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FUN Lakefront Home in Lake Geneva -Beach, Pier, Rooftop Deck, Family Friendly

Bedrooms 7
Space 3,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, Lakefront Decks, Spectacular Lake Views, Historic Charm

The Watersedge of Lake Geneva is a fun waterfront home with spectacular lake views, breathtaking sunsets and is truly a one-of-a-kind experience! It's within walking distance to three restaurants and bars, too!

The home has over 3,500 square feet of fun that includes six indoor gathering places, 7 bedrooms (most with sitting areas too), a lakefront deck, a stunning rooftop deck, a private yard, private beach and a large private pier where you can park your boat(s).

It's located on the south shores of Lake Como in Lake Geneva which is a quiet, non-crowded lake that is approximately 11 feet at its deepest. It's the perfect lake for swimming, tubing, boating, waterskiing, fishing and more.

The house was built in the 1880's and was used by notorious Chicago gangsters in the 20's and 30's because of its secluded lakefront location and close proximity to the city. This house has been referenced in many biographies including those of Baby Face Nelson, John Dillinger and George "Bugs" Moran.

While the home has been updated throughout and offers all the modern amenities you'd expect from an upscale vacation rental, it's maintained its historic charm. Relics from its past can still be seen in the home today. The counting room, where money from local bootlegging and gambling operations was securely counted has been converted into a beautiful bedroom suite with a private bath. The original counting table is now in the dining room and is large enough to seat 16 people.

The home features 7 bedrooms, 4 full baths and sleeps up to 18 people. It has a great floor plan spread out on two floors and is perfect for families with kids as well as adult groups of friends and family.

There are three first floor bedrooms and four second floor bedrooms. We have a pack and play and high chair available, if needed. There's so many places to gather both in large groups and in small.

There's a beautiful parlor with a gorgeous lake view that leads out to the lakefront deck. It's a great place to relax and soak in the lake scene. The parlor opens to a game room that is complete with darts, a large shuffleboard table, game table and a huge supply of board games, cards, dice, etc. It's the perfect place for kids to escape, and adults too!

There's a fully stocked and brand new kitchen on the first floor. It is completely modern with brand new granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances and everything you'd need to prepare a meal with your friends and family. From dishes and pots and pans, to blender and crock pot... we have it all there for you! The dining room table has 10 chairs plus two benches that can be pulled up for additional seating. There's room for two more at the breakfast bar adjacent to the table and there's also a sitting area with a television in the kitchen, as well.

There are three bedrooms on the first floor including the Counting Room Suite with a king bed and private bathroom, another bedroom with two twin beds and the third has a king bed. There's also another full bath and a laundry area with full size washer and dryer on the first floor.

The kitchen and parlor are also on the first floor and open up to a large deck with plenty of seating and a gas bbq grill. We supply the propane. The lakeside deck has a stairway down to the fenced yard with two large picnic tables and yard chairs. You'll also find a private beach and a large "L'" shaped pier. Feel free to bring along your boat, jet ski, kayak, canoe or sailboat to use while staying at the Watersedge. If you'd like to arrange a rental of a boat, let us direct you to a local marina which will deliver a rental boat to the Municipal pier at the end of our block and you can drive it to the Watersedge home pier for use during your stay. The piers are typically in the water from April-October, depending on the weather.

We have yard games including Corn Hole Toss and Bocce, as well as plenty of sand toys and rafts.

The house continues to the second floor through a foyer with black and white plaid walls, original wood doors (kept in their natural raw state), and a red cobblestone brick floor as a tribute to the homes history.

At the top of the staircase is a cozy reading loft. There's a large selection of books and a nook to sit back and soak in all the history.

The second floor has a large bedroom suite that sleeps four with a queen bed and two twins and also has a private bath and access to the amazing roof top deck. There's plenty of seating outdoors along with a pergola to provide some shade and it's here you will find the most beautiful lake views you can image! The home overlooks Geneva National Golf Course and it's three championship courses across the lake so the view is second to none!

The second floor also has a large family room to gather and it has a wet bar with microwave, refrigerator and a Keurig coffee maker. There's a large floor to ceiling picture window overlooking the lake that gives you the feel that you are literally on the watersedge!

The second floor also has three additional bedrooms in addition to the suite:. One with a king bed and two twins, another bedroom with a queen bed and another with two twin beds.

The bedding is all high quality and brand new and you can expect a comfortable and peaceful night sleep. The artwork throughout the house will take you on a journey throughout the early days in Lake Geneva. It is really a one-of-a-kind vacation rental! You will love every minute in this home!

The Watersedge is located just three miles west of Downtown Lake Geneva and all the shopping, entertainment, theaters and restaurants it has to offer. You'll find this to be the perfect location, less than a 10 minute drive to downtown, but far enough away to avoid the congestion. It's the ideal home for couples, girl's weekends, families, team building and adult groups of friends.

If you're interested in golfing this is where you'll want to stay! We overlook Geneva National Golf Course that is located on the north side of the lake and are just a short drive to the Grand Geneva's Brute and Highland Courses; Hawks View's Como Crossings or the 18-hole par three Barn Hollow. There are courses for all levels nearby.

There's plenty to do within walking distance of this home, as well, including three restaurants and lounges. Stephana's in the French Country Inn is about 5 houses away and offers wonderful dinner options and lakeside dining. They host the infamous Bash on the Bayou every Sunday afternoon in the summer with live entertainment on the multi level lakeside deck and it's the place to be for everyone in the area! They also have live entertainment (most small groups or solo acoustic players) on weekend nights in their bar, Two Brothers Lounge. The Mars Resort and Piano bar is about 10 houses away and is one of the most popular places in town. They have a great Friday Fish Fry, incredible burgers and sing-a-longs around the piano most weekend nights. In the summer months they have afternoon entertainment on many Saturday afternoons on their lakeside deck.

The Ridge Hotel has an incredible restaurant, Crafted Americana and Bar 55 on the Veranda (with a giant fire pit) that are just up the hill on Hwy 50. They serve great food and offer entertainment on most weekends. You'll enjoy being able to walk to all these restaurants and lounges without ever having to start your car!

The local resorts have year round activities to keep our visitors busy all year. Winter is a great time to visit, as we are located near two ski hills, have ice fishing on the lake, great cross-country skiing, ice skating and sledding less than a block away.

Autumn is a beautiful time, as well, with gorgeous foliage throughout the area including breathtaking views across the lake. There are also orchards for apple picking and many fall and Halloween events to enjoy. Spring, too, is a great time. With the ice gone, Lake Como and Geneva come back to life! There is a strawberry and blueberry farm for picking up the street and plenty of other fun seasonal things to do and see.

You'll instantly feel at home in our clean, comfortable home. We provide towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, utensils, dishes, pots and pans, cable tv, wifi, dvds and board games - all the amenities you need for a relaxing retreat. A high chair and pack and play are available, as well.

This is the newest property owned by Stay Lake Geneva and by far, our most exciting venture yet! This property has been a vacation rental/B&B for over 30 years and had 5 star reviews under the previous owner's listing. We are just beginning to build our reviews and history for this property however, we have been in the Vacation Rental business for over five years and take great pride in providing our guests with memorable experiences. Please refer to our other property's reviews to gain an understanding of the quality you can expect from us here at the Watersedge. The listing numbers are #7011863 and #4706188.

For larger groups, check out our other rentals on the same block: listing #7011863 and #4706188, each sleep 12 and #4834933, sleeps 17. This home has been fully booked for the last 10 summers with the previous owner, so reserve early!

Sorry, no Bachelor, Prom or Graduation Parties Permitted.

More Details

Wendy Murphy
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

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Calendar last updated:
24 June, 2018

About Wendy Murphy

I live in Lake Geneva with my family and know the community inside and out. I am happy to share all the best places to eat, shop and fun things to do, to help you make the most of your Lake Geneva vacation!

Wendy Murphy purchased this house in 2018

Why Wendy Murphy chose Lake Geneva

This home was built in the 1880's and was a popular hang out for Chicago gangsters including Bugs Moran and Baby Face Nelson. When Bugs and his wife were divorced, the owner of this home married Bug's ex-wife Lucille and she ran a casino and speakeasy in the basement during prohibition.

The home has been restored but still shows signs of it's historical past. The safe and vault is still in the basement and the counting room table is in the house. If these wall could talk!

What makes this house unique

The home is meticulous and has been updated throughout. The history of this home has been integrated into the artwork throughout to help you understand how each of the infamous characters were connected to this home. It's a one-of-a-kind experience and a vacation you'll remember for a lifetime!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lake Geneva in Geneva

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Counting Room Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1st Floor with Full Bath
    Baby Face Nelson Room - 2 Single Bed , 1st Floor Bedroom
    Lucille Moran Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1st Floor
    Bugs Moran Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 2nd Floor with Full Bath
    Hermansen Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 2nd Floor
    Dollhouse Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 2nd Floor
    Lake View Room - 2 Single Bed , 2nd Floor
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The Watersedge has been operating for almost 30 years. I purchased this property in 2018 and completely renovated the home with a speakeasy theme to highlight the properties illustrious past. I come from a background as an innkeeper and take great pride in providing a positive experience for my guests. Stay with us with confidence and have the best vacation ever!


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FUN Lakefront Home in Lake Geneva -Beach, Pier, Rooftop Deck, Family Friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Chicago, IL

Beautiful, Historical, Functional Family Friendly HOME!

  • 5 of 5

We decided to chose this home based on its location, history and amount of space/beds. Memorial Day 2018 my cousins and I got together with all of our children to celebrate and honor our fallen. This house could not have accommodated better. With backyard access to a beach, pier, water, water toys, fishing (we caught bass) the kids were occupied for hours upon hours, we never left the house. The adults were able to cook, BBQ and make the trip seamless as the house flows nicely so the kids were always easily attended to. We look forward to our next trip to this historical landmark. The owners were extremely accommodating, informational and responsive to all of our needs!!

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for all the kind words and most of all for choosing to stay with us! You were wonderful renters and left the home in great condition. I'm so glad the kids and adults all had a great time. I look forward to having you back again!
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Girls Weekend on the Lake

  • 5 of 5

17 of us girls stayed in this lake house and had such a blast! The house is incredibly comfortable and roomie. We had so much fun and would love to make a yearly trip out of it. The house is stocked with almost everything you would ever need, including beach towels. The outdoor patio, dock and beach were a huge hit with our family.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, included every amenity and superb host.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sun Prairie, WI

Amazing home with surprise history!

  • 5 of 5

We had a family gathering of 15 cousins from across the country and this house was absolutely perfect for the occasion! The setting on the lake is perfect....sunsets were so lovely! The home was perfect for our group and so beautifully decorated! The amazing history of the Chicago gangsters use of this home really adds to the charm and character of the place! Wendy has done an excellent job of capturing and history and making it come alive throughout the home. The kitchen was fully stocked and ready to use the minute we arrived! Wendy has thought of everything! the beds, bedding, towels...everything could not have been more perfect for all of us! Our family enjoyed the game room, and the deck, huge dining room....all met our needs perfectly! It was great to have so many bedrooms and bathrooms for so many people...lots of space for spreading out, and having individual smaller gatherings or games...great home! We would HIGHLY recommend Watersedge to anyone! Lake Geneva is just a hop, skip and a jump away to enjoy, without all the crowds and people. This is a must stay!

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us and for all the nice comments. I'm so happy to hear you had a great time and I hope you come back again in the future!
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Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

Great job on the renovations. My family enjoyed our time in the House. Loved the history tour also. Wendy is a good host. Kitchen stocked real well. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us and for the nice review! Hope you come back again sometime!
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Nearest Airport
53 Miles
MKE - Milwaukee
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Mars and Two Brothers at Stephana's
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Geneva National
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Grand Geneva
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Private Beach

With quick and easy access to Downtown Lake Geneva, you're just minutes away (3 miles,) yet far enough away to escape its crowds.

There are many great dining and entertainment destinations within walking distance to this home. The French Country Inn and it's restaurant Stephana's is just a few houses away and Mars Resort Piano Bar and Restaurant and Crafted Americana at the Ridge Hotel are just a block away. Freddie's West End and In the Drink and all are accessable by boat.

Year round physical activities are prevalent and include several top golf courses, skiing at Alpine Valley, Wilmot and Grand Geneva, fishing, boating and swimming on Lake Como, Lake Delavan and Geneva Lake.

Autumn is a special time due to the spectacular Fall colors.

There are also two ziplining facilities, bowling alleys, golf, movie theaters, miniature golf, petting zoo and many wonderful shops are within minutes of the house.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £263.79
Damage Deposit £150.74

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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