Olympia

2021-07-16T11:22:48-05:00July 16th, 2021|Maureen's Musings, Oconomowoc|

Olympia Resort opened with great fanfare in 1974 with guests arriving in tuxedos for the men and flowing dresses for the ladies, some of which came from New York and other metropolitan areas as investors in the development. It was a grand hotel that offered several amenities that included an 18 hole golf course and ski hill (the dirt that created the hill came from a new highway they were building then, now known as I-94.)  For years, young and old alike came from Chicago and surrounding areas to learn how to ski, or refresh their skills, before going out to Aspen or Vail. The resort provided luxurious accommodations for weddings, and [...]

Northcote on North Lake

2021-07-06T16:55:00-05:00July 6th, 2021|Buying a Home, General, Lake Homes, Maureen's Musings|

It has been Stapleton Realty’s pleasure, and good fortune, to represent a number of fabulous properties for sale over our 40 years in business. But, I have to say, having the excitement of being able to market the Northcote Estate, nestled in Chenequa will be a highlight and delight beyond works. Steeped in history, the property on almost 15 private acres having 140 feet of prime sandy North Lake frontage, tennis court, pool, petanque court, guest house, and carriage house with living quarters, is the epic of style and comfort combined. It also comes with your very own 3+ acre vineyard – to see it is to fall in love. Come and put [...]

Start of Summer

2021-05-11T15:36:11-05:00May 11th, 2021|General, Maureen's Musings|

Oconomowoc is enjoying a flurry of activity, especially now that nice weather is upon us.  Last Saturday the city was busy with the 5k/Half Marathon starting on Village Green and the start of the Summer Farmer’s Market in the parking lot across from Bank Five Nine. This Saturday there will literally be a “big splash” into Lac La Belle with the SOFA events that begin at the City Beach and go on the whole day with music and a little something for everyone (all free to enjoy).  Stapleton Realty has always been a big supporter of our community and this week we had the first organizational meeting for the annual Boat Parade [...]

Chapman Park

2021-05-11T15:45:09-05:00April 20th, 2021|Maureen's Musings, News, Oconomowoc|

Do you know about Chapman Park?  Coming this summer is a new park in the City of Oconomowoc dedicated to the life and accomplishments of Attorney Bill Chapman.  The 18 acre park is located on the southeast side of the City and features grassy pathways and a pond know by some as “Aunt Polly’s Washtub”. The first phase of the park, thanks to a generous donation by Pabst Farms, and supported by the City of Oconomowoc, showcases a bronze bust of Bill and short history of his contributions to our communities. The six small bronze plaques that you will find placed along the pathway of the park, offer a collective testament highlighting [...]

Spotlight on Oconomowoc

2021-03-12T15:09:21-05:00March 12th, 2021|Maureen's Musings, News, Oconomowoc|

A big thank-you goes out to the city crews who have been diligent about shoveling off the skating rink on Fowler Lake.  It has provided hours of fun and entertainment not only to skaters and hockey players but also those of us who get to watch them on a regular basis. It brings another element of liveliness to our downtown which in turn has created a center for activities, stores, restaurants, and entertainment.  The spotlight is on downtown Oconomowoc. Let’s hope it keeps shining brightly for many years to come. Original Publication: The Enterprise, March 4th 2021 Photo Credit:  Downtown Oconomowoc Business District https://www.downtownoconomowoc.org/ https://www.oconomowoc-wi.gov/ https://www.visitoconomowoc.com/

Our Community

2021-03-12T15:06:46-05:00March 12th, 2021|General, Maureen's Musings, News, Oconomowoc|

The Oconomowoc Area Foundation was only a sparkle in our eyes when a group first met to discuss the needs of our community.  It is so very exciting to see how that little sparkle has grown to be a very bright showing spot above us.  It is easy to look around the beautiful area where live in and not see or think about the fact that there are people and places that need help. We began to prioritize who we could serve and what we could do, as a group, to make this part of our little world a better place to live, work and recreate in.  It didn't take long to [...]

Imaginary

2021-01-19T15:34:16-05:00January 19th, 2021|Maureen's Musings, Selling a Home|

We all know the old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  But never is it truer than when you are selling or buying a home.  Stapleton Realty takes that saying to heart using photos when marketing a property.  Some of the periodicals we place ads with pictures are: Exclusively Yours, Lakeshore Living and MKElifestyle Magazines. In addition, we are in many of the local publications and newspapers such as the Lake Country Now section of the Journal Sentinel, Oconomowoc Enterprise, Waukesha Freeman, as well as local School and Church Directories and Special Events boards and posters.  A simple photo of a home can peak someone’s interest enough to want them to [...]

Happy Holidays from Stapleton Realty

2020-12-15T15:00:50-05:00December 15th, 2020|General, Maureen's Musings|

It is out of care for all of you and our  greater community that we are going to pause our annual holiday party this year and hope to return to it next year in better times for such gatherings. In lieu of the party, we are going to be donating to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. We ask that you drop off  non-perishable food items or a monetary donation at our office (112 N Main Street). While being together always makes us feel better, we hope that this giving effort will bring us together in  feeling good for helping others. Raise a glass or two of the Old Fashion Punch we serve each [...]

Thankful

2020-11-17T13:49:24-05:00November 17th, 2020|General, Maureen's Musings, News|

This year has seen an unprecedented change and disruption in the world and economy that none of us could have predicted. One thing that didn't change however is how incredibly thankful we at Stapleton Realty are to our buyers, sellers, and all the individuals that help us to be successful in our endeavors to do the best we can be in representing all of our Buyers and Sellers. We learned what it meant to be “Essential Workers” with video calls, virtual showings, safe practices, adjusting events, and pure resourcefulness to serve our clients.  In Lake Country, we saw residents and businesses supporting morale-encouraging new ways to adapt to unusual circumstances, and a general desire to [...]

Lake Are Free Clinic

2020-09-11T13:24:13-05:00September 11th, 2020|General, Maureen's Musings, News|

Lake Area Free Clinic Photo credit: Lake Area Free Clinic and Ocreative https://www.lakeareafreeclinic.org/gala-event/ All bidding for the Gala will be done through Text2Bid.   Preview our Silent Auction items on this site beginning September 1. Silent Auction using Text2Bid begins on Saturday, September 5 at NOON Silent Auction ends Saturday, September 12 at 6:00 PM Live Auction begins September 12.  Join us on this website for the Live Event and have your mobile device ready for Text2Bid during the event. Note:  You will receive notification after 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 12, 2020 when "My Bill" is ready.  DONATE NOW Cash Donations are always needed and appreciated. Fund a Need Your contribution to "fund [...]

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