Blog :: 09-2016

JUST LISTED and OPEN HOUSE Sunday, October 2, 1-3 pm 612 Crandall St, Madison

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Classic, charming two-story in the heart of Dudgeon-Monroe just steps from Knickerbocker Square tucked quietly between Monroe St. and the SW commuter bike trail! Enjoy fall days on your new expansive screen porch or cozying up next to the fire in the large, light-filled living room adjacent to formal dining and kitchen. Newly refinished floors, potential for a first-floor open concept floor plan, & amazing location. This house is full of bonuses: huge walk-up attic (play room perhaps?), second full bath off basement rec room, extra work room behind garage & dog kennel

  • 3 bedroom, 2 bath
  • 1,544 Sq Ft
  • Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood
  • Screened porch & patio


  • Well-situated in one of Madison’s most desirable neighborhoods
  • Light-filled and open living space
  • Wood-burning  fireplace
  • Newly refinished gleaming hardwood floors
  • Screened porch and brick patio
  • Private backyard and large lot
  • Double-deep garage with walk-up attic for storage
  • Abundant closet and storage space
  • Versatile dry basement rec/work space
  • Upstairs bath with clawfoot tub and laundry shoot


  • Newly refinished hardwood floors 2016
  • New Garage Roof 2015
  • Backyard fencing 2015
  • New Faucet 2015 and  Disposal 2014
  • New Washer and Dryer 2015
  • New Front door and storm doors 2015
  • Siding Painted 2013
  • Kitchen Floor 2012
  • Dishwasher 2012
  • Front stoop rebuilt  2010


This neighborhood includes a piece of shoreline on Lake Wingra, a smaller lake within Madison’s city limits. Dudgeon-Monroe boasts of its high number of attractions for people with many different interests. For those who love the outdoors, there’s hiking, biking, sailing, and bird watching, as well as sledding and golfing. For those who enjoy more urban excitement, there’s a pedestrian-scaled corridor on Monroe Street that includes a myriad of unique, trendy shops. Although Camp Randall is close to a couple neighborhoods, it is within the limits of Dudgeon-Monroe. Therefore, the neighborhood is buzzing on Badger football Saturdays.

  • Walking distance to Trader Joe’s, Regent Street Co-op, local restaurants, coffee shops, Michael’s Frozen Custard
  • Less than a mile from Camp Randall stadium & UW campus
  • Only blocks from the Capital City Bike Trail, Edgewood College & the University of Wisconsin Arboretum


This home was is being marketed  by Kate Weis, Broker Associate of the Alvarado Real Estate Group. To discuss buying or selling your home, please contact Kate at 608-213-4203, or


JUST LISTED and OPEN HOUSE Sunday, October 2 11-1: 3553 Heather Crest, Madison

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3553 Heather Crest, Sunset Village in Madison, WI  $250,000

The “Lustron” home is an enameled steel prefabricated house that was immensely popular and highly promoted post World War II. A piece of history. Think outside the box because this is not your typical 3 bedroom home. The low maintenance design has stood the test of time. The historical value of these homes has been promoted and maintained through a strong online community. This community offers ideas and tips for new ways to enhance, redecorate and maintain your Lustron home. The space is efficient and the location is absolutely perfect. Enjoy an actual neighborhood with a city feel. You can walk to restaurants, book stores, grocery stores, coffee shops, ice cream shops, bagel store, yoga studio and all the shopping you could dream.

  • 3 BR, 1 BA,
  • 1217 Sq. Ft.
  • Immaculate interior and exterior
  • Excellent storage
  • For current price and more photos,  click here:

Property Features and Updates

  • Bathroom remodel, 2015
  • New Windows, 2015
  • New floors in Living room, Hall and Den, 2015
  • New custom Gutters, 2015
  • New Pellet Stove Fireplace, 2015
  • New Washer and Dryer, 2015
  • New Fenced backyard, 2015
  • New 1 ½ car garage, 2013 and insulated, 2015
  • New water heater, 2014
  • New entry and dining room tile, 2013
  • New Storage Shed, 2009
  • New carpeting, 2007
  • New stainless steel dishwasher, refrigerator and stove, 2007
  • Complete bath remodel, 2007
  • Complete kitchen remodel with wine refrigerator and Corian® counters, 2003
  • New Furnace, 2004

Sunset Village Neighborhood Information

  • Walk Score 79 (Very Walkable) and Bike Score 97 (Bikers Paradise)
  • Walking distance to Hoyt, Quarry, Oscar Rennebohm and Lucia Crest Parks
  • Close to many restaurants, shopping, library and local attractions
  • Minutes from Downtown, UW Campus, Capitol Square and Beltline

School District Information


This home is marketed by Brett Larson of the The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Brett Larson today at 608-575-4123, or


JUST SOLD! 1037 Williamson St. #301 in Madison

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JUST SOLD! 1037 Williamson St. #301, Madison, WI on September 20, 2016 for $388,000

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1719 sf ft.  Light filled and spacious, beautifully finished and located on desirable Williamson Street just steps from great shopping and dining.  

This home was sold by Kate Weis, Broker Associate of the Alvarado Real Estate Group. To discuss buying or selling your home, please contact Kate at 608-213-4203, or

JUST SOLD! 4150 Manitou Way in Madison

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JUST SOLD! 4150 Manitou Way, Madison, WI on September 16, 2016 for $600,000

5 BD, 3.5 BA, 3093 SqFt, tastefully remodeled and updated yet maintained original charm, screened porch, sport court, lower level rec room in Nakoma neighborhood.

This home was sold by Susan Stoehr, Broker Associate / Relocation Specialist - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. To discuss buying or selling your home, please contact Susan at 608.251.6600, or


JUST SOLD! 4233 Beverly Road in Madison

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JUST SOLD! 4233 Beverly Road, Madison, WI on September 9, 2016 for $243,000

3 BD, 1 BA, 1178 SqFt, open floor plan, hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace and a two car garage on the edge of Nakoma with a beautifully landscaped lot. 

This home was sold by Susan Stoehr, Broker Associate / Relocation Specialist - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. To discuss buying or selling your home, please contact Susan at 608.251.6600, or


Five Things to Look For in a New Neighborhood

So you’re on the home-buying market. Congratulations! Madison is a great place to live. Even so, you’re probably already overwhelmed by decisions: Wood or brick? One- or two-story? Carpet or parquet flooring?

And that’s not even including one of the most important factors in any new home-purchase: location, location, location. It might not be everything, but it’s almost everything. It will determine your commute, change your social life, shape your children’s education, and affect a host of other aspects in your life.

You probably have your own list of things to look for when looking for your new abode. But if you want a bit more guidance as you do research, we at ABODO have put together a handy checklist of things to look for (and avoid) as you examine possible settings for your new house. You will also learn more when you meet with your Realtor for a buyer consultation.

1.  School Districts

If you don’t have children and don’t plan on having them, skip to the next item. But if you have a family — or think you might have one within the next few years — school districts should be a major component in your neighborhood choices. There is a full list of Madison and surrounding schools with information here and other sites like, niche k12 offer testing statistics, user reviews, and contact information for hundreds of thousands of schools nationwide — public, private, and charter. It might be a good idea to schedule a tour, or attend an open house, so you can get an idea of how your child (or potential child) might fit in with the culture and educational philosophy. Here’s a map of Madison’s public school districts. You might also find the annual report from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction helpful. It collects data — test scores, AP enrollment, graduation rates — for public schools in Wisconsin, so you can compare schools across districts and cities.

2. Property Taxes

You’ll be paying taxes on your house and the land it sits on, so it’s a good idea to know the general tax rate in the neighborhood you’re investigating, and what it gets you. If you’re in the market for a particular property, it’s easy to find the value of the house and attendant land up for purchase. Just visit the Madison Assessor website and use this handy search tool: You type in an address, and the Assessor will give you the value of the property, the amount of recent taxes paid, and a host of other details about the property and area. You can even see how recently the roof of your potential home has been replaced.

3. Neighborhood Parks

Local parks — state, county, or city — provide health benefits and recreational opportunities beyond your backyard. Plus, studies show that nature sojourns are linked to lower blood pressure, reduced obesity rates, and mitigated pollution effects. Fortunately, Madison is loaded with parks and biking trails — it’s repeatedly named one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation due to its expansive system of off-road trails.

Scope out the local parks and what they offer, such as tennis courts, basketball courts, grills, or beaches. Also, do a little research into which local parks often host festivals or concerts throughout the year. Armed with that information, you can decide how close — or far — you want to live to these events.

4. Safety Concerns

To check up on the crime rate in your potential future neighborhood, visit to get a general sense of where crime is happening, for a map of that labels types of offenses as well as trends, or for a map and details of nearby sex offenders.

5. Eye Test

This neighborhood measure is the easiest to research: just take a look around and see how you feel. Does it feel like you and your family would enjoy living here and walking around? Is the location close to what is important to you? If you value privacy and large lots but also want to live close to downtown, you might have to decide on how important the commute is to you vs the yard size. Location and neighborhood are important factors and makes the difference in a house feeling like a home. It’s a simple test, and it shouldn’t be underestimated.