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Isthmus Madison

While the rest of Madison is concerned with how far away they are from downtown and it’s amenities, residents of the Isthmus Neighborhoods are right in the heart of it all. The Isthmus is within walking distance to the State Capitol building, the keystone of the city. With easy access to State Street, multiple restaurants, local shops, entertainment, and more; the Isthmus is the place to be to not miss a beat.

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Downtown Isthmus Neighborhood

Popular Isthmus Neighborhoods

1.) State-Langdon Neighborhood Association
Originally, this neighborhood was dominated by the large Victorian period homes of university faculty members and Madison’s elite. As the university expanded around the turn of the century, however, many of the older buildings gave way to the fine Period Revival style fraternity and sorority houses for which this area is now best known. The Langdon Street National Register Historic District was established to provide tax incentives to property-owners in their efforts to preserve and rehab existing historic housing stock.

Points of Interest:  Chazen Museum of Art, State Historical Society, Rennebohm Theater, Langdon Street Historic District, Sorority and Fraternity houses, University of Wisconsin Campus, Memorial Library, and Memorial Union.

City of Madison Neighborhood Information

2.) Captiol Neighborhoods
CNI promotes a democratic process to give an effective voice to all residents with input from friends of CNI who care about preserving and developing a more livable downtown for Madison. Capitol Neighborhoods consists of an area marked by Lake Monona on the southeast, Proudfit Street to Regent St. to Park Street to Lake Mendota, extending along the lakeshore to James Madison Park. Hence, it extends down Blair Street to Lake Monona and back to Proudfit Street. The area comprises the State Capitol and the oldest residential neighborhoods of Madison.

Points of Interest: Capitol Concourse, Capitol Centre, King-Wilson Street area, Lake Mendota and Monona, Madison Farmer’s Market, Mansion Hill, First Settlement, Wilson Street Historic Districts, Monona Terrace, Madison Overture Center of the Arts, State Capitol, and State Street.

City of Madison Neighborhood Information

Visit the Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. website

3.) Marquette Neighborhood
Marquette Neighborhood, located on the near east side, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Madison. Abundant in nineteenth century architectural styles: Greek Rivival, Italianate, Late Picturesque to Arts & Crafts Bungalows makes this neighborhood one of the few with intact buildings of Madison’s early history. Two historic districts, Third Lake Ridge Historic District and Marquette Bungalow Historic District, are in place to preserve the architectural craftmanship of the buildings and places.  Locally owned shops, restaurants, and entertainment establishments line the street.

Points of Interest: Lake Monona, Third Lake Ridge Historic District, Marquette Bungalow Historic District, Orton Park, Williamson Street Commerical District, and Yahara River Parkway.

City of Madison Neighborhood Information

Visit the Marquette Neighborhood website

4.) Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood
The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood, located on Madison’s east isthmus, offers the charm and vitality that only a traditional city neighborhood can provide. Residents can work, shop, and play all within a short walk from any home in this historic, central city location. It is a neighborhood that strives to maintain a diverse population, a variety of housing opportunities, and a high quality of living for all of its residents. The economic heart of the neighborhood is the East Johnson Business District, where people can shop for groceries, do their laundry, get a haircut, buy flowers, antiques, framing, wines and spirits, and more.

Places of Interest: East Johnson Business District, Lake Mendota, Lapham Elementary School, Sherman Avenue Historic District, Tenney Lagoon, Park, Shelter, & Locks.

City of Madison Neighborhood Information

Visit the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood website

5.) Monona Bay Neighborhood Association
Monona Bay Neighborhood lies along the shores of Monona Bay, a . A bike path connects the neighborhood to Brittingham Boat House to Brittingham Park and Shelter. Monona Bay Neighborhood offers single-family and multifamily living that is close to the Downtown. Monona Bay Neighborhood Association (MBNA) is a group of residents, business representatives, and other interested citizens that devote their time and energy to improve and enhance a well-defined, geographic area that we and others live.

Places of Interest: Bayview Community Center, Bike Paths, Brittinham Boat House, Brittingham Park, Brittingham Park Shelter, Brittingham Beach House, and Monona Bay.

City of Madison Neighborhood Information

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