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Neighborhoods

Classic Neighborhoods in the Madison, WI Area.

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It's no secret Madison is growing. But how and where it should grow is up for debate. To try to tackle one component of this matter, the Cap Times recently held a panel discussion about "How can Madison build more great neighborhoods?" You can listen to the podcast about the Cap Times Talk here.

Moderated by city government reporter Abigail Becker, the panel included the following members: David Mollenhoff, Madison historian who helped revitalize the Marquette neighborhood in the 1960s; Heather Stouder, city of Madison's planning division director; Tariq Saqqaf, city of Madison's neighborhood resource coordinator; Sheray Wallace, Meadowood neighborhood activist; and Michael Ford, Madison College instructor known as the "Hip Hop Architect."

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Bordered by a bike trail, golf course, Mineral Point Road and South Midvale Boulevard is a near westside Madison neighborhood filled with historic architecture.

Westmorland features an assortment of home styles dating from the 1860s to 1950s. Within a few block radius is a barn that has been converted into a house, a Frank Lloyd Wright prototype and other mid-century moderns, classic Cape Cods, Tudor revival and International styles, Sears catalog homes and a few made of steel.

The Westmorland Neighborhood Association -- the fourth oldest in Madison -- produced a video promoting its oral history book and described Westmorland as a "microcosm reflecting Midwestern America's progress throughout the 20th century."

That statement certainly

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Many of those living in the Parkwood Hills neighborhood on Madison's west side view it as the total package.

"It's very social and welcoming," said resident Peter Zarov. "I've been here for 14 years now and still love it."

Close to parks, a pool, community center and four schools, you'll often see families greet each other while walking along the quiet, tree-lined streets. And even though it's just around the corner from West Towne Mall and other stores and restaurants near Mineral Point and Gammon roads, it still has a small-town feel.

Kimberly Cowles, who has lived next to Everglade Park for the past six years, said her family is "very lucky" to have found a neighborhood that is "friendly and approachable."

"People will be walking

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As another entry in our series of neighborhood profiles, The Crossing, also known as Glacier Ridge, has earned the attention of families and professionals for its attractive setting within Madison city limits. Its appeal begins with the large amount of green space, and several large parks along its borders. The Crossing is the kind of neighborhood where you'll find residents strolling along the sidewalks each evening, and taking advantage of the expansive trail network along its western edge. 

The Ice Age Trail Park borders the community on the west side. This park provides beautiful space to hike and bike on wooded trails and natural prairies. We recently featured it here:

Mad City Dream Homes Neighborhood Tours - The Ice Age Trail from Dan

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Market conditions on the west and near west side of Madison are optimal for sellers right now. In fact several neighborhoods stand out as very hot seller's markets due to historically low levels of supply. For example, all 6 of these west-side neighborhoods have less than a month of housing inventory. 

Crestwood - Featuring Unique Properties and Unique Parks

Faircrest - Walk to Parks, Schools and the Neighborhood Pool

Hill Farms - Next Door to Hilldale Mall

 

Midvale Heights - Home of the Buffalo and Bike Path

 

Westmorland - Mid-Century Homes in a Convenient Setting

Wexford Village - Home to a Library, Restaurants, Parks and Pool

 

More Hot Neighborhoods on the West Side

Not far behind are Parkwood Hills, Sauk

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In the spirit of the spring market, we're dedicating the next few weeks to feature key Madison area neighborhoods. Our first feature, Walnut Grove, is situated west of Gammon Road and south of Old Sauk Road.  Built in the late 1970s, the community offers a nice variety of two-story, single family homes.

Stroll through the neighborhood, and you'll notice right away that while the community is close to main Madison streets, it feels removed from the busy life. Paths and walkways link cul-de-sacs together, and connect neighbors to each other. Mature trees line the streets, and give you a sense of both history and community.

John Pinto, president of the Walnut Grove Homes Association, is proud to call the area home. "It is a desirable place to live with

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hyper local market statisticsWe've added "hyperlocal" market data to our Mad City Dream Homes website which makes it easy to learn about the real estate market in your preferred neighborhood or condominium association. Our market data is sourced directly from our MLS data feed and updated every 15 minutes, so you can count on it for timely and accurate information. Below we offer 4 examples of how the data works and how you can use it to understand the nature of the market in your target destination.

Example 1: Neighborhood with a Hot Sellers' Market

The screenshot below shows market data from the Midvale Heights neighborhood on the near west side of Madison. Scroll to the middle of our profile page and you'll find it. This data provides several clues which point to a very

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We recently posted about 10 of the hottest neighborhoods in the city of Madison. That article was well-received, so we decided to build upon this topic by taking a look at the hottest neighborhoods in suburban Madison. For our suburban review we analyzed neighborhoods in the communities of Fitchburg, Middleton, Monona, Sun Prairie, Verona, and Waunakee. 

We identified 13 hot suburban markets in all. All of these markets met our criteria for low months of inventory, low days on market, and high selling prices relative to the original list. We used statistics from the South Central Wisconsin MLS to determine each neighborhood's inclusion in our list. The specific criteria are laid out in more detail toward the bottom of this article.

The results of

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There is nothing quite like a fresh-picked tomato, or the crunch of a newly harvested sugar snap pea. In just a few short weeks, residents will enjoy fresh, Wisconsin-grown produce again. It's time to think spring. And with spring in Madison, comes the re-opening of numerous farmer's markets. The Dane County Farmer's Market returns to the Capitol Square April 18, and leads the way for a large variety of markets to reopen all over the county. There are more than 50 distinct farmer's markets in the region, with Madison offering at least 9. In many cases, the markets are within walking distance from popular neighborhoods like Hill Farms, Sunset Village and Bay Creek. If you ask the locals, one of the major perks of life in Madison is the abundant supply of

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popular neighborhoods madison wiWhat makes some Madison neighborhoods more popular than others? There are a number of contributing factors, but most of the neighborhoods on our "10 most popular list" are located near the city center on either the near west side or near east side of town. These parts of the city offer a rare combination of amenities that's hard to find in many other metropolitan areas.

The near east side and near west side offer Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, and Lake Wingra; parks and conservancy spaces; and bike paths that make it easy to travel about the city. Our top 10 neighborhoods are located near a number of excellent restaurants and shopping venues - as well as many of the area's largest employers. The state government, Madison's four hospitals, and the

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