Property Description for 5306 Raymond Rd, Madison, WI 53711
This house sits on a 3/4-acre lot surrounded by pine trees and is adjacent to a 1.5-acre lot that is by default a nature preserve, because the City of Madison prohibits building permits on it. The original property was approx. 2.25 acres owned by a family who built the present house in 1946. In the 2010s the property was split.
A speculator who bought the 1.5-acre property intended to build and sell a new home to turn a handsome profit. Originally, a natural pond invited ice skating in winter and a watering/mating refuge for ducks and other wild animals in spring, summer, and fall. Unfortunately, the speculator installed a pump to empty the natural pond and used land fill, not natural soil, to inflate the remaining property to sidewalk level, rendering the entire ground unstable.
Several lawsuits by unsuspecting buyers ensued and to this day the city prohibits any building permits, even to a real estate company that proposed building a condo complex on it. It is expected that eventually the city will annex this property and leave it as is. As the for-sale sign remains in its sixth year, the property is still maintained in the spring, summer, fall, and winter by the original owner who split the property.
Meanwhile, the original house and property, which is now for sale, underwent massive restoration projects (inside and outside) in the 5 years I've owned it, all of this after the original assessed value was determined. Which explains why the assessed value is lower than the asking price. I went all in money wise because I planned to live in this home forever, a poem in a world of its own, as my friends and visitors have described it. Every window in this house frames a view of private wilderness, different gardens, beautiful boulder landscaping, or a permanent nature preserve.
You may ask why am I selling this urban paradise? I'm 70 years old and can no longer manage this huge property. I've terrible environmental allergies and cannot stay outside for any length of time. Last, I can no longer tolerate the long winters and must move to a warm, dry state like Arizona. It is not without great emotion that I let go and move on.
Here are some of the features of this unique home:
Renovated Master Bedroom Suite next to a glassed-in sun porch
Secondary Bedrooms (2)
Downstairs Bedroom/rec room
Full bath (2 shower & 2 bathtubs)
3/4 Bath ( shower no bathtub)
Renovated gas fireplaces (3): master bedroom suite, living room, and downstairs rec/bedroom
Heated Four season Room w/ceiling fan
Glassed-in sun porch with two ceiling fans
Enclosed tool & garden shed
Basement washer & dryer
Basement food/kitchen pantry, refrigerator, new modern bathroom, and recreation room/bedroom
All new basement windows, state-of- the-art egress window
3/4-acre invisible fence surround
A side yard enclosure featuring hand-picked 2-ton boulders, a dry-rock waterfall dotted with perennials, buttressed by a boulder retaining
wall 7' above sidewalk level for complete privacy. Window views of the privacy yard include: the master bedroom window and sliding glass door
overlooking a sun porch, second & third bedroom windows, dining room windows, kitchen windows , and 5 tall breakfast nook windows.
The property flora includes:
Colorado Blue Spruce
Red Bud Tree
Douglas Fir tree
Japanese Maple Trees (2)
Blue Moon arborvitae (6)
Golden Arborvitae (4)
Green Arborvitae (4)
Decorative Perennial Grasses
Variegated Hostas, Astillbe, Bluebells
Daisies, Day Lilies Lilacs, Roses
Bleeding Hearts (White & Red)
Giant Pine Trees
The house square footage is approximately 2,400
Cable TV Dryer First Floor Bedroom First Floor FULL Bath Flooring - Hardwood
High Speed Internet Split Bedrooms Tub in at least one bathroom Washer Water Softener (Included)
Deck Electronic Pet Containment Roof - Architectural Shingles
Siding - Brick/Stone Siding - Wood
Cooling - Central Air Fuel - Natural Gas
Breakfast Bar Dishwasher Garbage Disposal Grill Top
Microwave Range/Oven Refrigerator/Freezer
Extra Paving Garage - 1 Car Attached
Opener(s) Included Paved Driveway
Poured Concrete Foundation