After neighboring the world’s biggest playground, Dick and Gayle knew they needed a home with dynamic vitality when they moved from New York to Madison. Somewhere an arm’s length from experiences, but also beautiful architecture, tree-lined streets and maybe just one more thing — the lake. The sumptuous shoreline retreat on Farwell Drive in Maple Bluff fit the bill perfectly. 

After deciding to make the move back to the Madison area, they promptly reached out to Shelly Sprinkman upon receiving countless glowing referrals.

“When we decided to move back, we asked all our friends for recommendations on a real estate broker. By far the most common answer was, ‘If you want a home on Lake Mendota, call Shelly Sprinkman.’ And they were right. Shelly showed us options within the scope of our needs and offered spot-on advice throughout the buying process — she’s also a total delight!”



Virtually purchasing the home via a single-party listing, Dick and Gayle entrusted Shelly to seamlessly navigate a successful transaction. And upon settling in Madison, they partnered with Tyler Sweere + Sprinkman Design Collective for multiple renovation projects to further craft their just-right lakefront home.

“We’ve worked with many interior designers, but Tyler was the first who really listened to our goals and priorities. As a result, our home not only reflects our needs and lifestyle, but is absolutely beautiful — beyond anything we could have envisioned. What we loved most was he thoughtfully mixed existing furniture and art pieces into his design to create spaces that are entirely fresh and exciting.” 

Empty-nesters, Dick and Gayle welcome umpteen activities organized year round by the Village — and maybe a cheer now and then for the Badger crew team rowing by. From pontooning to The Edgewater and Memorial Union Terrace to enjoying light off the water that brightens even a cloudy day, they’ve found lakeside living at its very best.


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