Officially known as the Williamson-Marquette neighborhood, “Wil-Mar” is one of our city’s more beloved and eccentric neighborhoods. It’s an area where quirky businesses thrive alongside vintage homes on tree-lined streets. It’s the neighborhood’s character, in fact, that placed it on the American Planning Association’s list of Great Neighborhoods of 2013.

Located on the Near East Side of Madison, you won’t find big box department stores or national fast-food outlets. What you will find is a neighborhood that has been carefully planned and nurtured over the course of the last 45 years and residents who work hard to maintain the vibe.

Wil-Mar Schools

Elementary School Attendance Area 20 serves the public school students in the Marquette neighborhood. Specifically, the little ones attend Lapham Elementary School or Marquette Elementary. Older students attend O'Keeffe Middle School and East High School. Marquette Elementary and O’Keeffe Middle School are located next door to one another.


Life in Marquette is a blast. Every summer you’ll have a number of festivals to attend. In fact, folks come from across the city to Marquette’s summer festivals. They also come here to shop and dine.

If outdoor activity is a part of your life, you’ll love living here. The neighborhood is home to several parks and the popular B.B. Clarke Beach.

Downtown workers love the snappy “commute” from Marquette. It’s so close you can bike to work.

Homes in Wil-Mar

The oldest home in the neighborhood was built in 1857, making Marquette Madison’s oldest neighborhood. This shows in the diverse housing stock, with homes from a variety of periods. You’ll find lots of bungalows, Greek revival architecture and more.

There are currently 10 homes for sale in Marquette with a median list price of $299,900.

You’ll find the Wil-Mar neighborhood south of East Washington Avenue and north of Lake Monona, between Blair St. and First St., the Eastwood bypass, Division Street, Lakeland Avenue and Lake Monona.



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