Young Family finds wooded splendor at Bailey Estates

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The Schnobel family loves the custom stone fireplace in the family room of their new home at Bailey Estates in Williams Bay, Wis. | SUPPLIED PHOTO

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David and Angie Schnobel had been happily living with their two children in a new two-story home in Plainfield since 2005, and vacationing in Wisconsin’s Delavan Lake area for decades.

During a recent summer vacation, Angie remarked that it would be a dream come true to live in the area full time. That impromptu statement led to a string of events that culminated with the family moving in April 2012 into their new Gerstad Builders ranch home in Bailey Estates at Williams Bay, Wis.

After vacation, David and Angie got a call from some longtime friends who happened to be homeowners in Bailey Estates. They encouraged their friends to take a look a decorated model that the builder had recently placed on the market. David and Angie took a look at the two-story model, but this family with young kids wasn’t interested because they wanted a spacious ranch with a large basement.

The trip wasn’t a waste of time though. They liked the large homesites and absolutely fell in love with a particular lot that that was filled with tall, mature trees.

“After living in a Plainfield home, squeezed onto a small homesite constructed in a former corn field, we knew our new home must have more land and significantly larger trees,” said David. “The homesite we ultimately choose in Bailey Estates fit these desires to a tee.”

Once the lot had been chosen, the next step was to determine which of Gerstad’s numerous ranch plans would meet their size, price and architectural requirements. Gerstad offers at least five different ranch plans that can be customized. They ranged in size from 1,718 to 2,170 square feet and are base priced from $218,900 to $250,900. Two-stories are also available with 1,980 to 3,177 square feet and prices ranging from $212,990 to $284,990.

“Don’t think that we didn’t look at other options in Wisconsin,” emphasized Angie. “Before we signed on the dotted line for our Jefferson home with Gerstad, we investigated purchasing a shortsale home, and also contemplated hiring a contractor to build a custom home. But after talking with our friends who purchased their home in Bailey Estates from Gerstad Builders, we were convinced that Gerstad was the right company to build our dream home.”

Set on a 1.14-acre wooded lot, the 2,170-square-foot Jefferson ranch plan at Bailey Estates is base-priced at $251,890 and includes a full basement.

Because Bailey Estates is a semi-custom home community, the couple got to tailor the 2,170 square feet of living space in their Jefferson to meet their needs. Gerstad’s Jefferson ranch model, one of its largest floor plans, is available with two or three bedrooms, and is designed to be attractive to a range of homeowner lifestyles.

For the Schnobels and their two kids they choose to convert the den into a third bedroom. The Jefferson allows for the construction of an optional four-season room that provides 168 square feet of additional living space and an equal increase in the basement as well.

“The decision to build a four-season room onto our new home was not debatable,” said Angie. “How could you not want to have this room with the views of the wooded back yard that we have?”

The cathedral ceiling in the great room and the 9-foot ceilings in all the other rooms were also highly desirable architectural features.

The Schnobels also customized their Jefferson model with a three-car garage, modified the exterior elevation of the home with custom stone work and added a stunning stone fireplace in the great room. A number of options and upgrades were also installed.

Gerstad installed hardwood flooring, ceramic wall and floor tile in the bathrooms, quartz countertops in the kitchen and stainless steel appliances (stove, refrigerator, dish washer and microwave range hood.

“The building process was very easy and stress-free. When we did have questions, our calls were returned quickly and answers were provided,” said David. “Our home was finished ahead of schedule and at the price we expected. After this experience I would highly recommend Gerstad Builders to my family and friends.”

The sales center for Bailey Estates at 439 Ashley Drive off Bailey Road, approximately ¾ mile west of Route 67. The sales center is open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment during weekdays. For more information, call (262) 245-9750 or (262) 903-5555, or visit