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Near West Madison

Near West residents enjoy all of the amenities of Downtown life, Vilas Park & Zoo, the University Arboretum, and the unique shopping and dining available on Monroe Street.  Tree lined neighborhoods with unique single family homes make this area one of Madison’s most popular neighborhoods.

Near West Madison Neighborhoods

Popular Near West Neighborhoods

1.) Greenbush Neighborhood
Greenbush Neighborhood offers access to Vilas Beach, Vilas Park Zoo, the UW Arboretum, the UW campus, and a short bus ride or walk to Madison’s thriving downtown. We also contain two of Madison’s three hospitals within our neighborhood boundaries. The neighborhood offers a wide variety of homes, from efficiency apartments to new condominiums to gracious bungalows from the 1920s.

Points of Interest: Annie C. Stewart Memorial Fountain, Neighborhood House Community Center, Lake Wingra, Vilas Park and Zoo, and Regent Street Commercial District.

City of Madison Neighborhood Information

2.) Vilas Neighborhood
With Edgewood Campus and University of Wisconsin-Madison on our edges, the Vilas Neighborhood has reaped the benefits of the artistic, fresh, lively, intellectual atmosphere created by the mix of academics, professionals, and students. Our neighborhood-oriented commercial corridor, Monroe Street, has locally-owned shops and services.  The roar of the lions from the Henry Vilas Zoo, Badger fans walking to Camp Randall on game day, a stroll to Monroe Street to pick up a prescription, grocery, or gift, or a peaceful paddle on Lake Wingra are common activities for those living in the neighborhood.

Points of Interest: Curtis Effigy Mounds, Edgewood College, Edgewood Campus, James Bowen Historical House, Henry Vilas Zoo and Park, and Monroe Street Commercial corridor.

City of Madison Neighborhood Information

Visit the Vilas Neighborhood website www.danenet.org/vilas

3.) Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood
One of Madison’s most desirable, trendy, and hip places to live is an understatement. The Monroe Street corridor is scaled to pedestrians with neighborhood shops (coffee, ice cream, ethnic dining) in historic storefronts. A fine art center, galleries, and neighborhood jazz fest (Jazz in the Park) are venues for the artsy folks. Cozy, two-story homes with front porches line the quiet residential streets. Downtown Madison, University of Wisconsin, and the hospitals are within a 1-2 mile radius of the neighborhood making it an ideal location to live for academic staff and students to families with young families to young professionals.

Points of Interest: Dudgeon-Monroe Prairie, Edgewood Campus, Glenway Children’s Park, Glenway Golf Course, Forest Hill Cemetery, Lake Wingra Park & Boat Livery, Monroe Street Business District, University of Wisconsin-Arboretum, and Wingra School.

City of Madison Neighborhood Information

Visit the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood website www.dmna.org

4.) Nakoma League Neighborhood
The older, historic neighborhood is also home to Thoreau Elementary School, Nakoma Country Club, and easy access to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. Resident driven activities and charitable endeavors are spearheaded by The Nakoma League. The Nakoma League, with its first roots as a women’s group, includes all residents of the neighborhood’s 800 homes and continues its mission, “to promote neighborliness and friendliness among its members and to contribute to the welfare of the community.”

Places of Interest: Duck Pond, Nakoma Country Club, Nakoma Park, Thoreau Elementary School, UW Arboretum, SW Bike Path, and Stone Gateways.


City of Madison Neighborhood Information

5.) Regent Neighborhood
The Regent-Allen Neighborhood Commercial District has a cluster of neighborhood-oriented shops (coffee shop, food co-op, hair saloon) and artistic retail galleries and shops.Many neighbors walk (or bike) and shop to support their local businesses. Hillington Green Park is one of those other neighborhood gathering places: kids playing in the summer to ice skating in the winter that makes living in this neighborhood special.

Places of Interest: Bradley House, First Congregational Church, Forest Hill Cemetery, Glenway Public Golf Course, Hillington Greet Park, Monroe Street Commercial District, Olin House, Randall Elementary School, Regent-Allen Commercial District, Regent Market Co-Op, Resurrection Cemetery, Southwest Bike Path, UW Football Field House and Stadium, West High School, Vestiges of the Park and Pleasure Drive that passes by West High through Hoyt Park.

City of Madison Neighborhood Information

Visit the Regent Neighborhood websitewww.regentneighborhood.org

6.) Westmorland Neighborhood
Westmorland is a friendly community on Madison’s West side. Our neighbors share a broad range of professions and interests. Nearby Glenway and Odana Golf Courses, arboretum, zoo and parks provide many recreational opportunities. Tree–lined streets, a variety of architectural styles and simple affordability of our homes make our neighborhood ideal for both young families and older individuals. Our neighborhood association strives to bring together the young and old.

Places of Interest: Frank Lloyd Wright home, Glenway Golf Course, Lustron Homes, Midvale Elementary School, Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Southwest Bike Path, and Westmorland Park.

City of Madison Neighborhood Information

7.) Sunset Hills Neighborhood
Sunset Hills Neighborhood is nestled in a hilly and wooded area on the near west side. Our homes were built in the mid-fifties and sixties and were designed to respect the topography using a variety of natural materials. Reservoir Park is a small neighborhood park directly east of Sunset Hills. It was purchased for one dollar by the city in 1924 and used to site an underground reservoir which is still active. Hoyt Park is a 32 acre park located directly to the north of Sunset Hills.  The neighborhood is close to Hilldale Mall area, University of Wisconsin Hospital, Veterans Hospital, and the University Avenue corridor.

Places of Interest: Glenway Golf Course, Madison School and Community Recreation Center, Hoyt Park, Reservoir Park, Resurrection and Forest Hill Cemetery, University of Wisconsin Hospital, Veterans Hospital, and Hilldale Shopping Center.

City of Madison Neighborhood Information


Neighborhood Information from the City of Madison: http://www.cityofmadison.com/neighborhoods/profile/nw.html

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