Judy Olson, Both Buyer and Seller in Madison, WI

What's it like to live in Greentree? What level of crime or perception of crime? Is the area perceived to be a good place to live?

Asked by Judy Olson, Madison, WI Tue Dec 22, 2009

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The burglaries of fall 2009 have all ended in 2010 since the arrest of the primary suspect. Read more at http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/crime_and_courts/artic…
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Greentree has been getting a good deal more coverage recently than it has in the past. The neighborhood is changing, long-time owners are feeling the effects of an influx of new residents and the media has found a ready supply of 'crime in the old neighborhood' stories.

November and December have produced the following news items on Madison.com:
12/22 Poker game robbed at gunpoint 11:20 pm, 1400 block of Lynndale
12/14 Woodman's parking lot, armed robbery 10 pm
12/12 Police arrest 18-year-old for burglary in 6600 block of Sutton Road. Considered person of interest in other recent break-ins. Same suspect has been charged but not convicted of car theft, burglary, criminal damage to property, etc Lives just east of Gammon in the same neighborhood as the now-dead murderer who shot his daughter and her mother on Park Edge on December 3.
12/11Car stolen on Chequamegon Bay (High Point), burglarizes Morraine View residence, flees on foot 6 pm.
12/2 Greentree neighborhood again makes the news with 12 break-ins reported since mid-November in the area bounded by Hammersley, Schroeder, Whitney Way and Gammon. Burglaries reported on Frisch, Cameron, Woodland Way, Suffolk, Regis, Sutton, Meadowood, Woodington Way and Westover Court.
11/28 Shooting on Loreen, just off Hammersley. Domestic Dispute. This is not the first shooting on Loreen. July , 2008 1300 block of Loreen, Kevin Cobbins shot several times, dead. Read more here:
http://helpfindthemissing.org/forum/showthread.php?t=4608
11/23 Fight at house party on Bettys Lane 3:30 am. Man jumped by 6 people, punched/kicked, hand broken.
11/11 Shots fired @ 4 am 6200 block of Hammersley Road

There was the drive-by shooting last summer on Raymond @ Balsam. The properties on Russett Road have not distinguished themselves as a family-oriented neighborhood. A slow ride through the area will shape your perceptions.

Safe to say that murder,gunplay, burglary, drugs, car theft and robbery are becoming much more prevalent in the area. Foreclosures and Short Sales are not noticeably higher or lower than elsewhere but marketing time are longer and prices have, uh, 'leveled off'. Good example is a house that sold for $235,000 in 2005 is now on the market for $249,000 and has been for sale since August.

http://www.crimereports.com gives an excellent graphic view of incident type, date and location
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 23, 2009
The Greentree neighborhood like every neighborhood has very good family friendly areas to live and areas that have had some challeges. I always recommend to my buyers to check with the local police station to get copies of warnings, arrests, etc. That way you can make an educated decision based on your current family needs. For the Greentree area you would want to contact the West Side Police Station. If there any other questions you may have please feel free to contact me anytime.

Sue Stark,
First Weber Group
http://www.suestark.com
608-354-8107
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