5959 US Hwy 18-151
Restored Victorian on 5 acres with indoor arena & barn for 5 horses! Close to Madison!
This functional and versatile property is far enough removed from town to appreciate the wide open spaces, yet just eight miles from endless riding trails at Governor Dodge State Park! This beautifully restored two-story Victorian home sits on five country acres with easy access to recreational trails. Zoned for five horses, the property is also home to an indoor riding arena and a horse barn with three paddocks in place. Conveniently situated along a well-maintained highway, this property is a quick half-hour drive from Verona, just five minutes from Dodgeville, and about an hour away from the Dubuque Regional Airport or Madison's Dane County Regional Airport.
Kick off your boots in the welcoming foyer and step into the heart of the home: a warm, cheery country kitchen. Custom lighting and a large window illuminate the clean white cabinetry to contrast with the gorgeous, gleaming countertops. The kitchen boasts both a breakfast bar and space for a dining set, while a formal dining room lies adjacent through an open archway. A screened door opens to the ornate wrap-around porch, convenient for grabbing another lemonade while hiding from the summer sun.
From the beautifully intricate Victorian porch, "The Front Door" opens to the formal dining room. The seller demonstrates the versatility of this fantastic space by using it instead as a cozy sitting room, perfect for curling up in an oversized chair next to the pellet stove on chilly winter nights. Peer through a white-trimmed window and dream of warmer evenings, taking in a sunset from the porch as the last rays of sunlight stream through the trees.
The dining room flows into the living room, with plenty of space for the whole family to settle in with popcorn and a movie. A bedroom with a closet and full bathroom rounds out the main floor, providing greater accessibility for you or your guests. Another versatile space, this bedroom could also make the ideal office or playroom.
Ascend the open staircase to two large bedrooms that share an oversized bathroom, featuring a tiled walk-in shower and a double-sink vanity. Each bedroom has ample closet space, and plenty of room for extra storage. Five windows envelop the master bedroom, including one nestled in the perfect reading nook. These newer windows are efficient in keeping out both the noise and the weather, while flooding the rooms with warm sunlight and framing beautiful country views in every direction.
The basement is remarkably clean with stone walls in good repair and newer concrete floors. Separate from the mechanicals, an unfinished room waits to be your only home improvement project! The old-world charm of the aged stone walls creates the perfect atmosphere for a wine cellar or a home bar.
The grounds of this lovely Victorian are just as wonderful. The home sits upon five acres, fully fenced with an asphalt driveway. At one time an office outbuilding sat upon the grounds, so existing power lines to this area will make future expansion a breeze. The grounds also feature an area to keep chickens for the freshest eggs around, an extra shed for your odds and ends, a fire pit area, a basketball hoop, and so much room for gardening that you might have to set up your own organic booth at the farmers' market!
Saving the best for last, the 55 x 70 horse barn eliminates boarding costs: it has space for everything you need to maintain up to five horses! In its current configuration, the barn houses three separate paddocks, a tack room, feed storage, an extra workbench, and garage space (with an oversized door) for the trailer, ATV, and everything else. Under the same roof, an indoor riding arena with sand footing allows you to train or exercise your horses without freezing in the Wisconsin winter, complete with skylights to bathe the space with natural light and passive warmth. Fenced outdoor areas for the animals are complete with water sources in place. If your horses are looking for a little adventure, fantastic horse trails are only eight miles away at Governor Dodge State Park. For adventure on foot, avoid the roadway and take your personal tunnel to the Military Ridge State Trail for a quick run, or maybe a bike ride all the way to Madison. In the winter, it's even easier to jump on the snowmobile and catch the trail that runs behind the property. For those with a deep appreciation for both the great outdoors and the conveniences of town, it just doesn’t get any better than this!
Each of the neighboring communities offers unique shopping, good schools, cable, and reliable internet, while both Dodgeville and Madison have excellent healthcare and hospitals. The farmers’ market is a Saturday morning tradition in Dodgeville, Spring Green, and Mineral Point, where patrons can catch up with their neighbors while directly supporting their communities. Madison's Capitol Square is just 45 minutes away, where you can peruse a larger-scale market of organic produce, artisanal goods, and handmade accessories. Grab a quick bite from a food truck, or stroll down State Street where the brunch options are endless. At the end of the day, your white picket fence will be waiting to welcome you home.
For years the seller has taken great care to maintain this property as a steward, in hopes that the next owner will love their home just as deeply. By testing the well, septic, water, and radon, the seller has gone over and above their responsibilities! There is a recent home inspection on site for your review.
Take the reins and call Torre or Natalie any time for a private showing of this gem!
608-574-6627 or 608-609-2027