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

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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broken railroad tracks


Real estate horror stories abound on the Internet but, in reality, most transactions flow smoothly to a successful close. Sure, there are plenty of spots along the way rife with problematic opportunities and, if you’re buying or selling a home in a managed community, those opportunities abound.

At last count, there are more than 350,000 homeowner associations (HOA) in the United States. Collectively, this represents more than half of the owner-occupied households in the country, according to HOA-USA, Inc. So, the chances are good that the home you fall in love with may just be governed by a HOA.

The HOA, in a nutshell

A homeowner association is a legal entity, of which all homeowners are members. It is governed by a group of elected…

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dock on a lake in Maple Bluff WI

Living on a lake in Madison comes with lots of perks, as residents of the Village of Maple Bluff will attest. The year-round vistas and lake activities, however, are just the beginning of the list of Maple Bluff’s attributes.

The lake in question here in Maple Bluff is Lake Mendota, (northwest of Madison for you newcomers). Here, residents tend to be a bit older than those in many other suburbs and well established in their careers.

Maple Bluff is officially a village, yet mainly considered one of Madison’s more upscale suburbs (only 10 minutes to get downtown). It’s made up of five communities, all but one of which were developed in the early 20th century. This means you’ll find homes of varying vintages, from the 19th to the 21st century.

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This month and next we’ll start receiving our tax documents – those W2 and 1099 forms that let Uncle Sam know how much money we earned in 2016. As a Madison homeowner you’ll receive additional documents as well, most notably IRS Form 1098, which your lender is required to deliver to you by February 15. Because it lists how much interest and PMI you paid for the year it’s an important form, so keep it in a safe place until you’re ready to do your taxes.

The interest you pay on your mortgage is one of the largest tax deductions for homeowners. You should be able to write off all mortgage interest, up to $1.1 million and may even be able to deduct the interest you paid for a second home (speak with your accountant).

By the way, the total amount of…

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It’s a brand new year and Madison is kicking it off in style with a ton of fun things to do.

January 3 through January 8

Jersey Boys

More than 22 million theatergoers have seen Jersey Boys and now you have a chance to add to that number. Enjoy the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical telling the true story of The Four Seasons. You’ll hear some of their biggest hits, like “Oh, What a Night,” “Sherry,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” It’s happening on stage at Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison and you can purchase tickets online.

January 6 through January 8

Madison Home Expo

If you plan on making renovations to your home in 2017 you won’t want to miss the 19th annual Madison Home Expo. Here you’ll find…

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If you spent as much as I did over the holidays your pocketbook is no doubt feeling rather light right about now. New Year’s Eve is yet to come, which may take another big bite out of the budget.

I’ve been stalking Groupon and have found a ton of cool ways for women to save money on a lot of the things that might come in handy right now such as massages, manis and pedis and more.

Now, a mention here doesn’t necessarily constitute an endorsement from me. . .merely that it’s a place to get a very cool discount.

Don’t worry, guys, I’ll do one for you too. . .soon.

Hair and nails

Blow Dry Style Lounge

This Groupon offers not only a manicure and pedicure, but a mimosa and espresso or cappuccino to go with them!

$39 for a gel manicure…

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There are various ways to give back to the community and one of the best is by giving the gift of your time. Take a look at some of the following volunteer opportunities and see if you can find a way to squeeze some extra time out of your busy schedule in 2017 to help those in need.

Help save Madison’s pets

If helping animals is something near and dear to your heart, consider lending a hand at one of the many rescue organizations in and around Madison.

Shelter from the Storm – An all-breed dog and cat rescue, Shelter from the Storm is based in Madison. Aside from pet rescue, the group offers a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The shelter, open only by appointment, only houses some of the animals, while foster families have the rest. Check…

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Even if you aren’t house hunting, it’s fun to take a look at what is most popular on the current market, how home prices are faring and to take a peek inside other people’s homes. We’ve rounded up the three listings that are receiving the most attention on our website this week and, yes, two of them are condos but the third is a very interesting historic home in Hill Farms.

Canal Place Condo

The most popular home on the market in Madison this week is this garden-style condo located in Canal Place. Sure, the price ($239,900) accounts for some of this home’s popularity but so do the low association dues ($115 a month), the updated bathroom and kitchen and the new windows and carpeting.

Built in 1984, this home features 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom…

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