1925 Italian Renaissance – Pewaukee, WI

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W283N3302 Lakeside Rd, Pewaukee, WI 53072

  • $999,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 4361 Sq Ft
  • 1.1 Ac.
From the unique architecture to the spectacular views, this home has extraordinary potential. Entertain small or large- host your guests in the 3 bedroom guest house. Fire-up the grill on the roof of the boat house; or simply relax in the sun on the veranda overlooking 110 feet of frontage on beautiful Pewaukee Lake. Separate from the main house, the guest house has a family room, living room, full kitchen, 3 bedrooms with closets, full bath, and plenty of storage.

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31 Comments on 1925 Italian Renaissance – Pewaukee, WI

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  1. Bethany says: 3431 comments

    Not a style I typically associate with “Wisconsin lake house,” but wow!

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  2. Robinjn says: 240 comments

    I agree, I’d think this house more at home in CT or NY or even CA than Wisconsin. But doesn’t it make you think of the roaring 20s? I can see flappers spilling out of the doors to dance by the lake and Gatsby’s ironic smile.

    There has to be a real history here.

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    • Sue S. says: 271 comments

      Wow, I totally expect to see Daisy slinking down the stairs to the water with a cocktail glass in one hand and a long-handled cigarette holder in the other. If this was my place I’d decorate it in black, white, dove gray, lots of chrome, with some touches of light pink and light blue, and I’d play jazz music all the time. Sigh….

    • Susan Lind says: 80 comments

      Yes! A Gatsby house!

  3. Jennifer HT says: 747 comments

    WOW is right! Not usually my style, but I’d live there. Is that a yacht lift? Holy moly.

  4. ChrisICU says: 672 comments

    A villa to make even Hadrian proud.

    • John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

      Or Caligula… It looks more like a European Baronial villa on a Swiss lake than something you find stateside. If you are into entertaining on a grand scale this might worth considering. The house looks well maintained but may need some cosmetic updates and improvements. I bet this house has quite a history to go with it.

  5. Phyllis Caldwell says: 40 comments

    Just call me Daisy and I claim that pink bathroom!

  6. says: 4 comments

    This is my dream “rich girl” home.

  7. Lindsay G says: 531 comments

    The things I could do with this house, wow! A girl can dream, right? 😀

  8. Ross says: 2411 comments

    This is an extraordinary property.

    Sadly, it does not appear to have been treated right for some time.

    What a glory it could be after a careful, sensitive restoration. Oh my!

    • Ken says: 66 comments

      I spoke with friends that have a home several houses down the lake. The owners are having financial issues, so your right about it being run down a bit for this reason. They said that when they moved there, it was THE mansion on the lake, now there are many mansion lake houses. When our friends moved to the lake 30 years ago, this property owned all the lake front around it.

  9. MonicaG says: 155 comments

    I’m gonna make ’em an offer they can’t refuse.

  10. Michael Mackin says: 2671 comments

    It’s not what I would picture in a lake house but considering the time period it was built, it probably makes sense. The guest house looks art deco to me.

  11. KevinB says: 116 comments

    grand and impressive – it makes a statement. whoever had this built wanted to show off a little bit.

  12. Bethster says: 828 comments

    It’s fabulous on the outside and in the living spaces. The redone bathrooms make me sad, though.

  13. KimNKimN says: 41 comments

    I call dibbs… on everything!

  14. JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This is on a much smaller scale, but it reminds me of Colonel Payne’s mansion on the Hudson where he would sit on the veranda and gaze at his 330′ yacht.
    http://bigoldhouses.blogspot.com/2011/07/payne-mansion-1-of-2.html

    Folks spend a million for a McMansion on this lake, so this is a fair price for the real estate offered. All the beautiful vintage style is free! I’d certainly rather be there than sitting in the city on a sweltering summer evening.

  15. Sue S. says: 271 comments

    I would love to read the history of the house and its original owners. I’ve Googled but can’t find anything. Was it perhaps built as a weekend or summer place for some rich brewing family from nearby Milwaukee? If anyone can find something, please post. Thank you!

    • Ken says: 66 comments

      My friends that live on the lake said it was once owned by Curly Perrigo, he sold the home and built a similar property in Florida. I hope that helps you.

      • JimHJimH says: 5105 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Thanks, Ken. There’s an ornamental P so probably the house was built by the Perrigo family. The first of the family in Wisconsin was William H. Perrigo born 1825 in Vermont, likely of French Canadian origin. He was a railroad employee, a grain dealer and did well with his real estate investments. His son William H. Jr. was a chiropractor in Milwaukee who died in 1920 but his widow Melany and their children are here in later censuses. If the 1925 build date is correct, it was either built for the widow or she bought it a few years later and put the P’s on it. Son William R. “Curly” Perrigo (1917-2001) was a businessman and ice boating enthusiast here on the lake.

  16. Vicky says: 11 comments

    Oh my… I feel faint… I might (hopefully) swoon into the arms of a good-looking man. I hope I don’t drop my cocktail glass! I couldn’t help myself… I had to say it out loud what my imagination was doing. It looks like a great house for a movie. I could only dream of owning something like that. *sigh*

  17. Susan says: 271 comments

    Update: Found this site, thanks to Ken & JimH’s info above: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Content.aspx?dsNav=N:4294963828-4294963814&dsRecordDetails=R:HI7505

    The house’s original name was “Shangri-La” — totally believable! Says it was “created” by a man named Armin Schultz in 1927; I presume that was the original owner and not the architect.

  18. Susan says: 271 comments

    And another note: guesthouse was added in 1936 per the Wisconsin History site above.

  19. douglass Bartlett says: 4 comments

    The Great Gatsby!

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