My Territory Story

Denise and Frank Sedlak

Dusk on the Water

Welcome to My Territory Story, a regular feature that highlights some of the people who make The Galena Territory a great place to live, work, and play.

Sitting in the home on Augusta Drive you get the feeling you’ve been here before. The warmth of the nearby crackling fire is only bested by the comfort of the conversation.

Denise and Frank Sedlaks’ Territory Story began in 1992 when they rented a weekender place on Creekwood Lane to attend the Chicago Bears training camp at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

"We instantly fell in love with The Territory," Denise said. "I still wake up and taken aback by it all.”

They made the annual journey from their home in Villa Park located in the western suburbs of Chicago. During each trip, they spent more time in The Territory.

Frank taught history while Denise was a principal. As educators, the school calendar provided several opportunities, especially holidays, to enjoy time with their children inside The Territory.

Frank retired in 2003 after 34 years while Denise retired in 2010 after 31 years.

Drawn to the Driftless Area
The Territory, located in the Driftless Area, offers breathtaking sunrises and stunning sunsets. It's one of the first things that plucked the Sedlaks out of their suburban trappings.

Their living room and kitchen now overlook rolling hills and an endless skyline.

"The natural beauty is mind-boggling," Denise said. "Sometimes you have to pinch yourself.”

Loving the lifestyle
Both Denise and Frank volunteer for or host several GTA events, including Territory Trivia which has become an entertainment staple.

“You can be as busy as you want or just relax,” Denise said.

Both use many GTA amenities, including indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center and myriad social events.

As boat owners, you’ll often find them traversing Lake Galena. Frank has a garage full of trophy catches mounted on the walls.

"Our favorite place to be is on the water at dusk,” he said.

A secret no more
Once a best-kept secret, The Territory is garnering attention from younger families and individuals who work from home or commute.

"They're finding it an easy place to live and be able to raise a family," Frank said.

The Sedlaks expect their love of The Territory to spread across generations as they pass their home onto their children who will, in turn, leave it for their children.

"We have no intention of selling," Denise said. "We love it here too much."