House on water: near UW, Downtown & Alliant Center


Entire residential home hosted by Douglas

  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 2.5 baths
Entire home
You’ll have the house to yourself.
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This is the safest way to visit Madison: an entire two floors only for yourselves. Enjoy a drink while looking out over Monona Bay and the Capital. What is better?--the view, or your proximity to downtown, UW campus, and the Alliant Center? Most mention the view. Simply cross the street, and you're at the edge of Monona Bay. Parking is easy. Note: click “Show more” for things you might NOT like about the house, and other details. Are you two-three business travelers?--try it!

The space
Most people enthusiastically love staying here. But here's what you might not like:
1) The house was built in 1942, so it has an old, homey feel. This is my home which I love, not a sterile condo that’s solely a rental. Besides the master bedroom (which has a lake view) the other two bedrooms are clean but nothing special.
2) I’m fully vaccinated and will be staying in the basement and exiting via the back door. There is a door between the kitchen and the basement/back door you (only you) may lock, so that effective social distancing is achieved.
3) An old house always has a list of projects to do, mine are replacing the kitchen cabinets, replacing a cracked window.
--In short, if you're looking for a swank, sparkling new boutique hotel experience, check out “Hotel Indigo Madison” on E. Washington St. :)

I love babies and toddlers. If you have one, please read more under “other things to note.”

Business travelers: there's an office with a small-business Brother (brand) Printer/scanner for use. Locks are on all bedrooms; just let me know if you want a TV in your room.

Airbnb doesn't yet accommodate sharing videos of houses, but if you want to view mine, let's see if this works: my electronic male consists of my first name and then the two-letter identifier of my state, followed by nineteen and then a five and then the integer two more than that. All of that is at gee male. If you so desire, interact with me there; I'll share the video.

(If that's too much work for you, let me just say there are three large windows in the great room that provide a panoramic view of Monona Bay and the Capital. It's pretty dramatic; the view never gets old day or night. In the summer you may watch water skiers zoom by as you look out your bedroom window; in the winter you may view the well-lit Capitol as you enjoy a drink in the living room.)

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed

What this place offers

Bay view
City skyline view
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
EV charger
Washing machine

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4.70 out of 5 stars from 57 reviews


Where you’ll be

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Quiet neighborhood, but people jogging, roller-blading, paddleboarding, skiing, or cross-country skiing past our front window make it fun. Within three blocks are two coffee shops, two bus stops, the Asian Sweet Bakery. Plenty of parking on either street of our corner lot. Within 1/2-3/4 mile are a grocery store, hardware store, El Rancho Mexican Grill, La Hacienda, Subway, Dunkin' Doughnuts, Rockhound brewery, Edo Asian Cusine, Ichiban Sichuan, Orient House Chinese, a local bar, a barbershop, a greasy spoon breakfast place called "The Curve," Famous Dave's BBQ, and a take-out Pizza Hut.

You may borrow 3-4 bikes, which make the downtown and university nicely available!

Hosted by Douglas

  1. Joined in August 2014
  • 243 Reviews
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I enjoy talking about travelling and hearing other's stories. I grew up in Madison, then lived in Stony Brook, Long Island, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Jacksonville, FL, and Raleigh, NC before deciding to start over in my home town. 'Twas a great decision: I love being back in the Midwest, and in Madison in particular. I enjoy reading, classical music, college sports, Downton Abby, a good bottle of wine, and being active in my nearby church. As an Airbnb host I respect that my guests typically have places to go and people to see. Yet, I'm glad to chat, or point them to a good spot in town.
I enjoy talking about travelling and hearing other's stories. I grew up in Madison, then lived in Stony Brook, Long Island, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Jacksonville, FL, and Raleigh,…

During your stay

If I'm out of town you'll have the number of a friend who fills in as my property manager.

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 pm
Checkout: 12:00 pm
No smoking
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Committed to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning process. Show more
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy