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Beloved near west side 100+ yr old home available every summer/fall while we go north. May15- October15. Suitable for two couples or small family. Entire 2nd floor 1000 master bedroom/ bath with walk out south facing sun deck, jacuzzi tub, laundry. The spacious craftsman kitchen is hearty & reliably equipped. 1st floor bedroom w/ king bed has private door to garden. Den and summer sitting porch. Brick patio, two decks in garden. Basement apartment can be added on as an additional rental .

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Our 100 year old house on Madison's near west side is a two story single family home with a full finished basement apartment we rent separately. As only the second owners of this 100 year old house we have enjoyed caring for the home for 29 years while raising our three daughters and many family beloved pets. Our home is surrounded by garden which we began building when we bought the house in 1991. Now mature and layered with many different trees. shrubs, perennials plantings, ground covers, vines and ornamental accessory it is a little sanctuary in the city.

As empty nesters with a second house in door county we have streamlined the place for sabbaticals visitors wanting to enjoy a comfortably furnished, shorter term residence in one of Madison's most established neighborhoods.

The houses is big enough for a single family of five but also a great a haven for a couple who may have guests visiting or just want lots of space!

In 1998 we added 1000 square feet master bedroom 12x12 bathroom as an entire second floor. This addition features two large dormers, a south facing one that leads through patio doors to a 12x 8 sun deck and another north facing dormer which is the master bathroom.

This master bedroom space offers open air living while being super cozy too. There are ten true divided light 5ft windows opening you to all four directions. In warm months the air flows though so wonderfully it feels like a tree house. In the winter months low sunlight pours through the skylights and the sun filters through the established old growth barren trees to fill the room. In any season it is a great place to restore, stretch out, study, and come together. There is also a yoga space and lot of cushions and pillows.

The furnishing in the sitting area include two small scale cushy chairs, a love seat, a small desk with printer and an additional bureau with mirror. The south facing deck also had comfortable patio couch and chair with lots of full sun plants!

The bed is a very comfortable medium to firm king bed with a featherbed, and down comforter w/ duvet and coverlet, down pillows and quality linens.

There is a large oval tub w/jets for soaking, walk in tiled shower, double sinks, 6 foot mirror. The walk in closet has twelve drawers and a hanging area, also a second full size stackable laundry.

There are 12 steps up to second floor and along the way we created a built in loft above one of the first floor bedrooms so it provides another extra sleeping nook under the skylight, it has a full futon.

On the first floor there are two classic bedrooms. The large south west facing bedroom with Queen bed is 22x13 has a separate patio door to the garden. The other is 12x12 bedroom is north facing and has a full bed room set. The full first floor bathroom is newly remodeled with a frameless glass shower, white tiled subway tiled walls and floor.

The main living areas include the living room with fireplace, built in leaded glass bookcases and liquor cabinet. The dining room has a large expandable mission oak table for big dinners and all dishware, glassware and linens available for your use stored in the large built in china hutch. All hardware and simple the simple brass chandlers are original. There are hardwood maple floors throughout the house with area rugs.

The kitchen has been completely restored and updated with handcrafted custom built floor to ceiling cabinets matching all the original built ins. There are soap stone countertops with a large farm sink, new Bosch dishwasher, a Dacor gas stove, oven and downdraft extractor vent. The eat in kitchen nook sits under a six foot H-Window opening to the south facing backyard and garden. The house has spices and other basic staples.

The north facing front porch/ main entrance to the house is a sweet place to unwind in the summer, it has comfortable antique wicker furniture for reading and resting. There is a long brick walkway on the east side of the house, a spacious brick patio in the backyard, lots of comfortable furniture, grill, deck, etc. There is also the back door entrance here.

The basement apartment has been finished with all new windows including three glass block windows and three opening windows. We tiled the floor of half the space and created a large bedroom and sitting area with a large flat screenTV. It has two closets, queen bed, dresser and desk and small leather couch and bureau. You will also find a a full bathroom with glass block shower, extra large washer and dryer and extra fridge and little kitchenette area with a small electric stove and full size fridge. There is a large pantry and single car garage with remote. The driveway is brick and can fit two small cars side by side.

The house is naturally air conditioned by three foot plus awnings and large established old growth trees. We also have two portable units for additional cooling if super hot.

More history if interested.....

We are actually the second owners of this 100 year old house and caring for it has been a labor of love for our family, every step of the way. It was rented the ten years prior to our purchase, forsaken with no updates completed in decades. We however fell in love with the house, and were young, ambitious and beautifully naive.

With a newborn and almost two year old we dove in. Our first eyeopener was the roof, burdened by layers of shingles. It was not our first project by any means but when we eventually removed three layers of old asphalt and one layer of wood shingles, ( i think the originals), we realized how layered, textured this house was with history. Project one, truth be told was the complete rewiring of the house from the original knob and tube. This was our first costly project requiring us to spend a large chunk of money to fulfill the building inspector's order before he would sign off. Without his signature there was no loan for our purchase. Then came changing out all the half inch copper tubing in the basement to one inch, this was a hard expense for me to digest when I needed a new kitchen. After that job, removing the old oil tank and putting in a high efficiency gas furnace and water heater felt like a breeze. But then the foundation boards from decades of water run off on both the back and front of the house needed to be replaced which forced us to dig deep for house loyalty. Once we jacked up the house and fashioned in the new foundation boards we were on our way to a forever relationship. The complete landscaping drainage system installation we designed turned out to be easy in comparison and the brick patio and walkway finally offered some visual improvement! The many dozens of home projects we carried out forged such important, essential aspects of our closeness as a family. As renovations often do they mirrored our own growth. There are so many highlights and details to this beloved house of ours that add to the seasoned house culture offered. Objectifying them into a spiffy description feels seriously unbefitting now as i write. In this moment it seems they deserve to be experienced rather that objectified, felt in the form of reflection and sweat rather than hardened into winning spun facts that sell the house into rental. However, I am a practical person through and through, so in the spirit of informing about the house, here goes. There are a few project left to be completed which I still hope to get to in my life time as one of the primary stewards but as it goes, life has not quite opened up space for this yet. I still want a coat closet on the first floor which will involve a redesign of the front porch and entrance way. The house deserves new true divided double hung windows on the first floor, welcome they will be. Although we have twice now had all the hardwood floors redone, they need it again. With these past summers heating up the way they have, I guess it is time we break down and put in central air unit. The first floor bath remodel was our first big interior undertaking and we scored, creating a timeless bathroom on our first attempt. We brought back the claw-foot tub that was once there and the cast iron pedestal sink, made an original glass block window configuration which brings in the afternoon sun to everyone’s delight. I often waited for just the perfect afternoon span of time to get the girls the tub and would often join them. Our second floor master living space vision was finally constructed after years of placemaking in our heads. It is in every season a full blown pleasure, like a treehouse shelter that always protects. It offers spaciousness and intimacy at the same time, privacy and openness too. We dignified the entire house when we redid the kitchen by having custom built new cabinetry installed in the kitchen to replicate the original oak leaded glass built in the LR and RM. We also had to redesign the kitchen floor plan a bit to accommodate our large family. In doing so we positioned the eating hearth perfectly to soak in the southern sun from our beloved south facing high performance custom wood window (H Window). Turned an old crusty basement into a funky living space, adding a third bathroom. Built essential sturdy shelving in the back pantry and attached garage. As for the garden now, our most cherished gathering space, it is the best part of the house. Decades ago, it was all grass to be mowed and yards of unruly rooted wire fence everywhere, with a half dozen square five foot deep cinder block lined dugouts for Labradors. Now 23 years later we are all garden. On the warmest summer eves we often light up the scape with tea candles and social resonance from best friends sharing time together. Each small parcel of land lends itself to a growing community of perennial wonders nourished by the slightly varying ecosystem of light, soil and traffic. Each spring, year after year, we would spend hour and hour in dialog honing in on the details of the most essential of projects for the upcoming season. Our partnership delighted in this process of prioritizing tasks for the garden and making arguments for our ideas. Ultimately, it became a loose list that softened with ease to the give and take of that particular relished work day. In the garden, unearthing the placement of a plant, the fashion of a trellis, the footprint of a deck, depth of a pond, height of a retaining wall or the just the position of a tree, vine or shrub was really just about quieting to the collective resonance in the airstream so we could hear what the garden wanted. Even though year after year we had conversation after conversation about the evolution of the garden, thoughtful over each movement, it was always the soft speaking life in the garden that communicated, in its most tenderest tones, the right action for the simple tasks of the day.

The house is located in one of the oldest residential neighborhood on the near west side of Madison, 3 blocks to UW Hospital, 12 blocks to UW, 18 blocks to downtown, 10 blocks to Lake Wingra. Vilas Park, the zoo and the Arboretum are a mile away and a nice walk through safe and friendly residential neighborhoods.

You can also walk 5-10 blocks to Regent/Monroe St, where you will find many locally owned and operated small businesses, great restaurants and coffee shops. If you run, we are eight blocks from Lake Mendota and Picnic Point. Going West one mile you will find Sundance Theaters, Whole Foods and shopping

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Madison is a great town especially if you are in walking/biking distance to the lakes and all the great neighborhoods. Located in the heart of the near west side, we are in one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Madison. Just 4 blocks to UW Hospital, 12 blocks to UW-Madison Campus, 18 blocks to downtown, 5-10 blocks form Regent/Monroe St, where you will find many locally owned and operated small businesses, great restaurants and coffee shops. Just three blocks walk from the house to one of Madison's oldest Italian restaurant treasures, Lombardino's. Madison gems like Picnic Point, lake Wingra, Vilas Park, the zoo, and the Arboretum are very pleasant walks (or runs) through safe and friendly residential neighborhoods.

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Our DOOR COUNTY Profile Tim's parents purchased a modest lakefront vacation home on Door Bluff Road in 1969 when he was nine and the second oldest of six. His mother Inger had arrived in the US from Sweden ten years earlier and found this idyllic Swedish connection thriving on the northern door peninsula ! Tim's dad deepened the family roots when he acquired a small 36 ' sailboat so the whole crew could recreate on the summer waters of Lake Michigan. I was first invited to join Tim and his family eight years later on one of their vacations when I was 17 and we were newly sweet-hearted . Now 40 years later after thousands of all weather hikes on Hotz trail, hundreds of good beach days at Newport and countless cold water life changing swims, we have the honor of caring for a few special vacation homes in Northern Door including our own. No matter where we lived throughout our life, or how life was unfolding, neither of us have ever missed a summer vacation in the gentle woods of northern door. We honor and are protective of the delicate escarpment land, we respect the long time year round family residents who have kept the peninsula alive in the winter and we admire the hard working perennial business owners that make door county so naturally welcoming . We relish our days in northern door, enjoying the lingering springs, cooler restorative summer weather and inspiring magnificent fall colors. Being close to such a rare clean fresh body of water we consider a luxury. We feel blessed to have been supported by our families, friends and community throughout life's progression. Now to be able to recreate our own door county home haven experience to share with our loved one and an expanded community is a privilege. We live six months of the year in our sweet meadow home on Hill Road in Sister Bay. Our MadisonWI Profile We became the second owners of the Chamberlain house in 1991, caring for this now 100 year old house in the heart of Madison's historic district has been an experience of on going culture building for our family over the decades.... After being relatively light on our feet for nearly a decade after college, we returned to our home town married with two babies girls needing a nest. We knew we wanted to live near the grandparents and began our search! The Chamberlain house was listed for just one day in the newspaper and somehow I managed to persuade the owner over the phone to let me walk through. He had pulled the ad because he realized the house was not ready to show. It had become a rental property over the years with little to no maintenance, suffice it to say the house had lost its sparkle. I specifically remember my mother in law at the time saying after her tour, “I would not touch it with a ten foot pole.” From the street, the aging dark brown paint job, the falling off gutters and gapping whole under the front porch stood out like a sore thumb in this tidy historic residential neighborhood. I was drawn in by the rustic street appeal, sitting there weathered on this sweet little raise in the land, this 80 years old house charmed me and called out for care. Right off the bat, upon entering the screened porch, childhood memories of cloud watching for hours and day dreaming on the couch of my Gram's front porch in the UP were revived...... when we pushed open the solid oak front door we were met with waves of cat pee emanating from the gold shag carpet which shook me right out of my daydream. i imagined with ease that beneath the old soiled covering (which I immediately wanted to begin tearing out) was a protected hardwood floor. The smell was strong and begged to distract us from the rich patinated wood and leaded glass built-ins. The fact that there was no light shining through the windows didn’t help. I took the liberty of moving aside the sagging Mexican blanket covering the morning sun from streaming through the prominent east facing picture window. The sunshine lit the room up and as we walked through each room I was able to imagine it in its original splendor. The quality of the craftsmanship inspired me, some focused skilled crew built it back in 1915 for $4000.00. I began envisioning our family living under this roof.........twenty nine years later, several dozen home repair projects completed (including even before we moved in a complete rewiring of the entire electric system of the house) it became a home base to our three amazing daughters, a fervent partnership, four beloved border collies, many regal cats, ancient friendships, countless family gatherings, and thousands of shared delicious meals. Today we continue the tradition of deepening our home base and culture by welcoming in folks from all walks of life and from all parts of the world.
Our DOOR COUNTY Profile Tim's parents purchased a modest lakefront vacation home on Door Bluff Road in 1969 when he was nine and the second oldest of six. His mother Inger had arri…

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