Only a great neighborhood would have its own walking - not marching - band and an association-published history book for sale at the branch library, not to mention a local tavern. When you think about it, in modern America, a neighborhood with a history - published or otherwise - is really quite the exception.
As one of Madison's top-selling neighborhoods for well over a decade, there's no question that something good must be happening here in Westmorland. More than its proximity to the Southwest Bike Path, nearby coffee shops, Monroe St shopping, Lake Wingra and Westmorland Park, find out why this Near West Side Madison neighborhood is so special. Already convinced? Scroll down to browse all the Westmorland homes currently available for sale. Read more...
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First platted in 1916, Westmorland sits southwest of the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood on the other side of the Southwest Bike Path. It shares the same proximity to downtown and the UW Campus as its neighbor, as well as access to many of the same amenities. In fact, with Midvale and Mineral Point roads as neighborhood boundaries, Westmorland has better access to the kind of everyday shopping (Hilldale and Sequoya Commons come to mind) that helps people get on with their lives.
While most Westmorland houses (as well as nearby Sunset Village and Arlington Heights houses) feature a variety of traditional architectural designs, Westmorland is also home to what may be the first Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian-style residence, Jacobs House, completed in 1937. Westmorland also includes several Lustron houses, prefabricated all-steel homes designed by J.H. Findorff & Sons, a Chicago industrialist, and erected in 1949 and 1950. Returning GIs, the Lustron target market, preferred lower cost stick-built homes. Even so, the Lustron home's abundant closet space and built-in conveniences like dishwashers made them a post-War vision of modern suburban living. You can spot these rare Lustron homes by their square green, yellow or gray steel siding.
Today, Westmorland and adjacent Midvale Heights to the west are currently midway through a 10-year joint neighborhood development plan that balances preservation with desirable improvements. The two neighborhoods contain two public golf courses and more than 45 acres of parks and gardens in addition to walking and bike paths. The familiar Westmorland gateway stone and metal pillars located at Toepfer and Mineral Point were originally constructed in the 1940s as an entrance to a planned - but never built - golf course clubhouse.
Westmorland, named one of Madison's Eight Great Neighborhoods by Madison Magazine in 2009, is a sought-after near West Side Madison neighborhood with many family friendly amenities: Westmorland Park (complete with shelter, ice skating rink, and tennis courts), Sequoya Library, coffee shop, village bar, the southwest commuter bike trail, the Arboretum, Glenway Golf Course, food carts on Midvale in the Spring/Summer, Midvale Elementary, and Queen of Peace. The neighborhood association is very active, hosting several year-round social events including a Summer Garden Tour, a 4th of July Parade and Party, Halloween Parade and a Winter House Decorating Contest.
"Westmorland is at the heart of everything walkable on Madison's Near West Side. We are spoiled beyond belief & very grateful for it!" -A Westmorland Resident
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