Shannan Hayden’s Nifty Newberry Tudor
Hayden is running against Ald. Nik Kovac and has a much finer home.
When I looked at the filings for candidates for the common council this election cycle, an address on fashionable E. Newberry Boulevard caught my eye. Sometimes candidates use the address of a campaign treasurer when filing for election, and campaign treasurers sometimes live in fancy areas. Most council members, however, live in homes as humble as the job they fill.
Hayden wastes no time mentioning her home on her website biography:
My run for Alderwoman began in a very different place than Newberry Blvd where I live now. At age 16, because of problems at home, I moved out and lived on my own with friends. During my senior year of high school, I became a single Mother, but still graduated. I began to attend Carthage College and never gave up. I then moved with my infant son to an apartment on Fratney St in Riverwest. I later finished my bachelor’s degree, and I’ve worked for a regional marketing firm ever since, helping all types of people with small businesses throughout the Midwest succeed.
Having thus established her 3rd District creds on both sides of the Milwaukee River, Hayden goes on to point out the differences she has with the incumbent, Nik Kovac, who won 77 per cent of the vote in a three-way primary in March. Hayden’s positions are pro-police and anti-streetcar and could have been cut-and-pasted from any anti-Barrett, pro-Donovan aldermanic candidate. Her husband was a proud supporter of Republican Mitt Romney in 2012 (his Facebook page showed the Romney sign), but any such allegiance is probably best kept secret while the wife is running for a seat in heavily Democratic Milwaukee. Her website runs down the campaign’s key issues, as she sees them, including the incumbent’s alleged use of profanities when addressing his constituents.
About the House
The Haydens paid $317,000 for this 1926 home six years ago, on March 13th, 2010, and it is worth nearly three times more than Kovac’s Riverwest home. Fortunately, Sgt. Hayden takes home over $100,000 including overtime in his MPD job. The 2-story Tudor has 2,285 square feet of finished living area and an attached 410 square foot garage with deck above. An attached garage with deck was a rarity at the time. Both served to make the home seem larger than it actually is, along with a couple of architectural tricks like a “cat slide” roof at the entryway. There is a clear articulation between the floors of the building, and the steeply sloped roof that covers the second floor and a 300-square-foot attic space also contributes to the illusion of size, which is something a house like this could use, sitting as it does at the elbows of much larger, grander and older homes. Little bits of brick contrast with stucco on the exterior walls — stucco being much cheaper than brick — it all creates an illusion. You imagine this to be a much grander home than it is. Historic Milwaukee, Inc. called this home “Milwaukee’s quintessential example of the Storybook Style.”
Was Spec Home, Took Years to Sell
Newberry Boulevard is one of the grand streets of Milwaukee today, but it didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it took about 40 years for the lots to fill here, with most of the construction happening in the second and third decades of the 20th century. This home was built by real estate speculator John D. Edwards who spent $10,000 on it in 1926.
This home sat vacant until 1930 when it was bought by John G. Woelleager, a Studebaker dealer in Milwaukee.
In 1959 the home sold for $28,000.
The owners then sold to the Haydens, who paid $317,000 for it in 2010. Perhaps they were swayed by its description in a real estate advertisement: “Quintessential storybook-style home with high ceilings (8’6″), Spanish plaster, oak floors and leaded glass galore. Generous LR w/ natural fireplace + bay. D. R. w/ coved ceiling + buffet, 1st floor den w/ bookcases galore!”
The home also featured an “efficient kitchen with inviting nook.” The efficiency comes at the expense of size, since the kitchen measures 13 feet by 10 feet, or about the size of the island in Milwaukee Buck Jabari Parker‘s Grafton home.
A Note on Landscaping
The landscaping here shows some promise, and some problems. There is a troubling vine crawling up the garage, and some remedial pruning might be in order on the home’s foundation plants. Of greatest concern, however, is the condition of the landscaping along E. Newberry Blvd. Here, where there is a gentle slope at the front of the yard, Pfitzer Junipers struggle to grow. An inspection will show that they are being smothered by landscape fabric, and that the mulch atop the fabric has washed away. The landscape fabric should be removed, pruning should be done to the junipers — start by cutting off the dieback and the salt-poisoned branches — and better growth should result. A visit to the splendid garden of House Confidential Honoree Pam Frautschi just down the block should provide inspiration as to the potentials of corner lots on this magnificent street.
What Does the Future Hold?
Ms. Hayden has been an active campaigner, and was seen on St. Patrick’s Day at Champion’s Pub wearing a shirt that gave her name on the front and asked you to vote for her on the rear. She has been doing doors in the neighborhood, according to her Facebook site. Her green-and-white signs are often seen paired with those of a similar hue issued by mayoral candidate, Ald. Bob Donovan. I have not seen any “Barrett/Hayden” combos, or any “Donovan/Kovac” combos either. It is most likely that Ms. Hayden will return to her job and her community interests after the April 5th election. If only other candidates with such nice homes would chose to run for office in the future.
- Owner: Michael Hayden and Shannan Hayden
- Location: Milwaukee
- Neighborhood: Upper East Side
- Subdivision: Resubdivision of Newberry Boulevard Addition
- Year Built: 1926
- Architect: Wesley L. Hess
- Style: 2.0 Story Tudor
- Size: 2,285 s.f.
- Fireplaces: 1
- Rec Room: No
- Assessment: Land: Current location: 5,500 s.f. lot is assessed at [$14.47/s.f.]. Improvements: $226,400. Total: $306,000. Current owner purchased property on 03/13/2010 for $317,000.
- Taxes: $8,771.17, Paid in Full.
- Garbage Collection Route and Schedule: Pink CP1-1B Tuesday
- Polling Location: Riverside High School, 1615 E. Locust St.
- Aldermanic District: 3 Nik Kovac
- County Supervisor District 3 Gerry Broderick
- Walk Score: 83, Very Walkable
- Transit Score: 60, Good Transit. Has a bus stop right on the corner.
How Milwaukee Is It? The residence is 2.87 miles from City Hall.
Rundown researched by Dylan Deprey