Madison WI Real Estate Blog

Madison is Known as the Unofficial Bike Capital of the Midwest

Madison provides so many benefits for cyclists; it has been dubbed at the "Unofficial Bike Capital of the Midwest." Whether you're commuting to work, trying to get exercise or just want to get out in nature, there are plenty of biking opportunities throughout the city.

Miles and miles of trails are found throughout the Greater Madison area. The best time to ride is throughout the summer and fall, but bike enthusiast will even head out when snow is on the ground.

Biking Makes Madison the Healthiest City

While more than just biking goes into the factors to name Madison the healthiest city, it's a huge part of the ranking. Livability.com ranked Madison as one of America's healthiest cities in 2015 due to the huge number of recreational opportunities and active citizens.

Neighborhoods provide well-maintained paths for biking, which helps make citizens active. The UW-Madison Arboretum Trail and many others make it easy to get out on a bike and get some exercise in.

More Bikes than Cars

It may seem unlikely, but it's true, Madison has more bikes than cars. In fact, the League of American Bicyclists' gave Madison the Platinum status back in November of 2015 because of the biking. The city was one of only four to receive this status. Even communities around Madison, such as Monona, Sun Prairie, Fitchburg and Middleton received accolades from the League of American Bicyclists'. Madison also received platinum...

Your Guide to Madison, WI Neighborhood Pools

Summer is almost here, which means it's nearly time to head to the pool. Throughout Madison, there are several neighborhood swimming pools for children and adults to enjoy. Many of the pools offer memberships, while others offer paid admission to the public. Here's a quick guide to some of the best neighborhood pools found throughout Madison.

Parkcrest Pool

Found in the Parkwood Hill neighborhood, this swimming pool was built before many of the homes in the neighborhood. It includes areas for diving, lap swimming and for kitchens. The pool area also offers basketball and tennis.

This is a membership pool, which includes swimming and diving lessons. It also includes access to tennis and basketball leagues with something for all ages.

Monona Community Pool

A 300,000-gallon swimming pool with a water slide, the Monona Community Pool is a great choice for the summer. It will even host the All City Dive Meet in July, which will be fun for spectators.

The swimming pool includes eight lanes for lap swim, a wading pool, two diving boards, a water slide and a concession stand. Admission is $4 for adult residents and $3 for children. Non-residents can get in for $5 and seniors received a discounted admission of $3.

Evening swim is also offered Monday through Thursday from 7pm to 9pm for just $2 per person. Season passes are also available and range from $45 to $190.

Goodman Pool

Opening on June 9th and staying open through Labor Day Weekend, the Goodman pool is one of the top choices in the area. It was the first municipal swimming pool and opened in 2006. This swimming pool offers plenty of fun with...

WI57 | The Real Estate News | Josh Lavik | Keller Williams | 5/17/2017

In the latest episode of the The Real Estate News, Josh Lavik covers a few homes for sale in great neighborhoods, such as Sun Prairie and  Southwest Madison. Josh also covers the current issues with the shortage of homes for sale.

Many buyers are a bit dissapointed right now due to the lack of home inventory throughout the Madison area. Many of the best properties are selling with multiple offers, which has presented a challenge for buyers. Now is a great time to list your home, if you're considering a move. Contact our team and let us help you get your home sold for the best price possible.

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Why Isn't Your Home Selling?

Sellers have been favored in the Madison real estate market for many months now. In fact, if your house isn't selling, it's a bit of an anomaly right now. With less inventory than necessary, it shouldn't be hard to get your home sold.

However, if you’re struggling to sell your home, there could be a reason behind it. Here are some of the top reasons your home may not be selling in Madison.

The Price

Setting the right price makes a huge difference. Too high of a price and you'll scare off potential buyers. If you set a list price too low, buyers may wonder what's wrong with the home.

Pricing is the top reasons a home doesn't sell in any real estate market. When you set the right price, it will sell and in a seller's market, it will sell fast.

Sellers often set too high of a price due to emotional attachment. Hiring a good real estate agent can give you an objective opinion and help you set the right price for your home.

Not Properly Staged

An un-staged home means it could be too personal for buyers. When you still have family pictures up and your decor everywhere, it may not appeal to a large enough audience.

Buyers need to see the home as their own, not yours. Staging will not only help to take you out of the home, but will also give you better listing pictures. Both of these can help get your home sold faster and for a better price.

Poor Marketing

If you're trying to sell your home on your own, it may not be listed on MLS. You may also be missing the social media buzz you need to get your home sold. Even if you hired a real estate agent, they may...

Best Bike Trails Found Throughout Madison, WI

Miles of bike trails are found all throughout Madison. Whether you prefer a park trail or a road trail, there are plenty of choices all throughout the city. Here's a look at some of the top bike trails in Madison, Wisconsin.

Capital City State Trail

Providing the link between Glacial Drumlin State Trail and Military Ridge state Trail, Capital City State Trail provides nine miles of trails throughout the Capital Springs State Recreation Area. It follows seven miles of bikeways in the city from Nob Hill to the east site of Madison. There's a one-mile link on Verona Road in Fitchburg, which connects the trail to the Military Ridge State Park.

Quarry Ridge Recreation Area Trails

More than three miles of off-road and freeride bike trails are provides with inclines and drops. Those looking for more of a challenge will love these bike trails. The recreation area has trails rated from beginner to expert with views of the pond and plenty more. You can also gain direct access to the Military Ridge State Trail here.

Military Ridge State Trail

A 40-mile trail in Iowa and Dane Counties, the Military Ridge State Trail provides plenty of great biking. It's very close to the connection of Badger and Capital City state trails in Fitchburg and a new 6-mile section is included called the Shake Rag Trail. It's a pretty level trail with smooth asphalt and limestone surfaces. A 2.5-mile section from in Verona and Fitchburg has been paved for...

Visit the Henry Vilas Zoo This Summer

A 28-acre public zoo located in Madison, the Henry Vilas Zoo provides plenty of great fun for the entire family. It's visited by about 750,000 people every year and for good reason. If you're looking for something fun to do with the family this summer, visit the zoo.

Exhibits

The Henry Vilas Zoo provides a number of different exhibits including:

  • Tropical Rainforest Aviary
  • North American Prairie
  • Arctic Passage
  • Primate House
  • Children's Zoo
  • Wisconsin Heritage
  • Big Cat Exhibits
  • And More!

You'll discover all types of animals and wildlife all throughout the zoo. Children will get to see plenty of different animals and experience something unique.

Animals

There are several different animals you will discover at the zoo from all over the world. Animals from Asia, Africa, Australia, North America and South America are found at the zoo. Some of the animals you will find here include:

  • Black Sans
  • Alpaca
  • Polar Bears
  • Harbor Seals
  • Grizzly Bears
  • North American River Otter
  • African Lion
  • Aardvark
  • Ostrich
  • Ring-Tailed Lemur
  • Koi
  • Amur Tiger
  • And More!

Discover all the animals at the Henry Vilas Zoo.

Zoo History

William and Anna Vilas gave the city of Madison 50 acres of land back in 1904 with the condition of using the land for a public park and pleasure ground. The zoo was named after their son Henry, who died of diabetes at a very young age. The family also asked the city to make the park admission-free.

In 1911, the...

A Quick Guide to the Madison Bike Share Program

The bicycle share program in Madison is known as B-Cycle. This program allows you to choose from 40 different stations found throughout the city. You get to select a bike and hit the road with greener, healthier transportation.

What is Madison B-Cycle?

A bikeshare program helping revolutionize the city of Madison, B-Cycle provides bikes for members and non-members to use to get around town. You can ride wherever you want to go after you've checked out a bike. Memberships allow you to check out one bike at a time and you get unlimited checkouts during your membership timeframe.

The goal of B-Cycle is to encourage residents to use bikes for short trips. Some memberships allow for longer trips, but most are for 30 to 60 minute trips. However, you can always dock your B-Cycle bike and check it out again.

How Does B-Cycle Work?

It all starts with purchasing a membership online. You can choose a day, month or year-long membership. If you don't want to purchase a membership, B-Cycle offers walk-up pricing at all B-station Kiosks.

After you have a membership, you will check out a bike. Those with a month or year-long membership will receive a B-card in the mail, which allows for faster unlocking of bikes. Until you receive your card, you can sign in at the kiosk to get your bike and use the same credit card you used for your membership.

Once you've checked out your bike, you can head out for a ride for up to 30 minutes. If you need longer, it does cost extra. This helps to encourage cyclists to return bikes keeping plenty available for all members.

After you've gone for your ride or arrived at your destination, simply return the bike...

3 Stunning Country Clubs Near Madison

Wisconsin is home to more than 500 golf courses. Some of the best courses are found throughout Madison, including three incredible country clubs. If you're looking for a private club to join, here are three you should put high on your list.

Stoughton Country Club

Found in the City of Stoughton, this country club goes back to 1899. It's located on the shores of Lake Kegonsa. The course was built on local farm land and originally covered nine holes.

Before it became what it is today, Stoughton Country Club was destroyed by fire and tornado. Today, it's a private club with 18 holes and measures 6,355 yards. It's not a long course, but does provide many great perks for gold and social membership.

Along with the golf course, the country club provides a pier with a dock, restaurant facilities and a clubhouse.

Blackhawk Country Club

A pure golf club with nothing else, Blackhawk Country Club provides some of the finest views you will find in the Madison area. It's an 18-hole golf course measuring 6,193 yards. Along with the course, golfers enjoy the driving range, putting green, golf academy, junior programs and more.

Blackhawk Country Club is actually listed on the National Park Service's Register for Historic Places. It's located in Shorewood Hills on the shores of Lake Mendota and provides one of the best choices for private facilities in the area.

Maple Bluff Country Club

Another great choice in Madison is Maple Bluff Country Club. It's a great place to call home and the golf course provides plenty of challenge throughout. It was originally created as a five-hole...