Monday, June 17, 2019

Summer Breeze...At Olbrich!

A feel-good summer tradition at Olbrich Botanical Gardens! Come enjoy simple pleasures with the ones you love!

Join in the fun – grab a refreshing beverage and take a relaxing stroll in the Gardens with your sweetheart, play a friendly game of bocce ball or cornhole with your pals, or start a dance party in the Thai Garden. Whether you’re 2 or 102, there’s something for everyone at this new summer program.
Lots of activities including a variety of classic lawn games including Kubb, Pass the Pigs, Giant Dice, Twister, and Ping-Pong, plus dominos and playing cards offered throughout the Gardens – first come, first served.  And how about 200 feet of hop scotchhula hoops, and a big ol’ tub of bubbles for the little and big kids alike.

Unwind with friends or family, feel that cool Lake Monona breeze in your hair, stop to smell the roses, or become a flamingo ring toss champ, all while supporting your free public garden!  June 22nd and June 28th 4-10 p.m.  Admission is $15/adults ($10 for Olbrich members); $5/children; 5 and under FREE!

Summer Breeze Summer Breeze makes me feel fine! Summer Breeze

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

May 2019 Home Sales

There is change in the air!  The rumors are circling that the Real Estate market is beginning to level off.  I don't mean for the year, which is typical this time of year, but rather the forecasters are predicting the housing market to become more "balanced' as we move into the second half of 2019 and into 2020.  

What does that mean?  A slight uptick in interest rates, more inventory on the market, fewer buyers looking to purchase and far fewer competitive offers bidding up the prices of homes.  Time will tell, of course, and I'll keep watching to see what happens.

In the mean time, take a look at properties that sold on the west side of Madison in May.


Monday, June 3, 2019

Madison Sweet Madison!

As the awards continue to pile up, I am proud as ever to call the Greater Madison Wisconsin area my home! In a May 2019 study, Madison was ranked the No. 1 city for jobs, social life and affordable living after college graduation. The study was conducted by Apartment List and reported in the May 22 issue of USA Today. It analyzed the city’s population of young adults, unemployment rates for young adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher, affordability of rent, nightlife and recreational activities and ease of meeting new people. Apartment List aggregated their data and then compared the numbers for 100 cities with Madison coming out on top. Employment opportunities and housing affordability are the two main reasons that Madison is so attractive to so many.

Need more reasons to love where we live? Also in May, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) ranked Madison, WI the number 1 most popular area in the country where Millennials move and stay. In the study, NAR analyzed the 100 largest U.S. metro areas and ranked them in the areas of employment gains, population trends, income levels and housing conditions. Once again, job opportunities and home affordability proved to be the primary drivers behind a decision to move to Madison.

In addition to strong governmental employment opportunities at the City, County and State level, we are blessed to be home to a number of hospitals. Those hospitals, along with our great neighbor Epic Systems in Verona, helps drive growth in the area of health care software jobs. Also important to home buyers: Madison had the lowest unemployment rate among the 100 largest metro areas analyzed. Millennials who recently moved to our area earn $70,000 per year and can afford to buy nearly 30 percent of the homes currently listed for sale.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in the City or in the county, I am here to help guide you and hope to make you a happy home buyer or seller!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Open House in Dudgeon Monroe!

Join me on Sunday June 2, 2019 from noon-2 p.m. to tour this lovely Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood home.

With views of the Arboretum and Dudgeon Park, this traditional home offers old world charm! Glass French doors off living room lead to a welcoming sun room with southern exposure offering great light. Gas fireplace in living room, hardwood floors, newer windows and new roof in 2018.

Three Bedrooms; all ample sized, one with a nursery nook or office space. The private, cozy deck provides space to enjoy morning coffee or evening meals. 

Compact hassle-free yard so you can spend your time enjoying the restaurants, shops and coffee houses of Monroe St. UHP Limited Home Warranty.  MLS#1856306.

Please stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

European Villa in Fitchburg!

The grand-two story staircase welcomes you to this delightful home full of life! Warm woodwork, wrought-iron spiral staircase and textured walls all lend to the European/Tuscan flair of this beautiful home in the country.

On more than 2 acres on a quiet cul-du-sac, this property offers the best of all worlds. More than 3,000 sq. ft. of living space this home has a place for everyone, new lower level family room with walk-out patio, Main level open flow dining/family space plus a formal living room with cozy fireplace.

For outdoor entertaining, the private deck and hot tub provide a wonderful space to sip beverages and enjoy the summer.

Minutes to Madison yet surrounded by peaceful serenity.  MLS#1857434.  This property is sure to delight!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

University Heights Home

With walls of windows, this historic University Heights home offers so much to love! Filled with character including many original classic details such as TWO sets of glass French doors, enchanting casement windows and natural woodwork throughout. 

Updated kitchen with granite counters, brick fireplace, lovely sun room and multi-level deck with hot tub for summer fun. Excellent location with easy walk to schools, Monroe and Regent St shops, UW and hospitals. 

Such a pleasant property with trees, and a sunny backyard all lovingly cared for by owners of 30+ years. Come meet your new home today!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

What's Your Design Style?

Like anything else, styles - and design - changes.  In clothing, in cars, and in decorating.  With the advent of HGTV and websites, such as Houzz, anyone can gather ideas and make a few changes to vary the look of a room.  

Here are a few of the most popular current decorating styles:

  • Industrial - Think warehouse.  Open, high ceiling with exposed beams, brick and duct work.
  • Mid-Century Modern - Think "Mad Men".  Simply, sleek and retro.
  • Bohemian - Think whimsy.  Nearly anything goes, just follow your heart.  Bright colors, floor pillows and vintage finds are often incorporated into this design style.
  • Rustic - Think nature.  Twigs, logs and plants are used to bring the outside in for this style, coupled with reclaimed and cozy furniture.
  • Transitional. Think balance.  This design style mixes traditional and modern design for a bit of the unexpected.

There are other design styles and many people have their own personal style that can't be pigeon-holed into a category.  What's your decorating style?