Once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history never before offered for sale! Original Twin Echo Resort boarding house built in 1920 is attached by breezeway to a big 4,060 sf 4 bed 2 bath home built in 1984. There is 1 bedroom and 1 bath on the main level and 3 bedrooms (dorm style and partially non-conforming) and 1 bath upstairs. 2 story Lilac Lodge has additional 1,252 sf + bath. The 1508 sf basement is about 25% finished. You have 125' of SE facing water frontage, a private dock, no HOA, and UNLIMITED POTENTIAL! The original detached garage has access from 2 levels & 3 sides. It was once part of a dance hall where Bing Cosby performed. 13 years remain on a dock easement of 10' on the SE property line for $15K/year used by residents across the lake with boat access only.History of Echo Beach Resort and Lilac Lodge:
Our great-grandparents, Merl and Ruth Miley, moved to Twin Lakes as newlyweds in 1922. Merl purchased the Echo Beach Resort/Store in 1921. They lived in a tent house while they built a home onto the back of store. (This is the house that is located across the street.) They owned multiple cabins that they would rent out during the summer.
One of these cabins is the "cabin" that is part of this property. It is called "Lilac Lodge" due to the profusion of lilacs that surround the property. Many of these original lilac bushes are still going strong blooming with both white and purple varieties. Family stories say that Lilac Lodge was at one time a boarding house.
The area containing the garage was once a dance hall where Bing Crosby would perform. The lower garage doors are still covered with old time silver newspaper printing plates, with the backsides displaying the old news from the time. The Mileys would tell stories of Bing Crosby going up and down the lake in a boat, singing, and playing the ukulele.
The large room in Lilac Lodge with the original green linoleum was the living room. Part of the original structure was torn down (the old kitchen was removed) when our grandparents built their home next to Lilac Lodge and connected the two with the breezeway "mudroom." The flooring throughout the main level of Lilac Lodge is the original 1920s linoleum. The most fought over bedrooms in Lilac Lodge were located on the sleeping porch... especially the one that we call "The Honeymooner." It is the one with the door! Five generations of Mileys have loved sleeping out on the sleeping porch with the shutters open and listening to the lapping of the lake.
Our great-grandparents ran Echo Beach Resort year-round until they were in their 80s including cutting ice from the lake that was then stored in an icehouse until summer. The icehouse was located in the area of the house next door. Our great-grandparents provided boats, groceries, snacks, gas for fishermen, boaters, and the people on the lake. Miley's store had a little of everything...canned goods, ice cream, magazines, fishing supplies, ice, cold pop, and their famous penny candy. Many people on this lake still fondly remember and speak of Mr. Miley and his kindness.
The original little bathhouse still stands on our property. In those days, swimmers would rent woolen bathing suits for a day of fun on the lake.
When Merl and Ruth passed away the store/house was left to their middle daughter, a local writer and poet. Much of her writing centers on her childhood growing up on Twin Lakes.
Lilac Lodge and surrounding property were left to the oldest daughter Loreen. She and her husband, Frank Ellersick, (our grandparents) retired out here and enjoyed many
happy years of lake life. They were the parents of five children, grandparents to nineteen, and great-grandparents to 29.
The area of the icehouse and the property next to it was left to their youngest. The three sisters and their husbands enjoyed many years out here on the lake living side by side.
After Merl and Ruth passed away their grandchildren lovingly built what we call "The Memorial" (the wooden bench structure) on the edge of our property as a memorial of love to Merl and Ruth Miley and their legacy on Twin Lakes.
After Loreen and Frank passed away, our mother Victoria, the oldest of their five children purchased the house/Lilac Lodge from her siblings and enjoyed two wonderful years out on the lake before she passed away in September of 2019.
The time has come to share this beautiful and well-loved property with someone else. 100 years and five generations of Mileys have grown up coming to Twin Lakes every summer, swimming, boating, fishing, listening to our echoes, and making precious memories. We have been richly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful legacy. Twin Lakes holds a very large piece of our hearts.
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