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 close to Madison. I'm very pleased with the schools. We have three kids all at different schools and they love it. We chose to build a new house here because it was a little difficult to find available lots in Verona or Madison that weren't cookie cutter." Oregon is a little smaller than some of the surrounding communities with only 8721 people. I'm sure that one reason Pam likes the school district is that they have adopted a state of "Continuous Improvement" and make the following statement, "The Oregon School Board and our community believe that educational success means much more than simply scores on standardized tests."
Tom is another homeowner in "The Legend" and said that his main reason for purchasing here is that, "The location and the views are fabulous. Other areas in Madison had very few lots available and most were smaller and not very appealing. We are retired and the only thing we really don't like about the area is all the snow." The winter of 2007-2008 certainly proved to be a record breaking year in terms of snowfall. Who knows what the future will bring us.
One of my favorite views is perched high at the clubhouse and overlooking the 10th and 18th holes. "The views are amazing here," said Marge Moore who lives here with her husband Dave. "I love coming out to the backyard and enjoying a glass of wine on the patio around 5 or 6 o'clock. It's amazing with the clubhouse, the green, and water. Although if you've got kids, they'll love it here. The pool area is awesome."
Whatever is most important in where you live, it makes sense to take into consideration your top priorities: price, location, neighborhood, transportation, etc. At some point you may want to consider The Legend at Bergamont for a high quality lifestyle for the whole family. Contact me if you would like to know more about The Legend at Bergamont or other fine neighborhoods in Madison and Fitchburg.