Can you describe how Madison looks and feels for a person that has never lived here?

Asked by Stephan, San Francisco, CA Mon Apr 23, 2007

Do residents maintain their homes and lawns? Are there dramatic differences between different neighborhoods or zip codes? Is there a dominant architecture throughout the city?

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Ben Aughenba…, Other Pro,
Fri Jun 8, 2007
Madison, Wisconsin is an incredible place to work and play. The University offers an incredible array of things to do i.e., events, concerts, exhibitions, etc. The population, as a whole, is progressive and Madison consistently tries to improve the quality of life for its citizens. Also, it is just beautiful. I suggest reading the link below, as it outline some of the best features of this city.
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Randy Lenz, Agent, Madison, WI
Mon Apr 23, 2007
The Madison Metro area and Dane County offers a vitality and progressive nature that is uncommon to other areas of the country. Named several years ago by Money Magazine as the best place to live in America, Madison has only enhanced that honor over the years. The pride of homeownership is evident no matter which community you choose within Dane County. And adding to that the youthfulness and energy given to the city through the University of Wisconsin, and major national employers like Kraft Foods and Cuna Mutual, you have a metro area that offers low unemployment, a very stable economy and -- with four surrounding lakes -- a breathtakingly beautiful place to live.
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Edyn Real Es…, , Dane County, WI
Wed May 16, 2007
Madison is diverse, dynamic and progressive. I mean come on, Robert Redford selected Madison to have the first Sundance Theatre here. Madison had many different types and areas. You have Willy St. to Middleton. State St. to the lakes. The University brings students in from all over the country and they stay here. There is not a dominant architecture but Frank Lloyd Wright's touch and influence can be felt in many areas. Madison is a very "green" city. No matter what background you have, job you have or place you live, everyone gets together for Badger football saturday. It is an united city.
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Emily Marusz…, Agent, Madison, WI
Mon Jun 2, 2014

Madison is the home of University of Wisconsin Madison!! There is a wonderful Student area as well as lots of diversity!!!

Madison is growing everyday! It's a beautiful city with much to do for everyone. Beautiful lakes, beaches you name it Madison has it!

If there is a certain type of feel your looking for you will certainly find it here!!
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Laurel Jenki…, , Madison, WI
Thu May 1, 2014
Madison has a lot of wonderful things to offer. If you like biking then you will enjoy all the bike paths. If you are into water sports you can enjoy many of the lakes. Some of my favorite summer events: Farmer's Market on the Square every Saturday morning, Concerts on the Square on Wednesday evening during part of the summer, and the many festivals that are throughout the city. There are many good restaurants to eat at.

There are many neighborhoods and architectural differences. From older neighborhoods that reflect the characteristics of older home to the new neighborhoods. Most homeowners do a great job maintaining their homes and lawns.

If you are use to a bigger city Chicago is only a few hours away and makes a great day trip.
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Michelle Yoo, Agent, Madison, WI
Wed Apr 30, 2014
Very tough question. All of the answers below, including Reel Truth's, have their own validity. Madison offers a diverse amount of entertainment and tranquility for a city of it's size. I will admit that as a former Milwaukee denizen, that it doesn't quite meet it's sister city's level of entertainment though.
We've seen all the responses about the politics/progressiveness, but the city still has a sizable influence of moderates and conservatives. After all, we are surrounded by rural and farming communities.
As a whole, I would characterize Madison as a pretty city, with a smattering of neighborhoods that are challenged throughout the city. Yes, there are differences between neighborhoods, as there are in other cities. But it is a fine city to raise a family, full of whatever diversions you're looking for.
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Jon and Donna…, Agent, Middleton, WI
Wed Nov 20, 2013
Hi Stephen,

Madison in a few words, :A Great Place To Come Home To". Like any city, it has pros and cons. We are the capitol of Wisconsin, surrounded by farming communities and in most cases a destination city. Taxes are high, schools are very good (exceed the state average) and people are friendly. The east side of Madison is the older side of the city so homes may be a little more reasonable to purchase, however thereare unique qualities on all sides. There are opportunities for just about any hobby enthusiast, culture is diverse and people tend to speak freely. All in all a wonderful place to live, but I suggest you come to town and spend a few days touring the city. Get on a bike (rentable nearly all over town), eat, enter into conversation and discover your own thoughts.
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Lori Morriss…, Agent, Waunakee, WI
Thu Nov 7, 2013
When I moved here a decade ago from Los Angeles, my first perception was that Madison is a nice-sized city made up of a bunch of well-educated farm kids. When you visit, you'll likely notice that everyone you meet came from a small Midwest town to go to school at the UW and stayed. Madison is full of young (or young-at-heart), progressive thinking people. Another thing I noticed is that most people you run into are generally kind and friendly. And, if you learn to talk about the progress of the corn crops each year, you'll fit right in :)

Let me know if you need help find a great new home in Madison.

Madison welcomes you.

Lori Morrissey
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Jon and Donna…, Agent, Middleton, WI
Thu Oct 10, 2013
Madison is a clean and vibrant city. As a city we are most know for our bike paths, lakes, farmer's markets, gardens, great schools and people happy to help. The community is very involved in the local government and concerns for the future of the city. Madison is the center of the state capitol and is a very popular university town . . . most have heard of the Wisconsin Badgers and our Football & Basketball games. There is little concern for long drives to work because the city is so well constructed. We are a host of many technology and advancements in a variety of fields. In many cases, this is a destination city to raise a family. Our taxes are bit on the high side though that allows us to have a wonderful city with many for beautiful options other cities do not have. I highly recommend you tour this wonderful city. You will find the change in seasons enjoyable and entertaining.
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Reel Truth, Home Owner, Madison, WI
Mon Apr 23, 2012
Hmmm all these people answering your question either not live here or B. are real estate agents trying to sell their stuff.. IF YOU LIKE PROGRESSIVENESS AND ART DO NOT MOVE HERE.. It is all false advertising. The gay population is gone, music festivals gone, huge kites on ice gone.. it is all a ugly generic bland boring beer drinking and Step-ford wives place to live it was great in the 70s and 60s but no more free thinkers are gone and replicants are all here.. go on city data to get the real scoop
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Ron Peterson, Home Buyer, Vancouver, WA
Sat May 22, 2010
There are some Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright homes and a FLW designed Unitarian Church.

There are two centers of activity (the Capitol and the University) and the homes are older as you get closer to them along with smaller lots.
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Sue Larson S…, , 53719
Thu Sep 20, 2007
Think creme brulee, with a mango/rasberry smoothie and a gyro on the side!
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