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Home for Sale: 412 Harvard Avenue, Fontana

A rarely available Fontana lakefront home, within walking distance to town, has hit the market. The home, built in 2009 and designed by Jason Bernard of Lake Geneva Architects, has a Cape Cod influence and can be seen on the pages of Distinctive Homes of America, Lake Geneva Edition. Situated in Glenwood Springs neighborhood, a fun and social community that dates back to the 1880’s.  It’s history is rich and provides all the beauty you would expect from lakefront living.

There are twenty-one miles of shoreline surrounding Geneva Lake with a two-foot-wide foot-path that was originally used by Potawatomi. This path is open to the public and accessible by any public park on the lake. Being on the lakefront, the shore path runs behind this home and provides easy access to walk to the Lake Geneva Yacht Club, Fontana Beach as well as popular restaruants, Chuck’s and Gordy’s. The path is a wonderful place to run and walk in the summer.

The home is also within walking distance to the Abbey Resort & Avani Spa, Big Foot Country Club, and the special events including The Annual Lobster Boil, Pig in the Park, Movies Under the Stars and the Farmer's Markets. Being close to the downtown area gives this neighborhood a real city vibe and yet the feel of a community. It’s here where you’ll find neighbors looking out for each other and being outside and active.

A benefit of living in Glenwood Springs is that it has an association that oversees lawn care for the neighborhood. The burden of cutting the grass is eliminated and your time is spent enjoying your family and friends and all that the area has to offer.  It’s the perfect place for not only a primary residence but a second home, as well.

The association hosts three events each year, including a Summer Kick Off BBQ on Memorial Day, A Skier Breakfast and Cardboard Boat Race in July and a Pig Roast in August. Held on the Glenwood Springs pier, it’s a time for families to all be together and to create memories at the lakefront.

When summer comes to an end, the fun doesn’t stop. The locals pray for cold weather because once the lake begins to freeze, the real fun begins. There's opportunities for ice boating, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing at the three local hills, ice skating, sledding and even winter zip lining. Each year the US National Snow Sculpting Competition comes to Lake Geneva along with a lavish Ice Bar for ultimate winter fun.  For those with a pilot license, the frozen lake can provide an impromptu landing area, as well.  There’s almost more to do in the colder months than in the ever-popular summer.

While the area has so much to offer throughout the year, the house itself, is the real treasure. Designed by Jason Bernard, who is known for his use of intricate lines and elements of surprises, this stunning home features four ensuite bedrooms, six full baths, a chef's kitchen with Plato cabinetry, honed granite counter tops, a commercial Wolf stove, custom Sub-Zero refrigerator, and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawers. There’s even custom Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers built into a vintage-inspired buffet in the dining room.

The home is situated perfectly on the sunny south shore of Geneva Lake that provides plenty of soft natural light in the home all day long. It features a spacious, open floor plan with incredible lake views throughout.

There’s granite fireplaces in both the Great Room and the Study, as well as a lower level media room, wet bar and gym with full bath. The screened porch overlooks the lake and has a heated floor for comfort on the crisp cool evenings in the Spring and Fall.  There’s a beautiful covered porch on the lakeside that leads to a level lakefront lawn for outdoor entertaining.  The private owned pier and lift can accommodate two boats with additional rental ramps and buoys available.  The kayak step, built into the pier, provides easy entry into the lake.

While the homeowners have enjoyed the last six years in this home, it is now being made available to a new lucky buyer.  This magnificent home may be purchased already furnished along with boats making it a spectacular move-in-ready home for a potential buyer.

Co-listed by Wendy Murphy and Bob Webster of Keefe Real Estate in Lake Geneva, the home is offered for $2,845,000. CLICK HERE for a 3D Tour of this home. If you would like to arrange a private showing, please contact us at 847-507-5678, email at or visit the home's landing page. For more details about the local real estate market, including an MLS Search, click here.

412 Harvard Avenue
Fontana, WI 53125