Real Estate in Madison
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Here's what you need to know about real estate opportunities in "Mad City"
Located in south-central Wisconsin, Madison is the capitol of the nation’s 30th state. With a population of nearly 270,000, it’s the second-largest city in Wisconsin. Madison is situated on an isthmus that goes between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. The city, named after the fourth president of the United States, James Madison, boasts five lakes and more than 200 miles of trails.
History of Madison
History of Madison
The land which is now the city of Madison was bought in the 1820s and incorporated as a village in 1846. Just two years later when Wisconsin became a state in 1848, Madison remained the capital. Among the first non-native settlers were Norwegian, German,and Irish immigrants, as well as Yankees from the East. After the turn of the century, Madiidson saw more residents of Greek, Italian, African American, and Jewish descent. The city embraces its diversity and has been the center of social and political reform over the decade. Today, the houses in Madison are filled with people from countries all around the world making the city a lovely potpourri of cultures.
Things to do in Madison
Things to do in Madison
When you’re wanting a day away from your home or condo in Madison, head out to one of the many events and activities that happen all year round.
Watch the Wisconsin Badgers
No matter what sports you enjoy watching, there’s nothing quite like watching the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s teams play. Football games at Camp Randall Stadium are iconic and a must-see when you’re in Madison. Wisconsin homeowners from all over the state make the trek, no matter how far, to see the Badgers play and cheer them on with the traditional Jump Around dance.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Art enthusiasts love the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art which is located in the downtown area. The museum dates back to 1901 and has evolved in both mission and name over the years. It houses over 6,000 items on three levels. There are classrooms, a lecture hall, and a restaurant. Also, check out the Chazen Museum of Art located nearby on the UW campus.
Attend a festival
When it comes to festivals, be it music, food, art, or a holiday, Madison goes all out. Many are held in the downtown area with spectacular views and accessibility to businesses that get involved. The Taste of Madison is a foodie’s delight that raises funds for charity. Beer connoisseurs won’t want to miss OktoBEERfest, and Madison Art Fair on the Square is fun for the whole family.
Go to the Henry Vilas Zoo
You can’t beat the price of admission to Henry Vilas Zoo—everyone gets in free! This 28-acre zoo is owned by the county. More than 750,000 people travel from their homes in Wisconsin and even Illinois for fun family outings and field trips. You can see animals, fish, reptiles, birds, and more from around the world.
Dane County Farmers Market
Held every Saturday between mid-April and mid-November, this is your one-stop shopping place to stock up on locally grown produce and meat raised by farmers in Wisconsin. You can also shop for gifts, home decor, and apparel from vendors who make natural soaps, handcrafted jewelry, and handmade leather and wooden goods. And you needn't worry about rushing home to cook lunch with your fresh veggies, treat yourself to a fresh meal.
More than 680,000 live in the Madison metropolitan area, with the majority (over 70%) being white. More than 7% of the population are Hispanic or Latino, 7% are black, 9% are Asian, 0.5% are Native American, and over 7% identify as mixed race. Madisionians (as they are called) are a well-educated group of people which is not surprising since the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the largest employer in the city.
Arts in Madison
Arts in Madison
Entering the city from almost any direction, you have the sense that the city is large, but not overwhelming. Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, and the capitol building are three landmarks known, and referred to in direction-giving, by all Madisonians. Here are a few places that homeowners in Madison know and love.
Free and open to the public, the Wisconsin capitol building in Madison is a beautiful place that is full of beautiful art, architecture, and, of course, history. Constructed in 1917, this is the fourth building that the state legislature has called home. Thousands of visitors tour the building each year, always being sure to stop by the Governor's office to rub the nose of the brass badger for good luck.
It took more than six decades for the Monona Terrace to go from a design by Frank Lloyd Wright to a completed convention center that’s design was changed so many times that it’s not a true Wright building. Nonetheless, the views from the rooftop are amazing and the building is home to more than 600 conventions annually. Closer to home, Monona Terrace offers free community programs to those who call Madison home.
Just a short drive out of the city is Taliesin Preservation, the 800-acre estate of Frank Lloyd Wright which is open for visitors. Take note that it’s only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and closed in the winter. The estate features Wright’s home, plus buildings that he designed. There’s a building from almost every decade of his career, 1890 to 1950. Enjoy delicious sandwiches and baked goods in the cafe which uses mostly local produce, meat, and dairy.
While the city of parks, Janesville, is less than an hour south of Madison, there’s plenty of green space in the capital city. Whether you head to your neighborhood park for an after-dinner walk or want a place to hike on the weekend, there are no shortage of places to go.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
With 20 outdoor gardens and an indoor tropical forest, Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers a nice escape from the brick and concrete of the city. Gardeners can learn about plants that will thrive in their yard and get inspiration for landscaping their homes in Madison. In winter, the gardens are transformed into a winter wonderland, with hundreds of poinsettias on display.
Governor Nelson State Park
Located along Lake Mendota, Governor Nelson State Park has something for everyone, no matter the season. From snowshoeing and skiing in winter to hiking, biking and swimming in summer. Many acres of land are dedicated to prairie restoration, and you can also find Native American effigy mounds.
Schools in Madison
Schools in Madison
The Madison school district consistently ranks high in state and national “best of” lists. Dozens of public elementary and middle schools feed into five high schools. A variety of private schools (both religious and nonreligious) are also available to Maidison children. Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the largest campus in the UW system. Madison Area Technical College and Edgewood College are also located in Madison. Several other colleges have a satellite campus in the city making it easy for homeowners in Madison to access higher education.
Living in Madison also puts you within driving distance of Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis. You can easily travel by car to one of these cities for a weekend away, or plan your travel using one of the international larger airports.
Madison , and the suburbs around it, has been growing continuously for years, and so have the suburbs around it. Buying a house or condo in Madison or the surrounding neighborhoods means you're never far from a variety of entertainment, employment, and education options. Even if you only live in Madison for a few years, buyers are always eager to find a new house for sale in Madison.
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