We’re back from our Wisconsin vacation and I’m excited to share some of the historic district homes in Madison. First, let me say what a beautiful, small city that Madison is. I was impressed with its cleanliness and aesthetic appeal of tree-lined streets. Not to mention, people were so friendly there. The first thing I want to share from the trip are the charming older homes on the east side.
Madison is uniquely located on an isthmus between Lake Mendota and Monona. It’s also the state capitol and is home to the University of Wisconsin. College towns are typically cultural in nature and Madison is no exception. But today, we’ll focus on the beautiful historic district homes like this stunning, purple Victorian with its white picket fence.
This home is located just one block from Lake Monona. Really, anywhere you go in Madison you’re just a short walk to one of the lake shorelines. That’s part of what makes the small city so appealing.
One thing that struck me as we were walking around is how friendly everyone is. People would say hello or pay a compliment. It’s not like the Chicago suburbs where everyone seems to be in a hurry or pretends they don’t see you. And even though the population is over 200,000, the streets weren’t at all crowded and traffic was surprisingly quiet.
While there, we stumbled across Jenifer Street – although it’s not spelled with two n’s like my name. But it’s populated with gorgeous homes like this historic brick beauty.
This is the John George Ott house built by a Swiss immigrant in 1873 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It also happens to be listed on Airbnb and is available to rent! I might have to add it to my list of places to stay.
A lot of the homes in the Jenifer-Spaight historic district of Madison have plaques like this that give you more information about the house.
You can walk around the tree-lined streets and get an education on architecture and the history of Madison. This brick beauty was built as the Hyer Hotel but is now a private residence. Union soldiers quartered here during the Civil War.
Even if you don’t want an educational experience, you can still enjoy the beauty of the historic district homes situated between the two lakes.
If you look to the right of this gorgeous blue Victorian, you can see Lake Monoma in the background, which is on the south side of Madison. Lake Mendota is on the north side. There’s just a few blocks between the lakes so you can easily walk from one shoreline to the other.
The corner in front of this charming farmhouse serves as a bus stop. Wasn’t it nice of the city to add a pretty blue bench at the stop instead of an unsightly cement block? The bench color matches the front door!
Here’s a closer look at the porch.
Although many of the historic district homes in this area are Victorian in style, you’ll find other examples like this charming brown shingle house.
It’s nice to see such pride of ownership in these homes. Note the colors of the sunburst on this Victorian porch. Although we didn’t visit all the neighborhoods, I didn’t see any run-down areas.
Hubby and I plan to go back soon since Madison is only a two-hour drive from our house. I’m told the city has an amazing farmer’s market that I’d like to experience. I’ll share more photos of our trip and from the house we stayed in coming up later this week. Let me know if you’ve ever been to Madison and any of your favorite experiences while there.
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