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Madison’s North Side

Madison’s North Side

Josh Lavik & Associates is your local real estate connection at Keller Williams Realty in Madison, Wisconsin.

BOUNDARIES

The southern border is the Yahara River at Tenney Park.  The north boundary is the Cherokee Marsh.  To the east is Packers Ave and the West border is along Lake Mendota and the Village of Maple Bluff.

North Side Neighborhoods

WHY DO PEOPLE LIVE HERE?

When many of the homes were built during the late 1940's into the 1960's folks were looking to realize the American Dream of homeownership. The north side of Madison became an appealing place for families looking for a great area to raise their children and also due to close proximity to some of the largest employers in the area. Of course, another reason that people live in this area is that they love being on or near the lakes of Madison.

North Lake Mendota

WHAT DOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD LOOK LIKE?

Many of the single family homes are more modest sized ranch, transitional, or bi-level style homes in addition to a few condominium associations.  While other areas along Woodward Drive include much larger and more expensive waterfront homes.  The...

Starliner Condos in Downtown Madison

Welcome to the Starliner Condos!

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This is the newest downtown Madison condo development since 2006.  While the landscape has certainly been changing in downtown Madison, nearly all the recent multi-family housing has been apartment rentals.  Now is your opportunity to OWN a brand new downtown condo at the Starliner condominiums.

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Boundaries

The Starliner is set along E Mifflin street with direct views of Reynolds park. Breese Stevens field is across the street to the North East.  And the back side of the development is along the Galaxie apartments and Festival Foods.

Why Do People Live Here?

The prime location in the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood of Madison is extending the culture of the downtown.  The people who live here love an urban community close to a variety of restaurants, parks, and bike paths. Another unique feature of The Starliner is that many of the units are designed to be “work-live” units.  For example, you could have your business on the first floor and then living quarters above.  Available units are 1 or 2 bedrooms and designed with modern features and 1 or 2 bathrooms.  One unit even features a passive home design for exceptionally energy efficient living.  There are a total of 43 units planned between two buildings.  Another...

Featured Community Monona

Monona Wisconsin

Josh Lavik & Associates is your local real estate connection at Keller Williams Realty in Monona Wisconsin.  We live here, we work here, and we know more about the Monona real estate market than any other real estate company.

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Boundaries

Monona is located on the East Side of Madison and is actually completely surrounded by Madison.  Monona's West border is along Lake Monona.  To the East much of Monona ends along Monona Drive.  To the South Monona includes areas along Broadway and the Beltline (Hwy 12 & 18).  The North boundary of Monona ends at Olbrich Park Beach.

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Why Do People Live Here?

When many of the homes were built during the 1950's and 1960's.  At the time Monona was an attractive destination for some who wanted larger home lots than many other's in Madison.  However, one of the biggest reasons that people live in Monona is that they love being on or near the beautiful lakes in Madison.  The views from Tonyawatha Trail are some of the best views of the downtown Madison skyline and gorgeous sunsets.

sunset over lake monona of downtown madison

What Does the Neighborhood Look Like?

Monona is a unique mix of socioeconomics.  Many of the homes are more modest sized ranch, bungalow, or cape cod style homes.  While other areas along Tonyawatha Trail include much larger and more expensive waterfront homes.  What started as cabins along the...

Cherokee Gardens Condominiums

Why do people live here?

Living in Cherokee can be a great place for many people. Most notable, is that the Cherokee Golf Course is home to PGA winner Steve Stricker. This peaceful community is on the Northeast side of Madison and is popular among many retired people seeking quality affordable living. Others may enjoy the well maintained landscaping or relaxing next to the two outdoor pools, or golfing at the Cherokee Country Club. One interesting thing about Cherokee is that many of the condominiums were built in phases over the past 40 years, which makes it a unique mixture of homes.

What's the neighborhood like?

It tends to attract people closer to retirement age. Most of the units are 2 or 3 bedrooms that start in the $110,000 to $160,000 range. Bump the price over $160,000 and you will likely find more space (over 1500 square feet), a newer building (built within the last 10-20 years), an elevator, and maybe even find yourself right on the golf course.

What's going on nearby?

Definitely check out the Cherokee Country Club. As a member you get access to golf, tennis courts (both indoor and outdoor), a fitness center, and raquetball.

Schools

  • Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Gompers
  • Blackhawk
  • Madison East
  • Waunakee School District (some of the condos are listed in this district, but most are Madison)

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Huge potential - Capitol East District

I live in downtown Madison. Well, sort of. Actually, I'm just east of Blair street, which many consider to be outside of downtown. But it's a short walk to the capitol and maybe that's why I consider it to be downtown. I'm in the capitol east district. If you've ever looked at a map of Madison, it's that narrow strip of land right between Lake Mendota and Monona.

Okay, here's my plug --- there is a HUGE OPPORTUNITY on that narrow strip of land. For an area that is such an iconic location, there seems to be a disconnect with development in the area. Simply driving around you'll notice a number of car lots and numerous run down two to three story buildings. This is the urban core of Madison with numerous bike trails and walkable services. The lots are small and that's a good thing for this area because it creates a different type of experience than the typical suburban neighborhood. But for an area that was designed to have places to live, work, and play in close proximity, one would expect to see more development going on in this "urban" area.

On a regular basis I attend meetings with Downtown Madison Inc and many people there talk about the big potential of redevelopment on this plot of land. In fact, the city of Madison really wants this area to change.

When I talk to people that want to live in the downtown, near east, or near west sides of Madison, they often tell me that they like those areas because, "there's so much going on and we can walk or ride our bikes places around Madison." My wife and I love the area because of the huge variety of activities available so close. In one typical Saturday we could walk down to the farmer's market, go for a bike around around the lake, then grill out with friends at James Madison Park, and if we still have any energy, go grab a beer at the union while watching a band and lake mendota in the background. That's pretty cool. I wonder which big business or developer will come in and transform this awesome place to live in Madison...

What about Fitchburg?

Neighborhoods in the Madison area are rather diverse. If you take a stroll on the south side of Madison you'll quickly run into Fitchburg. Here is a unique community with diverse cultures, a mix of schools, beautiful neighborhoods, and an abundance of wildlife.

Diversity in the area can be seen in a number of ways. One way to see this mixture is in diverse economic areas. On one end of the spectrum is the Allied Drive neighborhood, which Emily Mills describes as, "somewhat plagued by violent crime, drug offenses, gang activity and tends to be populated by mostly lower income and Section 8 renters". Yet travel just 2.5 miles away to Seminole Hills neighborhood and you'll notice beautiful homes selling for $460,000 to $805,000 (range based on sales from October 16th, 2007 to October 16th,2008 from scwmls*). Within this economic diversity, however, is the vibrant and growing community of Fitchburg.

Growth in the area has been strong over the past few years. In fact it's the second largest city in Dane county with 22,000 (Jan. 1, 2007) people and has average growth at 2.1% per year. But if you drive through Fitchburg you may notice something. It's sometimes hard to tell where it ends, where it begins, and where exactly is the downtown. On the map, Fitchburg is essentially a giant square on the South side of Madison. Unique to Fitchburg is that there is no central downtown like many other Wisconsin communities. However, it appears that Fitchburg is trying to strengthen it's core in the Technology Campus area.

Other oddities of Fitchburg are that it doesn't have a library (although there's a referendum on the ballot this November), and there is no school district specifically for Fitchburg. Instead there are 3 school districts that split up the students in this area between Madison, Verona, and ...

Great Neighborhood in Oregon - The Legend at Bergamont

In the Dane County real estate market one can purchase a home for around $228,700, which is the median sales price in the second quarter of 2008. Of course, there are options below that price and even more above that price. In fact this past year a 35 acre farmette sold in Fitchburg for $1,250,000. Somewhere in the middle of these prices there are many other homes available. Some of the more well known high end neighborhoods include Hawks Landing, Blackhawk, Nakoma, or even Seminole Hills. Homes in these fine areas typically fetch prices in the $400,000 to $800,000 price range. But if you venture just a little further south outside of Madison you will likely stumble upon The Legend at Bergamont.

Mick Butterfield is the membership services director at "The Legend" and gave me a tour of the area noting some the outstanding features and benefits of living there. "At the Legend you're really buying a lifestyle" says Mick. "This place is great for the family that wants quality, privacy, and yet a great neighborhood with lot's of options for the kids as well as adults. Years ago, the country club model was for Dad only. This model is something that offers something to do for the entire family." In fact, part of the mission says, "Our belief is that the decision to join a private club is a family decision, and the facilities, operational policies and programming must appeal to the entire family." The Legend at Bergamont is co-owned by a group that also built The Legend at Brandybrook, a similar community with around 500 members in the Milwaukee area.

The Legend at Bergamont certainly does offer numerous options, including a lap pool, water slides, 5 tennis courts, a basketball court, and fitness center. Some would probably consider this mixture to be like a vacation. However, for the owners at "The Legend" it's just home. Pam Brien just moved into the neighborhood on Nicole Circle and said, "We absolutely love it here. We wanted a neighborhood in a little smaller town, but still relatively...

What do you know about Fitchburg???

Fitchburg is unique. It seems to be this abyss of land on the south side of Madison that includes 35 square miles. One interesting thing about Fitchburg is that there doesn't seem to be a central downtown. There is no school district specifically for Fitchburg, and yet there's an interesting mix of shopping, apartments, modest homes, and of course very large beautiful homes.

One thing that I like about Fitchburg is that it has nice neighborhoods. The Indians must have had some influence on naming, with names like Seminole Hills, Seminole Forest, Seminole Glen, and Seminole Ridge. Or maybe you would like to live in a place named Quarry Hill, Oak Meadow, Pine Ridge, Jamestown, Byrnewood, or Bellmar. Swan Creek is one of my favorites because it's located a little off the beaten path while still being close enough to everything. This is also an area where there was the Parade of Homes in 2003. In the summertime, Fitchburg can be a great place to hop on your bicycle and ride along the Capitol City Bike Trail. Last summer I had a nice long ride along the Capitol City Trail, through the Arboretum, and around Lake Monona. Aahh, what a great day. I think I'm ready for Spring and Summer.

I have recently been working with a client who looked to Fitchburg for a new condo to purchase. She said, "I really like that area. It seems like there are a lot of young professionals in the area." That makes sense with the mix of technology companies in Fitchburg such as Promega and Berbee. Also nearby are some other major employers include the University of Wisconsin Research Park with over 4000 employees and Epic Systems in Verona with over 2500 employees.

What's your favorite part about Fitchburg?

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