Are you ready for some bungalow eye candy? Some of you know that I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin last weekend and wow! Right now it’s my favorite small city. I have more posts to come about the trip (that I think you’ll enjoy), but today I want to focus on all of the cozy bungalow homes nestled on the tree-lined streets near Lake Monona. I think it’s a perfect way to celebrate Cozy Living Saturday because each house is cozier than the next!
Since it’s Cozy Living Saturday, which is always the first Saturday of each month, my cozy blogging friends are sharing inspiration of their own. You’ll find their links at the end of the post. You don’t want to miss them!
October is the perfect month to get out for a stroll and enjoy the cooler weather, and it’s something I love doing throughout the fall season. I’m calling this area of Madison that we explored the “bungalow block” because there’s an abundance of this style of architecture just one block north of Lake Monona.
You won’t find any cookie cutter homes in this charming, quiet neighborhood. Each one is different and each one shows pride of ownership.
A variety of exterior home colors keeps the streets interesting. There’s no sea of taupe and gray homes like we have here in many of the new neighborhoods in the suburbs of Chicago. I like that owners often opted for bold colors to create cheery curb appeal.
One thing hubby and I noticed about the homes of Madison is that many of them turned their front lawns into gardens, often filled to the brim with flowers and vegetables. Opting for gardens instead of grass is a more sustainable solution to help control rainwater run-off, so I like the green aspect of front yard gardening.
Many of the cozy bungalow homes display more than the standard two-color approach to a home’s exterior. This one features five different colors. I love the shade of plum on the second level of this charmer.
Wouldn’t you love to take a tour of each one? It’d be fun to see inside the foyer of this small home. And if by chance anyone from Madison reads this and lives in this neighborhood of craftsman-style homes, please leave a comment below and let me know!
Here’s yet another front yard turned into a garden. I love the bay window and the small arched window on the left.
Arched doors and windows are frequently seen around the neighborhood. Note the back door with a round window on this beautiful home. And if you look carefully, you’ll see pretty detailing in the glass of the front door and flanking windows.
Most people don’t like to paint, but I think it would be fun to paint any of these bungalows. Choosing colors and then cutting in the trim by hand – it’s like creating a piece of artwork.
This home is located on a corner and is facing diagonally toward the corner of the block, which was unique and interesting. I didn’t see any other homes placed cattywampus like this.
Parked on the street in front of the house was this eye-catching, vintage car! Love it! The car adds ambience to the neighborhood.
If I were to retire to Madison, I’d want to live here on one of the bungalow blocks. It’s like a slice of Americana that you’d see on an old television show. Everyone was friendly and neighbors were talking to each other. One gentleman even stopped to help us identify a flower even though it wasn’t in his own yard and he had a bag of heavy dog food under one arm. It really felt like small town utopia.
Look at the apple tree in the front yard – and the pretty pink geraniums on the front stoop.
This house with its trio of arched windows is one of my favorites, although I do love them all.
And just when you think this section of Madison couldn’t get any better, just a block away are views like this all down the street that circles Lake Monona. There are plenty of public access points for the neighbors to enjoy. Most waterfront property tends to be private and the homes are big and expensive, but not here. This area was really refreshing to discover and explore.
I could’ve taken endless photos of cozy bungalow homes. Well, I did take more photos but I’ll share them in a future post. I do love the town of Madison and if you live there, you’re very lucky!
Be sure to visit my cozy living friends below. They’ve got some beautiful things to share and I know you won’t be disappointed!