How the Other Half Lives

From the country road in Waukesha County, you’d never know you were driving by the most expensive home in the five-county metro area. The entrance to the remarkable Swanson residence is marked only by a small, easily missed sign, and from there you take a potholed dirt road that winds through the woods for nearly a mile. Ultimately, you come upon a statue of a deer that looks almost real and is guarding a small parking lot. Now you can see Oconomowoc Lake stretching out along a 50-acre estate, and you can approach the 13,000-square-foot Twenty Gables mansion. Two 19th…