Blog :: 2012

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Showings

You can't sell your home unless you can show it, right? Successful showings are a large factor in getting your home sold! So how does it work and what should you expect from the process?

The Alvarado Real Estate Group contracts with a third party service, Showing Time, to handle all of the showing requests for your home from cooperating REALTORS® and even from us directly. We use this service to properly track all showings and have an efficient way to receive important feedback to pass on to you.

 

How does it work?

We provide Showing Time your contact information and your preferred way of being reached. Your preferences are discussed with you when your listing paperwork is signed. Many people like being able to confirm appointments via text messages, but some prefer phone or email.  Here is the inside scoop on Showing Time.

-       The company is not based in our area (and they may say our office name wrong J) and to be quite honest, they have very limited knowledge about the overall real estate process and are more like a call center.

-       They are best at confirming and denying showings so if you need to try and reschedule a showing or you simply feel like you need to call our office to help arrange a showing, PLEASE do so.

-       They will continue to call or text you to request showings even after you have an accepted offer. Please contact your agent directly if you want to stop showings instead of just denying showings. There is a proper timeline and process that we recommend.

-       If you are going out of town for a while, you can call the showing line and tell them the dates you will be out of town and update the showing instructions.(For example: you are okay with your home being shown at any time (i.e. 'go & show') between the 5-10th of the month. Then you can leave town without worrying about checking your phone for showing requests while you are gone.)

-       There is a Supra lock box on or near your front door. Only licensed REALTORS® have access to open that box. The lock box cannot be opened before 8am after or 9pm, so you should always feel safe in your home.

 

What to expect:

-       The showing request will most likely be made a day prior and will be for a one hour allotted window of time. (For example: an agent is requesting to view your home tomorrow from 2-3pm.)  You are expected to be gone for all showings.

-       At some point, an agent may arrive early or later than the hour requested. This will be annoying to you - I know, I've sold my house a couple of times too. Please keep in mind that most agents are showing multiple homes to the same buyer in a 4-5 hour time period. They do their best to estimate when they will get to each listing and how long the buyer will need to tour it. However, changes to their schedules do occur and you should be prepared in case a showing agent is running early or late.

-       We recommend that you have your home ready to show and are out of the home at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time frame.  Also, don't be surprised if they are still there when you come home...just drive around the block a couple of times until they are gone.

-       You may also experience a 'no show'. You will get your home in perfect showing condition and 10 minutes after you leave the house with all the lights on and fresh flowers in place you will get a call that it was cancelled. Or you will return after the presumed showing and no one will have been there. It happens. It sucks. That is all I can say. Buyers cancel last minute, people get stuck in traffic, kids get sick, or sometimes it is as annoying as they drove up to your house, didn't like the color of the trim and decided not to tour it. This frustration is part of the selling process and it is better to laugh then cry.

-       Don't get locked out of your home!  People are walking through your home. They are turning the lights on and off, they are walking out the back door to check out the yard, and they are looking in your garage. It is very important that you leave notes for the showing agents on doors that you have specific instructions for (like the door from the garage to the home). If you always use that door when you come home and you don't want it locked, please tape a small note above the doorknob that says, "Please don't lock this door." Or better yet, keep a key with you for all doors so you are never locked out of your own home! The same goes for turning lights on and off. If you want the agent to leave the lights on as they go through the home or turn them off, just leave a nice note like "Please leave the lights on" if you know there is another showing scheduled later in the day.

 

Showing your home:

You need to present your home in the best possible way for every single showing.

  • In the kitchen, you'll want to make sure that all of your dirty dishes are washed & put away, clear off the counters, and sweep/mop the floor.
  • For bathrooms, clean the sinks, put the toilet lids down, pull the shower curtain across the stall, and straighten/freshen the towels.
  • Around the rest of the home, a quick vacuum will be needed, make the beds, and hide the clutter.
  • Please leave any marketing materials out on the dining room table or on the kitchen counter!
  • Don't spray the home with air fresheners, use plug-ins or light smelly candles. Buyers think you are trying to cover something up and some people have bad reactions to heavy scents. It isn't worth the risk.
  • Before you leave for the showing, turn on all lights and open the blinds and curtains.
  • Try to remember that a buyer's first impression is curb appeal. Make sure the lawn is beautiful, take some time with your landscaping, and get some fresh flowers in a pot at the door. If it is winter, please remember to shovel all snow from the walkways and lay down ice melt to prevent slipping accidents. Get a new WELCOME mat at your front door. The buyers will be hanging out at the front door for a bit while the agent gets the key and unlocks the door, so make it a good first impression.

Continually getting your home ready for showings (sometimes with very little notice), can get frustrating after a while. Try to keep your spirits up and know that the right buyer is out there and just hasn't seen your home yet!  We will continue our marketing efforts and keep an eye on the market conditions to make sure you don't miss out on any exposure opportunities to potential buyers.

 

Feedback from the Buyers/Agents:

-     How did the showing go? What did the buyers think? I know you want to know right away and we promise to get you information as quickly as we get it. Once the showing occurs there is an automatic survey that we created that is emailed to the Buyer's Agent. It usually takes 24-48 hours to receive feedback. Please remember that the agent might have shown 15 homes in a day and might need some time to get through all the feedback while they are also getting answers to their Buyer's questions and potentially preparing an offer.

-     Bad feedback happens. We will report all feedback we get to you and there might be some feedback that you don't like. Keep in mind that many agents are simply reporting the negative feedback and they don't have the time to point out all the good things about the home. Also keep in mind that there are things you can control and things you can't control. Only focus on what you CAN control.

  • You can't control the location.
  • You can control the clutter and the cleanliness.
  • You can't control the layout.
  • You can control the condition. Touch up paint, a new water heater, etc.

The things you can't control, like if the buyer wants a master bathroom, you have to let go of. But if over time you keep getting showings and negative or just OK feedback then you have to realize that the negative factors that you can't control need to be balanced by the price. If you are the only home without a large backyard and many of the other homes in that price range are similar to yours but with a bigger back yard or with a 2 car garage, then you need to adjust your price down to make up for that.

 

Monthly Listing Reports and Follow Up:

-     After 3-4 weeks of your home being on the market you will receive a Listing Report that summarizes the showing activity and marketing activity of your home. You will also receive updated information on what is going on in your area and/or your price range.

-     You and I will discuss a marketing & pricing plan when we list the home. After a couple of weeks of showings, you might start thinking differently about the process. You and your spouse/partner may have a couple of conversations and decide you want to change the original plan. It is important to keep me in the communication loop. I will update you on what's going on and I need you to update me on where you are at. Sometimes the motivation level goes way up and sometimes it goes down. This is very important for me to know so I am on the same page as you and are reaching for the same goal.

And REMEMBER...we are here to help, so please call us if you have a question or concern.

M&I Bank is offering a unique Neighborhood Home Loan Program

M&I, soon to be BMO Harris Bank, is offering another fantastic financing option called the Neighborhood Home Loan Program (NHLP), which is a 30 year, fixed-rate loan with as little as 3% down with NO PRIVATE MORTGAGE INSURANCE! Potential clients would also be able to receive a $1,600 closing cost credit from M&I Bank if they open a Portfolio Checking account and establish auto-pay for their new mortgage.

Typically, NHLP is an income restricted program, however, there is no income restriction when utilizing the program for the purchase of a home in a "low" or "moderate" income census tract (defined by the Federal Government based on census data). This program can be used on owner-occupied single family homes, duplexes (with 5% minimum down), or condos that meet Freddie Mac guidelines.

NHLP loans can also be utilized by borrowers buying a property in Dane County who make under $65,500 gross annual income. Borrowers under this income limit can use this program to purchase owner-occupied homes that are not located in "low" or "moderate" income census tracts. These borrowers buying outside of a "low" or "moderate" income census tract would be eligible to receive a $1,100 closing cost credit from M&I if they open a Portfolio Checking account us and establish auto-pay for their new mortgage.

With interest rates still at or near historic lows, coupled with this lending option, you really shouldn't wait to make a move. Get into a new home before the holidays!

Where are the homes for sale that qualify for this great program? Call Carlos Alvarado today to find out. Or if you'd like to speak to our preferred M&I Bank lender about this program, please contact David Clem at 608.231.5675 or david.clem@micorp.com or visit www.bmoharris.com/dclem to apply online today.

Madison WI Real Estate Market Update - Up 18%!

Madison area sales are on the upswing and have been for more than a year.

August single family home sales in the Madison WI area were up almost 18% over August of 2011. This is the fourteenth consecutive month that the sales volume has exceeded monthly sales year over year! That is impressive for the Madison WI real estate market. What does it mean for you?

If you are thinking that now is the time to make a move, please contact us and we can help you weigh your options.

Source: South Central Wisconsin Multiple Listing Service.

Just SOLD - 3353 Bradbury Court, Madison! $290,000

Celebrating another successful closing at 3353 Bradbury Court on Madison's west side! Listing Agent, Sara Alvarado, knew that the location of this home on top of a hill with the backyard bordering protected forest green space and near the local park would help it sell to the right family if it was presented in the best way possible. After a lot of hard work from the Sellers and willingness to stage the home, they were able to get a great offer and move on to the next chapter of their lives. Listed for $299,900 this home sold for $290,000 in 145 days. Congratulations!

What sets The Alvarado Group apart from the other real estate companies is our professionalism, marketing savvy, real life experiences and that is exactly what got the job done!  If you would like to learn more about how Sara Alvarado can get your home sold, contact her 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.

1204 Birch Haven Circle - Monona Home for Sale on the Water!

Gorgeously Remodeled Monona Home on the Channel (2007 NARI Showcase home)! Everything has been replaced & remodeled. Open living area, great for entertaining features Brazilian cherry floors, gas fireplace. Extensive list (granite, maple cabinets, Anderson windows, etc) of detailed updates available via email & onsite. Living in a like new home with all the upgrades yet surrounded in Monona's mature community on the Lake, enjoy the yard, huge 2nd floor patio w/ beautiful views, the water & Monona Schools.

  • 4 BR, 3 BA, 2,700 Sq. Ft.
  • Completely remodeled
  • On the Lake Monona channel
  • For current price and more property information, click here.

 

Features of 1204 Birch Haven Circle:

 

Interior

  • Every room completely remodeled including new flooring, finishes, lighting, Oak trim and doors.
  • Brazilian Cherry, wide board floors with unique floor muffling system--10 year installation warranty.
  • Gas fireplace with Black Galaxy granite and Oak surround
  • Custom, hand-finished front entry door and garage service door
  • Baldwin lock set on front door, and new Schlage hardware on all doors
  • Andersen Door and window hardware and grids
  • 6-panel solid Oak doors and trim throughout
  • Metal staircase balusters with Oak railing
  • All new bath and door hardware
  • Garage completely insulated, heated and finished including drywall, texture, paint and new lighting
  • California Closets(TM) throughout home, including laundry and linen closets
  • Laundry Room with new front-load GE Washer, Dryer and Duratub Wash Tub

Exterior

  • Andersen Windows
  • Dormers and front porch
  • 2-car garage with large attic storage
  • Massive rooftop deck with top of the line DuraDek(TM) and glass DuraRail(TM) railing system
  • New all-cedar siding
  • New stonework with engraved stone address block
  • New architectural style shingle roof with ice and snow shield and 30-year warranty
  • New Professional landscaping
  • 44' Wickcraft(TM) Dock with interchangeable cedar pallets and telescopic legs
  • 420 sq. ft. cement patio
  • All New outdoor lighting and power outlets
  • All new cement including driveway, patio, garage, porch, walks, and door/AC pads
  • Carriage style garage door with arched entry and openers/exterior keypad entry

 

School Information for 1204 Birch Haven Circle

Click below for more information on the schools:

Monona Grove High School

Glacial Drumlin 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.

 

77 S. Gardens Way - Fitchburg Condo for Sale!

Upgraded unit is a peaceful place to come home to overlooking gorgeous green space, walking path & offers private entry, private 2 car garage and easy living layout. Hardwood floors, 3 sided fireplace, private deck, stainless steel appliances, beautiful cabinetry. Single owner added extra storage shelving, low VOC paints, ceiling fans in bedrooms, living room. 3rd floor loft currently family rm, can be master bdrm suite. Great sunlight, spacious rooms, California closets, super clean & shows beautifully!

  • 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1683 Sq. Ft.
  • Desirable location facing green space and not other units
  • Meticulously upgraded & maintained
  • For current price and more information, click here

77 S. Gardens Way Property Features

  • Home overlooks gorgeous green space & walking path
  • Private entry
  • Attached 2 car garage
  • In-unit laundry
  • Hardwood floors
  • 3 sided gas fireplace
  • Kitchen features stainless steel appliances & beautiful cabinetry
  • Lots of extra storage shelves built in throughout unit
  • Ceiling fans installed in most rooms

Swan Creek & The Gardens at Swan Creek Neighborhood Information

Swan Creek is a Smart Growth neighborhood focused on providing its residents a sense of community and safe harbor. Its small town feel includes friendly streets, generous parks, open space, corridors to regional bicycle trail and pedestrian-friendly walkways. Part of its attraction is the housing diversity including single-family homes, condominiums, apartments and senior living options. There is also a small commercial area to be incorporated into the neighborhood to provide necessities. It is also conveniently located to major highways and arteries - a welcome asset to commuters and professionals who travel for business purposes.

Adhering to rowhouse architecture and design, each home at The Gardens of Swan Creek has both a strong street-side and courtside presence with individual front porches and entries. The front yard for buildings adjoining the public street are defined by low ornamental metal fences and masonry columns. The Garden also boasts its own community gardens for use by owners. Site landscaping includes a mix of deciduous and conifer trees and shrubs, ornamental trees, native landscaping and groundcovers. Rain gardens are provided in different areas of each lot to encourage storm water infiltration.

The association takes care of landscaping (the neighborhood sign areas and some traffic islands), enforcement of the covenants and all other things that are necessary to keep the neighborhood nice. The covenants were originally written by the developer and were signed by every lot owner prior to closing. Covenants are binding and enforceable. The board and/or the members can change covenants by voting. Current covenants can be found on the website.

Madison School District Information for 77 S. Gardens Way

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.

3512 Gregory Street, Madison WI - Bungalow for Sale

3512 Gregory Street, Madison WI

How many times have I heard clients say that they wanted a new house and yet they felt it was really important to be in an established neighborhood with mature trees and experience a true community? How easy is that to find in Madison? Practically impossible. With delight, I welcome you to this fantastic opportunity to own a 6 year young custom crafted Bungalow in the Briar Hill neighborhood that backs up to the Capital City Bike path just steps away from the Children's Park. As you walk through this home you'll notice the details of the extra wide trim, the tiled wood burning fireplace, gorgeous built ins, expansive windows and walk in closets. You'll also notice the 9 ft ceilings, fiber cement siding, light maple flooring and warm, welcoming colors.

The Seller worked closely with Drake Builders and the designer at Bungalow Pros to make this a dream home that fits right into the neighborhood. The layout creates easy and spacious living and even with all the great storage throughout (pantry and walk in closets) there is a large, dry basement with 8 ft ceilings that can easily be finished or just used for storage or an exercise area.

Open House on Sunday, August 26th from 12-3pm! 

 3512 Gregory Street Specs

- Offered for $375,000 - 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, 1592 square feet - No garage, gravel driveway - Large front yard and a back deck with private back yard - 2011 taxes: $7,789 - Clark House Design: www.BungalowPros.com - Built by Drake Builders

Living room: 19x14 Dining room: 16x11 Kitchen: 12x12 Back deck: 18x8 Front porch: 10x6 Master Bdrm: 12x12 Bdrm #2: 12x11 Bdrm #3: 11x11

Briar Hill Area School Information:

- Thoreau Elementary

- Cherokee Heights Middle School

- West High School

 

Sara Alvarado, The Alvarado Real Estate GroupThis home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, Broker - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. Why? Because she sold it ten years ago (when it was a 500 sq. ft. home) and she knows the neighborhood! For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Sara at 608.438.5005 or sara@thealvaradogroup.com.

JUST SOLD! 726 Miami Pass in Nakoma, Madison, WI

JUST SOLD - 726 Miami Pass Nakoma, Madison

We are excited to report another successful sale! This classic beauty in Nakoma was a unique sale. The seller asked Sara Alvarado to sell the home to the right buyer but really didn't want a sign in the front yard or have it on the public websites or on the MLS. Using her connections, word of mouth and strong relationships with other top agents in the market place, Sara found three interested parties which resulted in two offers offer, and the seller accepted the one that was full price! After living in the home for 50 years it was important to have a smooth and easy transaction so a combination of compassion and professional guidance is exactly what helped the Seller walk away with a positive experience.

What sets The Alvarado Group apart from the other real estate companies is our professionalism, marketing savvy and real life experiences and that is exactly what got the job done!  If you would like to learn more about how Sara Alvarado can get your home sold contact her at 608.438.5005 or Sara@TheAlvaradoGroup.com.

 

2252 Monroe Street, Madison, WI - 3 BR Home for sale

Old-world charm with gorgeous natural woodwork, trim, doors and wood floors  throughout, classic two story colonial floor plan all in the wonderful Monroe Street neighborhood which features great shopping, Lake Wingra and the park, bike path, schools and that close community feeling. The main floor features a remodeled half bath, wood burning fireplace and the huge windows bring in natural light. There is a sweet den off of the kitchen that is perfect for a play area or an office. Gorgeous backyard with mature trees and a swing set!

  • 3 BR, 1.5 BA, 1608 Sq. Ft.
  • Updated kitchen and bath
  • Original wood trim throughout
  • For current price and more photos click here to view the MLS data info

2252 Monroe Street Property Features & Updates

  • Remodeled bathroom in 2011
  • New refrigerator in 2011
  • New siding in 2010
  • 2008 kitchen remodel includes:
  • New Counters
  • New Flooring
  • Refinished cabinets
  • Replaced fireplace liner in 2005
  • Remodeled 2nd bathroom in 2004 

Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Features

  • Just blocks from the UW-Arboretum, Lake Wingra,  and Capitol City Bike Trail
  • Many neighborhood features including the Henry Vilas Zoo, Monroe Street shopping, restaurants, Trader Joe's, Wingra Park, Wingra School,  and all that this vibrant neighborhood has to offer: shopping, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops
  • Walking distance to more than a dozen community parks
  • On Bus line, only 5 minutes to UW Campus
  • Only 5 minutes to Odana Rd shopping and West Towne Mall area

Madison School District Information for 2252 Monroe Street

Sara Alvarado, The Alvarado Real Estate Group

 

This home is marketed by Sara Alvarado, 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.

 

 

1621 O'Keeffe Ave, Sun Prairie, WI - Home for Sale

 

1621 O'Keeffe Ave, Sun Prairie, WI - Home for Sale

 

Smith's Crossing 4 BR with great floor plan! Front room den on main floor, 1/2 bath, laundry and open great room  with gas-burning fireplace. Upstairs features 4 bedrooms; master suite with walk-in closet and private master bath. Move in ready, neutral colors, laminate wood flooring. Kitchen offers gas stove, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar, pantry. Love the low-maintenance small yard with huge green space out front for lots of play. Great opportunity to finish lower level. 1-yr warranty included.

  • 4 BR, 2.5 BA, 2032 Sq. Ft.
  • Open Great Room with gas fireplace
  • Low-maintenance yard with lots of green space
  • For current price and more photos click here to view the MLS data info

 

 

Smith's Crossing Neighborhood Features

This innovative Sun Prairie neighborhood is a unique combination of old-fashioned and newer touches.  Smith's Crossing takes wise ideas including wider sidewalks, narrower streets, lots of green spaces, and plenty of community gathering places and adds convenient neighborhood shopping and dining, and diverse homesites suited for today's wide array of housing options.

 

Sun Prairie school information for 1621 O'Keeffe Ave

 

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.

 

 

120 N. Baldwin Street, Madison, WI - Near Eastside Home for Sale

Charming home in a fantastic location! Close to downtown, lakes, bike path, coffee shop, parks and schools. Easy, efficient layout boasting 1,100 square feet of living space with two family rooms. Or, make the upstairs your own master suite! The backyard is perfect (and private!) for parties and BBQs. Outdoor patio, garden and pond! Also features gorgeously remodeled first floor bath, central air, new roof in 2011 and an updated kitchen. Come tour this beautiful home today! o 3 BR, 2 BA, 1108 Sq. Ft. o Charming and updated o Picture perfect outdoor patio, pond and green space o For current price and more photos click here to view the MLS data info

 

 

120 N. Baldwin Street Property Features & Updates

  • Bathroom on main floor was remodeled in 2012
  • Roof replaced in 2011
  • Washer and Dryer are included and were replaced in 2011
  • Upstairs bathroom in great condition and features a clawfoot tub
  • Water heater replaced in 2010
  • Water softener is rented through Fox Water
  • Kitchen updates include: dishwasher and refrigerator new in 2010. Cabinets and counters replaced within 15 years
  • Windows upstairs replaced in 2008 with double hung
  • Central Air installed in 2004

 

Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Features

  • 2 blocks from Tenney Park and Beach, a great city parkoffering year-round activities.
  • Walk to neighborhood shops and restaurants
  • Walk to Lapham Elementary School
  • 3 blocks away from the Capital City Bike Trail
  • Eastside Farmers Market
  • Just blocks from the Capitol
  • 1 block from bus line

 

Madison School District Information for 120 N. Baldwin Street

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.

 

 

4117 Carberry Street Madison, WI - Ranch Home For Sale

4117 Carberry Street Madison, WI - Home For Sale

Enjoy East Madison living convenience with De Forest schools! Gorgeous light filled great room offers lots of windows, vaulted ceilings, and an open kitchen (tons of cabinets & counter space), dining and living area. Walk in closets. Super grande lower level for all the storage you could ever want plus two additional rooms that are framed and ready to finish into an office, guest or family room. Beautiful back deck, mature trees, nice space to play without being too huge to care for.

  • 2 BR, 1 BA, 1,002 Sq. Ft.
  • Open living space
  • Great backyard
  • For current price and more property information, click here.

 

 

Built in 2003, all mechanicals are newer and in great condition. Fresh paint and new light fixtures in living and kitchen areas. Lower level can be finished easily (already framed) to add a 3rd bedroom and office or family room. Huge storage area is great for crafts and hobbies!

DeForest Schools

Eagle Point Elementary School DeForest Area Middle School DeForest Area 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.

 

 

7th Annual La Fête de Marquette - July 12-15 2012

One of our favorite events of the year is almost here! We hope to see you there.

La Fete de Marquette in Madison WI

Alvarado Real Estate Group is a proud sponsor of the 7th Annual La Fête de Marquette again this year! Come join the fun July 12-15.  The free music event located on Madison's Eastside (intersection of E. Washington Ave and South Dickinson St.) attracts thousands, celebrates French culture and benefits the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center. The French-themed event occurs on or near Bastille Day (July 14th), the French national holiday.  The event will include live music, food, Willy Street Co-op Annual Meeting & Party, Acoustic Café Breakfast, Festival Auction & the 1930's era Ferris Wheel!

We love co-sponsoring this event because not only does it help our Wil-Mar neighborhood center but it brings together our community in such a positive and FUN way!

For more information check out the La Fête de Marquette Event Schedule; it is jammed packed with greatness!

431 Geneva Way, Verona WI - Home For Sale

Solid two story in friendly Verona neighborhood seeks new family. Must be willing to grill on the back deck, invite friends over for dinner, hang out in the big kitchen (with stainless steel appliances, tons of counter space and cabinets), play pool and watch movies in the lower level rec room, escape to a wonderful master bedroom suite. There is plenty of room for guests to come stay, laundry to be done on main floor and life to be lived at its fullest!

Main floor features gas fireplace in living room, half bathroom, main floor laundry room and beautiful entry way. Large kitchen has a breakfast bar and all the storage you could hope for plus a dining area that opens to the back deck through large sliding door. You can use the den off the dining room for more space when entertaining during the holidays or as a reading room or main office area (great for a play room for small kids too!).

The master bedroom suite is amazing with two walk in closets and a spacious bathroom with a separate shower, soaking tub, double vanity and gorgeous views.

Lower level family room offers another fireplace and huge egress windows that takes away the basement feel and offers light and a lot of space to play or work or provide for guests. Added bonuses: full bath in the basement with shower and another play area room that has been turned into the best secret hideout a kid could dream of.

  • 3 BR, 3.5 BA, 2796 Sq Ft.
  • Exposed lower level family room
  • 2-car attached garage
  • For current price and more photos, click here

Harmony Hills Neighborhood Information

Minutes to downtown Verona for convenient local shopping and schools.  Walking distance to Badger Prairie Park, Reddan Soccer Park and several other community parks, and close to Mammoth Bike Trail.  Easy commute to west side of Madison, with on and off access to 18/151.

Verona Schools for 431 Geneva Way

Country View Elementary School

Savanna Oaks Middle School

Verona 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 sara@thealvaradogroup.com.