Convenient, spacious, charming room

House - Private room · Jenifer Street, Madison, WI 53703, United States
Your host, Martina
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The Space

This listing is for a private bedroom in my flat where I live (in a separate room). If you are interested in renting the entire apartment, see my other listing ("Spacious w/ office, great location.").

This spacious apartment will be a great home base for your visit to Madison. Start your morning with breakfast in the bright, eat-in kitchen--or maybe you'd like to try out one of many delicious breakfast places just a couple of blocks away; chill out in the cozy living room, full of trinkets from various travels; and finally rest after a long day in an oh-so-comfortable queen-sized bed.

The house is conveniently located in the Willy Street Neighborhood, otherwise known as the best neighborhood in town. It offers an array of great restaurant, café and bar options and is just a short walk (and an even shorter bike or bus ride) to downtown (the Capitol/University area) and Atwood. The bus stops in front of the house, and a bike trail is just two blocks away. Enjoy Orton Park just one block away, and Lake Monona just two blocks away.

**Note that there is a standing fan in the bedroom, but no A/C. This hasn't been a problem for me, but if you're a person that likes it really, really cool, that won't work.

Here's a Sparknotes version:

-one spacious bedroom with queen-sized bed (for you)
-eat-in kitchen
-large living room
-bathroom with claw foot tub (**shared with me**)
-small private back porch; shared front porch
-free laundry in basement
-lots of daylight, with nice shade in the living room provided by a mature tree

*I will of course give you a key, so that you can come and go as you please. Just don't forget to leave the key when you go!

-close to everything on Willy Street (restaurants, bars, shops--check out my personalized guide), but removed from the noise of Willy Street itself
-about a 15-20 minute walk to the Capitol, 6 minute bike ride, 5 minute bus ride (you can rent a City Bike just one block away (like the bikes in NYC, Montreal, etc), and the bus stops in front of the house)
-nearby grocery stores: behind Willy Street Coop (which sells everything from tea to cereal to spices in bulk), short walk/bike ride/bus ride from Jenny Street market
-one block from beautiful Orton Park, and access points to Lake Monona, a few blocks from the beach on Jenny St,
-stone's throw from a bunch of great restaurants, bars and coffee shops [I include tons of suggestions in the "House Manual" that will be emailed to you if you reserve the apartment]
-two doors down from a yoga studio
-liquor store around the corner

-Bus lines (phone number hidden) stop right in front of the house
-near bike paths
-city bike rentals one block away ($5 per 24 hours, or rent a bike to do trail-riding from Machinery Row Bicycles or Revolution Cycles (~$20/day, or $60/week)).

The Neighborhood

a. The Weary Traveler, on Willy St/Few (20 seconds away): Good food (Bob’s Bad Breath Burger is a fave, but veggie options too); live music some weeknights; always good to meet friends for a drink there, too.
b. Mickey’s (Willy St, about 4-5 blocks east of Few, right before you hit the river), enjoy a burger or a sandwich or whatever. Large patio when the weather is warm. Cash only (there is an ATM inside).
c. Café Costa Rica (Willy St, about 0.5 blocks west of Few): I only ate here once, when it first opened, and I remember it being good.
d. Jamerica (Willy St, about 0.5 blocks east of Few, across from the coop): Good Jamaican food.
e. Grandpa’s Pizza (Willy St, about 1 block east of Few): This place just opened up in summer 2013, and I haven’t yet had a chance to try it, but I’ve heard great things. Pizzas are supposedly in the 10-13$ range.
f. Pig in a Fur’s Coat (Willy St, about 2-3 blocks west of Few): The duck fat fries and the pork belly are amazing. My favorite food in the city. But I usually eat something before I go because filling up here can get pricey.
g. BurritoDrive (on Brearly, in the parking lot off of Willy St, about 3 blocks west of Few): This is more of a fast-foody joint than a sit-down restaurant, but there are places to sit. Good burritos (for Madison), though not always traditional.
h. There is lots of great food in the Capitol area as well.

a. Jolly Bob’s, on Willy St/Few (30 seconds away): Caribbean restaurant, turns into dance club: Friday Latino night, Saturday Reggae night (Saturdays have a $5 cover charge)
b. Crystal Corner, on Willy St/Baldwin (1.5 minutes away): cheap drinks, billiards, filled with locals. Sometimes called a “dive.”
c. Mickey’s: great patio if it’s warm out; billiards in the back room

A little further WEST of where I live:
d. The Cardinal—salsa nights Thursdays and Saturdays (Saturdays have a $5 cover charge, though sometimes ladies get in free).
e. Essen Haus—get a “boot” of beer with a group of friends. Pass it around without putting it down on the table, making sure to flick it after taking a sip. You’ll be waited on by servers in traditional laderhausen (how the heck do you spell that?)
f. Natspil—good pizza and drinks, but don’t expect to have conversation in this place after about 8/9 pm, when the DJ turns the music up real loud
g. Tons of options around the Capitol Square and on State Street. It will take you approximately 25 minutes to walk there, or about 7 minutes to bike.
Soak in Wisconsin with an Old-Fashioned (a drink!) and cheese curds at Old-Fashioned, which is on the Capitol Square.
Go for an

A little further EAST of where I live (Atwood) [like a 20-25 minute walk]—I like this neighborhood, quite a bit.
h. One Barrel—if you’re a beer lover, try the brews here
i. Alchemy—food and drink, live music frequently
j. Harmony Bar—a “dive” bar, with plenty of bar games to keep you busy

And there’s more. Lots more. But I need to stop somewhere.

Getting around

a. This is a great city to get around in via bike. If you don’t have your own, you can rent one.

If you’ll mostly be using it to get downtown and to campus or to Olbrich Gardens, your best bet is the City of Madison’s B-bike, which costs $5 for each 24-hour period. The closest stand is one block north of the house (on Few and Williamson, diagonal from The Weary Traveler). Note: the bike costs $5 for a full 24 hours, but each 30 minutes you have to dock it in a B-cycle bike stand, then check it out again. You can find a map of all of the stations here: (website hidden)

If you want to do trail riding (Madison has great trails!) or not be limited to finding a stand every 30 minutes (which gets difficult outside of the downtown/campus area), I recommend renting a bike from Machinery Row Bicycles, for $20/day or $60/week. Machinery Row is a 15 minute walk from the house, in the direction of the Capitol (just head down Williamson street, one block north of the house, and it’ll be on the left side, at the big intersection with John Nolen Drive).

b. Bus lines (phone number hidden) stop right in front of the house. One ride is $2, or you can get an unlimited day pass for $4.50 (you can buy it on the bus). Note that the buses come approximately once or twice an hour on weekdays (more during the peak morning and afternoon hours), less frequently on weekends. You can find schedule and route information here: (website hidden)

c. If you came with a car, it is fine to park it on the street (you don’t need a permit). If it’s after Dec. 1st, just make sure to check the signs in the street to see which side of the street to park on.

Other Things to Note

What to do in Madison

My personal list is below, but you may want to check out (website hidden) (website hidden)

1.Go to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning (early until noon-ish). Eat some cheese curds. Or baked goods. Or cheesy bread. Or just take in the atmosphere.
2.Eat ice cream from local cows or grab a beer on the Memorial Union Terrace (the University’s Terrace), and watch people sail, swim, suntan and more. Monday nights in the summer they show classic movies on the Terrace. This is definitely a community place (not a student place) in the summertime. The ice cream (which they serve on the patio and inside) is from UW’s dairy cows.
3.Go biking. Rent a bike (see above), and hit the trails. Non-bikers who have visited have told me they’ve really enjoyed it. It’s a great way to see the city.
4.Grab your swim trunks and hit the “B.B. Clark beach”, about a 5-7 minute west along Spaight street (which is one south from here). There’s a bit of sand and a lifeguard.
5.Museums. Entry is free (for everyone!). Check out the Museum of Modern Art on State Street, or the Chazen Art Museum on campus (on University Ave and East Campus Mall).
6.Check out Olbrich Park Gardens, which I can’t believe I still haven’t been to.
7.Run, bike, or snowshoe through the Arboretum, especially gorgeous in the Fall, but pretty all year round.
8.Hang out at a park. I would recommend Tenney Park, not too far from here (check it out on the map). There is also a park one block south of the house, Orton Park.
9.If it’s a Wednesday in the summer (June 23-July 30th, 2014), pack a picnic basket or just some wine and head to the lawn of the Capitol building to enjoy some (free) live Jazz. Starts at 7 p.m. Search “Concerts on the Square” for info on the performers.
(website hidden) a show. They won’t be the same quality as in New York, but neither will the lines be so long or the tickets as expensive. Search The Overture Center or Wisconsin Union Theater for show info.
11.For more specific options, check out the Isthmus’ Daily Page, which lists just about everything that is going on in Madison. (website hidden)

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $18 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $19
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Martina's place was great, located in a nice neighborhood with some great brunch places and bus lines right out front. The bed was comfy and the apt overall very welcoming. We didn't get to meet her but even so, her communication was excellent.

    June 2014
  • Had a great time in Martina's place! Sometimes the "check-in" in AirBnB can be a hassle, but Martina's instructions were great, everything very well organized, and since she is such an experienced traveller, she knows exactly what is important.

    My stay in Madison was greatly enhanced by staying here, the location/price makes it a true bargain but when you add the host, it's a truly unforgettable experience.

    Would definitely stay here again and really hope Martina comes to visit Guatemala (again) so I can somehow repay her *hostedness* in some way!

    June 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 4 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    June 2014
  • Martina is a friendly and considerate host and I had a really nice 2-day stay in Madison at her place on 1204 Jenifer. The location is perfect - great restaurants and groceries nearby, nice walk along the lake, and bus right outside to take you downtown or to the UW campus. Nice to meet you Martina, and thank you for a wonderful stay!

    November 2013
  • I stayed at Martina's for 2 days while in Madison for work. Great location to local all natural grocery store and downtown. Everything was clean and neat. Martina was friendly and accommodating to my busy schedule. Highly recommended.

    November 2013
  • Martina was a very friendly & gracious host! Her home is warm and inviting. The bed is comfortable, super-hot shower and the Wi-Fi works perfectly. What more could you ask for? Well, the location is also ideal - very close to great bars, coffee shops, & restaurants and even steps from a high-end grocery store. When staying at her house you really get to experience Madison like a local.

    September 2013
  • Loved my stay in Madison. Martina is the perfect hostess, great conversationalist. She made me right at home. She keeps her place beautiful - great artwork. Would go back in a snap!

    September 2013
  • Martina's room was wonderful! It is on the very top floor of a duplex, but was plenty spacious. It was a bit warm, but with the window opened it cooled down after a while . She had everything laid out so nicely in the bedroom and loads of information about Madison to read up on. In addition, Martina suggested a few placed nearby that we could find food, and other items. She even offered us her grocery bags for a discount at the nearby store. Her apartment was a great location to the whole area, and we even walked to see the ironman triathlon by the lake, which was a real treat! Per Martina's recommendation we stopped at the Madison Sourdough Bakery, and would recommend it to others.
    Martina was fascinating to talk with as well. Ask her about her travels! She has been to some places not may get to visit. Fascinating conversation. We would recommend her room to others looking for a place to stay in Madison.
    Thanks Martina!

    September 2013
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English, Español
University of Wisconsin-Madison, McGill University
Graduate Student, University Instructor, Research Assistant
I enjoy getting to know new cities and people, and I've been fortunate enough to be able to do that quite a bit. I've also got this gig as a graduate student in sociology, which is pretty great in itself. As either a host or a houseguest, I'm pretty easy-going and flexible while also responsible and respectful.
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