The Midvale Heights neighborhood is bordered by the west Beltline Hwy and Mineral Point Rd. between South Midvale Blvd. and South Whitney Way. In terms of area, it’s the largest neighborhood in Madison, with 857 acres.
What once began as prairie land, filled with tall grasses, oak trees — and maybe even a few bison — is now an established neighborhood of split-level and ranch style homes. As people began to move further west, houses began cropping up here in 1947 — and development continued until 1970.
When young men returned from World War II and the baby boom began in earnest, couples began the search for a house with several bedrooms — and a yard. The perfect place to raise a family.
Some of those couples — a little older now — still live in that very same house. In fact, 18% of residents here are 65 or older. But other homes are now filled with young families — a new generation raising their children here. And 20% of residents are under age 18. This is a neighborhood that prides itself on its wide diversity of ages.
The neighborhood gets a high score for extreme livability, highlighted by a low crime rate and many local amenities. There’s an active neighborhood association and 85% of the homes here are owner-occupied. In fact, when a there was a brief spike in home burglaries in 2014, the association jumped to action, revitalizing their Neighborhood Watch Program. Neighbors here tend to look out for each other.
There’s no need to leave the neighborhood to stock up on groceries with the HyVee Grocery Store conveniently located at the corner of Whitney Way and Odana Rd. No time? Busy families or seniors can order their groceries online and they’ll be delivered directly to your door.
If eating out is more your style, Midvale Heights is also home to several restaurants. Some favorites include the Market Grille located inside HyVee; La Taqueria El Jalapeno on Midvale Blvd. near the Beltline; and Luigi’s Pizzeria, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, and EVP Coffee all in the Midvale Plaza Shopping Center at the corner of Tokay Blvd.
Dogs — and their owners — love Midvale Heights. The Odana School Park at 678 S. Segoe Rd, near Whiney Way, is a popular hangout with an off-lease exercise area for canines — and benches where their companions can relax and chat with other pet parents.
Bookworms will love the large selection at the Sequoya Library, conveniently located in Midvale Plaza. Several meeting rooms are also available to the public.
And golfers don’t have to leave the neighborhood to find links to their liking at the Odana Golf Course on Odana Rd.
With 1.300 homes here, the average house may be a modest ranch featuring 3 bedrooms and 1 or 2 baths, but you’ll also find some beautiful 2-story Victorians and larger properties here as well. The average selling price for homes in this neighborhood is $264,000. And no matter the size, Midvale Heights homeowners definitely take pride in both their home and their neighborhood.
Going somewhere? With its central location, Midvale Heights makes it easy to get almost anywhere. It borders the Beltline and is close to major arteries such as University Avenue heading downtown toward campus, and Mineral Point and Odana Rd. heading west.
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