1930's Charmer / Madison WI Real Estate

Close to the ever popular Atwood neighborhood, this 1930's charmer is full of that “near east side" character, but at a fraction of the cost! You’ll love the arched doorways, original wood floors, baseboards, doors, art deco door knobs/escutcheon plates, telephone nook, and YES, there are wood floors under the carpet upstairs! [wds id="7"]

A warm and inviting sunroom connects to the large deck, which overlooks a HUGE sunny, fenced in yard. Mature, fruit bearing Gala & Macintosh apple trees in the front yard create nice privacy from the street.

Some updates include refinished hardwood floors & fresh paint, newer windows & insulation, driveway, roof over sunroom, new carpet in sunroom, newer high efficiency washer & dryer. The kitchen boasts newly installed can lights, a new dishwasher, garbage disposal & Corian countertops.

Oh, the places you'll go! Walk to the following:

La Taguara (a DELICIOUS family owned Venezuelan restaurant- highly rated!) Pedro’s Mexican Restaurante Brother’s Three Bar & Grill Lazy Oaf Lounge Boulders Climbing Gym Gardener’s Bakery Retail Outlet (In case you ever wonder where those amazing smells are coming from) Hawthorne Elementary School & playground. The school features multiple playgrounds for kids of all ages and stages, as well as an open field and blacktop games. You can actually see the school from the house- it’s basically across the street. several major busline stops Walgreens The Vinery Stained Glass Studio Madison College Carpenter Ridgeway Park- A great little gem, tucked back against the peaceful Starkweather Creek path! This park features an open field and playground equipment, plus the city’s first-ever walking meditation labyrinth, all right along the bike trail. Starkweather Conservation Park Thurber Park Walking, Running & Biking paths! (see the Carpenter-Ridgeway Map/Guide here)


House Facts $225,000 / 4 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / 1.5 car garage / 1964 finished square feet

Swing by our open house on 6/18 from 11-1! Showings also begin on 6/18.

Wow! Sell NOW!

RoostRealtyLogoCircleToday’s inventory shortage and low rates (less than 4%) are driving prices up! Without many listings to choose from, competition is fierce. A strong listing strategy is more important than ever. Just because selling a home is easier today doesn’t mean you should rely on an internet listing and a yard sign to get the job done right. Powerful staging, marketing and negotiation skills are key to drumming up the very best offer and taking full advantage of this seller’s market.

Not selling? Help spread the word! If you know anyone who’s been contemplating a move, do them a favor and tell them inventory is low and demand is high. Now is the time!

Whether you are looking to sell, refinance or remodel, if you own a home, you should know what it’s worth. Call us for your free market analysis or check out www.roostinmadison.com/sellers.

Declutter! You'll Be Glad You Did

A very cluttered room with boxes and furniture everywhereDecluttering is a topic we here at Roost think about often (see here, here and here). And it’s no wonder! Whether preparing to be a home seller or gearing up to simplify your space, eliminating extra stuff can be hard. When items feel too valuable to donate, not only is it time consuming to sell them (determining value, taking photos, marketing, etc.), but it can also be emotional. Recently, I decided to take the plunge and liquidate my collection of mid century modern goodies. The first to go was my most prized treasure, a beautiful pair of mid century sofas. It was kind of like losing a family member. That said, they’d been in my garage for months, so it was time to find them a new, loving home.

As listing agents, we take great pride in our work. This work includes (on top of many things) staging, which is just one of the ways we maximize client profit. This process of decluttering opened my eyes to what our clients may feel as we walk through their homes identifying possessions that must go (or get packed up) in order to make buyers swoon. You may ask: Is it really worth it? You bet. It’s just another reason why our listings sell 2% higher than the average listing.

Starting with the sofas was like ripping off a bandage; painful at first, but soon enough it was like it never happened. The end result felt great; less can be more! If you’re preparing to sell your home, here are a few simple ways to declutter, inspired by the folks at becomingminimalist.com:

  1. Make it manageable. Give away just one item each day, every day. This will create momentum without overwhelming you away from getting started.
  2. Turn it into a game. See how quickly you can find 10 items to toss, 10 items to donate and 10 items to put back where they should go. Enlist your family members to play!
  3. See your home in a new light. We develop a blindness to our everyday surroundings. Take photos and evaluate your space objectively or invite someone new over to get their two cents. Simply preparing for their visit may spark changes!

Garage apartments, granny flats, and "tiny houses"

All about the cool phenomenon known as "Accessory Dwelling Units"

accessory dwelling unit in madison wi real estate

From converting a garage into a rental unit, to adding a second home on your lot for an aging parent -- "accessory dwelling units" are popping up across Madison!

In January 2013, changes to the City of Madison's zoning ordinance allowed residents to legally construct accessory dwelling units, or ADUs. Not only are ADUs helping some homeowners make better use of their existing space, they're also tapping into the increasingly popular "tiny house" movement.

According to the national experts at AccessoryDwellings.org, ADUs are "a really simple and old idea: having a second, small dwelling right on the same grounds (or attached to) your regular single-family house, such as an apartment over the garage, a tiny house on a foundation in the backyard, or a basement apartment."

So -- you have a garage you'd like to convert, or addition you'd like to make. Where do you start? Well, any legally added ADU will need a permit. Here's a quick list of first steps from our friends at the City.

Ten steps for planning and permitting an ADU:

1. Brainstorm your project goals and scope 2. Talk to the Madison Zoning Department about the project to determine its feasibility 3. Rough-sketch your ideas -- get creative input from family and friends 4. Identify your architect and consider potential builders (unless you're going the DIY route) 5. Work with your architect to create and refine a schematic design 6. Talk with your neighbors -- community buy-in is important, especially when adding density to already-dense areas 7. Choose a builder 8. Develop permit-ready (or construction-ready) drawings 9. Apply for your permit -- permit issued! 10. Break ground

Want to learn more? Here you go!

Green Accessory Dwelling Unit Initiative - resources for Madison homeowners who want to build environmentally friendly ADUs

10 Steps to Permitting an ADU - a quick reference guide for Madisonians interested in building (and permitting!) their own ADU

Design Coalition - design support for Madison-area residents who want to design and build ADUs

AccessoryDwellings.org - a volunteer-run resource guide on how to design, build, and get approval for your ADU, complete with zoning ordinances by state

ADUs in Madison - a Facebook page where Madisonians can share advice and resources related to ADUs

Time to Build - sample ADU floorplans, plus words of wisdom when thinking about your own ADU

Madison Zoning Department - who to contact when you're ready to get started!

Related links:

The Hottest Home Amenity: In-Law Apartments, Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2014.


New Listing: 105 N. Ingersoll Street

1,250 square feet // 3 bedrooms, bath // $229,900

We're so excited about ROOST's latest listing at 105 N. Ingersoll Street -- a charmer of a home, right in the heart of Madison's Isthmus! Check out a few photos below, plus many more on our Trulia page!

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Homes like this don't come around often. This two-story, 3 bed/2 bath home lives large -- with a sizable kitchen, dining room and living room, and a bedroom and full bath all on the main floor, plus two more bedrooms and a second bath upstairs. The newer roof, siding, and windows will give you peace of mind, while the original maple floors, arched doorways, and solid wood doors add abundant charm and unique architectural detail.

Outside, the cozy, urban yard offers space for a patio or garden bed -- plus ample off-street parking, which can be hard to find on the Isthmus. This home offers easy access to all that makes near-east living so desirable -- live on the bicycle boulevard, within a short walk to the many restaurants, coffee shops, bars, Willy Street Coop, and other local businesses in the Tenney Lapham and Willy St/Marquette neighborhoods.

This location really has it all: Live near three of Madison's most exciting upcoming developments -- the 700 block of East Washington, the 800 block of East Washington, and Madison's own Central Park. Plus, a short bike ride gets you downtown and to the UW campus -- enjoy a stroll around the Capitol square for the Saturday farmer's market, or meet friends for a summertime beverage at the Memorial Union Terrace overlooking Lake Mendota.

If you're interested in a move-in ready home with all that Isthmus living has to offer, this is the home for you.

The details:

  • 105 N. Ingersoll Street, Madison, WI
  • $229,900
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 baths
  • 1,250 square feet
  • Off-street parking
  • First floor: Living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, full bath
  • Second floor: Master bedroom, second bedroom, full bath
  • Updates include: roof, siding, windows, and new front porch
  • Move-in ready!

For more info and photos, visit this home's Trulia page!