Shorewood Hills

Nestled on a bluff above Lake Mendota, just west of the University of Wisconsin and downtown Madison, you’ll find the Village of Shorewood Hills. Known for it’s meandering, tree-lined streets and a wide variety of architecture ranging from Usonian to International to Moderne to Tudor, Shorewood Hills is a highly desired Madison neighborhood. It helps that the community is a tight one with celebratory traditions like the Fourth of July bike parade, ice cream socials and a community garden.

The Neighborhood

Shorewood Hills became a village in 1927 when two real estate developments (College Hills and Shorewood) combined. With the earliest houses dating back to 1912 and the newest homes freshly built on existing lots, the architecture in the neighborhood has an unplanned, yet elegant mix of styles. Add in the winding streets that yield to hills and trees, and you have an ideal place to call home.  Even more so if you’re inclined to live in a vibrant community full of involved neighbors, many of whom have children that attend Shorewood Hills Elementary School which is known for its diverse international student population.

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The Lifestyle

With a busy neighborhood pool, the McKenna boathouse (home to the canoe and kayak shared program for residents), a marina, an ice skating rink complete with warming house, an awesome sledding hill, tennis courts, soccer fields, an unofficial rope swing leading to Lake Mendota and the Blackhawk Country Club, residents are entertained year-round. And if they’re looking for more, a short walk brings them to Hilldale Mall with several restaurants, Sundance Theater, and great shopping. Whole Foods is also nearby, as are well-loved restaurants like La Brioche, Noodles, and Sa Bai Thong, and Steve’s Wine Market – the longest operating business in the Village. The neighborhood’s proximity to both the Veterans and UW Hospital, and the University make it a favorite homestead for doctors and professors who enjoy the short commute and the lively, family-friendly community. With so much to offer, it’s truly an urban oasis.

The market snapshot

We weren’t kidding when we said Shorewood Hills is a highly desired neighborhood. The price per square foot here is higher than anywhere else in the area. Smaller homes can be found along University Bay and along the lower streets closer to University Avenue, while the bluff areas typically have the larger, pricier homes, many on wooded lots. You’d be hard pressed to find a lake home for under $1M here, and you can expect narrower lots than other Lake Mendota homes. As Shorewood is on a bluff, a staircase will typically be your path to the lake.

The Schools

  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Private School
  • Public School


The active community, beautiful homes, walking or biking to almost anywhere and playing on the lake.

Where to Go

in Shorewood Hills

  • Eat
  • Drink
  • Exercise
  • Indulge
  • Lake Mendota
  • Play
  • Shop