What is a Madison WI Real Estate Broker doing in the dirt?

Growing Power

Will Allen, Growing Power

Visiting 2 acres of greenhouses and learning all about soil, fish farming and worms is not the typical day for a Madison real estate broker. I was able to turn my phone off for a couple of hours and really tune into what makes Growing Power such an amazing place. It isn't just Will Allen that makes it such a great place; it is his inspiration that permeates the place.

As a business owner I learn from everyone and from every organization every day and that is how I constantly strive to be better. Getting involved with what lights me up in the community is how I stay inspired. Even during our busy seasons, I know that if I let myself drown in real estate, I will do just that, drown.

Two years ago I started meeting with a group of passionate educators and community members who were ready to see a new kind of school in Madison WI. With my Nuestro Mundo Community School experience and my passion for healthy living, working and learning spaces I found myself making the time for the many meetings it takes to start a school. As our vision for the school became clear and our connections within the Madison community presented themselves we started to grow Badger Rock Middle School.

Our culturally and environmentally sustainable charter school is part of a large project with Center for Resilient Cities and Growing Power and will be built on 4 acres of land on the South Side of Madison WI across from Badger Bowl. Urban agriculture is a main ingredient thanks to the land that the school will be built on and our friends at Growing Power.

The planning team takes a trip to Growing Power for a tour and a collaborating meeting with Will Allen

The three things that are made very clear at Growing Power are:

1) Production - this place is about producing and distributing what is grown

2) Education - students learn, then learn to teach and teaching is the best way to change the world

3) Community - creating neighborhood through growing makes a community strong

And as a Realtor it is very clear to me the true importance of community and strong neighborhoods. People want to be a part of a something bigger. We all want to live in healthy environments and strive to eat healthy foods. We want to be friends with our neighbors and feel safe in our homes. I am fascinated by neighborhoods that hold their value in a depreciating market but am not surprised by it either. Those communities stay strong because of the schools, the block parties and the camaraderie to stand up for their neighborhood when they need to.  Keep it up Madison!

Will Allen, Growing Power

Madison's Best Parks!

James Madison Park, downtown Madison

Beautiful James Madison Park | Downtown Madison

Madison WI has the best parks and it is one of the things that adds to our Madison Style! We have Dog Parks, we have Kid Friendly Parks (no not all parks are kid friendly) and we have Romantic Parks.

In Madison, we love to picnic at the park, wake up early and stroll with our coffee in the park and meet friends to watch the sunset over the lake. Yes, there are a lot of small neighborhood parks that make living in our great neighborhoods so fabulous, but there are also some signature Madison Parks and here is our list of favorite TOP 10!

1. Wingra Park is a gathering place for soccer games, boat rentals, picnics and has a fun playground for the kids. The views are beautiful!

2. Olin Park on John Nolen Drive. Beautiful area overlooking Lake Monona, the Capitol and has a playground and shelter you can rent out.

3. James Madison Park on E. Gorham overlooks Lake Mendota and features a boat rental (also check out West side's Wingra Park for boat rentals), basketball courts, a playground and lot's of summer time fun.

4. Hoyt Park has great hiking trails, playground, basketball courts and shelters for rent. 

5. Olbrich Gardens. There is so much to say about our amazing Olbrich Gardens. It is not only a great tourist attraction but a regular place for us locals! And voted one of the the top ten most inspiring gardens in North America by Horticulture Magazine!

6. Westmorland Park offers a huge park for playing, soccer games, tennis and a great shelter for neighborhood gatherings, perfect for the Westmorland Community.

7. Orton Park has its own block in the heart of the Willy Street neighborhood and features a great playground, benches strategically placed amongst gorgeous huge trees and is just one block from the Lake. Orton Park is also well known for the Orton Park Festival, held each year in August.

8. Picnic Point is tucked away in the middle of University life and busy activities and offers students, professors, athletes, families and friends a 1 mile escape along the beautiful peninsula.

9. Vilas Park is a favorite family Madison destination on 42 acres! You can always find large family gatherings grilling out, playing at the famous Shoe playground, visiting one the few FREE Zoo's in the nation (Henry Vilas Zoo) or spending the day at the beach, frisbee games, canoeing, fishing and the list goes on and on! Don't miss ZuZu Cafe across the street for a great local cafe.   

10. I'm forgetting one...What's your favorite neighborhood park? Or are you in the process of figuring that out and looking for homes in a specific area? Fantastico! We can help!

No, seriously...tell us your favorite park and why.

Madison's Community Gardens Bike Tour

Are you in Madison WI this weekend? This is a great family event that will not only get you all out on your bikes but will introduce you to some beautiful community gardens. Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. and the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin are joining together in hosting the 8th annual Community Gardens Bike Tour with Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. This is the kind of event that makes us love living in the Madison area over and over again!  Family and friends cycling in Madison WI

Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 9am to 1pm. Meet at the East High Youth Farm.

This event is a free, family-friendly bike tour of four Madison and Monona community and food pantry gardens. Here is an overview of the tour site visits: - The bike tour will begin at the East High Youth farm (off Milwaukee Street on Lamplighter Way), then  - The Glendale School garden and - Monona United Methodist Church community and food pantry garden and the tour ends with - Lunch at noon at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church community and food pantry garden.

For further information contact: Nicole Craig, Community Gardens Specialist at the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. via phone: 608-246-4730 ext. 208, email: or visit online:

JUST SOLD! 316 Virginia Terrace, Madison WI

Congratulations on your new Madison home!The beautiful classic 2 story home at 316 Virginia Terrace in Madison WI was recently sold by Alvarado Real Estate Group to a very happy new family. A couple of the most important selling factors was the proximity to the University of WI - Madison and Madison West High School along with the very special Madison neighborhood (mature trees, close community, great parks)! And for a home built in 1926 you can imagine the charm: arched doorways, natural wood floors, wood burning fireplace, nooks and crannies, along with the spacious kitchen & a main floor half bath! 

Asking price in July 2010: $334,900 (price reduction to $324,900 in September) Final sales price: $314,300, Sold October 2010, Days on the Market: 56, Price per square foot: $210.

For more information on selling your home in the Madison area, please contact Sara Alvarado, phone: 608.251.6600 or email:

Are you looking for some fun Halloween activities in Madison?

Look no further! We have put together a spooktacular list of Halloween events for witches and warlocks of all ages!

Saturday October 22nd:

Horror in the Dark at Olin Park

Upon entering this freakishly eerie mid-19th century dwelling, you will encounter the vilest of creatures and the most evil of beasts. From within these dark and desolate walls that you have entered, there is little chance of escape. It is run by the Madison Metro Jaycees and the purpose is to raise money for local charities. For 2011, we are again going with The Road Home, an organization dedicated to helping homeless families in Madison get back on their feet.

Sunday, October 23rd:

Halloween at Henry Villas Zoo

Halloween at the Zoo is a celebration for the entire community that includes free trick or treating, a Fun Activity Tent and live music. Walk to each treat stop location to fill up your bag with sustainable palm oil candy!  The event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Friday, October 28th - Monday, October 31st:

Madison Ghost Walks

Discover the haunted history of Madison, Wisconsin with our 90-minute ghost walk around the state's Capitol. You can expect to meet the colorful characters, vengeful spirits, monsters, and stories of the people who love Madison so much that even death can't stop them from staying in the city!  Tours begin at 7:00pm and 9:30pm each night, and prior reservations recommended.

Horror in the Dark at Olin Park

Upon entering this freakishly eerie mid-19th century dwelling, you will encounter the vilest of creatures and the most evil of beasts. From within these dark and desolate walls that you have entered, there is little chance of escape. It is run by the Madison Metro Jaycees and the purpose is to raise money for local charities. For 2011, we are again going with The Road Home, an organization dedicated to helping homeless families in Madison get back on their feet.

Friday, October 28th:

Downtown Madison Family Halloween

Afternoon activities (most from 2:00 - 5:00 pm) include Halloween magic shows, hayrides around the Capitol Square, ghostly songs and stories, festive Halloween family portraits, trick or treating at participating businesses, and more.

Saturday, October 29th:

Ghoulish Gallop

Join the fun and festivities with a Halloween themed event. Come enjoy the same great 5K and 10K runs, The Irv Stein Memorial 5K walk, and FREE kids' activities with the added excitement of Halloween weekend thrown in: Costume contests, fun food, scary music, and any other ghoulish fun we can conjure up! All while raising funds for a great cause!


The event, which is held on State Street, features a mixture of music spread over multiple stages while revelers wearing their finest costumes parade up and down the city's main drag.  Advance tickets, are currently on sale at the Coliseum box office, Ticketmaster, by phone at 800-745-3000, online at, or at several businesses in the State Street area.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!


-  From all of us at the Alvarado Real Estate Group


Green Your Home, Madison WI Free Community Event

Alvarado Real Estate Group invites you to listen to the experts, ask questions and learn more about making your home healthy and energy efficient. We hope you can join us!

Monday March 26th 2012 at 6pm Goodman Library, 2222 S. Park St. in Madison


Our Panel includes:

  • Green Madison Advocate: Alicia De BarrenoGreen Madison Green Madison Program

    Green Madison helps City of Madison homeowners and businesses achieve significant energy savings, while increasing the comfort and durability of your home and business. Personal assistance, generous cash incentives, and hassle-free financing makes Green Madison the go-to energy-efficiency resource for Madison homeowners and businesses.

  • Green Building: Leah SamsonMadison Enviormental Group-Samuel Madison Environmental Group

  • Landscape Architect: Steve WhaylandKen Saiki Design, INC in Madison, WIKen Saiki Design

    Steve helps design and manage site planning, stormwater management related, and LEED/sustainable design projects.  Steve enjoys working as a civil engineer with the landscape architecture firm Ken Saiki Design, using an integrative, collaborative and creative approach to excellence in site planning and design.  Ken Saiki Design has astrong reputation for: quality landscape architecture & site design, and are good people to work with.

  • Solar Expert: Lincoln TiceFull Spectrum Solar in Madison, WI Full Spectrum Solar

    Lincoln has worked for Full Spectrum Solar for more than three years, beginning his career in renewable energy after graduating from the UW with a Biology major in 2008.  He has installed over a hundred Solar Electric (photovoltaic a.k.a. PV) systems, as well as many Solar Water Heating systems, and learned a lot about what makes for a good solar site.  Lincoln's specialty is designing the array for optimal energy production, long-term durability and strength, and an aesthetically beautiful solar installation that is economical.

  • Energy Raters: Laura Paprocki

    Trinity Enviormental Logo Environmental Engineer & Energy Consultant Trinity Enviromental, LLC

    Laura has worked in numerous areas of environmental services - including an environmental health and safety manager in manufacturing facilities, an environmental engineer on site during demolition and remediation, and home performance consultant working with both new construction and existing home improvements.  She is the owner of Trinity Environmental - an engineering firm whose residential focus is helping....

    o Homeowners understand how to achieve the best return on their investment regarding home improvements o And also helping builders construct high performance homes that co-exist with their natural surroundings

    She is an infield verifier for numerous green building programs both local and national - helping homeowners and builders achieve green and energy efficient building certifications.

    Steve PipsonHome Performance Specialists in Madison, WI RESNET Certified Energy Rater & BPI Building Analyst Professional Home Performance Specialists

    Steve Pipson knows homes from the inside out. Having worked as a journeyman carpenter, project manager, architectural technician and college instructor, he brings over 25 years of experience in the trade to his energy evaluation work. Friendly, knowledgeable and a bit of a "house detective," Steve is passionate about conserving resources and helping clients make improvements to their homes that ultimately improves their bottom line and lessens their impact on the environment.


 Please R.S.V.P.. for this event so we know how much pizza we need! We hope you can come.



3712 Hillcrest Drive Madison, WI - 4 BR Home For Sale

3712 Hillcrest Drive Madison, WI

Charming 4 bedroom, 2 bath Cape Cod in desirable Sunset Village neighborhood! Walk to UW, Glenway Golf Course, Hoyt Park, coffee shop, bike path & West High. Sunny, hardwood floors, attached garage with breezeway and 3-season porch looking out on beautiful, expansive fenced in back yard! 2nd floor features 3rd bedroom (currently office) & huge master bedroom with lots of closets and full bathroom.  Updated kitchen with gas stove, newer refrigerator. New 1st floor windows in 2003.

  • 4 BR, 2 BA, 1489 Sq. Ft.
  • Hardwood floors
  • Updated kitchen and newer windows
  • For more property information, click here.



3712 Hillcrest Drive Recent Updates & Features

  • Repairs made to back porch roof, front window replaced (seal was broken), Seller painted bathroom and had all the carpets professionally cleaned.
  • New garage door & opener installed in 2007
  • Updates in 2005:
    • Fence installed
    •  Sump pump installed
  • New windows on main floor in 2003
  • Updates in 2002:
    • Laminate flooring replaced in the kitchen
    • Refrigerator replaced
    • New Disposal
  • New roof in 2001
  • Updates in 1997:
    •  New Stove
    • New Washer & dryer
    • Furnace & Central Air replaced
    • Upstairs windows replaced

Sunset Village Neighborhood Information

The Sunset Village Community is located about 4 1/2 miles west of the Capitol Square. Approximately 1000 households comprise the neighborhood. The Sunset Village is a popular, cozy, neighborhood nestled on tree lined streets with rolling hills and panoramic views. The predominately single-family housing was built in the 1940s. Cape Code, Ranch, Split Level Ranch are typical housing styles. Revitalization of Hilldale Mall area has brought new shopping venues into the neighborhood.

  • Strong neighborhood association
  • Close to West High School, Glenway Golf Course, University of Wisconsin Hospital, Veteran Hospital, easy commute to Westside shopping or downtown.
  • The home is on the #14 bus route and very close to the #2 route.
  • Walk to EVP coffee shop, Tavern Bar (great burgers) and other nearby spots!


Madison School Information for 3712 Hillcrest Drive

Midvale-Lincoln Elementary Hamilton Middle School West 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



23rd Marquette Waterfront Festival


The Alvarado Group is a proud sponsor of this year's Marquette Riverfront Festival.  The festival takes place Saturday, June 9th & Sunday, June 10th at Yahara Place Park, and is a wonderful event to bring our neighborhood together. Come down and listen to a variety of live music, fill up on some yummy food, and have a beverage!  Other happenings include 2012 Dandelion Run, Co-ed Volleyball Tournament & Yahara River Canoe Race on Sunday.

For more information on the festival visit:

Marquette River Festival

We hope to see you there!























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



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

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:


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

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

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

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

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.

5725 Bartlett Lane, Madison, WI - 3 BR 1.5 BA Home For Sale


Over $40,000 in upgrades have been made to 5725 Bartlett Lane on Madison's Southwest Side!  Large windows provide great natural light in dining and living areas. Backyard is fenced with patio, new shed, and mature trees. Spacious rec room in lower level with half bath. Large laundry room with brand new HE front loading Whirlpool W&D included. Ample closet and storage space throughout the home. Attached garage, ADT alarm system and Elite UHP Home Warranty. All of the work has been done for you! Move right in and start living.

  • 3 BR, 1.5 BA, 1844 SqFt
  • 1 car attached garage
  • Mature fenced yard
  • For current price and more info, click here

5725 Bartlett Lane - Recent Upgrades

  • New roof, siding, windows, and most exterior doors
  • New furnace, AC, water softener
  • Updated electric service and grounded outlets
  • Refinished hardwood floors
  • Tile floors in the kitchen and main bath
  • Brand new HE Whirlpool front loading Washer and Dryer
  • Corian counter tops and sink, new faucet and disposal
  • Updated bath
  • Updated lighting fixtures throughout
  • Huge finished lower level rec room with new ceiling and recessed lighting

Meadowood Neighborhood Information

The Meadowood Neighborhood is centrally located on Madison's South West Side. The neighborhood covers the central portion of Raymond Road, extending from Orchard Ridge on the east to Lucy Lincoln Heistand Park on the west. The neighborhood association has broken the 1000+ households into 15 sections with a representative from each section on the association board. This ensures that every block has a say in the many community events, its neighborhood garden and volunteering efforts.

5725 Bartlett Lane School Information

Orchard Ridge Elementary School Toki Middle School Memorial High School

April Johnson


This home is marketed by April Johnson, Real Estate Specialist - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. To schedule a showing of this home please contact April at 608.358.7481 or


48th Annual Orton Park Festival - August 22-25, 2013

Orton Park Festival, Madison, WIThe Alvarado Real Estate Group will again be a proud sponsor of this year's Orton Park Festival August 22 - 25 in Orton Park. The 48th annual Orton Park Festival will again be hosted by the Marquette Neighborhood Association.

The festivities begin with Family Night on Thursday featuring kid's activities and a family oriented performance by the Cycropia Aerial Dance Team.  The rest of the weekend is going to be filled with a variety of musical performances, so don't forget to wear your dancing shoes!

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 22nd

Family Night

  • 5:30 - Snacks, kid's activities, parade
  • 7:45 - Cycropia Aerial Dance "Circus Quercus"

Friday, August 23rd

  • 5:15 - The California Honey Drops
  • 7:00 - Paul Cebar
  • 8:30 - Cycropia Aerial Dance "Circus Quercus"

Saturday, August 24th

  • 12 - Pioneer
  • 1:30 - Count This Penny
  • 3:00 - The Midwesterners
  • 4:15 - MNA Auction
  • 5:15 - The Kissers
  • 6:45 - Jon Dee Graham & The Fighting Cocks
  • 8:30 - The Bottle Rockets

Sunday, August 25th

  • 9:00 - Jazz Brunch
  • 12:00 - Black Marigold
  • 1:00 - Mini Art Auction
  • 1:30 - Chicago to Madison Blues Jam with John Primer
  • 2:45 - Orton Cake Walk (Near Playground)
  • 3:00 - MNA Auction
  • 4:00 - Lake St. Dive
  • 5:45 - Big Sam's Funky Nation

JUST SOLD! 119 - 121 N Blair Street, Madison, WI

119 - 121 N Blair Street

JUST SOLD! 119 - 121 N Blair Street in Madison WI sold on February 24, 2014 for $220,000 - on the market for 130 days.

- 2 units - 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom per unit - 1,068 square feet per unit

Sold by Kate Weis of the Alvarado Real Estate Group.

For more information about selling or buying a home, feel free to contact us.


JUST SOLD! 206 N. Franklin Avenue by Kate Weis

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JUST SOLD!  206 N. Franklin Ave, Madison, WI on June 29, 2016 for $335,000

This 2 bedroom, 2 bath ranch home just off University Avenue sold quickly due to its spacious rooms, updated kitchen, two woodburning fireplaces and three-season porch. 


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! 921 Tony Dr, Madison, WI

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JUST SOLD! 921 Tony Drive, Madison, WI on October 28, 2016  for $210,000

3 BR, 2BA, 1776 SqFt, Open concept ranch with vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace in the living room, master suite and finished lower level.

This home was sold by Carlos Alvarado, Broker Owner of the Alvarado Real Estate Group. To discuss buying or selling your home, please contact Carlos at 608-438-6757, or