Category Archives: Neighborhoods

Listing Preview 1701 Dunwoody Lane in Waunakee

Here is your chance to preview my latest listing at 1701 Dunwoody Lane in Waunakee! The highly desirable Livable Community of Southbridge is where you will find this skillfully crafted custom built home.  The current market affords few opportunities like this one!  You will be hard pressed to find a home that offers the peace of mind, luxury, and friendly community that this home does.1701 Dunwoody Lane Front

1701 Dunwoody specs copy

The formal dinning room, spacious kitchen with hard-surface counter-tops and maple cabinetry will be sure to please.  The benefits to living in this chic community are many!

Foyer
Foyer

This 0.32 acre lot is located on the southern most part of Waunakee, allowing for easy access to Madison’s east and west side destinations of interest (be it for work or play).   Fun on the north shore of Lake Mendota is only two and a half miles away.

Southbridge is the former location of the proud Tierney family farm dating back to the 1800’s (which presently continues on among other parts of the area). Great care was taken to maintain the preservation and feeling of the land and its natural luxuries.

This community boasts several parks and has over 50 acres of green space to experience, extra wide sidewalks, and views that will leave you feeling nothing short of special as you taken in the awe of the surroundings (including Capitol views).  The neighborhood enjoys a pool and several pavilions to utilize for community and family events alike.

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For more information contact me today and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.  You will be glad that you did!

 

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University Heights Historic Madison Neighborhood

166 Prospect Ave, University Heights, Madison, WI.
166 Prospect Ave, University Heights, Madison, WI.

University Heights is a beautiful historic neighborhood located in Madison. In fact, it is one of the oldest neighborhoods. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, the land the district sits on was once owned by former Madison Mayor Breese J. Stevens. In 1893, Stevens sold the land to the University Heights Company for $53,000. Buildings in the district began being constructed the following year. Large, impressive homes were clustered just below the summit, while smaller houses were built in the north portion of the development.

Harold C Bradley House, University Heights, Madison WI. Photo credit Jeff Dean.
Harold C Bradley House, University Heights, Madison WI. Photo credit Jeff Dean.

The earliest houses in the neighborhood are examples of the Shingle and the Queen Anne styles. Later homes exhibited Period Revival, Craftsman, and Prairie designs. University Heights features many architecturally important residences including Louis Sullivan’s Bradley House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gilmore House, George Fred Keck’s Morehouse House, and many homes by leading Madison architects like Claude and Stark, Alvin Small, and Law, Law and Potter.  It is possible to tour some of the homes through the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation walking tours.

University Heights was known exclusively as where Madison’s intellectual elite resided. This included faculty members from the University of Wisconsin due to its close proximity to the campus. In addition, the home of John Olin, who was instrumental in developing Madison’s park system is part of the neighborhood. Upon his death, his home was bequeathed to the university and serves as the home of the University of Wisconsin system president.

University Heights today is part of the Regent Neighborhood. The Regent Neighborhood boundaries start on the eastern end anchored by the University of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall football stadium and fieldhouse. On football Saturdays in the fall, the neighborhood is awash in Badger red and white. The central part of the neighborhood is quite a lively place. The Regent-Allen Neighborhood Commercial District has a cluster of neighborhood-oriented shops (coffee shop, food co-op, hair salon) and artistic retail galleries and shops.The western end of the neighborhood at Farley and University Avenue is anchored by Lakeside Commons shopping area and the commercial node at the intersection of Highland and University Avenue – both areas have a fine selection of eating establishments and local businesses. Stevens Park is located on the western end of the neighborhood. Many neighbors walk (or bike) and shop to support their local businesses. A lot of the residents love Hillington Green Park. It is one of those other neighborhood gathering places: kids playing in the summer to ice skating in the winter that makes living in this neighborhood special.

I recently visited a friend that lives in University Heights and I asked them what made them want to live here. Their reply was the schools and convenient locale. The schools zoned for the neighborhood are Madison West High School and depending on location, Franklin/Randall, Midvale/Lincoln, or Thoreau elementary schools. Children attend the Hamilton, Cherokee and Wright middle schools for grades six through eight. There are also a number of private school options located near University Heights. These include the schools at Queen of Peace, Blessed Sacrament, Wingra, and Edgewood. If you have any questions about the schools please contact me, I can connect you to helpful resources.

From a real estate perspective the home values have stood the test of time. Many properties in the area sell for well over $400,000 with some selling for as high as $1,000,000. This is one of the most convenient locations in Madison, where the University of Wisconsin and Downtown Madison are just minutes from home.

Regent Neighborhood, Madison WI. University Heights makes up a large portion of the geographic area.
Regent Neighborhood, Madison WI. University Heights makes up a large portion of the geographic area.

 

 

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Junction Ridge: Madison West Side Neighborhood

Junction Ridge: Madison West Side Neighborhood

Junction RidgeJunction Ridge is located on the west side of Madison. I’ve recently been to the neighborhood quite often as one of my clients recently closed on their new home in this popular neighborhood subdivision. I asked my clients what they liked most about Junction Ridge  and their response was the location along with the amenities of living on the west side.  The amenities include shopping at the West Towne Mall and Greenway Station Mall which are both just minutes away. The schools in the neighborhood are Stephen’s Elementary, Jefferson Middle School and Memorial High School. They also love the easy access to the Beltline Highway. Last but certainly not least they loved the peaceful neighborhood tucked into the growing west side of Madison. My clients felt it was just perfect for them.  Junction Ridge also has its own park complete with basket ball court and walking trails.

The neighborhood offers several events that take place throughout the year including a 4th of July parade, a picnic during the summer, and holiday decorating contests for both Halloween and Christmas.  Presently there are plans for a community garden for all members of the Neighborhood Association to utilize and enjoy. Here is a link to Junction Ridge Neighborhood Association for more information. The map below shows the Junction Ridge Subdivision (courtesy of the City of Madison website) which can be found at  City Of Madison.

Junction Ridge Subdivision map

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High Point Estates

High Point Estates a Madison West Side Neighborhood

High Point Estates

My clients recently found High Point Estates to be a good fit for them. Congratulations to Matt & Stacy on their accepted offer on this great Madison west side home!

When I asked them what they liked most about High Point Estates they shared that the location was a good fit for them along with the Middleton/Cross Plains schools meeting their needs. It was quite obvious too that the community was very friendly and that the home is just a two minute walk from High Point Park.

High Point Estates is conveniently located on the south west side of Madison, very close to Elver Park. The neighborhood is a short distance from all the amenities that Madison has to offer, but still maintains the quiet neighborhood setting that makes it such a desirable location. The neighborhood is comprised of 275 single family homes and is a very pedestrian friendly community.  The neighborhood association is very active. Here is the link High Point Estates Neighborhood Association for more information.

The High Point Estate’s community has many social activities including Flamingo Parties,  a Halloween Party, and an annual Garage Sale. They also have several other activities including bunco groups, couples bowling, dinner club, and a ladies luncheon group.High Point Estates Subdivision

The graphic below is from the City of Madison’s website which can be found at City of Madison.

High Point Estates Map Madison Real EstateHigh Point Estates Subdivision

 

 

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Historic Neighborhood: Dudgeon-Monroe

A thousand years ago,

Marion Dunn Prairie
Marion Dunn Prairie

the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood saw its first residents, the Native Americans. The natural beauty, Lake Wingra, and great farming land are most likely what drew the earliest residents to the area. All that remains now of this era are the effigy burial mounds. 11 of them are still there today by Edgewood and can be seen if you want to take a walking tour of the neighborhood. The Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association has done a fantastic job over the years to preserve the history and heritage of the neighborhood. You can check out their website Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association.

If someone asked me to describe this neighborhood I would have to say it’s one of the jewels of Madison. Dudgeon-Monroe has a great business district full of locally owned restaurants, taverns, art galleries, and shops. You can find the only Trader Joe’s in Madison on Monroe Street. Along with one of my favorite places to grab a Belgian beer, The Brasserie V, a great neighborhood eatery and tap room. The close proximity to the UW and downtown Madison also make this a desirable place to live.

 
Currently the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood consists of 1500 homes. There are never too many homes in this neighborhood for sale but you can typically find a handful. The homes in this neighborhood are really known for the quality craftsmanship and range in architectural style. If you like older homes with lots of character this is your neighborhood. The neighbors in the community love how walkable Dudgeon-Monroe is. In addition, residents also use the bike path which loops around the entire neighborhood.

Wingra Oak Savanna
Wingra Oak Savanna

When I lived on the west side of Madison, I used to bike around the Wingra bike loop quite often.

One of the oldest homes in the neighborhood is the historic Chase home built in 1872. The Samuel and Helen Chase home is located at the end of Woodrow Street on the shores of Lake Wingra. The home was built by Samuel Chase, the eldest child of George Chase, a master carpenter from Philadelphia, who came to work on the Edgewood Villa. The homes architectural style is late Gothic Revival and is still a residence today. The home’s most striking feature is the entrance vestibule. Here, an eight point star motif in the parquet floor is made of walnut salvage that is said to be from the old Independence Hall in Philadelphia and brought to Madison by George Chase.
It’s always important when looking to buy or sell a home that you work with a local real estate professional that is very familiar and knowledgeable about the neighborhood the home resides in. I’ve shown and been in quite a few of the homes in the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood and have lived close by for many years.  If you have any questions send me a message.Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Effigy Mound, Madison WI

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Waunakee Neighborhood- Southbridge

Waunakee Neighborhood-Southbridge
Southbridge Entrance, Waunakee WI

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in Waunakee? One of the newer neighborhoods is Southbridge.  It’s also where I live with my wife, dog, and two cats.

This is the first blog I’ve written for my real estate page.  Welcome!  My goal is to make Colver’s Chronicles: Madison Real Estate blog very informative and interesting read. I will do my best to guide you in the ways of buying and selling homes. You could almost say that I’m in the business of finding people their “happy place.”

I’ve lived in many places and have always gravitated back to the Madison area. A lot of my clients are amazed at how much I know about Madison and the surrounding area. Living in Southbridge, Waunakee has been really great for us. Southbridge is located in the south eastern corridor of Waunakee which is just north of Madison. I think the main reason I’ve lived here for so long is the quality of life. There is so much here in a small area. Some of my favorite cultural things to visit in the area are Overture Center for the Arts, the farmers markets, and the eclectic restaurants. Living near a top rated University brings a lot of diversity to the area which makes Wauankee and Madison a great place to live and work.

In 2012 my wife and I sold our Madison condo and decided to look for a bigger home. We found our happy place in Waunakee. We fell in love with Southbridge and it was only an 8.5 mile drive for my wife to commute to work.  I think what drew us to the neighborhood was the actual home and its beautiful attention to detail. After looking at the Southbridge community we realized it had everything we were looking for. We wanted nature and the ability to walk and bike safely. We didn’t want to be too far from Madison either.

Much thought was put into the little things in Southbridge like the extra wide sidewalks leading to the parks. We have a happening neighborhood pool and five community parks, including Peaceful Valley Park which is only steps from my home.

I will never forget the day we moved in. It was a record breaking COLD day. Funny how you can remember little things like that. I remember our first dinner of Zoe’s Pizza in our kitchen and how Francesca and I were so excited to entertain and meet our neighbors. Living in a condo had many great perks for us but this was a larger space that we can really grow into. Why do I have an urge for pizza all of a sudden???? Ok, back on track!

Waunakee Neighborhood-Southbridge
Settlers Park, Waunakee WI

In addition to the layout and surroundings of Southbridge one thing I really value is the people of my community. When we walk down the street, we are greeted by neighbors who know each others names. Sometimes when I walk my dog Magnus, we are greeted by so many friendly faces that it can take us an hour to do a  normal 15 minute walk! Neighbors enjoy many social activities that promote good spirits such as a book club, bunco night, and a 50’s+ dinner night. I’ve asked several of my neighbors about what they like most about Waunakee and Sourthbridge and the answers range from the beautiful homes, great place to raise children, scenic, close proximity to Madison and, “it’s the ultimate suburban lifestyle!”

 

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