5306 Raymond Rd $539,000 $475,000


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:


 Bedrooms Four

          Renovated Master Bedroom Suite next to a glassed-in sun porch

          Secondary Bedrooms (2)

          Downstairs Bedroom/rec room

 Bathrooms Three

          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)

Magnolia Tree

Blue Moon arborvitae (6)

Golden Arborvitae (4)

Green Arborvitae (4)

Decorative Perennial Grasses

Variegated Hostas, Astillbe, Bluebells

Daisies, Day Lilies Lilacs, Roses 

Hydrangea (5)

Bleeding Hearts (White & Red) 

Giant Pine Trees


The house square footage is approximately 2,400

Interior Features
Exterior Features
Kitchen Features

Beds : 4
Baths : 3.00
House Square Footage (Finished Space) : 2,410
Living Room Size : 14x24
Lot Acres : 0.73
Dining Room Size : 9x11
Property Assessment : 341200
Kitchen Size : 14x15
Bedroom 2 Size : 10x12
Bedroom 3 Size : 12x13
Bedroom 4 Size : 15x21
Property Tax Paid : $7,065
Year Built : 1946
Zoning : SR-C1
School District : Madison
Laundry Level : Lower
Master Bedroom Size : 13x14
5306 Raymond Rd
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
Subdivision/Neighborhood: Orchard Ridge
County: Dane
Property Status: For Sale
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