Living room by day. By night, the overhead lights are dim, and the red table lamp fills the room with a warm inviting glow.
The house was built in 1877, and beautifully restored by previous owners. It's 7 blocks from the Capitol square, on Lake Mendota across from James Madison Park.
I am home 50% of the year, and during those times, my intent is to rent the guest room on AirBNB, for 1 person (or 2, sharing the same queen bed). I will make special exceptions if you need 2 beds, as I have a queen futon bed in the office that I can also rent for an additional fee for the additional person. My bedroom is connected to the office, but with a curtain dividing the rooms at the doorway for privacy.
The first floor has an updated kitchen, 10-person dining room table, baby grand piano in the living room, and a gas fire place. Each floor has an outside deck, and there is ample space on front lawn and backyard for admiring the lake views from front and Capitol dome views from behind. It is a charming house, with all its historic features preserved over the years, coupled with the right upgrades the last few years (kitchen, bath, appliances, etc.). Walking out the front door, you cross the street and walk down a grassy park, 40 yards and into Lake Mendota! There is a small boat dock directly in front, and a sand volleyball court just to the left. Within 5 blocks, there are several coffee shops, restaurants (including Fore Quarter, recently ranked as Madison's best restaurant), and public transport. WIFI with SONOS sound system at your disposal through the house. Basement has washer and dryer. And you can use my bike to get around in warm months!
I travel 50% of the year, so you are likely to have the whole house to yourself. My neighbors are super friendly and are happy to help as informal local guides during your stay.
I don't have cable TV, but I do have a TV and DVD player in the office on second floor if you want to watch movies. The WIFI internet works great and is connected to a powerful music system that you can have access to via iPhone app.
There is parking on the street, and you can fit 2-3 cars in my private driveway.
Guests have access to my fully equipped kitchen, every room in the house, my bike, and my driveway if they bring a car. In the summer, they can partake of my garden and when I get a kayak, that too!
Interaction with Guests
I tend to be a very interactive host, offering food & wine to guests if I am cooking that night. I love to help guests find things to do in town, pick the right restaurants/bars, and if I am available can even drive them to the airport or the supermarket etc. But if guests prefer total independence, that's fine too.
There is a bus stop a block from my house that can connect you to all of Madison via public transit. But you can easily walk from my house to the major downtown attractions, like restaurants, Overture Center, museums, and even the University.
Other Things to Note
There is a 2 lane main street (speed limit 25 MPH) right in front of my house, and unfortunately the guest room faces it and thus you will hear some traffic noise throughout the day. However, the view has usually compensated for the noise according to most guests.
If I am in town during your stay, I only ask that normal considerations be given to noise and hours of activity. I am a late-nighter, never in bed before midnight. But accordingly, I am not an early riser, and never eat breakfast at home. You are free to cook breakfast, but hopefully not too early! I leave for work at 9, and usually home by 6:30.
Ideally, 1 person per rental for my guest room. But since the room has a queen bed, couples are welcome. If you need another bed, my queen size futon bed in office is available too. But remember, only 1 bathroom. If I am traveling, my room is also available, but for additional cost.
No pets please.
Jeff's description is very accurate. His home is within walking distance to the capital square and the room has an amazing view of the lake. The house is cozy and clean and has great natural light that streams in the windows. I recommend staying with Jeff.
A return stay to Jeff's wonderful home. Felt just as comfortable as the first time. $5 uber ride to the Barrymore and a 10 minute walk to State Street. This is the place, folks.
The Sonos system is just a fantastic bonus.
I had a lovely visit at Jeff's house. He was able to host with me with less than 24 hours notice including a nice lady who met me at the home to show me around. I travel for work and this was a very nice break from the hotel circuit. Your space is a super comfy bed adjacent to a huge recently renovated bathroom. Your view is directly over the lake and the downstairs besides some comfortable couches where I did some reading that night. The house is located less than 2 miles from some of the best restaurants in Madison and 1/2 mile from the capitol. Loved my visit and I will definitely be back!
Jeff's house was as the ad described. It was a lovely place with lots of woodwork and character. The bed was lovely and he left towels/toiletries on the bed in a way that made a me feel welcome. Jeff was away and left me a number to get in touch. I did have questions and he got back to me immediately, which was great.
Other than that, I'd say I was pretty neutral about the experience. There wasn't a sheet or anything to let me know about house things, like whether or not I could use the coffee on the counter, so I felt a little weird about some things. I later learned that Jeff posts info about things like the wifi password and sound system on the booking receipt, but I guess I am used to hosts leaving a printed note/instructions and some coffee/tea dedicated for guests.
Overall, this is a great place to stay, but not one with many frills (which is not really a big deal).
I had another flawless experience with Jeff this weekend in his beautiful home. He was kind, personable and hospitable. My favorite part about the place is the gorgeous view of Lake Mendota that greets you from the bedroom window each morning. Thanks Jeff!!
Jeff was a great host as many of the reviews have said, the place is great and done in good taste. This was better then any hotel we could have stayed at. I highly recommend it for a trip to Madison.
I am very happy to have found Jeff's place, and will definitely stay there again if available. The bathroom is luxurious and the place is cozy, with positive placards placed here and there. Everything went smoothly and according to plan.
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After 15 years in DC, I moved to Madison WI on Sept 1, 2013 for my job that I love, but consider myself a citizen of the world. Currently, I work as the Exec. Dir. of a family foundation that builds shelters for vulnerable children around the world. I am especially passionate about Latin America, and my favorite country of more than 60 visited: COLOMBIA!