Blog :: 09-2011

Second Location Grand Opening Celebration!

Location, Location, Location.

Now we've got TWO!

Alvarado Real Estate GroupPlease join us for fun, food, drink and surprise giveaways at an open house to celebrate our new space on Monroe St., just one block west of Trader Joe's and across from Brasserie V. In addition to our near Eastside office - just of Willy on S. Livingston St. - we look forward to serving you with two locations in the heart of Madison.

You'll also get to meet everyone on our growing team: Sara and Carlos Alvarado, Julie Campbell, Eric Turnquist, Kathryn Wunnicke, Cathy Lacy, Adrienne Sella, Robert Grether and Susan Stoehr. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Time: 4pm - 7pm Where: 1914 Monroe Street, Madison WI 53711 [
View Larger Map" target="_blank">map] Who: YOU and bring your friends! Please help us out and RSVP and we'll make sure to have enough food and drink!

303 S. Livingston Street, Madison WI

303 S. Livingston Street, Madison WI

JUST SOLD! 802 Bewick Drive, Madison WI

SOLD in 25 Days!

Congratulations! 802 Bewick Drive sold in 25 days! Gotta love that! Listed for $179,900 and sold for $170,500. Gorgeous updates, completely renovated with a new kitchen, stainless steel appliances. Dining room overlooks huge deck and beautiful yard. One of the best features is a His and Hers garage. The attached one car garage (perhaps this is hers?) is spotless clean with an easy entry to the kitchen. Plus a detached oversized and heated 2 car garage. Not that there aren't garage loving women out there but I know I like my garage to be attached and certainly don't need it to be heated because I'm just not hanging out in the garage much. Congratulations to the Seller for doing a fantastic job staging this home; great colors, perfect fitting furniture and no clutter! Combine that with tech savvy Realtors, excellent exposure, marketing and great negotiating skills and we are happy to report another successful sale. 

Need help getting your home sold? Contact Sara Alvarado today, 608.438.5005,

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

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 

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 

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,!

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!