$995 / 1br - 850ft2 - National Historic Registry cottage / rural forested wildlife sanctuary (Portage/Wisconsin Dells/Madison)


1BR / 1Ba 850ft2 available oct 22

dogs are OK - wooof
w/d hookups
no smoking
off-street parking

This house, on the National Registry of Historic Places, is part of a historic district because of its literary and artistic history with the area. It originally was a carpenter shop that was used to build the entire complex of 13 historic buildings on 26 of the 72 acres that make up the estate. In the 1920's, the building was joined to another building with a hall and bathroom and renovated into a house. It is the most private house on the property, sited at the bottom of a short drive, at the edge of trails leading into 50 acres of woods.

There is a creek running the length of the property, a prairie restoration on 8 acres, and ancient Indian mounds - both a thunderbird ( eagle with a wingspan of 75 foot ) and a small bear.

The house is available for a 6 month lease, October 22, or negotiable through May, 2020.

The house usually is rented by couples, but often it is single tenants in search of privacy, nature and reflection. It has a big open high wooden ceiling great room that serves as dining room and living room, behind that a spacious bedroom, then the hallway and bathroom, and kitchen with a stove and refrigerator and microwave.

I have it furnished, as can be seen in the pictures with an antique pine harvest table, pine bench and four chairs, a new queen sofa sleeper and coffee table, hand-made twig rocking chair and an additional high table and three bar stools. The bed is a good quality queen mattress on a metal frame that acts as box spring. A chest of drawers in the bedroom, linen chest and another chest of drawers in the hallway. The kitchen is fully furnished with china, pottery, silverware, coffee pot and cooking pans, microwave, stove and refrigerator. Tenant would bring one's own linens and towels.

It has a 50's style kitchen and bathroom, with the enamel bathtub and shower.

The heat sources are a candy apple red propane stove in the living room and a matching pellet stove in the bedroom, the latter fully capable of heating the entire house, but requiring about the same tenant maintenance as a wood - burning stove. It saves money on fuel for winter if used properly and cleaned out regularly to keep it efficient.

The house has been much beloved by tenants because it is so private, in such a beautiful setting, and so self-sufficient - having its own well and septic.

There are two other houses on the property at the top of the hill away from the carpenter house - and I live in one of them.

This is a respect for all life property. Hunters and trapper applicants will not be considered. No weapons on this property.

A dog can be negotiated. Heat and utilities are the tenant responsibility.

This would be ideal for a one-term visiting professor at UW Madison ( about 2/3 of my tenants have commuted to Madison - about a 45 minute commute ), students at UW Madison - or people who are moving to Wisconsin and need some time to shop for another house to buy or just learn something about the state while they decide where to live. The property is on the National Registry of Historic Places for its literary and artistic history with famous folks like Georgia O'Keefe, Russian pianist Josef Levine, Zona Gale, poet Jean Toomer, and William Maxwell who became editor of The New Yorker. So a writer or artist seeking a retreat to write or paint might find the setting and wildlife inspiring.

The rent is $995/month plus utilities. Available October 22, 2019.
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