Lake & City Views

A couple of weeks ago we featured three stunning Madison country clubs and the homes that surround them. As promised, here’s part two. If you long to live on or near a golf course in Madison, read on.

Bishops Bay Country Club

Named among Wisconsin’s Top 10 Private Golf and Country Clubs, Bishops Bay in Middleton should be at or near the top of the list for avid golfers seeking a new home. Actually, anyone that longs for the rolling green vistas a golf course provides would do well to look at homes for sale near Bishops Bay Country Club.

Bishops Bay opened in 1995, offering golf with a backdrop of spectacular views of both the capitol and Lake Mendota. The 18-hole course features 7,160 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. But

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It’s a rare person that looks the nine-to-five routine in the face every day and doesn’t occasionally experience at least a twinge of escapism. If you relate to this and have toyed with the idea of working for yourself, have you considered becoming a real estate agent?

Agents come from all walks of life, from teachers to nurses, police officers and more. The rewards of a career in real estate sales can be tremendous, and not just financially. Being able to wave goodbye to your boss, set your own hours and even work from home in your jammies if you want just can’t be beat. Throw in the ability to make your own business decisions and help consumers through a complicated process and it’s easy to see why so many Americans seek a career in the real

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Things to Do in Madison WI in March

 

There's a lot going on in and around Madison this March -- take your pick from the events below and get out and have some fun!

Through March 7

The Turn of the Screw

“The Turn of the Screw” is an English chamber opera composed by Benjamin Britten, based on the novella by Henry James, and performed by UW-Madison University Opera. Held downtown at the Carol Rennebohm Auditorium (925 Bascom Mall), you can purchase your tickets online, here.

 

March 10, 11, 17 and 18 and 31

Madison Capitols Hockey

You’ll have several chances to catch live hockey action this month as the Madison Capitols take on the Sioux City Musketeers on March 5 and then the Tri-City Storm on the 11th. Get tickets for the former here and the latter here. Or, you

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Country

Did you know that Wisconsin is home to more than 500 golf courses? Indeed we are and some of the finest are located in and around Madison. This week we feature three of our gorgeous private country clubs and next week we’ll take a look at three more.

Blackhawk Country Club

If you’re looking for a club that is pure golf, Blackhawk Country Club may be worth a look. While it offers “No pool, no tennis courts, no distractions,” Blackhawk packs a wallop when it comes to views and pristine, tree-lined fairways on the 18-hole Blackhawk course. The club also offers members a golf academy, junior golf program, driving range, a putting green and a yummy bite to eat in an idyllic setting.

The Blackhawk course features 6,193 yards of golf from the

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We could tell you that moving in the winter in Madison is challenging. We could also tell you that it’s messy. But, why would we? If you’re a native you’re not afraid of winter weather; in fact, you celebrate it.

Moving during winter in Madison is, however, a bit different than your typical spring or summer move, and if you aren’t using a professional moving company (something to consider since they typically discount their prices in the winter), you’ll no doubt need some tips to get the process done safely, smoothly and successfully.

1. Pack an essentials box

You’ll need a box or bag full of essentials and a spare spot in the trunk of your car for items that you may need during the move and during the first few hours in the new home. Leave

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Beer Tour - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/flash716/2798306275

Hop Head Beer Tours has been providing safe and fun craft beer tours in the Madison area since 2010. They have become very popular with adults and provide something unique to do with friends, family, or as a couple. Here's what you can expect when you take a tour with Hop Head Beer Tours.

Not a Party Bus

The tours provided are not like a pub crawl or a party bus situation. Instead, they visit brew-pubs and breweries in the form of an educational experience. Of course there's still great beers to sample, but these tours are more for the beer connoisseur, not your average beer drinker.

The Tours

Hop Head Beer Tours offer bus, bike and charter tours every month which vary based on availability. They offer both public as well as private tours

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Going over our blog posts from the past year we’ve learned that some of our most popular involve homes currently on the market. Hey, we get it. Even if you’re not in the market for a home, it’s fun to take a look at what buyers are clamoring after, what home prices are doing and being nosy by looking inside other people’s homes, even virtually.

We’re seeing a bit of a trend this week – CONDOS! Always a popular option for those on a budget, condo living also offers a sense of a carefree life, sans the snow blowing and landscaping chores. All three of this week’s most popular homes for sale in Madison are condos.

 

Lots of privacy on the Northside

This week’s most popular home for sale in Madison is a condo in the Cherokee community. Located

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For Sale: 4BR/3BA Modern Masterpiece on 3.5 Acres in Cross Plains

Rare opportunity to enjoy a beautifully designed, custom-built 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home on 3.5 beautiful acres just a few steps from the center of town in beautiful Cross Plains! Custom-built in 2015 by highly regarded Design Shelters, this ultra modern 2-story home features an open floor plan with 18’ ceilings in the great room, gorgeous whitewashed oak engineered hardwood flooring, linear gas fireplace (with adjustable fan control and custom limestone hearth), fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, and many high-end finishes such as natural quartz countertops and marble backsplash, soft closing cabinets and drawers in the kitchen (and all bathrooms!), Restoration Hardware brand bathroom

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Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy in Madison

Madison Opera

Fans of the still incomparable Charlie Parker won’t want to miss the Madison Opera’s presentation of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird on February 10 and 12 at the Overture Center for the Arts (201 State St.). Follow Bird’s spirit as it returns to Birdland to compose his final masterpiece as you thrill to the “. . .pulsing, jazz-infused score,” according to the New York Times. Grab your tickets now at madisonopera.org.

Paula Poundstone at the Barrymore

“On February 11th, I insist on going to The Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin to freeze my a## off in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin,” says comedian Paula Poundstone. If you’ve caught her on NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell

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coach with headphones on

With so many folks wanting to buy homes and so few homes available to purchase, it’s tough being a home buyer in Madison’s current real estate market. It’s frustrating as well for us to watch our clients fall in love with a home only to find out someone else beat them to it.

There is a solution, however. While it doesn’t always work, it does often enough to consider it if you truly want the home: submit a backup offer.

What is a backup offer?

The actual backup offer consists of a contract to purchase the home and a backup addendum. When signed, these documents will automatically place you in first position should the current buyer not consummate the purchase.

While there are benefits to submitting a backup offer on a home you’ve fallen in

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