Blog :: 05-2011

Marquette Waterfront Festival 2011

Another great event is coming soon to the great Near Eastside neighborhood! What do we love most about the Marquette Waterfront Festival? The music, the friends, the dancing, spending time outside, the beer? It is must be the combination! Here is the great description of this year's event from the Marquette Neighborhood Association website:

Yet again the Marquette Neighborhood Association is conjuring up two days of unsurpassed excitement for the Marquette Waterfront Festival. The community will celebrate atop the whip thin spit of land known as Yahara Place Park on June 11th and 12th . This is the 22nd edition of the event and there will be a totally sensational group of performers around representing our neighborhood and diverse regions of the nation and the World. The music will be joyous and raucous and sweat-inducing danceable. We ask that you please come both days to enjoy the show and the seductive breeze at Lake Monona's shore.

Saturday, June 11th, 2011 Waterfront Schedule

Sunday, June 12th, 2011 Waterfront Schedule

We hope to see you there!

1107 Birch Haven Circle - Monona, WI Home for Sale

Garden Lovers Heaven! This darling cottage like home sits on a huge lot with plenty of space to garden, play, compost, and get creative and a 2 car garage bonus with 24x6 attached workshop is perfect for your tools and projects. Hang out on the screen porch or sit by the cozy fireplace, enjoy views of Lake Monona from bay window. Updates are plentiful: Furnace, Central air new in '06, drain tiles and sump pump in '09 with remodel of lower level, kitchen offers new flooring and new appliances. Great Belle Isle location in Monona!

  • 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,035 Sq. Ft. Bungalow
  • 2 car garage with separate shed and an amazing lot
  • For current price and more photos, click here


Property Features

  • New kitchen flooring in 2011
  • New Refrigerator in 2011
  • New Stove in 2011
  • New Washer in 2011
  • New low-flow toilets in 2009/2010
  • New Water heater in 2009
  • Lower level remodeled in 2009
  • New sump pump and drain tiles added in 2009
  • New Furnace and Central air in 2006
  • New energy star basement windows in 2006
  • Built-in book case, laundry chute and stairway cabinets
  • Large yard features 2 existing garden plots with room for more, and numerous mature trees
  • Beautiful screened porch
  • View of Lake Monona from the bay window

Belle Isle Neighborhood Features

  • Located on the shores of Lake Monona
  • Just a short walk to Oneida and Winnequah Parks
  • Great shopping, restaurants and local stores nearby too!
  • Close to Maywood Elementary and Winnequah Middle School
  • Short walk to the Monona Library on Nichols Rd.
  • Vibrant and active Belle Isle Neighborhood Association offers many neighborhood opportunities all year, including the annual Oneida Park Summer picnic

Monona Grove School District Information for 1107 Birch Haven Circle

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

402 Luke Lane, Dane, WI - 3 BR Home on the Water!

402 Luke Lane, Dane WI

Custom built in 2007 with beautiful details like the Kohler vessel sinks in the bathrooms, high end fixtures and a wonderful layout make this home extra special. Vaulted ceilings create an open feel, the kitchen has dinette area that opens to the living room plus a separate formal dining room. Enjoy the water views from the deck - this is a perfect home for entertaining and then taking a canoe ride around the pond. Huge lower level is plumbed for a bath and offers window egress for 4th bedroom. A new home on water - great opportunity!

Property Features

  • Custom-built in 2007
  • high-end fixtures throughout
  • Kohler vessel sinks in bathrooms
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Exposed lower level offers 4th bedroom option
  • Located on a small pond

Capitol Valley Estates Neighborhood Information

This newer subdivision is located in the southeast corner of the Village of Dane. It is just a minutes from Deforest, Waunakee, Middleton and offers easy access to I-90/94 and Hwy 12. Located in the Lodi School District, students attend Lodi Elementary, Middle, and High School

This home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home, please contact Sara at 608.438.5005, or Sara is also available to discuss ways to help you get your home sold! For some seller tips, click here.

5114 Walbridge Ave., Madison WI - 3 BR Condo For Sale

You won't believe the amount of space and the great layout of this 3 bedroom townhouse condo presented by The Alvarado Group! Just 5 years old and still shines with stainless steel appliances, great colors, gas fireplace and deluxe California closets in every closet! Master bedroom suite is privately located away from the other 2 bedrooms & features a walk-in closet and master bath. Sliding doors to private patio area (great for letting the dog out). LOVE the kitchen, tons of counter space and cabinets, breakfast bar, pantry too! Conveniently located! 

  • 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1528 sq. ft. garden style condo
  • 2 car attached garage
  • For the most current price & more photos, visit Alvarado Group MLS Data page


Heistand Neighborhood Features

  • Walking distance to Heistand and Portland Parks
  • Close to Woodman's Grocery Store
  • Close to Schenk Elementary and Whitehorse Middle Schools
  • Close to numerous restaurants and shops
  • Visit the Pinney Library on Cottage Grove Rd
  • Easy access to Beltline, downtown Madison and UW 

Madison School Information for 5114 Walbridge Ave

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

606 W. Broadway, Monona WI - Lakefront Home For Sale

You may say this 3 bedroom bungalow presented by The Alvarado Group needs some TLC but the reality is it has been lovingly cared for by the past owner for 47 years. Now it just needs some cosmetic and fun updating! Gorgeous water views and nice fenced yard with room to play. Main floor offers kitchen, bath, living room, dining area and main floor bedroom/ den. Basement has a sump pump. Old garage is now a storage room. Full inspection completed in November 2009, all mechanicals and safety points were checked and passed. Roof and furnace replaced within 7-10 yrs. 

606 W. Broadway Property Features & Information

  • 50 feet of lake frontage with gorgeous views of water
  • New sump pump in 2011
  • Roof replaced within 7-10 years
  • New furnace in 2002

Monona Area Neighborhood Features

  •  Close to several area restaurants, shops and South Towne
  •  Close to the bike path and parks
  •  Easy access to Beltline, downtown and Capitol

Monona Grove School District Information for 606 W. Broadway

  • Nichols Elementary
  • Winnequah Middle School
  • Monona Grove 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

Madison's Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale is this Saturday!

Here in Madison we have our own style. And part of this lifestyle in Madison WI that we love is our ability to be at the forefront of making a difference in the world. It seems that most people I meet in Madison understand that Global Change Starts at Home. At home in our own beliefs or our driving habits, energy use or our food choices. That statement is pretty broad but it also focuses on what we have the ability to control too. And one thing that we have seen many new Madison homebuyers get excited about (yes, they get excited!) is the opportunity to start composting in their new backyards.

Madison area Compost Bin SaleThe City of Madison and Dane County will hold their annual home compost bin and rain barrel sale on Saturday, May 7.  This one-day only sale will feature the Earth Machine Home Composter and the Systern rain barrel.  The Earth Machine will be on sale for $45, tax included and the Systern will sell for $55 tax included.

Madison location information: Alliant Energy Center. Customers should use the Olin Ave entrance. 9am - 3pm.

Middleton location information: Middleton Public Works Garage 3300 Laura Lane. 9am - 1pm.

For more information check out the City of Madison website and visit the Alvarado Group resource guide for making a difference in your home.