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2318 Keyes Avenue, Madison WI Home for Sale

Dudgeon-Monroe neighbhorhood

The hardest decision might be whether to walk or to bike to all the great places nearby: Monroe shops, Regent St Market, Trader Joe's, bike path, stadium, parks, Lake Wingra, schools! Great layout features two bedrooms on main floor, two upstairs (w/half bath). Remodeled kitchen: quartz counter tops, maple cabinets, stainless appliances, Kohler fixtures. Remodeled bathroom w/tile surround. Newly installed gas fireplace. Extra bonus: 2 car garage & great potential in lower level. Appraised last year @ $320k.

  • 4 BR, 1.5 BA, 1420 Sq.Ft.
  • 2 car detached garage
  • For current price and more information, click here

 

 

2318 Keyes Avenue - Property Features

  • 2011: new chimney & gas fireplace insert
  • 2010: updated the second floor with new carpet , new paint in smaller bedroom and new tile in bathroom & ledge near stairs
  • 2007:
    • New paint throughout, refinished the hardwood floors, installed wood laminate floor in the sunroom (was previously plywood)
    • Updated main floor bathroom with pedestal sink, Kohler faucet & shower fixtures and new tile
    • Brand new kitchen: new maple cabinets, new quartz (Silestone) countertops, new Kohler fixtures, all stainless steel appliances
  • Furnace: approximately 9 years old
  • Roof: approximately 12-15 years old (no known problems)
  • Water heater (installed in 1999) & central air (installed in 1992)
  • Basement has been dry except for one occasion this past year, when there was only minor seepage after the prolonged drought & then heavy rains
  • Washer/dryer and refrigerator in lower level included
  • Property appraised in 2011 for $320,000
  • Backyard is shared with east neighbor. Three car garage is shared with west neighbor who owns one car, this property gets the two car (has a shared roof).
  • One year basic UHP Home Warranty included.

 

Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Information

The Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood has many features within its community: Henry Vilas Zoo, Glenway Golf Course, Westmorland Park, Sequoya Library, Wingra Park, Wingra School and all that Monroe Street offers.

 

School District Information for 2318 Keyes Ave.

 

Sara Alvarado, The Alvarado Real Estate GroupThis home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker / Listing Specialist - 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.

3918 St. Clair Street - Madison, WI Home for Sale

One owner home for 64 years! Well loved, great home just blocks to Westmorland Park, tennis courts, bike path & all that Westmorland has to offer! Ranch home with 2.5 car garage and a screened porch. Kitchen needs some updating, dishwasher is new, refrigerator new in '09. Brand new beautifully custom built vanity in upstairs bathroom. Living room features lots of natural light and a wood burning fireplace. Lower level needs to be fixed up but offers a built-in bar and great storage!

  • 3 BR, 1.5 BA, 1444 Sq.Ft.
  • 2.5 car detached garage
  • Large lower level family room
  • Westmorland neighborhood
  • For current price and more information, click here

 

 

3918 St. Clair St - Property Features

  • Dishwasher new in 2012
  • Refrigerator replaced in 2009
  • Currently heated by oil furnace; quote to update to gas is $2,895, provided by Cardinal Heating
  • Electrical fuses replaced with new breaker system, Oct 2012
  • Wood burning fireplace hasn't been used in many years (should be checked by a professional)
  • Possible asbestos tile in the lower level
  • Items included: Refrigerator, Stove/oven, Dishwasher, Washer & Dryer, Water Softener, Dehumidifier
  • Seller willing to include to snow blowers and lawn mower

 

Westmorland Neighborhood Information

Westmorland is a friendly community on Madison's West side. Nearby Glenway and Odana Golf Courses, the UW Arboretum, Henry Vilas Zoo and many local parks provide lots of recreational opportunities. Tree-lined streets, a variety of architectural styles and simple affordability of homes make this neighborhood ideal for both young families and older individuals. The Westmorland neighborhood association is very active and has its own band, coordinates the Westmorland Health Fund Drive, and hosts a variety of social events (such as Winter Play Day, Summer Garden Tour, Halloween Parade/Party, Winter House Decorating Contest).

  • Close to Sequoya Commons (library, ice cream shoppe, fitness gym)
  • Minutes to shopping at Hilldale Mall, Target, Sentry and Whole Foods.
  • Quick bike ride to Monroe Street shopping, restaurants, vibrant community with parks, bike trails, Lake Wingra, Arboretum and more!

 

School District Information for 3918 St. Clair St

 

Sara Alvarado, The Alvarado Real Estate GroupThis home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker / Listing Specialist - 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.

530 Toepfer Ave in Westmorland - Madison Home for Sale

Feel the bungalow love in this charming Westmorland home! Sunshine pours in, great layout for entertaining & easy living with open kitchen & dining area plus a bonus sun/play room off dining area. Master bedroom upstairs offers walk-in closet & half bath. Fantastic yard with patio & garden. Many updates: stainless steel appliances, roof new 2010, water heater new 2011, water softener 2009 & more! Finished lower level office. Sellers sad to be relocating away. Walk to park, library, coffee shop & Capital City Trail.

  • 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1696 Sq.Ft.
  • 1 car attached garage
  • Master bedroom with walk in closet and half bath.
  • Beautiful backyard and garden
  • For current price and more information, click here

 

 

530 Toepfer Ave - Property Features

  • 2011: new water heater installed
  • 2010: roof replaced
  • 2009: garage door & water softener replaced; exterior re-painted
  • 2007: landscaping updated
  • Main floor has been freshly painted
  • Light fixtures recently replaced in dining room, kitchen, main floor bedrooms and sun/play room
  • Stainless steel kitchen appliances were replaced within the last 10 years
  • Furnace replaced in 2002
  • All window coverings included
  • Washer & dryer are negotiable
  • Sellers have a UHP Home Warranty on the property and the   remaining balance on the current year transfers to the new  owner at no cost (expires 4/5/13).

Westmorland Neighborhood Information

Westmorland is a friendly community on Madison's West side. Nearby Glenway and Odana Golf Courses, the UW Arboretum, Henry Vilas Zoo and many local parks provide lots of recreational opportunities. Tree-lined streets, a variety of  architectural styles and simple affordability of homes make this neighborhood ideal for both young families and older individuals. The Westmorland neighborhood  association is very active and has its own band, coordinates the Westmorland Health Fund Drive, and hosts a variety of social events (such as Winter Play Day, Summer  Garden Tour, Halloween Parade/Party, Winter House Decorating Contest).

  • Close to Sequoya Commons (library, ice cream shoppe, fitness gym)
  • Minutes to shopping at Hilldale Mall, Target, Sentry and Whole Foods.
  • Quick bike ride to Monroe Street shopping, restaurants, vibrant community with parks, bike trails, Lake Wingra, Arboretum and more!

 

School District Information for 530 Toepfer Ave.

 

Sara Alvarado, The Alvarado Real Estate Group This home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker / Listing Specialist - 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.

4129 Hillcrest Drive - Madison Home for Sale

Beautiful Sunset Village, close to Hoyt Park, Hilldale area & blocks to Sequoya Commons, ice cream shoppe, coffee, library! Perfect walking, biking and park-hopping neighborhood. This 3 bedroom home has been well cared for over the years & features hardwood floors, large windows (upstairs windows are all new), free standing gas stove in the den and finished space in the lower level. All 3 bedrooms are upstairs along with a laundry room. 2nd bedroom has  private deck. Walk-in closets, beautiful backyard.

  • 3 BR, 1.5 BA, 1784 Sq.Ft.
  • Insulated 1 car attached garage
  • Hardwood floors throughout
  • Second floor laundry room
  • For current price and more information, click here

 

 

4129 Hillcrest Drive Property Features

 

  • One year UHP Basic Home Warranty included
  • Free standing gas stove in the den
  • Lower level is partially finished for more living space
  • Walk-in closets
  • Gorgeous backyard with updated landscaping
  • New windows upstairs
  • New doors to deck from 2nd bedroom and from den to yard
  • New carpet in basement
  • Washer & dryer are included
  • Whole house has been re-painted
  • No central air conditioning
  • Water softener is rented and paid for until July 2013

 

Neighborhood Information

 

The Sunset Village area is a popular, cozy West Madison neighborhood nestled on tree lined streets with rolling hills and panoramic views. Close to University of Wisconsin Hospital, Veteran's Hospital, and the University Avenue corridor, this area also is only 4 1/2 miles from the Capitol Square.

  • Neighborhood Parks: Lucia Crest, Sunset, Hoyt, Reservoir & Quarry
  • Blocks to the Sequoya Library
  • Close to shopping at Hilldale Mall, Target, Sentry, Whole Foods and Walgreen's
  • Other local restaurants like The Great Dane & Fleming's Steak House, the upscale Sundance movie theater & Glenway golf course are nearby

 

School District Information for 4129 Hillcrest Drive

 

Sara Alvarado, The Alvarado Real Estate Group This home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker / Listing Specialist - 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.

5690 Ashbourne Lane - Fitchburg Home for Sale

Stunning, spacious & with so many windows there is natural light everywhere! Birch flooring throughout main level, huge open area, great for entertaining. Beautiful glass block throughout. Don't miss the hidden pantry in kitchen with Subzero fridge, solid surface counters, breakfast bar. Master suite offers his/her bathrooms & closets with shared jetted tub & steam shower with rain shower head. Stamped concrete patio & sunroom. Plenty of storage, walk in closets, huge basement with shelving & separate stairway from garage.

  • 4 BR, 4.5 BA, 4417 Sq. Ft.
  • 3 car attached garage
  • Large, private lot with great landscaping
  • For current price and more information, click here

 

 

5690 Ashbourne Lane Property Features

 

  • Kitchen pantry is neatly hidden next to the double ovens
  • Breakfast bar stools are included in purchase price
  • 2012: furnace & central air cleaned & checked
  • 2011: motherboard of the flat-top stove replaced
  • 2009: new compressor in freezer
  • Central vacuum system
  • Washer & dryer are negotiable
  • Security system (hasn't been used by current owner)
  • Master walk-in shower steam room has 2 shower heads  (regular & rain)
  • Stamped in concrete patio & sunroom
  • Lawn sprinkler system maintained Bruce Company
  • Professional lawn care maintenance & snow removal by Greenscapes
  • 3 car garage with stairway access to the basement
  • 2 sump pumps in basement (has been completely dry)

 

Neighborhood Information

 

This popular area of Fitchburg is located just past Madison's west side and includes beautiful newer construction homes and condominium communities. Bordered on the north side by the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, the Highlands of Seminole neighborhood also features it's own park--Chicory Meadow--nestled right in the middle of the community and has access to the Capital City Bike Trail. There is a very active neighborhood association as well, complete with a Board of Directors that meets annually, which helps coordinate a quarterly newsletter, yearly area-wide garage sale, and other various activities.

For more info, you can find the association website at: www.highlandsofseminole.org

 

School District Information for 5690 Ashbourne Lane

 

Sara Alvarado, The Alvarado Real Estate Group This home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker / Listing Specialist - 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.

96 Ponwood Circle #E - Madison Condo for Sale

Welcome home to easy living! Soaring cathedral ceiling greets you as you enter this 2nd floor unit that faces beautiful open greenspace. Condo is complete with wood fireplace, private in-unit laundry, spacious master with walk-in closet & full bath and galley kitchen. One car underground parking included as well as a bike locker & private storage area. Cheaper than paying rent - don't wait to make this condo your own! One year UHP Home Warranty included.

  • 2 BR, 2 BA, 1060 Sq. Ft.
  • Cathedral ceiling & wood burning fireplace in living room
  • 2nd floor unit faces open green space
  • For current price and more information, click here

 

 

96 Ponwood Circle #E Property Features

 

  • Unit is in the Park Place Condo Association
  • Cathedral ceiling & wood burning fireplace in living room
  • Private, in-unit stackable washer & dryer
  • Spacious master with walk-in closet & master bath
  • One underground parking stall is included & assigned
  • Building has storage locker & common area bike storage
  • Condo dues are $210 per month
  • Included in condo dues: hot water, parking, trash & snow removal, condo management expenses, common areas
  • One year UHP Home Warranty gives you peace of mind

 

Neighborhood Information

 

  • Many neighborhood features including Odana Hills Golf Course, Woodland Hills & Wexford Parks, High Point Swim Club and High Point Church.
  • On bus line for easy access to all of Madison
  • Only minutes to shopping at West Towne & Westgate Malls
  • 10 minutes to the UW Campus
  • 15 minutes to downtown Madison

School District Information for 96 Ponwood Circle #E

 

Sara Alvarado, The Alvarado Real Estate GroupThis home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker / Listing Specialist - 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.

4813 Regent Street - 3BR Home For Sale

4813 Regent Street

This home sits sweetly on top of the hill overlooking Rennebohm Park, offers great views and a fantastic backyard. 3 bedroom ranch home with master bedroom that hosts a half bath. The huge kitchen opens to main floor family room with an abundance of natural sunlight. Living room has space for formal dining area, features a bay window and fireplace. Huge lower level is ready to be finished off and double the homes square footage. Backyard has raised beds and the perfect climbing tree.

  • 3 BR, 1.5 BA, 1,674 SqFt
  • Hardwood floors
  • Large fenced backyard
  • For current price, click here.

 

 4813 Regent Street Recent Updates & Features

  • 2011: New Water Heater
  • 2009 updates include: - Solid Oak floors installed in front hallway - All other wood floors were refinished - Patio installed - New sliding glass door to patio
  • 2008 updates include: - Solid Oak flooring installed in family rooms - New garage door opener
  • 2007 updates include: - Full roof replacement - All exterior walls were insulated with R-35 Blown insulation.  In addition the walls between the garage and the house were also insulated. - Kitchen remodeled including a new stove
  • 2006: Roof insulated to the R-45 the highest R rating available with blown in insulatio
  • 2005: New Dishwasher
  • 2003: New Refrigerator
  • 2002: New Water Softener

Hill Farms Neighborhood Information

Hill Farms is one of Madison's many desirable near west neighborhoods. The neighborhood is defined by Regent to the north, Whitney way to the west, Mineral Point to the south, and Segoe to the east. This neighborhood borders the upscale Hilldale Shopping Center, has multiple schools, churches and two parks. The neighborhood was originally designed to be a complete community (a green community in today's vernacular); it has everything a resident might need within easy walking distance.

  • Neighborhood association was created in 1957 that remains active in community affairs.
  • Long-standing neighborhood traditions include the Fourth of July parade, picnic at Rennebohm park and Santa visits to neighborhood children
  • Visit the neighborhood associations website for more info: www.hillfarms.org

Madison School Information for 4813 Regent Street

Click link below for more school information:

Van Hise Elementary School Hamilton Middle School West High School

Sara Alvarado, The Alvarado Real Estate Group

 

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.

537 Woodside Terrace, Madison 4 BR in Westmorland for Sale

537 Woodside Terrace, Madison WI Home for Sale

Classic colonial in one of Madison's favorite neighborhoods - Westmorland! Main floor features lots of sunlight, hard wood floors, charming fireplace in the living room, dining area and a main floor family room and half bath. The attached garage enters into the back hallway with direct access to the kitchen. The kitchen needs updating but has a great layout. Upstairs are four bedrooms and the large master bedroom has plenty of space and closets. Lower level: lots of storage and rec room (or TV room, office) plus front loading washer and dryer. One of the big benefits of this home is the great backyard, completly fenced with beautiful trees! 

  • 4 BR, 1.5 BA, 2,473 Sq. Ft.
  • 1-car garage attached
  • Current price and more photos can be found at the Alvarado Group MLS page.

Woodside Terrace Property Features & Updates

  • New low-flow toilet in upstairs bathroom in 2010
  • New low-flow toilet & pedestal sink in 1st floor bathroom in 2010
  • New basement flooring in 2009
  • 10 new windows replaced in 2006 (Renewal by Anderson windows)
  • New roof in 2004
  • New vinyl flooring in kitchen in 2004
  • New stove, refrigerator and dishwasher in 2004
  • New front loading energy efficient washer and dryer in 2004
  • Re-finished hardwood floors in 2003
  • New carpet in stairway, hallway and back room in 2003

Westmorland Neighborhood Information

  • Near three golf courses: Odana Hills, Glenway & Nakoma Golf Club
  • Close to Lake Wingra, Arboretum, Zook Park and Westmorland Community Park
  • Visit the New Sequoya Library and shops on S. Midvale Blvd.
  • Hilldale is close and offers Sundance Theatre, great shopping variety, restaurants and more!
  • Convenient to downtown and easy access to the Beltline

Madison School District Information for 537 Woodside Terrace

Sara Alvarado, Real Estate Broker / OwnerTo find out if there is an open house soon or to schedule a tour of this home please contact us at 608.438.4315. This listing is brought to you by Sara Alvarado, Alvarado Real Estate Group.

Madison WI - 3BR Home For Sale

Madison WI 3 Bedroom Home for Sale

3 Bedroom Madison Home

Great 2 story in friendly Ridgewood neigborhood offers perfect layout, laminate wood floors, half bath on main floor, open kitchen, breakfast bar, lots of counter space & dining area overlooking back deck & huge fenced yard! Main floor laundry! Master bedroom features two walk-in closets, full master bathroom. Lower level family room with large windows offers natural light, great playroom, office or guest area and 3/4 bath. Fresh paint, new light fixtures, NEW roof & 1 yr home warranty + credit for lower level carpet available!

Property Features

  • 3 BR, 3.5 Baths, 1650 sq. ft.
  • Finished lower level with 3/4 BA
  • Natural light, very bright and sunny
  • Large, fenced yard
  • New roof

For additional property information, including price, click here.

Madison East Side Neighborhood Information

Great neighborhood association info at www.ridgewoodna.org

  • Just blocks from Glacier Hill Park (with soccer fields, playground equipment, basketball court, and coming soon...tennis courts and softball)
  • Near dog park
  • 5 minutes from East Towne Mall, shopping, restaurants & entertainment
  • Easy access to I-90/94, & 10 minutes to the airport
  • Only 12 minutes to downtown and University campus

School District Information for 1145 Glacier Hill Drive

Contact a team member for a showing, call 608.251.6600 or email: info@thealvaradogroup.com.

2909 Foxwood Trail, Madison WI Home For Sale

Enjoy the suburban life on a cul de sac with the added bonus of being 7 minutes to all the urban amenities of downtown, the lakes, the bike paths and more. This home has a great yard, 2 stories (feels larger than the square footage) and an unfinished lower level with a walkout. Main floor offers a 1/2 bath, newer bamboo flooring and a dining room that opens to the back deck. Master bedroom has a walkthrough full bathroom and all new carpet throughout. UHP one year home warranty included.

Property Features

  • 3 BR, 1.5 BA, 1,352 SqFt
  • Huge backyard
  • Bamboo Flooring, New Carpet

For additional information, including price, click here.

Madison Neighborhood Information

Madison School District Information for Foxwood Trail

Contact a team member for a showing, call 608.251.6600 or email: info@thealvaradogroup.com.

1 N. Strathfield Circle, Madison WI Short Sale

Wonderful floor plan, warm colors & a great lot with fenced yard & beautiful mature trees makes this home stand out from the rest. You'll love the updates like newer windows, updated bathrooms, new furnace in 2006 & more. First floor family room w/stone fireplace, formal dining room & the upstairs master bdrm has a walk through bathroom. Lower level: newer egress window adds additional sunlight & full bath, great for guests! Vibrant community of Wexford Village, parks, walking/biking trails, close to shopping! And for more information about short sales...if you are a buyer and if you are a seller.


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- 3 Bedroom, + office, 2.5 Bathrooms, 2,051 Sq Ft - Main floor family room with wood burning fireplace - Great fenced backyard with patio - Lower level has private bathroom, great for guests! For additional information and price, click here.

Property Features

- Furnace new in 2006 - Refrigerator new in 2008 - Newer windows (date unknown, but not original) - Fan in master bedroom newly installed in 2010 - Sump pump in basement, seller has never had water problems - Water softener recently serviced, good condition - Fireplace has not been used by current owners

Wexford Village Neighborhood Information

- Enjoy several nearby parks, including Blackhawk, Junction Ridge, Mineral Point, Kettle Pond, Everglade and more - Great shopping, restaurants and entertainment at nearby Sauk Point Square, Stonefield Glen and West Towne mall - The High Point Swim Club is a few short miles away - Local Wexford Village neighborhood association sponsors a variety of events and activities all year around. - Wexford organizes its very own baseball and soccer leagues! Please check out more details at the Wexford Village website.

1 N. Strathfield Circle School Information

Stephens Elementary Jefferson Middle School Memorial High School

This home is a short sale. The Alvarado Real Estate Group has team members that can assist you in learning more about short sales as a buyer or as a seller. Please contact us for a private tour or more information on short sales and the buying processoffice@thealvaradogroup.com or 608.438.4315.

316 Virginia Terrace - Madison, WI - Home For Sale

316 Virginina Terrace, Madison WI

Beautiful classic 2 story home in a very special Madison neighborhood with mature trees, close community, great parks! This 3 bedroom home has a spacious flow to the floor plan and feels a lot bigger than the square footage. Sip on coffee on the large deck overlooking private backyard or enjoy the sunroom (currently a study) on a rainy day. Classic charm, arched doorways, wood floors, spacious kitchen & a main floor half bath! Incredibly desirable location close to West High School (but not too close!). 1 year home warranty included. Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

For current price and additional information click here.

Neighborhood Information

From the City of Madison websiteThe Regent-Allen Neighborhood Commercial District has a cluster of neighborhood-oriented shops (coffee shop, food co-op, hair saloon) and artistic retail galleries and shops.Many neighbors walk (or bike) and shop to support their local businesses. Hillington Green Park is one of those other neighborhood gathering places: kids playing in the summer to ice skating in the winter that makes living in this neighborhood special. Enjoy many neighborhood activities like Fourth of July Parade, Garden Tours, Neighborhood Garage Sale (coming soon on August 8th!). Regent Neighborhood is home to two of the finest public schools in Madison: Randall Elementary and West High Schools. Both schools provide the neighborhood with liveliness: kids walking to and from school, homecoming parades, and musicals and theater productions at our doorstep. We are a walkable and bikeable neighborhood with easy access to UW campus and hospital.

School Information for 316 Virginia Terrace:

Franklin/Randall Elementary Hamilton Middle School West High School

What is a Madison WI Real Estate Broker doing in the dirt?

Growing Power

Will Allen, Growing Power

Visiting 2 acres of greenhouses and learning all about soil, fish farming and worms is not the typical day for a Madison real estate broker. I was able to turn my phone off for a couple of hours and really tune into what makes Growing Power such an amazing place. It isn't just Will Allen that makes it such a great place; it is his inspiration that permeates the place.

As a business owner I learn from everyone and from every organization every day and that is how I constantly strive to be better. Getting involved with what lights me up in the community is how I stay inspired. Even during our busy seasons, I know that if I let myself drown in real estate, I will do just that, drown.

Two years ago I started meeting with a group of passionate educators and community members who were ready to see a new kind of school in Madison WI. With my Nuestro Mundo Community School experience and my passion for healthy living, working and learning spaces I found myself making the time for the many meetings it takes to start a school. As our vision for the school became clear and our connections within the Madison community presented themselves we started to grow Badger Rock Middle School.

Our culturally and environmentally sustainable charter school is part of a large project with Center for Resilient Cities and Growing Power and will be built on 4 acres of land on the South Side of Madison WI across from Badger Bowl. Urban agriculture is a main ingredient thanks to the land that the school will be built on and our friends at Growing Power.

The planning team takes a trip to Growing Power for a tour and a collaborating meeting with Will Allen

The three things that are made very clear at Growing Power are:

1) Production - this place is about producing and distributing what is grown

2) Education - students learn, then learn to teach and teaching is the best way to change the world

3) Community - creating neighborhood through growing makes a community strong

And as a Realtor it is very clear to me the true importance of community and strong neighborhoods. People want to be a part of a something bigger. We all want to live in healthy environments and strive to eat healthy foods. We want to be friends with our neighbors and feel safe in our homes. I am fascinated by neighborhoods that hold their value in a depreciating market but am not surprised by it either. Those communities stay strong because of the schools, the block parties and the camaraderie to stand up for their neighborhood when they need to.  Keep it up Madison!

Will Allen, Growing Power

Finding the Right Neighborhood

People think it is all about the house but after years of working in real estate in the Madison WI area, the house is usually second on the list of what is important for buyers. The house is second?! I know it sounds a bit off the wall, when we are spending thousands of dollars on a home, how could something be more important than the actual house? But I say this confidently because every day Buyers meet with us in our office or at the neighborhood coffee shop and talk about community, about neighborhood and the importance of walking their kids to school, or being close to work or a neighborhood grocery store. Some couples talk about mature trees and big yards as being more important than if the home has a 1 car or 2 car garage. While others want a small yard so they aren't spending so much time maintaining the yard and prefer to live close to the bike path and park.

Is it just in Madison WI that we are surrounded by people who care more about the community than they do about square footage? That sounds kind of dreamy. And I am aware that we live in this wonderful bubble in Madison and so I wonder what it is like in other cities in the United States. And I wonder what it is like for families in Spain or Russia when they start the home buying process.

From the Madison Suburbs to the Right Neighborhood

Julie Campbell, Buyer Specialist on our team, recently helped a young couple who lived in an area that made it a convenient commute to Anna's job in Verona, at Epic. As Julie worked with Anna and Matt, they made it clear that they were ready to sacrifice the big newer house with the two car garage and the large walk in closet and master bath suite for a neighborhood. She was okay adding on to her daily commute so they could find their place in a neighborhood that fit their lifestyle and their values. They went from a 10 year old 3 bedroom home with 2 full and 2 half baths and 2,159 square feet to a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,298 square foot home in Monona. They are so happy and so in love with the simplicity of their home and the community feeling in their neighborhood.

The house was second on the list of priorities for Anna and Matt as they searched for their dream home. And as a Real Estate Broker that bought my house because of the school district and the fabulous yard, I get it. And I think you all do too.