Seasoned locals host in a unique, century-old building with parquet floors and abundant light. As central as it gets. Blocks from the Capitol, State Street, and UW-Madison. Charming private room with spacious living room; filled with light and curiosities.
*Last-minute requests are welcome.*
The apartment is on the third floor of a classic red brick Victorian building. It maintains many features from the era, including parquet/hardwood floors, a gas fireplace (non-functional), and large 4-foot-wide windows with south and western exposures for lots of natural light.
We're located in-between the Capitol building and one of Madison's two major lakes (including a large park with beach and playground), with a less-than-five-minute walk to either.
We're collectors at heart; there's a reason our place has been nicknamed "the museum" by our friends! The majority of our guests find the apartment's aesthetic fun and/or charming, but if you're a minimalist, it's probably not a great fit. No hard feelings - everyone decorates differently :)
THE SLEEPING SPACES
The guest room and our bedroom are located on the northwest end of the apartment; the guest room has two queen size beds (one of which is lofted). The living room also has a thick, comfortable, full-size futon bed. We also have a pack-n-play available (please request in advance).
We generally have access to an off-street parking spot for an extra $5 per day; Sunday street parking (and overnight street parking every night) is free. There's also a parking garage a block away that's reasonably priced.
We're active locavores, including canning and homebrewing. As the building is more than a century old, the kitchen isn't the largest, but we've found creative ways to make the best use of the space available. Everything is labeled, and we have ample cookware available for guests to use. We ask that you wash any utensils, dishes, etc. before you check-out, and let us know if you'd specifically like additional fridge space (generally, we reserve half of one of the two shelves for guest use).
Coin-operated laundry machines are located in the basement; each load, washer or dryer, costs $1.
We live in a building that's more than century old, which means we get to enjoy the charms that come with historical architecture, but we also have to accept its quirks (like outlets in amusing/befuddling places). If you've never lived in an old building, a few things to note:
- It can get a bit dusty, despite regular cleaning.
- Sometimes the outlets are hard to find, though we utilize out-of-the-way extension cords and power strips to mitigate this for guests.
- Some of the doors squeak and some of the floorboards creak.
It's a lovely place with charm and character, but every now and then, a window gets a bit stuck; hot water can take a few minutes to reach our bathroom. We love our home not in spite of, but because of, these little quirks. We hope you will, too. :)
Private bedroom. Shared living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Our home is your home. :)
Our two cats, Gus and Baxter, are sociable, low-key creatures. They're ragdoll/siamese mix, and so are considered hypoallergenic.
Interaction with guests
Every guest is different. When schedules convene, we like to chat and connect, and sometimes even play a board game! However, we both have busy schedules, and sometimes socializing just isn't in the cards.
We're proud Wisconsinites; Brad's lived in Madison for 9 years and done a lot of local traveling, so he's pretty familiar with the area. We're always happy to make recommendations and help you find what you're looking for.
Respect us and our space and we should get along fine. No pets, and smoking outside. Please do not feed our cats.
If you're going to be more than 15 minutes earlier or later than your pre-arranged check-in time, please call or text us in advance; otherwise, we don't guarantee we will be home.
Before checking out, please do the following:
- Hang used towels in the bathroom
- Wash any dishes you used during your stay
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We’re an easygoing, sociable couple. Brad works in forestry and ecological land management and plays the washboard; Hilary's a former bartender/public radio journalist-turned-start-up web developer and plays board games.
We love to cook, explore, listen to records and be crafty. (Also big proponents of craft beer.) As native Wisconsinites, we’re rather fond of our city and state, but have both traveled the world.
Hilary speaks normal English, solid Spanish and embarrassing French; Bradley speaks charming English and everything plants.
We have two friendly, lovable cats named Gus and Baxter and way too many hats.