Realtor Sophia Barry reps some pretty interesting properties.
For instance, at the moment she's listing this stunning 1860 property in Cedarburg that was owned by the Gallun Tannery family.
It's got five buildings, including a beautiful limestone house, and even a commercial kitchen.
So, when Barry starts a listing with "Not all properties are the same," you know something good is on tap.
In this case it's a $1.75 million, 17-acre estate in New Berlin.
To call it unique would be an understatement. After all, it's the only house I've ever seen that comes with a restored Humvee.
And that's just the start.
As the listing notes, "This 6 bed/6 bath waterfront private lake home has: an indoor swimming pool, an amazing atrium with indoor koi ponds, fountains and horticultural dome features, floor to ceiling windows, all on 17 acres – fully security fenced and gated – of natural hiking paths & woods. Your spring-fed stocked lake is 3.5 acres of pure Wisconsin lake life.
"Home is built to be extremely energy efficient, an ultra modern party pad, ecology center, next level AirBnB /VRBO or wellness retreat center, sky's the limit.
Plus! "Room to land a helicopter or build more homes! Solar, geo-thermal and passive solar combine to make the 5,000+-square feet have small bills and footprint. 20 mins to Downtown MKE, Mitchell international Airport. Bring your friends to the party! Horses and animals allowed, get that menagerie."
But, really, the video says it all...
According to New Berlin records, the 1945 home is assessed at $788,700 and its owners – the Welsch-Rainek Trust – paid more than $11,000 in taxes last year.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.