Loving Lake Geneva

Following the fun and happiness in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Meet Your Host

Karen Strey Rappaport

With a BS in Education from the University of Illinois and an MS in Education from National Louis University, Karen developed her impeccable organizational, communication and management skills as a teacher. She then transitioned to become an award-winning realtor on Chicago’s North Shore, earning President’s Circle recognition for top sales.

Karen realized her dream of moving to Geneva Lake – her “happy place” since childhood. Karen resides in Fontana with her family. In addition to her love of real estate, she is a devout animal lover, and was President of a large humane organization as well as a licensed humane investigator. On her personal time, Karen enjoys walking the shore path with her dogs, boating on the crystal clear waters of Geneva Lake, and skiing on both water and snow!

What We Do

Real Estate

Real Estate buyers and sellers working with Karen Strey Rappaport appreciate her attentiveness and quick response time, often remarking how they feel like they are her only clients. Karen specializes in evaluating market data and pricing homes accurately. She is also known for her ability to problem solve through any situation, keeping the transaction smooth and stress-free.


If you can’t find fun in Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake area, you’re not looking. But Karen Strey Rappaport is. Mesmerized by its crystal clear waters since childhood, she loves to share the natural beauty and the warmth of its people. Her Loving Lake Geneva podcast offers “outside the wake” conversations with the dynamic and colorful characters behind the fun. Jump in!

Episode 18: Flying high over Lake Geneva: John Trione Owner and Chief Pilot of the Lake Geneva Balloon Company Offers his Unparalleled Views on a Special Lake Geneva Experience!

In 2002, The Lake Geneva Balloon Co., LLC took flight. Through the years, their perfect safety record and unparalleled personalized attention to thousands of guests have made The Lake Geneva Balloon Company a highly respected and valued member of the tourist community in the Geneva Lakes area. John has more experience flying balloons over the Geneva Lakes area than any other pilot. When picking your company and pilot for your excursion, experience counts!

Learn more at lakegenevaballoon.com

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Latest Episode


“Outside the wake” conversations with the dynamic and colorful characters behind the fun of Lake Geneva.

Real Estate

An overview of Karen Rappaport’s qualifications in the industry and her history in real estate.


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The People Behind the Mic

Guest Stories

Tristan Crist Lake Geneva

Tristan Crist


A young boy with a vision ends up with a consistently packed house for his own live show in his beautiful new Lake Geneva Theater. Find out why his up close and personal show as voted #1 Lake Geneva attraction on Trip Advisor and why he continues to get rave reviews.


Harry Melges IV

THe Melges Rowe Team

Harry Melges IV grew up sailing on Lake Geneva ever since he was about six years old. The first boat he ever sailed was Melges 24. Ever since Harry was 13 years old, he has wanted to compete in the Olympic games for sailing. Along with Finn Rowe, he is currently a member of the U.S. Sailing Team at 18 years old.

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Finn Rowe

The Melges Rowe Team

Finn Rowe grew up spending his summers in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin ever since he was born. He started sailing around the age of 7 years old. As he grew older he began to develop his sailing in both involvement and the overall variety of boats. Along with Harry Melges IV, he is currently a member of the U.S. Sailing Team at 18 years old.

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