Let me know if you need some help finding a great new neighborhood.
Finding what you want will require some good solid legwork. Getting out talking to neighbors, people in coffee shops. Even then you can get a good feel for a neighborhood, it is still up to the person to contribute and make it happen.
My best advice, apart from that is find an agent who you like and knows Madison who can help you with this type of question in person.
Wishing you the best.
Sadly, the art of going outside and playing/hanging with friends is almost gone. But it is still out there! Just need to find it. I would ask friends that have kids where they live and would they recommend the area. Drive the area, do you see what you are looking for? Is there a school district that you want or need to stay in? Get a map of the school district and drive. Or interview and hire a realtors and let them assist in your search. Give me a call I would be happy to help!