Best of Both Worlds

A downtown condo owner melds urban architecture with a love of nature

Nolen Shore Condominiums offer sleek style and lake views. SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THE HOME IN THE SLIDESHOW BELOW.

Nolen Shore Condominiums offer sleek style and lake views. SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THE HOME IN THE SLIDESHOW BELOW.

When Tim Metcalfe looks out his windows, his eyes move across Lake Monona and up the shore to where most of his family lives. But it’s here, in downtown Madison and in his Nolen Shore condo, that he’s created a home that’s completely his own.

Metcalfe, co-owner of Metcalfe’s Sentry grocery store, which his family has owned for generations, had been living in Monona. But he wanted a bigger place where his daughters, Allie and Amanda, could visit on weekends and summers home from college. The sleek Nolen Shore condominium project caught his eye each time he drove by it.

“I have a true love for architecture and design and form,” he says.

Since Metcalfe liked the look of the building and its downtown location, and figured the views would be spectacular from inside, he brought his father, mother and brother along on a tour. He bought an eighth-floor unit in October 2005.

Metcalfe loved the nearly floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies that overlook the lake, and he worked with Krupp General Contractors, KEE Architecture and Creative Lighting to design the condo to his tastes. It didn’t take him long to define his desired elements: “Some contemporary, some modern, some earthy,” Metcalfe says. “Understated elegance.”

Black walnut trim, soft carpet, wood and leather furniture, natural materials, warm colors and lots of texture became hallmarks of Metcalfe’s new home. “What I really felt was bringing the outdoors in,” he says.

The main area features a living room, dining room and kitchen, spaces that flow organically into one another. A piano sits on one end near the girls’ bedroom, while a brown leather sectional and fireplace are situated on the other by the master suite. Porches off both bedrooms further the connection between indoors and outdoors.

On several walls are paintings of trees and leaves by Portage artist Anne Klein, whom Metcalfe met once on a bike ride. “They’re not your typical landscape scene,” he says. Indeed, the condo as a whole functions as a gallery for the artwork Metcalfe collects, much of it by local artists and purchased at the Grace Chosy Gallery.

While Metcalfe has some big changes coming up—he and girlfriend Julie Zimbrick got engaged in October—he’s happy with the contemporary yet natural aesthetic he’s created in his condo, as well as its proximity to the lake, bike path and downtown restaurants. “You wake up every morning and pinch yourself.”

Katie Vaughn is associate editor of Madison Magazine.

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