Living in Blackhawk | Madison WI Neighborhoods
Often referred to as “Mad Town” or “Mad City”, Madison proper is home to over 240,323 people. It covers 93 square miles and is a city with many communities making it big enough for anyone to find satisfaction in world class dining options, breathtaking sporting events, access to the arts and ample shopping. However, Madison is also small enough that many refer to it as a place that feels more like a big town than a small city. One such small community is Blackhawk, one of the best neighborhoods in Madison.
Blackhawk is a popular neighborhood within the city of Madison. The neighborhood is a mix of single family and multifamily housing with plenty of green space. Blackhawk has a proud homeowner’s association (often hosting tours for Parade of Homes) and the community boasts of being the home to Pleasant View golf club. Many community activities are organized and supported as Blackhawk is known as a community of people coming together in work, education and play. Blackhawk enjoys over 40 acres of parks and open green space. Blackhawk is known for many activities such as hosting The Dinosaur egg hunt in April, a neighborhood garage sale in May and a Children’s Halloween parade in October. Blackhawk is also home to Blackhawk and Swallotail tail parks, two libraries, a firehouse, a police precinct and Middleton-Cross Plains school district. Blackhawk is on the rise and a viable option for living within Madison close to all the action and with friendly people around most every corner.
Madison is, of course, known for its large university campus at University of Wisconsin, Madison with the University of Wisconsin’s Hospitals and Clinics known as a well respected trauma and teaching hospital. Familiar sounding businesses associated with Madison include the original home of Oscar Mayer (sold to and now owned by Kraft Foods) as well as the infamous (and hilarious) “The Onion” newspaper.
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Known as a city with a diverse population Madison includes access to many local print publications as well as several radio stations including the longest continuous running station (WHA). In 1996 Money Magazine voted Madison the best place in the US to live. Locals agree! With so many activities to partake in (don’t miss the Midwest Craft Beer festival!) locals and tourists alike find much to do year round. Winter doesn’t keep folks pent up in their homes. To the contrary, winter in Madison brings out sports enthusiasts with ice fishing, cross country skiing and hockey. Music and music festivals are abundant in Madison as well as is access to other performing arts. Whether referred to as Mad city, Madtown or just plain Madison, sports enthusiasts enjoy watching U of W Madison Badgers hockey games at the Wisconsin Field House almost as much as taking a road trip north to see the famous and ferocious Green Bay Packers play.
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