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Cozy living room with a fireplace in a modern condo in Dane County

More people than ever are purchasing Dane County condos because they offer low maintenance living and can be very affordable compared to traditional single-family homes. Plus, there are tons of options to choose from including stylish condos in the heart of downtown Madison and beautiful lakefront condos with exceptional views. If you’re considering buying a condo in Dane County, these are some questions to consider.

How Much Are the HOA Fees?

Nearly every condo development in Dane County is managed by a homeowners association (HOA). The HOA is responsible for maintenance and other services such as security or common utilities. In return, homeowners pay HOA fees to cover those costs. This is something to keep in mind when planning your monthly…

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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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There are people that wouldn’t dream of living in anything but a house and then there are those who’ve discovered condo living and will never go back. If you’re among the latter, you need to meet the homes for sale at 100 Wisconsin in Madison. In fact, read on for five reasons you will love this community.

1. It’s architecturally interesting

Yes, it’s a bit of a box in shape, but the huge windows on the upper floors make the building appear to be made entirely of glass. You'll get the same feel from inside the homes, with floor-to-ceiling windows from which to take in some fabulous views. I don’t know about you, but I want my home to be attractive.

2. The layouts are brilliant

The homes at 100 Wisconsin were built about a dozen years ago, so…

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Container garden
Madison’s condo dwellers who think they lack the space for a garden don’t know what they’re missing. Imagine entertaining your friends on your deck or patio this summer, surrounded by Paradise. It just takes a little creativity and lots of planting containers and potting soil to feed your green thumb, add some color to your patio and enchant your guests. Let’s take a look at some things to consider when planning for your spring or summer balcony (or patio) garden.

Sun or Shade?

Does the spot you’ve chosen get lots of sun, afternoon sun or is it primarily in shade for much of the day? Shady gardens are a challenge for even those with plots of land but you can find plants that do well with less sun.

Consider the wild red columbine (Aquilegia…

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Today we'd like to introduce you to five of the most exclusive options for Madison area condo living. Now when most people think of exclusivity, they typically think of price. But that’s not what makes these particular Madison condo communities exclusive. It's the availability--or lack thereof--that makes these condos so exclusive.

Let's put it this way: with so much competition, if you can get your hands on one of these condos, you'll be in an elite class of buyers. Here are five of the most exclusive condo communities in Madison.

The Fauerbach

The Fauerbach is located on Blount Street along Lake Monona. It is in a prime location and considered one of the most exclusive developments on this list. It is very rare to find more than two units…

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At Lake & City Homes our tagline is "Homes that fit your lifestyle". Because a home's architecture can impact the way someone lives, we think it's important for homebuyers to identify the lifestyle they have or aspire to have as part of the process of shopping for a new home. A home's architecture can positively or negatively impact a person's lifestyle by virtue of a variety of factors. For example, if you like formal entertaining and the only way your guests can access the backyard is through one of the bedrooms, that floorplan may not be compatible with your lifestyle. You'd be better off with an open living/dining area and a floorplan that flows in a circular design through side and back doors to the backyard. If you like each room to have its own…

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Madison WI Capitol buildingMadison Wisconsin racks up yet another "Best City" award this month, this time for Kiplinger's "Best Cities for Young Adults". With a population of just over a half a million people in the Madison metropolitan area and an unemployment rate of 4.9% (the national unemployment rate is 8.2%), Madison tops out the list of best cities to live in for young adults in part because of its relatively low cost-of-living index of 108.2 (the national average is 100) and average rent of $849 per month for a one bedroom apartment (the national average is $959). The median household income for Madison, WI currently stands at $58,775 (the national median household income is $43,024).

More important than statistics, however, is the vibrant and energetic feel of Madison's…

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