Aug 24, 2011Share This
For the fourth time since 2005, Money Magazine has included Middleton, WI in the annual top ten "Best Places To Live" list. Middleton ranked number 7 in 2005, number 1 in 2007, number 4 in 2009 and number 8 in 2011. Clearly the editors are charmed by Middleton, and it's easy to understand why. Sure, its proximity to Madison helps, but Middleton obviously makes the list on its own merits.
Known as 'The Good Neighbor City", Middleton exudes small town charm and friendliness. Ever seen the Truman Show? It could have been filmed in Middleton. It's not just that Middleton looks the part: the pristine downtown with historic stone buildings, friendly store fronts, local boutiques, restaurants and coffee shop, the tree-lined streets with colorful Victorians behind picket fences and the new urbanist Middleton Hills with it's Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture. But it plays the part, as well. People greet one another on the street when they pass, neighbors chat on front porches, they have block parties, free car washes to support the cause of the day, and recently have come together to raise money for the Restoring Hope Transplant House, a home for patients and their caregivers who are in Madison for organ and bone marrow transplants.
Besides it's good-natured citizens, Middleton is home to a fantastic trail system, a free community Splash Pad park, Pheasant Branch Conservancy, 70+ restaurants, a well-stocked library and numerous locally-owned boutiques and businesses. And its very own Mustard Museum. How do you beat that?
For more information about Middleton, read Sprinkman Real Estate's neighborhood pages or check out what Julie Bernauer, a Middleton Hills resident since 1998 lists as her favorite places and things in Middleton.