Madison, WI - "The Lake City"

A cosmopolitan city of 228,000, the beautiful capital city of Madison offers both small town charm and a wide range of cultural and recreational opportunities. With four lakes and 200+ parks, Madison is one of the nation's most scenic cities and a favorite Midwestern getaway.

Madison Real Estate Statistics

Madison's Total Listings:: 794
Madison's Average Price:: $281,611
Madison's Highest List Price:: $1,475,000
Madison's Lowest List Price:: $59,900

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Why Madison, Wisconsin?

We love living in Madison – well, actually we love the whole Madison area. There’s no shortage of reasons why. It’s just that the entire region – Madison proper and its neighboring towns – offers a quality of life you won’t find in many other places. Money magazine named it "Best Place To Live in America" in 1996 & "#1 Best Mid-Sized City to Live in the Midwest in 1998". Rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Madison mixes casual sophistication with a distinctly Midwestern identity and appeal. A melting pot since 1829 founding, the city combines a vibrant sense of community and connectedness with cultural diversity, all in a modern small city setting. As state capital and home to the University of Wisconsin (go Badgers!), Madison draws national and international attention. Those institutions have helped buffer the entire region from recent economic extremes while driving new business development. Home and lifestyle choices are also diverse. City, country, luxury, rustic, single family, high-rise condo, warehouse loft – take your pick. Almost every parent will tell you this is a great place to raise a family, build a business, or retire in style. Quality of life comes in many shapes and sizes. Check out the wide variety of Madison WI homes for sale! 

Madison, Wisconsin: Two lakes divided by a city

Downtown Madison occupies the isthmus separating Lake Monona and Lake Mendota, with the capitol dome in the middle and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center dominating the Lake Monona shoreline. The lakes are highly regarded sport-fishing destinations despite being surrounded by modern life and development. That isthmus also divides Madison into East and West Sides, each with its own charms. Some locals say the older East Side is the “real” Madison and more in keeping with the city’s original character. Newcomers won’t find that much difference on the West Side though much of the housing is newer due to available developable land. Early city planners recognized the area’s natural beauty. Today, a coalition of regional governments remains committed to smart growth and preservation of open spaces. The area’s 200-plus parks, biking trails, and conservation areas ensure continued accessibility to natural areas.

Despite stereotypes, there’s more than cheese to local culture and dining. Locavores and other foodies celebrate the nationally acclaimed Capitol Square farmers market. The Chazen Museum and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art host international traveling exhibitions in addition to their own permanent collections. Local music options range from the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society to – as any fan of post-punk ‘90s pop can tell you – the occasional appearance by homegrown legends Garbage.

If you prefer small-town life, Middleton, Stoughton, Oregon, Sun Prairie, and about two dozen other communities have somehow retained their distinct Main Street America identities despite their proximity to Madison. You won’t mistake any of them for sprawling master-planned suburban subdivisions.

Madison WI schools

American and immigrant settlers placed a high value on education, and the region’s exceptional public schools continue the tradition. Recently Wisconsin students ranked second only to Minnesota in composite ACT scores. Like too many other school systems, the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) faces challenges – like finding a new superintendent who can close the achievement gap for disadvantaged students. But as a recent editorial noted, “yes, some school districts in Wisconsin are hurting. But not Madison.” The MMSD also serves students in the Fitchburg area.

Making Madison home

All of this is possible thanks to the area’s single greatest asset, its citizens. Author-comedian Ben Stein once called Madison the friendliest city anywhere. Maybe he’s spent too much time in La-La Land, but he may be right. Your new neighbors will welcome you.

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