Steve Silverstein's Shoreside Sanctuary 7


For Steve Silverstein, M.D., his home on the north shore of Lake Winnebago is more than a dwelling—it’s a labor of love turned into a luxurious shoreline sanctuary.

“In everything, I tried to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility,” the successful and driven ophthalmologist says, describing how he’s integrated his passion for music and lakeshore living to create an environment of relaxation. “You can’t come home and not have a 20 point drop in blood pressure.”

In warmer months, Silverstein loves water skiing with a group of neighbors and entertaining on his expansive deck and yard which features an infinity pool. In winter months, he continues to appreciate the picturesque view, but his love for aquatic life also manifests itself indoors. Upon walking into the living room, visitors are immediately drawn to a 900-gallon aquarium at the home’s epicenter, vibrant with a living reef and inhabited by 200 fish, coral and anemone.

The 15,000-square-foot home constructed from 2007 to 2009 fuses two styles—a refined and polished Wyoming lodge meets Tuscan villa. It includes nine bathrooms, six fireplaces, a spa room with in-ground hot tub, a home theater, gym, game room, greenhouse, workshop and library. Over the course of ten years of planning, Silverstein worked closely with Leawood-based Holthaus Building, Inc. and architect Scott Bickford to bring his dream home to life.

Silverstein devoted personal attention to design details great and small that continue to bring him joy. He approaches the 11-foot wrought iron front doors and pulls the handles he designed to welcome guests into his home. Within the home’s expansive foyer and centrally located 1,200-bottle wine cellar, he takes pride in the blown-glass sconces he designed with Dierk Van Kepple.

The home features luxurious wood, marble and granite finishes throughout, from striped zebrawood cabinetry and labradorite island in the kitchen to the finest mahogany in the library. Each bathroom is carefully considered—one features walls tiled with mother-of-pearl while another is lined in hand-stitched leather. The 58-foot tall spiral staircase’s wrought iron railing mimics vines reaching to the sky, illuminated during daylight hours by a towering glass dome.

“I tried to let the natural resources of the earth really be the art of the home,” Silverstein says. “With such special elements incorporated throughout, there’s no place in a home that can’t be art in its own right. Every ceiling should be art. There’s no reason your closet can’t be an architectural delight.”

Adding flourish to fine architecture, Silverstein collaborated with interior designer Pat Conner and a cadre of artisans from all over the world to showcase his appreciation for classy antiques as well as modern art. A bright impasto painting by Barry Thomas and a kinetic sculpture by David Roy adorn the walls of the main living room. Meanwhile, refurbished iron pendant lamps from old churches illuminate staircases.

“I do believe Dr. Silverstein’s home is the most elite home in lake communities across the area,” says lake community expert in real estate Renee Amey.

With his dream home complete, Silverstein has more recently worked to bring another goal to fruition. In September 2015, he became the official corporate sponsor of the 6,000-seat Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, just down the highway from his medical practice and surgery center where he plans to continue to correct patient’s vision for years to come.