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The name Waunakee comes from a Native American term that means 'fair and pleasant valley', which is an apt moniker for this pleasant village surrounded by hills and forest. It was originally established as a railroad depot stop in 1871 and incorporated as a village in 1873. Today Waunakee is a growing community that is part of the Madison Metropolitan area and just a short commute to downtown Madison.
Draped across prairie land and gently rolling hills about five miles north of Lake Mendota, Waunakee real estate is highly sought after by Wisconsin natives and newcomers alike. The village offers abundant housing options and business opportunities, all within a 10-minute drive to Middleton, Madison and the Dane County airport, so it’s no surprise that Waunakee is the ideal place to live for many.
Homes for sale in Waunakee, WI are located in pleasant neighborhoods, many of which have hilltop vantage points that offer sweeping views of fields and trees. Popular neighborhoods include Southbridge, Waunakee Heights, Westview Meadows, Six Mile Creek, Shenandoah, Savannah Village, North Ridge Estates, and Pleasant View Heights.
The east side and the rolling hills to the south reveal modern, growing Waunakee. Here you’ll find the Arboretum Office Park, new condos and new neighborhoods with large homes on spacious lots. Many of the new developments in Waunakee were designed to be pedestrian-friendly and offer access to beautiful parks and green spaces.
Luxury homes in Waunakee include beautiful estates that sit on large lots and have plenty of outdoor space for playtime and entertaining such as large yards and covered decks. Interiors could feature upscale details such as quartz countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, fireplaces, exercise rooms and games rooms.
Southbridge is where you will find some of Waunakee’s most impressive luxury properties along what is called the ‘Parade of Homes’. This upscale enclave features spacious houses, many of which have been built in the last 15 years. The community has wide sidewalks, a swimming pool, community parks and offers easy access to the shopping center and Lake Mendota.
Single-family homes for sale in Waunakee include single-storey ranch style homes, multi-level homes and duplexes featuring anywhere from two to five bedrooms. Waunakee new construction homes are a great opportunity for those who want to customize features and build their own dream home from the ground up.
Waunakee condos can be excellent options for first-time buyers looking for a starter home or those looking to downsize into a smaller home. You can find attractive units in multi-story developments, as well as condos that are built like single-family homes with private entrances and garages. Popular Waunakee condo communities include Arboretum Village, Six Mile Creek Condos, and Meadowbrook.
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When you own real estate in Waunakee, you have access to a wide range of amenities and community events. Downtown Waunakee has been revitalized to include enticing shops, restaurants and cafes. Parks are abundant throughout the community, and new developments are being built with walkability in mind.
The Village Center is Waunakee’s community center available to Waunakee residents only. Built in 2006, the facility brings the residents of Waunakee together with its state-of-the-art fitness center, senior center, meeting rooms, and gymnasium.
Waunakee's proximity to Lake Mendota and Cherokee Marsh mean boating and fishing enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities to get out on the water. In addition, the lightly traveled two-lane blacktop country roads beckon cyclists. Waunakee also features a skating rink and skateboard park.
WaunaFest, the village’s annual celebration, features arts and crafts as well as carnival attractions in Centennial Park for four days each July. Wauktoberfest is another happening Waunakee event that celebrates the village's German heritage. The two-day event takes place every fall and features food, beer, live music and fun events like dance and cheese eating contests.
The Waunakee Community School District offers world-class education to students aged four and up. Within the community there are schools for all ages including four elementary schools, an intermediate school, a middle school and a high school.
The district uses the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, test to help teachers improve student performance while allowing the district to evaluate programs and curriculum. Since its adoption, school officials say sixth-graders are scoring as well or better now than eighth-graders did eight years ago.
"If you're looking for a community that offers many of the amenities of a large city while maintaining small town appeal, look no further than Waunakee!"-A Waunakee Resident
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