Blog :: 02-2011

JUST SOLD! 12 Quinn Circle, Madison WI

Alvarado Real Estate Group recent sale

JUST SOLD! Congratulations!

Alvarado Real Estate Group congratulates our Seller clients as they close on their Madison home and can settle into their new life across the country with peace of mind. It was a long rocky road to get this home a new happy family. Due to a lack of turnover it was very difficult for appraisers to find good comparables in this stable neighborhood. But with perserverance and a targeted market that loved the wonderful features of this home and community we can celebrate a successful sale! 

12 Quinn Circle sold for $261,000. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a beautifully finished lower level with access to the gorgeous backyard and hot tub, plus an attached two car garage. The Sellers had updated the home and created great energy efficient features (important to today's buyers) including radiant floor heating along with tearing a wall down that separated the kitchen and living area giving it an open and spacious feel.

Are you thinking of buying or selling? Contact us today to have that important first conversation. It is crucial that you and your agent connect and find a good fit to create a successful transaction.

5502 Grassland Trail, Middleton WI - 5 BR Home for Sale

5502 Grassland Trail, Middleton WI

Alvarado Real Estate Group is proud to present this spectacular and spacious colonial in the Northlake neighborhood of Middleton. This beautiful home features a renovated kitchen with granite counters, newer appliances and opens to dining area and family room and overlooks professionally landscaped backyard and deck. Master bedroom suite with vaulted ceilings, walk in closet, double vanity and jetted tub. Lower level finished in 2003 offers rec room, gas fireplace, built-in office area, large 3/4 bath and 5th bdrm. Not only have the owners cared for the home incredibly well, but they have added and improved details in the home that show in every room. 

5502 Grassland Trail Features and Updates

  • Laminate flooring in 3rd bedroom in 2009
  • Tile floor in laundry room in 2008
  • Completely remodeled kitchen, including granite counters in 2007
  • Stairway and 2nd floor carpet replaced in 2006
  • Professionally landscaped yard in 2005
  • Furnace installed in garage in 2004
  • Finished lower level including entertainment center in 2003
  • Custom-built mantel in 2003
  • Coving in living room and formal living room in 2003

Northlake Neighborhood Information, Middleton WI

  • Northlake Neighborhood is located on the northeast side of Middleton just off Hwy Q. 
  • Enjoy a close knit community - visit Northlake's website.
  • Adjacent to the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and Orchid Heights Park.
  • Within the City of Middleton, in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District. 
  • 10 minutes to downtown Middleton, 10 minutes to Waunakee. 
  • 20 minutes to downtown Madison and the University of Wisconsin campus.

Middleton-Cross Plains School District Information for 5502 Grassland Trail

This property is brought to you by Sara Alvarado, Broker/Owner of Alvarado Real Estate Group. Contact Sara for more information at 608.251.6600 or Thank you!

605 Diving Hawk Trail, Madison WI Home For Sale

605 Diving Hawk Trail, Madison WI

605 Diving Hawk Trail for Sale

Unbelievable value! This 3 bedroom ranch is in great move in condition & offers easy living layout, natural sunlight, fenced yard. Large kitchen w/eat in area, big picture window. Lower level is huge; warm up by the wood burning fireplace (easily converted to gas) or let the kids have a big play area. The great thing about a spacious ranch is you still have plenty of storage room even with a finished lower level! Convenient location by bike paths, 7 minutes to downtown.

One year home warranty included!

  • 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath
  • 1889 Sq. Ft. Ranch
  • 2-car attached garage
  • For Current price and more photos Click here to view Alvarado Group MLS Information.

605 Diving Hawk Trail Property Features & Updates

  • New Dishwasher in 2010
  • Remodeled Den in 2009 includes a newly installed 3/4 bath (main floor)
  • New Roof in 2007
  • Replaced Washer and Dryer in 2005
  • Finished lower level with wood-burning fireplace in 2000
  • Beautiful hardwood floors
  • Yard features perennial tulips, daffodils, raspberries and rhubarb
  • Easy access to Interstate, Beltline and Downtown

Indian Springs Neighborhood Features

  • Walk to Baxter and Rimrock Parks. Close to Nine Springs (great for walking in the woods and crossing country skiing)
  • Close to area restaurants, shopping and grocery stores
  • Close to the Capitol City bike paths
  • Visit the newly built Goodman Library on S. Park Street
  • Minutes from Downtown, Capitol and Beltline
  • Easy commute to East and West side of Madison

Madison school district information for 605 Diving Hawk Trail

This listing is marketed by Sara Alvarado. For a showing or more information please call 608.438.4315 or email

Tips for Building Smaller Homes, Greener Homes

I recently spent the month in Mexico, in a 900 sq. ft. apartment with my husband and two young boys. Our house in Madison is around 1700 sq. ft. with extra space in the basement and the 2 car garage for storage. Surprisingly enough, it is wonderful living in a smaller space. I was a bit worried at first yet right away I started discovering more and more reasons to embrace and love it. A couple of months ago I was talking to my dear friend Sonya Newenhouse who is in the midst of building a modular home in Viroqua WI and I told her my biggest concern in moving to smaller space with two growing boys is winter time. Here in Mexico we spend many hours outside and that is probably part of the reason I don't notice the claustrophobic feeling that we get in the middle of winter when the kids have a lot of energy and are bouncing off the walls wishing they could go out and play. Here are some great tips for ways to embrace and create large living in small spaces.

Creating Space with Less Square Footage

Although a high ceiling, larger mirror, and natural light make a modest bathroom feel larger, actually cutting square feet from a home is more difficult than it sounds. Here are a few "small ideas" to make a small green home more functional and attractive.

Add Inches to Height: Instead of eight foot ceilings,  have nine foot ceilings. This keeps small rooms from seeming cramped. 

Eliminate Attics: The usable space under the attic can be used for visual appeal, conditioned storage, and loft space.

Eliminate Halls: Halls take up space that can be used for storage or larger rooms. Traffic patterns can cross rooms. 

Separate Space: Rather than building walls, separate spaces with changes in materials or ceiling height., Furniture, such as a bookcase perpendicular to a wall, also separates space without a wall.

Eliminate Formals: Do you use a parlor or a formal dining room more than a few times a year? Plan a larger kitchen or use two separate sitting areas within one living area. A living-dining area with a small, windowed breakfast nook in (or off) the kitchen adds visual space and usability to both rooms. When not eating, use the breakfast nook for homework or use the dining table for games and extra seating for guests.

Use Space Under Roof Peak: Look for a small second story under the peak of the roof. It costs less than first-story space because it uses far fewer resources to build.

I hope these are useful tips as we all learn to challenge how we live and be aware of our habits. I encourage you all to follow Sonya's videos and track the progress of her home. There is so much to learn. We also have many more tips on our website and encourage you to send us your tips, thoughts or ideas for sustainable living in your home and community.

4165 Cherokee Drive - Nakoma Home for Sale

4165 Cherokee Drive, Madison WI

4165 Cherokee Drive, Madison WI

This spacious two story in Nakoma has one of the BEST backyards, great deck for playing & entertaining and a coveted floor plan featuring a main floor 3/4 bath attached to den (could be used as a guest room), all three bedrooms on 2nd floor and large bath. Lower level is cozy, perfect for movies or a book by the fire. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout, new furnace & windows in '07, new roof in '06 and many other updates. Lower level TV and surround sound included. Close to bike paths, parks and great local shopping.

  • 3 bedroom, 2 Bath 
  • 1817 Sq. Ft.
  • 1 car garage
  • Current price and more photos - visit the MLS Data info page.

Cherokee Home Features & Updates

  • Repainted and re-stained deck in 2010
  • Complete remodel of main floor den and a new 3/4 bathroom finished by professional builders in 2009.
  • New Marvin Energy Star windows installed in 2007
  • New High Efficiency Carrier furnace in 2007
  • New roof with complete tear -off in 2006
  • Replaced washer and dryer in 2004
  • Beautiful hardwood floors throughout
  • Kitchen features Corian countertops

Nakoma Neighborhood Information

Nakoma was platted in 1915 and was one of the most prestigious neighborhood's of its time as it is today. Some of the finest examples of Colonial, Greek, Tudor Revival, French Provincial, and Prairie style homes are located in Nakoma. This historic neighborhood is also home to Thoreau Elementary School, Nakoma Country Club, and easy access to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. Resident driven activities and charitable endeavors are spearheaded by The Nakoma League, which  includes all residents of the neighborhood's 800 homes and continues its mission, "to promote neighborliness and friendliness among its members and to contribute to the welfare of the community." They have an amazing website that features many neighborhood events and activities, information and even a bulletin board.

 Madison School District Information for 4165 Cherokee Drive

Come visit this lovely home by calling 608.438.4315 or email Sara Alvarado at

5460 Coachman Place, Fitchburg 2 Bedroom Condo For Sale

2 bedroom Fitchburg condo for sale

5460 Coachman Place in Fitchburg WI

Gorgeous end-unit townhouse with extensive upgrades including hardwood floors (with custom inlay) throughout main floor and 2nd floor hallway, granite in kitchen, powder room and guest bath, custom-designed concrete counter top with vessel sinks in master bath. Upgraded appliances with gas stove. 2-car garage with custom shelving for storage. Enjoy view of city park and gazebo from front porch. Just blocks from restaurants and shopping with easy access to downtown and Beltline, this great community has it all.

For the current price and more photos check out the mls data sheet here.

  • 2 BR, 2.5 BA, 1760 Sq. Ft.
  • End-unit with finished lower level office
  • 2-car attached garage

Coachman Condo Property Features & Updates

  • New roof and 2 new windows in 2010
  • Updated master bath with double-vanity, custom concrete counter, and vessel sinks in 2008
  • Newer granite countertops in kitchen and guest bath in 2008
  • New front load high-efficiency washer in 2007
  • New Range and dishwasher in 2007
  • Hardwood floors throughout main level and 2nd floor hallway

Neighborhood Description

Hatchery Hill Subdivison is a hidden gem just outside of Madison. It is a pedestrian-focused, mixed use infill development that integrates the commercial needs of a small city with the convenience of higher density living. The development integrates commercial, office, retail, and residential uses within a compact, walkable environment. Built in 2000, this  development includes 300,000 square feet of retail, 200,000 square feet of office space, and over 500 dwelling units. Hatchery Hill Phase I is a townhome condominium community located in the heart of Hatchery Hill offering a wonderful lifestyle for its residents.

  • Centrally located, ten minutes from the State Capitol, University of Wisconsin-Madison, east or west sides of Madison.
  • Minutes to the Beltline, Busline and Capitol Bike Trail
  • Conveniently close to over 20 restaurants and various shopping and medical offices. 

Madison Area School District Information for 5460 Coachman Place

For a private showing or more information please contact Sara Alvarado at 608.438.5005 or