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Top 10 Madison Area Fish Fries

Fish FryMost true Wisconsinites love Friday Night Fish Fries!  We wanted to know where to find some of the best Madison area fish fries, so we set out to find out what people thought!  Here is the list that we compiled in no particular order...

Toby's Super Club

Toby's encompasses what a true supper club is all about.  The dinners not only consist of your entire, soup or salad, and bread, but you get fresh veggies with your bread, and they bring fresh cinnamon rolls for a sweet treat after your meal.  They feature both Blue Gill and Cod fish fries, that keep people coming back for more.  The bartenders and wait staff are very friendly, and even when it is crazy busy, they always seem to make you feel welcome.  The earlier you come the better, because this place fills up quick!

"Perfect hole in the wall with a huge amazing spread, worth the wait and plenty of bar space and strong drinks to kill the time!!" - Kathryn

3717 Dutch Mill Rd., Madison/McFarland 608-222-6913 Visit Their Website


The Avenue Bar

The Avenue Bar is a true Madison staple as far as restaurants are concerned.  They feature both fried cod and perch.  The place gets busy, so try to plan ahead with a reservation, but you still might wait a little bit.  They just went under new ownership the past year, and the place stayed pretty much intact, but a little bit more cleaned up.

1128 East Washington Ave., Madison 608-257-6877 Visit Their Website

Quivey's Grove Stable Grill

The Stable Grill features both beer battered and baked cod with potato, coleslaw and bread.  If you are really hungry, there is a choice to upgrade to all you can eat beer battered for $1.50 extra.  The atmosphere is warm and cozy, and the staff is very friendly.

"Baked cod and Parmesan potatoes are divine!" - Kathryn

6261 Nesbitt Rd., Madison 608-273-4900 Visit Their Website

Maple Tree

The Maple Tree's fish fry is sure to please people of all hunger levels.  They offer fried or baked cod and offer the option of 1,2 or 3 pieces, and also have lake perch.  All their specials come with soup and salad bar, potato or vegetable and fresh bread.

"They have lightly battered, deep fried cod or you can get it broiled... and blackened! So delicious!!!! Plus a salad bar, great choice of sides and wonderful staff" - Krista

6010 Highway 51, McFarland 608-838-5888 Visit Their Website

The Esquire Club

The Esquire received many rave reviews for their fish fry when we asked around.  They have been family owned and operated for 63 years!  The Esquire Club also is one of the first places to start the traditional "Friday Night Fish Fry."  They are best known for their Ocean Perch which is served family style, with French fries, coleslaw, and bread.

"All you can eat ocean perch! We never go anywhere else.  Family owned and operated for forever." - Kristen

"They have great ocean perch." -Mary

1025 N. Sherman Ave., Madison 608-249-0193 Visit Their Website



Brocach has a great all you can eat Fish and Chips fish fry featuring, harp battered haddock filet, lightly fried, and served with thick cut fries, curry slaw and tartar sauce.

The atmosphere of Brocach is very homey and truly feels like an Irish pub, which it should.  Brocach has lunch, dinner and late night menus including Irish specialties as well as daily lunch and dinner specials.

"Pan Fried Walleye is amazing, and practically melts in your mouth!  This is the best walleye I have had, and quite possibly the best fish dinner ever!" -Caitlin

7 W. Main St., Madison 608-255-2015 Visit Their Website


Alt n' Bach's

Alt n' Bach's is a great mom and pop family owned restaurant/bar that is just off the beltline at Todd Drive, but if you don't know about it, you might not have known it was even there.  Their Friday Fish Fry features all you can eat lightly battered cod or cod lite.  The restaurant is very family friendly, including a kids menu, very casual, and has a lot of seating.

2602 Whalen Lane, Madison 608-271-9955 Visit Their Website


Rex's Inn Keeper

Rex's Inn Keeper is another great example of a wonderful old supper club.  They have fried or bake cod, both of which are both very good.  Their salad bar is an additional charge, but worth it, especially once you see how big it is.  They accept reservations, but you will get normally get seated in a reasonable amount of time if you don't have them.  Keep in mind that the parking lot may look packed on a Friday, but they have a large banquet room in the back that can account for many of the cars you may see.

301 North Century Ave., Waunakee 608-849-5011 Visit Their Website

South Bay Lounge

South Bay Lounge may not be a place you think of for a great fish fry unless you have been there yourself.  They have a variety of fish options on Friday's including, Beer Battered Deep Fried Cod, Baked Cod, Beer Battered Blue Gill, Walleye, and Corn Bread Catfish.  All the fish dinners come with potato choice, coleslaw and roll.

"I love South Bay Lounge if you want a casual fish fry (awesome walleye)." - Julie 5404 Raywood Ave., Madison 608.222.6382 Visit Their Website


Fitzgerald's has an all you can eat fish fry buffet consisting of beer battered haddock, baked haddock, and seasoned haddock, along with many other items.  On Saturday's they have Prime Rib Buffet that will leave you full and talking about it for weeks to come.

3112 Parmenter St.,  Middleton 608.831.7107 Visit Their Website

Just Sold! 533 Kelly Street, Sun Prairie, WI

Just Sold! 533 Kelly Street, Sun Prairie, WI
Congratulations to John and Sharon, the new homeowners of 533 Kelly Street in Sun Prairie! They were looking for a solid home to put some sweat equity into and fix up and remodel. This was the perfect fit and a great location for them. The home was listed at $99,000 and sold for $95,000 in 43 days.  Amenities include: remodeled kitchen with oak cabinetry, hardwood floors, and full basement with bathroom. Private back yard with spacious deck and 1.5 car detached garage. 
We are happy to announce this sale by Carlos Alvarado. He is an expert working with buyers and brings great knowledge, experience and patience to the process. Feel free to contact Carlos Alvarado today at 608.438.6757 or carlos@thealvaradogroup.com.

430 S. Thornton Ave Madison, WI - Home for Sale

430 S.Thornton Ave, Madison, WI- Home For Sale

Great location! Located in the heart of the near east across from the Yahara River, near Lake Monona and walking distance to many local establishments. Currently a 2 flat and could be easily converted to a 4 bedroom single family home. Gorgeous wood floors and original wood trim. Main floor has remodeled kitchen with new appliances. Other updates include vinyl siding, roof and windows. Has a 2 car garage with large studio above with exterior entrance. o 4 bedroom, 2 bath o 2196 sq ft 2-flat easily converted to single family o 2-car detached garage o For current price and more photos, click here.


Neighborhood Information

The Williamson Street -Marquette area ("Willy Street" as residents call it) is perhaps Madison's most thoroughly walkable and funky neighborhood. Less than a mile from downtown, Willy Street blends an eclectic mix of historic homes, unique stores and wonderful restaurants and bars, all within walking distance of Lake Monona, the Yahara River and its anchor, the Willy St. Grocery Cooperative. But beyond the lively businesses, natural features, and stately architecture, is a diverse group of residents drawn together by their desire to live in a neighborhood that values community. o Walking distance to BB Clark Beach, Orton Park, Capitol Square, Willy Street Coop, many restaurants and local shopping, coffee shops and art galleries o Close to Capital City Bike Trail and on bus line o Walk score of 83 (very walkable)

Madison School Information for 430 S. Thornton Ave.

o Lapham-Marquette Elementary o O'Keefe Middle School o East High School

This home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Sara at 608.438.5005, or sara@thealvaradogroup.com.

5202 Ninebark Drive, Fitchburg, WI - Home For Sale

Less than a year old with a wonderful floor plan, great flow and plenty of space for your family. The kitchen with its solid surface countertops and cherry cabinets will be a delight to prepare large and small meals. Plenty of backyard space for the kids to run, all located in a subdivision with bike paths and surrounded on two sides by conservancy. The upstairs laundry will make for efficiency on laundry day. The oversized garage will have plenty of room for toys and bikes.

  • 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 2656 Sq. Ft.
  • Great neighborhood
  • For current price and more photos, click here.

5202 Ninebark Drive Property Features

  • 1 year old home
  • Tub/shower combo
  • Breakfast bar,solid surface counters
  • Full exposed basement partially finished, 8'+ ceiling, stubbed for bathroom
  • 2 car attached garage with extra storage area

Swan Creek Neighborhood Information

  • Swan Creek of Nine Springs is located in Fitchburg, WI
  • Walking distance to two spacious neighborhood parks, tennis court and other recreational facilities
  • Close to numerous restaurants and shops
  • Easy access to Beltline, only 10 minutes away from downtown Madison and UW

Madison Schools for 5202 Ninebark Drive

This home is marketed by CathyLacy - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Cathy at 608.213.3979, or CathyLacy@Realtor.com.

2860 Big Bluestem Parkway, Fitchburg, WI - Home For Sale

Imagine summers sipping lemonade on the spacious front porch overlooking the nature conservancy. This classic American Bungalow is exactly what home should feel like. Enjoy spacious open rooms with plenty of warmth and charm. From the lower level theater room and main floor living room wired for surround sound to the prewired in home audio this home has the bells and whistles you've been looking for. The cozy hearth room off the kitchen is a perfect place to relax with a good book and enjoy the warmth of your fireplace.

  • 5 br, 3.5 ba, 2873 sq ft
  • Breakfast bar, pantry & kitchen island
  • For current price and more photos, Click here.

2860 Big Bluestem Parkway Property Features

  • 5 year old home
  • Living-dining combo
  • Breakfast bar, solid surface counters
  • Full exposed basement partially finished
  • 3+ car tandem garage

Swan Creek Neighborhood Information

  • Swan Creek of Nine Springs is located in Fitchburg, WI
  • Walking distance to two spacious neighborhood parks, tennis court and other recreationalfacilities
  • Close to numerous restaurants and shops
  • Easy access to Beltline, only 10 minutes away from downtown Madison and UW

Madison Schools for 2860 Big Bluestem Parkway


This home is marketed by CathyLacy - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Cathy at 608.213.3979, or CathyLacy@Realtor.com.

809 N. Gammon Road, Madison, WI - Condo for Sale

Spacious, 3 BR, 2.5 BA condo in a great location.  New roof, huge kitchen, skylight, 2 large walk-in closets, deck, private entry, one car attached garage, extra parking, great association and ample green space make this a wonderful place to call home. The lower level boasts a large bedroom or rec room, full bath, more storage space and utility area.  UHP warranty included.

  • 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 2000 Sq.Ft.
  • 1 car garage, attached
  • For current price and mls data: click here

Property Features

  • New roof in 2011
  • Recent kitchen updates, including:
    • New counters and backsplash in 2010
    • New dishwasher in 2009
    • New refrigerator in 2010
    • New microwave in 2008
    • New vinyl in front entry, hallway & kitchen in 2007

Neighborhood Features

  • Award-winning restaurants within walking distance
  • Close to Copps, Brennan's & Cub Foods
  • Close to several neighborhood shops and restaurants
  • Great parks close by: Woodland Hills, Wexford,and Boundary
  • Easy access to UW, downtown, and Beltline

Madison School District Information for 809 Gammon Road

This home is marketed by Julie Campbell - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Julie at 608.577.3767, or julie@thealvaradogroup.com.

JUST LISTED! 3415 Blackhawk Dr. in Shorewood Hills

Gorgeous wooded lot in the heart of Shorewood Hills, close to Shorewood Elementary School, Four Corners park, and Blackhawk Country Club. Benefit from the close community that features the Shorewood Pool and community center and access to Lake Mendota. Just a bike ride away from UW, hospitals, Hilldale area  and downtown, this home was cared for and loved for many years. It needs updating but has great potential. Huge family/rec room adds a loft area, vaulted ceilings, great light. Beautiful wood floors, easy layout.

  • 4 Bedrooms 2 Baths, 2516 sq. ft.
  • 1 car garage
  • For current price and mls data, click here



Shorewood Hills Neighborhood Features:

  • Close to the University Campus and Hospital.
  • Easy access to nearby Hilldale Mall and upscale shopping center.
  • Enjoy nearby parks and beautiful Lake Mendota.
  • Take walks to Picnic Point, or enjoy biking on the nearby city bike paths.
  • Enjoy the Shorewood Hills Pool with swimming lessons, water ballet, Olympic size swimming area and much more.
  • Public Tennis courts, soccer fields, & park space within walking distance.
  • Grow your own fruits and vegetables in the neighborhood garden

Madison School Information for 3415 Blackhawk Drive

This home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Sara at 608.438.5005, or sara@thealvaradogroup.com.

JUST LISTED! 10 Oxwood Circle, Madison WI

10 Oxwood Circle, Madison WI

10 Oxwood Circle, Madison WI

WOW, can only describe the total renovation of this house. Inside and out completely up to date and contemporary. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in Walnut Grove close to parks, schools and shopping. Generous room sizes with a much sought after open plan. Private backyard with large patio and deck area to entertain. Enjoy the fall evenings around your cozy fire pit or inside in front of one of the two fireplaces. New hardwood floors thoughout the entire first floor. Relax and enjoy the work has been done.

  •  4 BR, 2.5 BA, 2884 Sq. Ft.
  • 2 car garage attached
  • For current price and more photos: click here

10 Oxwood Circle Property Features & Updates

  • Exterior painted in 2011
  • New Water Softener in 2011
  • Newer roof
  • Kitchen update in 2010 includes:
    • New sink & faucet
    • New countertops
    • New flooring
    • New stove/oven and refrigerator
    • New dishwasher

Walnut Grove Neighborhood Features

  • Great neighborhood association offers community activities: Bunco, Fall Bonfire at Walnut Grove Park, Fourth of July Parade, Garage Sale, Garden Club, Various Adult Social Events. Visit the Walnut Grove website.
  • Walking distance to several neighborhood parks
  • Very close to numerous neighborhood restaurants and shops
  • Minutes from West Towne Mall
  • Walkscore of 43 - Very walkable (www.walkscore.com)
  • 4 nearby bus routes
  • Easy access to Beltline, downtown Madison and UW

Middleton-Cross Plains Schools for 10 Oxwood Circle

Cathy Lacy, Madison WI REALTORThis home is marketed by Cathy Lacy - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Cathy at 608.213.3979, or cathylacy@realtor.com.

JUST SOLD! 2204 Eton Ridge, Madison WI

2204 Eton Ridge, Madison WI just soldJUST SOLD! Congratulations to the new buyers of this beautiful home in the West Lawn neighborhood. It is hard not to fall in love with a charming old home that features a remodeled kitchen with hickory cabinets and a gorgeous sunroom. Wood floors throughout and a wonderfully landscaped backyard that is fenced, perfect for pets and kids! The space is amazing and includes a finished lower level rec room that has a 3/4 bathroom too. And the neighborhood! Wow! Close to West High School, Coffee Shop (The Froth House), Regent Street Market, Milio's, Bike Path, Monroe Street shops, Trader Joe's, Wingra Park, Michael's Frozen Custard, fabulous local restaurants and much more! 

- 3 BR, 2 BA, 1700 Sq.Ft. - 1 car garage, attached - 80 years old - Sold by Julie Campbell, Alvarado Real Estate Group

If you are looking for homes on the near West side of Madison please contact us today and we can help get you started. It is easy. We're nice. And we know how to get you where you want to go.

2550 Hoard Street, Madison WI Home for Sale

This spacious 3 bedroom was just put back on the market. The past owners recently moved out and now there is fresh paint, numerous repairs have been made, it is clean and ready for new owners. Garden lovers heaven! The time, love and dedication that have gone into the landscaping make this sweet bungalow a special find. Interior features: laminate floors, spacious layout, newer windows. Exterior features: new siding, solar hot water system (with a new pump), rain barrel, built in patio fire pit, amazing rock garden, perennials, edible garden, bursting colors, and the backyard borders city park and bike path! The back addition (completed by previous owners) now has water pipes that heat up really well in the spring and fall and keep the floors nice and warm.  

Sit on the front 3 season porch and escape into your retreat home. Freshly painted, move in ready, 1 year warranty.

  • 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath
  • 1,155 SqFt Bungalow
  • 1 car garage, attached
  •  For current price and more photos, click here


Recent Updates & Features

  • Fresh paint 2011
  • Electrical system upgrade 2010
  • New toilet 2010
  • New solar pump 2010
  • Replaced sink, faucet & disposal 2007
  • Solar hot water heater panels and system installed in 2005
  • Gas water heater New 2001
  • New stainless steel siding 2005 with lifetime warranty
  • Windows replaced in 2005 (Living Room, 1999)
  • Refrigerator replaced in 2003
  • Laminate wood flooring installed 2001       
  • Roof replaced in 1999      
  • Edible landscaping includes: Raspberries, blackberries,  kiwi, apple tree, blueberries, strawberries, mulberries, currants, lingon berries, josten berries, & elderberries!
  • Tile work by Red Rose Mosaics
  • Backyard patio features high efficiency fire pit surrounded by gardens and borders the city bike path and park

 Neighborhood Features

  • Walk to area restaurants, shopping, grocery stores, Walgreen's
  • Walk to famous Ella's Deli
  • Easy commute access to Downtown or Aberg to Stoughton Rd.
  • Close to the bike path, bus routes and parks
  • Quiet, friendly neighborhood
  • Visit the Hawthorne Library on E. Washington Ave.
  • Minutes from Downtown, Capitol & Beltline
  • Walkscore of 68 (pretty good!) at www.walkscore.com

Madison School Information for 2550 Hoard Street

This home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Sara at 608.438.5005, or sara@thealvaradogroup.com. 

Willy Street Fair 2011

willy street fair, madison wiAnother great year to be one of the sponsors for the Willy Street Festival, hang out with our neighborhood friends and past clients and enjoy one of the best Madison area festivals!

Come join the fun on September 17th and 18th, 2011!

This is not just for Near East side neighbors, the Willy Street Fair is for everyone in the Madison area and people come from all over Dane County to celebrate the last days of Summer. The entertainment and fun is everywhere you turn with 6 stages of entertainment, a crazy fun parade at 11am on Sunday, award winning local & national beers, a large variety of foods, hand made arts and crafts and all for a good cause - to support the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and Common Wealth Development.

Alvarado Real Estate Group is a supporter of this Fair and will have a booth, so come visit us to fill up your water bottle with ice cold water and check out our inventory of great listings in the area. We continue to be actively involved in supporting neighborhood events like these because it is what creates strong communities. Over and over again we meet with clients that want to move into a community, not just a house. It is what makes a neighborhood desireable and helps people feel a part of a community and not just a homeowner on a street. And we all benefit from that in many ways.

We hope to see you at the Fair!

810 Engelhart Drive, Madison WI Home for Sale

Great and convenient location in Indian Springs. Quick to downtown & easy commute east or west! This 3 bedroom home features expansive views of Baxter park and the conservancy area. Great walking paths in the woods too! Enjoy the spacious feel with vaulted ceilings, largeg closets and welcoming floor plan. Exposed lower level features wood burning fireplace, 3/4 bath and a dry basement (great storage). Sliding glass doors open to large deck and backyard. 1 year home warranty included too!

  •  3 BR, 2 BA, 1600 Sq. Ft.
  • Spacious Tri-level with vaulted ceilings
  • 2-car attached garage
  • For current price and more photos, click here



Indian Springs Neighborhood Features

  • Walk to Baxter, Indian Springs and Rimrock Parks
  • Close to area restaurants, shopping and grocery stores
  • Close to the bike paths
  • Visit the Goodman Library on S. Park Street
  • Minutes from Downtown, Capitol and Beltline
  • Easy commute to East and West side of Madison
  • Brand new - Badger Rock Middle School & Neighborhood Center

Madison School Information for 810 Engelhart Drive

This home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Sara at 608.438.5005, or sara@thealvaradogroup.com. 

JUST SOLD! 4310 Sentinel Pass, Madison WI

JUST SOLD - 4310 Sentinel PassAfter many months we are happy to congratulate the Rodriquez/Zuniga family on the purchase of the FIRST home! During a time that has proven challenging in the lending industry Carlos Alvarado and Dave Clem at M&I Bank worked hard to help this family buy a home that they loved and that would cater to their big family dinners, great parties and that place they can call home.

4310 Sentinel Pass is just south of the beltline off of Seminole Highway and features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,908 square feet. On the market for 41 days it was listed for $219,900 and sold for $200,000 in July 2011.

Thinking about buying a house? Check out our buyer tips and contac Carlos Alvarado for a consultation today, 608.438.6757, carlos@thealvaradogroup.com!

JUST SOLD! 1215 Wellesley Road, Village of Shorewood Hills WI

Village of Shorewood Hills Homes

This classic four bedroom colonial in the Village of Shorewood Hills SOLD in 4 days! The Sellers put in a lot of time to staging and preparing the home for sale and making sure that when it hit the market it was spotless and in perfect showing condition. There are many people that are always watching the Village of Shorewood Hills to see what home will come up for sale and if it will be a good fit for their family. That is why it was so important for 1215 Wellesley Rd to be ready and priced right because the Sellers wanted an accepted offer in the first 30 days. And they got it!

Sure enough, the buyers that snatched it up had been looking for a long time at every new listing in Shorewood and they didn't hesitate in submitting an offer and moving quickly on this spacious home. Congratulations to everyone for a smooth and successful transaction.

Market Data Info: - 4 BR, 3 BA,  2,985 Sq.Ft. - List Price: $624,900 - List date: 6/9/11 - Sold price: $607,500 - Sold date: 8/15/11

Are you thinking of selling? Contact Sara Alvarado today to talk about the timeline, process and get started on preparing your home for the SOLD sign!

9 Sherman Terrace Unit 4 - Madison, WI Condo For Sale

Beautifully decorated and updated 2 bedroom in near East side neighborhood close to Tenney Park, bus line, and local shopping and restaurants. On the second floor with great views features an open floor plan, two good size bedrooms and an updated bathroom. New flooring, freshly painted, newer appliances, countertops, stackable washer and dryer make this an incredibly affordable move in ready condo surrounded by mature trees and offers 2 parking spots! Open flow from kitchen to dining room and living room. Updated bathroom, ceiling fans, fixtures and very well cared for. Condo fee is $125 a month.

  • 2 BR, 1 Bath, 852 sq. ft.
  • 2nd-floor garden style condo
  • 2 parking spaces
  • For current price and more photos, click here


Updates and Features

  • New tile flooring in kitchen in 2011
  • New kitchen counter tops in 2011
  • New vinyl flooring in bathroom in 2011
  • New laminate flooring in bedrooms in 2011
  • Freshly painted in 2011
  • New washer & dryer in 2011
  • New dishwasher in 2011
  • New furnace in 2010
  • New windows in 2006
  • Refrigerator and stove replaced in 2006

Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Information

  • 3 blocks from Tenney Park and Beach, a great city park offering year-round activities.
  • Walk to neighborhood shops and restaurants
  • Walk to Lapham Elementary School
  • 5 blocks away from the Capital City Bike Trail
  • Eastside Farmers Market

Madison School Information for 9 Sherman Terrace

This home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Sara at 608.438.5005, or sara@thealvaradogroup.com.   

JUST SOLD! 17 Geronimo Circle, Madison WI

17 Geronimo Circle, Madison WI


This Indian Springs listing at 17 Geronimo Circle was listed for $179,900 and sold for $175,000 by Sara Alvarado on July 28th, 2011. New buyers are excited to live on a great cul-de-sac in a conveniently located neighborhood just south of the beltline off of Rimrock Road in Madison WI. This is their first home and they are expecting their first child in the fall - exciting times! Of all the homes they looked at this home was a great opportunity with its classic colonial style, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and a large deck and mature backyard. The kitchen was updated and featured new countertops, stainless steel appliances and a large sliding glass door from the dining area to the back deck. Main floor laundry room was a plus and of course it also features a highly desired finished lower level complete with bar area and new carpet! The house was in great showing condition compared to other homes and the buyers were drawn to the style of the home and how move in ready it was.  

Welcome to the neighborhood Kathleen and Carlos!

Are you looking to buy a home in the Madison WI area? Check out our great search tools on our website.

Wisconsin VA Home Loans

  Moving with your Military Family 

Military families are well aware of how tiring it can be to move often. With military installations scattered across the country, these families get to see a number of great cities; however, finding a place to call home delivers a good feeling and living in the Midwest provides a central location, so military families are never too far from friends and family. Madison, WI serves as a great place for service members and veterans to call home and can be a very affordable option, especially when they use a VA loan to finance their home.

The VA loan program, created in 1944, is unmatched in the benefits it provides to service members and veterans. Unlike any conventional loan, VA loans in Wisconsin allow qualified homebuyers to finance 100 percent of a home purchase without paying anything down. Any conventional home financing option comes with a down payment, some as high as 20 percent, which cuts into the purchaser's savings. VA loans also offer a high loan limit in Wisconsin, which means homebuyers can fully finance their home up to $417,000 without putting a penny down.

Conventional loans' monthly payments can be costly, in large part because of private mortgage insurance (PMI). This monthly charge does not exist in the VA Home Loan program, thereby reducing military homebuyers' payments each month. In addition to lowering the payment, VA loans offer negotiable interest rates. VA-certified lenders are happy to reduce interest rates on Wisconsin VA loans because the VA backs up to 25 percent of each loan. Other benefits to Wisconsin VA loans include:

  • No prepayment penalty
  • Lower closing and concession costs
  • Capped interest rates for active duty members
  • VA Streamline, a way to refinance and lower interest rates
  • More lenient qualifying standards than conventional loans

Eligibility depends on discharge and service history. Veterans with a dishonorable discharge are ineligible for a Wisconsin VA loan. Honorable or injury-related discharges are permissible. Military homebuyers who may qualify for a VA loan fit one of the descriptions below:

  • While on active duty, military members who served for 90 days during wartime or 181 days during peacetime.
  • Reservists and National Guard members who served for at least half a dozen years.
  • Active duty personnel who meet the service requirements above.
  • Spouses of service members who died in the line of duty or because of a service-connected injury.

Completing a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is the first step in obtaining a Wisconsin VA loan. COEs are available through the VA or from a VA-certified lender. The latter is available to answer any questions about VA loans in Wisconsin.

Guest post by Matt Polsky with the www.vamortgagecenter.com and the www.vabenefitblog.com.

There are many lenders in the area that can help with your VA loan. Please check with your preferred lender to see if they can help or email Matt Polsky for more information at mpolsky@vamortgagecenter.com.

From For Sale by Owner to Realtor to SOLD!

"As a first-time home seller, The Alvarado Group excelled at reassuring us, keeping us updated of progress, and responding to our concerns in a quick and thorough manner. My only regret is not getting them involved in the process earlier. Our condo sold quickly in a tough market, and Sara Alvarado was never afraid to bring a dose of reality to our expectations (a key to being able to sell in this market). We attempted to sell For Sale by Owner, but without the necessary knowledge of the housing market, our price was off, and our time was compromised with attempting a quick move as well. When Sara took over, so much of the mental stress was lifted as well. All documents were signed electronically, which was imperative since our move out-of-state, and the process couldn't have been smoother. Thanks, Sara, for all your work on our behalf."

Beautiful end unit condo at Hatchery Hill in Fitchburg is now SOLD! Congratulations to the new Buyers and to the Sellers on a successful and a quick closing. With an accepted offer in the first week of April we were still able to close at the end of the month with less than 30 days! Thanks to Christa Sweeny at River Valley Bank for helping to make it happen.

5460 Coachman Place - Listed for $179,900. 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 1760 sq. feet townhouse. Sold in 65 days for $170,700.

Looking for a condo in Fitchburg or somewhere else in the Dane County area? Looking to sell your home or condo? Call our team today! You can meet us all here.

445 N. Few Street - Madison Near East Home for Sale

445 N. Few St. Madison WI Home For Sale

The hardest decision about this house will be whether to hang out on the front porch or the back porch - they are both perfect spots! Or if digging in the dirt is your thing you'll love the gorgeous and fenced back yard, deck and outbuilding (this was once a garage back in the day) that would make a beautiful studio. Home layout features 2 bedrooms upstairs and 1 bedroom on main floor (currently TV room) with an updated half bath. The kitchen has been remodeled and even though it isn't a huge kitchen it has great efficiency, updated cabinets and an open spacious feel to the dining and living areas and conveniently located right at the back door to the back porch. Just one block to Tenney Park and the Beach and a quick bus trip to UW Campus and downtown. The Tenny Lapham neighborhood is one of the sweet spots in Madison.

445 N. Few Street Property Features & Updates

  • Exterior painted in 2009
  • New insulated front door in 2009
  • New roof in 2008
  • New disposal in 2008
  • New high-efficiency boiler in 2006
  • New water heater in 2006
  • Original (refinished) hardwood floors throughout
  • New dishwasher, kitchen sink and faucet in 2005
  • Tile countertops in kitchen
  • Covered front and back porch, plus huge deck in large fenced backyard
  • Storage building is insulated and has electricity

 Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Information

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  • 3 blocks from Tenney Park and Beach, a great city park offering year-round activities.
  • Walk to neighborhood shops and restaurants
  • Walk to Lapham Elementary School
  • 5 blocks away from the Capital City Bike Trail
  • Eastside Farmers' Market
  • 11 blocks to the Capital
  • 1 block from bus line

 Madison School District Information for 445 N. Few Street

Sara Alvarado, Real Estate Broker / OwnerThis home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Sara at 608.438.5005, or sara@thealvaradogroup.com

JUST SOLD! Middleton WI Home, Northlake Neighborhood

5502 Grassland Trail, Middleton WI

This gorgeous Northlake home in Middleton just sold and we are excited to report another successful and smooth transaction. 5502 Grassland Trail, listed in February for $449,900 had a total of 4 showings and sold after 15 days for $425,000.  

The Sellers did their part in making sure the home was in perfect showing condition. They made necessary repairs, cleaned the carpet, decluttered, packed and stored personal items and made sure they were listing their home to sell it and not just to test the market. There is great power in the intention to move and in a time of fear and uncertainity it is easy for some families to doubt their ability to sell their homes and have everything work out exactly the way it is supposed. This was a great example of the power of intention, positive thinking and a certain amount of calm in what can be an incredibly stressful time.

Sara Alvarado, Real Estate Broker / OwnerIf you are thinking of selling your home, contact Sara Alvarado to talk about the possibilities, 608.438.5005, sara@thealvaradogroup.com.