Milwaukee’s Cobbler’s Mansion is a delicious opportunity for a hungry shopper


It’s rarer than an egg with yolk to find a bed and breakfast for sale that doesn’t need restoration or improvement.

But we did find one: Wisconsin’s Schuster Mansion, which is listed Tina Ferlindes and Tonia Thomsen of Realty Executives-Integrity for $2.2 million. The sellers are poised for a new host to take over the 9,300-square-foot mansion they’ve run as an inn since 2008.

Built in 1891, the red brick mansion is located in the Concordia District, a neighborhood 2 miles west of downtown also known as the Bed-and-Breakfast District.

The German Renaissance architectural style pays homage to Milwaukee’s late 19th-century German immigrants. The manor house served as a family home from 1891 to 1924 and has been converted into apartments over the decades.

Today there are four themed suites and three guest bedrooms – all but two are ensuite. There is also the owner’s quarters, a kitchen for preparing guests’ breakfasts and a two car garage.

Original hardwood floors, sliding doors, high ceilings and woodwork add period charm, while a conservatory, drawing rooms, library and formal dining room provide ample space for guests to spread out.




dining area

dining room



One of the bedrooms




Business at this inn was delicious.

“A lot of their guests come for events in the area,” like weddings, says Thomsen. “They have a lot of returning guests.”

After a successful career as an innkeeper, he became a homeowner Rick and Laura Sue Mosier are ready to retire. The Mosiers added a Victorian garden paved with Lannon stone, and new sidings and off-street parking.

“They really made this property and this business what it is today,” says Ferlindes.

Laura Sue, who hosts afternoon tea for guests and non-guests alike, “dresses in period costume,” says Ferlindes, “and spends time going through the history of tea. It is truly a wealth of information about the family (who first lived in the home) and the city of Milwaukee.”

Schuster Mansion, listed on the city, state and national historical registries, is a turnkey sale.

“All linens, silver and furniture (are included). There is even a Schuster vehicle,” says Thomsen.

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