Blog :: 12-2011

3042 Artesian Lane, Madison, WI - 3 BR Home For Sale


3042 Artesian Lane, Madison WI

Well-maintained colonial in great area close to everything! One of the best backyards in the neighborhood: it is private and has an extended, large deck, patio, play structure and plenty of room for soccer games! Natural light, great flowing floor plan, open dining area. Three bedrooms upstairs, master bedroom features a walkthrough master bath and large walk-in closet with closet system installed. Large rec room in lower level and potential for  legal 4th bedroom (currently guest room). *Sellers are WI licensed Brokers.

o 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, 1827 sq ft o Huge Backyard o For current price, click here.

3042 Artesian Lane Property Features & Updates

  • Furnace, 95% energy efficient, new in 2009
  • Hardware installed in kitchen & both bathrooms, 2010
  • Low flow toilets installed in both bathrooms, 2010
  • Replaced the sliding door in kitchen, 2010
  • Replaced bathroom exhaust fan (super good), 2009
  • Extended the back deck, 2009
  • Water heater replaced in 2008
  • Aprilaire installed in 2007 & new programmable thermostat
  • Complete tear off roof in 2006
  • New play structure installed in 2006
  • New patio in backyard & two sections in driveway in 2006
  • Renovations in 2005:

- New water softener - New kitchen countertops - Installed microwave - Replaced refrigerator & flat top stove - New light fixtures - Replaced carpet on all three levels - New paint throughout - Installed closet system in master bedroom - New window shades throughout (included) - Installed shelving in basement & garage (included)

  • Garden installed between two lilac bushes in the backyard, great native perennials around the house and beautiful blooming cherry tree and burning bushes in front of house.

Indian Springs Neighborhood Information

Indian Springs was developed in the  early 1990's. This neighborhood is on Madison's southern edge just east  of the intersection of Rimrock Rd. and Highway 12 making it a great  area with easy access to Madison's East and West sides. Indian Springs  borders Nine Springs Creek and conservancy area where you can walk  through nature and enjoy birds and deer anytime of the year. This  neighborhood is also close to the Capital City Bike Trail, Baxter Park  and features its own Farmers Market too!

Opening in 2012 is the Resilience Research Center featuring a brand new LEED certified, green building that will be the home of Badger Rock Middle School and a Neighborhood Center. This is a great opportunity for the neighborhood and will provide a wonderful meeting place with excellent events, activities and resources along with community gardens and a coffee shop/deli.

Madison School Information for 3042 Artesian Lane

Nuestro Mundo Community School or Frank Allis Elementary School Badger Rock Middle School or Sennett Middle School La Follette 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

FROGBOX Madison WI - Tips for a Greener and Less Stressful Move

FROGBOX LOGOBy: Guest Blogger Matt Harbut, FROGBOX of Madison

1. Manage your time properly

Start organizing and packing at least one month before the moving day. Start with things that you don't use daily. Your ski suit, snow boots, winter clothes, most of the books, CD's and computer games and other things you can do without for a few weeks. Start slowly and dedicate an hour or two every day for packing. The most important step is to go through your stuff and sort it.

2. Be sure to have recycling bins and donation bags and garbage bags

Before you start packing, you need to get rid of things that you don't need. A good example are clothes that you haven't worn for the last two years and that are taking up space you could use for new clothing.  This applies to books, toys and home decorations.

3. Throw out the fridge

or at least a lot of it - Food and vitamins are not like good wine. They don't get better with age!  Go through your pantry, medicine cabinet and vitamins; throw away anything that has expired.  Be sure to check-out the Wisconsin DNR for pharmaceutical disposal guidelines.

4. The "Maybe Box"

Sometimes it's hard to let go. If you feel conflicted, put it in a "MAYBE box" that you have prepared especially for tough decisions. After a few days, go check in with your "maybe box". Your clarity will increase and you may see things differently.

5. Use existing containers, suitcases, etc for packing

Take a look at your home. You probably have some plastic containers, suitcases and camping bags that can be used for packing. Sometimes these bags are stored in the attic and they are full of dust; clean them and use them for your move.

6. For the rest of your things rent reusable plastic moving boxes from FROGBOX.  

They are easy to work with. Your belongings won't get wet while loading/unloading in the rain. They are not only eco-friendly (since they reduce cardboard waste) they are family friendly too- if you by accident have packed your child's most important stuffed toy... all you have to do is open the lid, take it out and close it back up. (You'd be surprised how often this happens.)

7. Soft Items

Do not pack all your towels in one big box. Use the towels to pad the bottom of each box when packing dishes and other fragile items. Use another towel on top and close the lid.

8. Label Every Box

Don't label the top - always on the side, so when you stack them on each other you can tell what's inside. When you rent FROGBOXes you get labels with your order but you can always just flip open the lid to see what's inside so the contents of you boxes will never be a mystery.

9. Don't let your junk mail move with you!

Use this as an opportunity to manage your mail with services like DMAchoice, OptOutPrescreen and Catalog Choice.   Feel good about simplifying your life, while saving hundreds of trees each year.

10. When choosing a mover...

make sure they're licensed and bonded, and have a great reputation. Call or email FROGBOX for a list of trusted Madison area movers.

11. Do it yourself moving

Consider renting the smallest van or truck that your things will fit into.  This will make loading the truck much easier and you'll save money and fuel.  If you have a small amount to move and don't own a car it might be a great opportunity to use a car share program like Community Car.  They have some roomy pick-ups and mini vans that are great for moving and FROGBOX customer get 50% off the Community Car registration fee.

12. Set a goal to unpack

Unpack a certain number of boxes each day in your new home. If you rent FROGBOXes you'll appreciate having a deadline for unpacking your boxes - sometimes a little motivation is healthy!. When you've reached your goal, make sure to treat yourself, you deserve it!

Good luck with your move and let us know if we can help!

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 Listed! 2534 Kendall Avenue, Madison WI - 3 Bedroom Home for Sale

2543 Kendall Ave.

Wonderfully updated home on Madison's Near Westside boasts a newer kitchen with soapstone counter, hickory cabinets and great appliances!   This home retains all its charm with arched doorways, natural woodwork, brick fireplace and original crown molding.  Relax on the patio overlooking the terraced backyard.

o 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1468 sq ft o 2-car detached garage o For current price and more photos, click here.

2534 Kendall Avenue Property Features

Recent Updates Include:

  • New Lifetime guaranteed roof (transferable to new buyer) on home and garage
  • New gutters and downspouts
  • Completely renovated kitchen
  • Upgraded electrical box
  • Whole house insulation (translated to huge energy savings)
  • Anderson windows with tilt-out feature installed house wide (except for sunroom)
  • New backdoor installed
  • Deck off back door rebuilt
  • Reworked basement plumbing
  • Furnace control board replaced (installed in 1995)
  • Backyard retaining wall installed
  • Patio installed in back yard
  • Added 7'x7' shed for storage
  • Rainbow Systems Play Structure
  • New electrical outlets in Master and 2nd Bedroom
  • New A/C unit and water softener installed
  • All outlets have been upgraded to GFCI
  • Most overhead lighting has been updated (bedrooms & downstairs bath have not had updates.)


University Heights Neighborhoood Information

Neighborhood located at the west end of the UW-Madison Campus and is famous for its classic Victorian and modern homes.  Easy access to the UW Hospital, UW Campus, Regent St. Co-Op, and West High School.  Walking distance to Lake Mendota, Lake Wingra, the Henry Vilas Zoo, local business districts and bike and pedestrian trails.

Madison School Information for 2534 Kendall Ave.

Franklin-Randall Elementary  Hamilton Middle School West High School

Sara Alvarado 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! 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