Perched above a quiet bend in the river north of Milwaukee, this 1922 home of hand-laid field stone is a place to relax and reflect.
Five minutes to Cedarburg. Thirty minutes to downtown Milwaukee. A small place with lots of character.
My home was constructed in 1922 of hand-laid fieldstone. Over the years, the Mequon clay slowly caused the building to buckle and lean. I straightened, gutted and completely renovated it into a loft-like space over a 7-year period commencing in 2000.
The name "Longview" derives from the serene views overlooking the river and surrounding wetland toward the eastern horizon. A long view is also embodied in the home's sustainable design features.
This is my writing retreat. It's a place to step back from the immediate demands of day-to-day life and enjoy the view... both outward and inward.
This is a clean, simple home in a unique setting. She has qualities that only come with time. Like a compelling companion, she brandishes a depth of character rather than fancy finishes.
Toegang voor gasten
You'll have the upper two floors of my home to yourself. The upper level is an open bedroom suite with a vaulted ceiling and a full bath suite. The middle entry level has the kitchen, living/dining space and access to the enclosed porch.
There is a daybed and trundle bed on the porch. On quiet summer nights, you can fall asleep to the creaking frogs and wake to the light of the morning sun.
I have a studio space in the lower level, overlooking the river. It's where I do my writing and some prototyping work. In case you need to accommodate more than four folks, we may be able to arrange for you to use the full-size bed down there.
You'll have access the additional bathroom and laundry down there.
There's a compelling river view on each floor. If you wish to tour the river, you can put in the two-person kayak and go for a paddle.
Interactie met gasten
I will give you as much privacy as you wish. Some folks like to have me check in periodically, just to be sure everything's OK. Others use my home as an intimate getaway, and I respect that.
When I share my home with you, I'm sharing a bit of me. So I'm always open to good conversation.
Sometimes guests want to chat about the sustainable design features. It's what I've done professionally for over thirty years, so I'm glad to share insights about what works and what doesn't ... especially for folks who are contemplating doing these things to a place of their own.
I often go for extended sailing cruises during the summer, which is why I make my home available to others. I've taken guests out for a day sail when the weather is propitious ... but you'd need to bring a compelling story to share.
For people who contemplate longer stays and don't mind, I'll be doing some chores in the yard.
Andere dingen waar je op moet letten
With climate change, the winters are colder and summer is hotter. Over the years, I've found that the tall vertical massing of my home allows it to cool nicely at night. I've not had to use mechanical cooling (air conditioning).
In the past, a window air conditioner has done the job on the few hot, humid days. So guests have the choice of passive or mechanical cooling.
I don't watch much television, so local air channels (two public television stations!) and a connection for internet-based programming suffices for me. If you are anticipating a longer stay, you can access cable TV channels via one of the internet services (or access them via your present subscription).
This is a small home, and not suited to large groups or a party atmosphere. If you're looking for a place to crash a larger group of people, this is not it.
It's not a place to leave small children unattended, as the yard is small and unenclosed, there are steep slopes to the river, and some delicate artifacts inside.
That being said, I've had small families stay here in the past and they enjoyed their stay.
I typically don't allow pets, out of courtesy to guests with allergies. To that end, smoking is also not allowed. (My apologies to smokers as I, too, must forgo my occasional cigar.)
I've been actively involved in sustainable design for over three decades. These days my pursuits are less active and more reflective.
Longview is my writing retreat. It's the kind of place that has character, but needs to be treated gently. Its precarious perch on the hillside is more like a boat mooring. It requires constant attention ... as does anything worthwhile.
The river is loaded with metaphors. I love watching it change with the seasons, whether rowing on it in summer, skiing or hiking on it in winter, or just watching it meander by my home.
For me, summer rentals are less a business proposition than an opportunity to share a special place with others.