CREATED Aug. 12, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 13, 2013
OCONOMOWOC - What was once one woman's dream 100 years ago could now be your dream home.
The mansion near downtown Oconomowoc overlook Lac La Belle used to belong to Marjorie Montgomery Ward Baker, the daughter of the man who founded the Montgomery Ward retail empire. The home is fit for royalty, and is now in need of a new owner.
The saying goes, "They just don't build 'em like they used to." But if you look around this home, built in 1926 through 1928, you'll see no other home was ever built quite like this one. Original hardware is still in pristine condition, nearly a century later. And there's an attention to detail like no other. Jon Spheeris with Prudential Absolute Realtors agreed to give TODAY'S TMJ4 an exclusive tour.
"So this room is very interesting because it has the fireplace with The Montgomery Ward monogram in the middle and the year 1926," says Spheeris as he shows the conservatory of the house.
The room still has the original intercom for the house. A necessity for the sprawling 15,200 square foot home.
The dining room still has its original oak floors and raised paneling. Each panel is the framework for beautiful artwork. There's a carved marble fire place and the original chandelier. There are sixteen original chandeliers throughout the home. And each room comes with a view. Just the way Marjorie Montgomery Ward Baker wanted.
"She wanted to be on the east shore overlooking the lake. So this is where she built her dream home," explains Spheeris.
It's complete with a bathroom that's every woman's dream. Fish swimming on the ceiling. Below, marble walls, marble floors, even a marble bath tub just for the woman's dog. Mr. Baker had his own bathroom too. Steps climb to a tub with a view. And there are eleven other bathrooms throughout the home to go along with eight bedrooms.
The asking price for the home is $3.7 million. And after being featured in this month's Architectural Digest as one of the most extraordinary homes on the market, Spheeris is getting a lot of inquiries.
"We've had calls from Florida, from Aspen, Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, Lake Forest, Illinois, a lot of interest in the house," says Spheeris.
It's a landmark home with a morning room, an extra large living room, and a great room with intricate details inside and out.
"It's truly one of a kind," Spheeris says.
The home has had two owners since Marjorie. It's been on the market now for about forty days. However, after being highlighted in Architectural Digest, Spheeris thinks Oconomowoc should be expecting new neighbors soon.