedrooms and two baths, which are split between the 768-square-foot main level and the 563-square-foot lower, walkout level. There is also a living/dining room, eat-in kitchen, lower level recreation room, laundry room and sun porch.

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This home has a new composite/fiberglass roof and access to a portion of the lake that is perfect for swimming and tubing. There is also a private deck, a fire pit, perennial gardens and a two-car detached garage.

Listing agent Amy Skaar of Century 21 Affiliated of Poynette, Wisconsin, offers more details about both houses:

Who would be the larger home's perfect buyer?

"If you love having your family with you and/or you love to entertain, this home is set up perfectly for large groups or intimate gatherings. The master en suite is separate from the rest of the bedrooms so the owner always has their own private retreat."

Who would the cottage appeal to?

"Summer enthusiasts looking for a getaway -- a place to enjoy doing a bit of everything: boating, biking, kayaking, hiking, dining."

What is the coolest thing about living in this neighborhood?

"Living on Lake Wisconsin with stunning sunset views."

Which movie can you picture taking place in the big house?

" 'The Proposal.' A home to bring family together and a stunning home to fall in love with each other all over again! Lake living in the summer, cozy up next to the roaring fireplace in the fall, warm up in the indoor hot tub on cold winter evenings. Imagine the twinkling lights during the holidays with the backdrop of towering pines."

What is one adjective that you would use to describe the cottage?


Name three trees, shrubs or plants featured in the yard.

"Sunshine yellow daffodils pop up to let you know the pier is ready to go in, the irises let you know it is time to breath deep and start enjoying summer in Wisconsin, the rustling oak trees lull you to sleep on those crisp fall nights."

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