Looking for the perfect home? Well, take a look at this 5-bedroom, 2½-bath ranch house with attached 2-car garage at 1605 Tarragon Dr. on Madison’s east side. This truly is that home with a white picket fence that people imagine. At just under 2,000 square feet, this house sits on a beautiful quarter-acre lot, surrounded by greenery and ever-blooming flowers. Your own private paradise in the city.
There is definite curb appeal at first glance. A manicured front lawn with mature trees and artful landscaping lead the way to a front porch “patio.” Large, private and peaceful, this is the perfect spot to stop and sit for a spell, enjoying nature.
The green siding perfectly suits this home and its surroundings. It has been freshly painted and updated with newer windows. A muted burgundy front door with frosted glass is both elegant and welcoming. Stepping inside the front entry you can’t help but notice the beautiful oak floors that run through the first floor. There is a coat closet conveniently located to your right. And to the left you’ll find the great room, with its large picture window and airy feel.
Straight ahead, there’s a formal dining area which also opens to both the kitchen and a deck which overlooks your private backyard. The deck’s large size will easily fit an outdoor table and chair set along with your grill – the perfect place to spend a summer evening.
The kitchen is highlighted by cheerfully-painted cabinetry. The oven and microwave are GE Profile appliances. The stovetop is gas. And the refrigerator features a door ice and water receptacle. A counter breakfast bar (which fits 3 stools) is great for preparing your meals or just eating one.
Adjacent to the kitchen is an open area with a ceiling fan and sliding glass door leading to an enclosed screen porch out back. This area would make a perfect sitting room or casual dining nook. There’s a small entry alcove to the left which leads to both the garage and lower level. There is plenty of space here for a desk, bookcase — or hooks and cubbies.
The large screen porch is carpeted — and it’s plenty large enough for all your patio furniture, whether it’s a table and chairs or comfy couch and armchairs. The porch also opens directly to the backyard path.
Along the hallway leading from the kitchen, you’ll find a large pantry with shelving for all your kitchen non-perishables or cookware. Continuing past the great room and on toward the bedrooms, this hallway features a hanging closet. The first bedroom, on the left, is a nice size for a kids’ or guest bedroom or office. It has a hanging closet and large windows overlooking the backyard.
The second bedroom at the end of the hall has 2 large double closets with double rods and shelves. The room, painted in a pleasing gray/green, features both side and rear facing windows. This room is also a good size for a bedroom, office or den.
The owner’s suite is a generous room, easily fitting a king-sized bed. It has large windows on both the front and side of the house. There is also a spacious closet — and an attached powder room with a frosted front-facing window providing both light and privacy.
The main (hallway) bath holds a tub/shower and linen closet. The floor is covered in a pleasing black and white checkered vinyl.
The lower level is partially finished. To the left of the stairs there is a storage room lined with shelves for all your seasonal, sentimental, or less-frequently-used belongings. You’ll also find a huge bathroom, complete with enclosed shower. White bead-board walls lend a farmhouse charm to the back hallway which leads to another bedroom. Two large double closets and a window make this usable as a bedroom, guest room or office.
From the bottom of the stairway, looking straight ahead, you’ll find a large open carpeted area that can be used as workshop space — or a workout area. Further back, a brightly lit space makes laundry a breeze, with shelves, a utility sink and washer and dryer. There’s even a clothesline for hanging clothes that need to be air-dried.
Just off this area, there’s another room with double closets, a large window and cable hook-ups. Depending on your needs, this too, could easily become a bedroom, office, or sitting room.
Upstairs again, it’s time to step outside. For those that love nature, privacy — or both — the yard is, well, amazing. Heading back out the front door, just past the front patio area, you can start your walk along a winding garden path encircling the house.
The fenced-in backyard features 3 koi ponds, a fire pit area where you can gather to stay warm on cooler nights — or just to roast a few s’mores with family and friends. There’s a patio space with stairs leading up to the deck. A cute garden shed would make a perfect outdoor 2-season office, children’s playhouse, s/he-shed, or just plain storage. Continuing along the path, just beyond the screen porch, there’s a covered opening ideal for a backyard porch swing or another sitting area.
It’s clear that many hours of love and labor went into creating this natural oasis. Which means, of course, that your lawn-work will be much easier today! This low-maintenance landscaping filled with beautiful greenery, ever-blooming perennials, and a unique mixture of fencing, trellises, arches, and scattered resting spots, all come together to form your own private paradise. Right here in your own backyard.