West Madison

Joined at the hips with the near west and far west sides, the west side of Madison takes on traits of both. Lots of mature trees and green space co-mingle with the homes and businesses. Happily for west-siders the living is easy, as are the commutes —and both are reasons why home buyers have an interest in the west side. Being smack dab in the middle of the west side means many homes are within walking distance of some local shops, schools, parks and libraries. Anywhere else is a short drive away (Beltline not necessary), including downtown Madison.


Tree-Lined streets make for quiet and serene neighborhoods with small shopping centers popping up between them. The homes and lawns are typically bigger than those near west, but not as big as the majority of those on the far west side with the exception of many homes in the Highlands and along Lake Mendota in Spring Harbor. The areas that abut the near west side feature older homes from the mid-century, and those closer to far west were built in the 70’s and some into the 80’s as Madison steadily grew westward.

Pockets of luxury can be found along the lake homes of Lake Mendota Drive in Spring Harbor and the Highlands, a hidden gem of a neighborhood, featuring varied architecture and large wooded lots. Buyers will be delighted with the different varieties of homes for sale in the west side of Madison.

The Lifestyle

Hilldale Shopping Center is where the action is at on the west side. Kids walk there after school for ice cream or cupcakes, diners and drinkers enjoy the outdoor patios at local restaurants, and moviegoers enjoy the latest indie releases at Sundance. Weekends involve a stop at the farmer’s market (there are two across the street from one another) and time spent enjoying the many parks, bike trails, golf courses and community pools, all close to the homes of Madison’s west side. Winter offers cross country ski trails, plenty of ponds and rinks for skating, and some of the best sledding hills in Madison.

The market snapshot

Homes for sale on Madison’s west side, particularly those close to the schools don’t remain on the market very long. Many older homes, built in the 50’s and 60’s, provide a good value as they are untouched, serving as time capsules for their era and offering lower price points than their updated neighbors. The houses for sale closer to the schools tend to be pricier than those a bit further out. Mostly single family homes, the area has its fair share of apartment buildings, independent living facilities and condos that surround the Hilldale Shopping Center.


The Schools

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


The abundance of bike paths, walking to parks and shopping, proximity to schools, and the convenience of being close to everything.

Where to Go

In West Madison

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  • Drink
  • Exercise
  • Groom
  • Indulge
  • Play
  • Shop