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