Mid August is when students of the University of Wisconsin move into and/or out of housing near the University. The homeowner of this old style house decided to list the house after the tenants moved out.  The owner knew the importance of cleaning, repairing, and painting before calling Premiere Stagers & Realty.

Location, Location, Location!  This house is literally across the street from the Henry Vilas Zoo, one of a few free zoos in the U.S.   Vilas Park and Vilas Beach are just passed the zoo.  The University is just blocks down the street, and it’s a short bike ride to downtown Madison, WI.

Four Square Style

Its square shape not only gave it its name but also it’s remarkably standardized layout. The downstairs typically had a living room and dining room on one side, and the foyer, kitchen and stairway on the other. The upstairs usually consisted of two bedrooms and a bathroom on one side, and a third bedroom and stairway on the other side. Four rooms on each floor, thus the name. However, this house has an additional bedroom/den/office on the second floor. It also has an efficiency apartment on the third floor. A full front porch with either Greek or craftsman-inspired boxed columns is another typical feature.

Its efficient layout fit perfectly onto the compact lots of growing city neighborhoods at the time Americans moved from rural areas to cities for the manufacturing jobs. Mail-order Four-Squares were plentiful from the 1890s through the 1930s.

Staging Stats

In January 2021, 82 percent of respondents in a survey among real estate agents in the United States said it was easier for home buyers to visualize a property as their future home when the property was staged.

Since properties are selling ultra-fast, it is vitally important to present the house in its best light in order to get the best offer. That means staging and hiring a professional photographer.

After Photos

So, rather than show “Before” photos of empty and lifeless rooms, let’s take a look at the “After” Photos.

Living Room

Dining Room

Back Enclosed Porch

Updated Kitchen


Primary Bedroom

Two Full Bathrooms

An efficiency apartment is on the 3rd floor.

Listing provided by Seller at $507.000.  MLS #1917903

For more information, contact me at:

–Gina Newell, eXp Realty;  608-345-9396;   gina.newell@exprealty.com