Located approximately 80 west of Milwaukee and 150 miles northwest of Chicago, Madison, Wisconsin, has something for every homebuyer. There are new houses in planned communities as well as ones in more traditional city neighborhoods. Other options include townhomes and condos. Three of the city's most popular neighborhoods are Capitol Hill, Orchard Ridge and Shorewood Hills. Madison's nickname is the "City of Four Lakes" and numerous homes have views of the water or are situated in close proximity to it.
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Named for James Madison, 4th President of the United States, Madison is the capital of Wisconsin. It is also the home of the University of Wisconsin and a true college town. Through the university there are numerous cultural offerings and including plays and art exhibitions. The University of Wisconsin is part of the NCCAA Division I Big Ten Conference and tickets for football games are always a hot commodity. The 40,000 college students give Madison a youthful vibe that is balanced by a growing number of retirees. In 2015, the city was number one on the Milken Institute's Best Cities for Successful Aging list in the large metropolitan area category.
Madison is not just great for college students and retirees. It has landed on numerous "best places" lists including No. 2 - Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns, Newsmax 2009; America's Best Adventure Towns, National Geographic 2009; Best Cities Kiplinger's Personal Finance 2009; Nation's Smartest City, bizjournals 2008; No. 2 - Best Places to Educate Your Child, Forbes 2007, and Best College Sports Town, Sports Illustrated on Campus, 2003. The city was also included in Greg Kompes' 2005 book 50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live. State Street is the primary downtown roadway and connects Capitol Square with the University of Wisconsin. There are many quaint coffee shops, restaurants and retail stores on State Street, and only pedestrians, bikers and emergency vehicles are allowed. Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa and Lake Kegonsa are the four lakes around Madison and provide residents easy access to boating, swimming and other water sports. During the winter months ice fishing, ice skating, hockey, cross-country skiing and snowkiting are popular activities. Madison is also famed for The Great Taste of the Midwest craft beer festival which occurs the second Sunday in August. Tickets to the event are typically gone within an hour of going on sale. The city also has a great year round music scene. In the summer, there is live music five nights a week at the University of Wisconsin's Memorial Union Terrace which overlooks scenic Lake Mendota.