Madison is rich with neighborhoods that straddle a variety of amenities — a bustling city, proximity to the action of downtown, and the abundant beauty that comes with natural green space, mature trees and bodies of water. North Lake Mendota is one of these.
Just look at the neighborhood boundaries. Cherokee Marsh forms the northern border of the North Lake Mendota neighborhood, with Lake Mendota on the west. The eastern boundary is Northport Drive, and Mendota Mental Health Center forms the border on the south.
Here’s how a statement by the North Lake Mendota Neighborhood Association describes the place neighbors here call home:
“The neighborhood offers lakefront homes to contemporary ranch and split-level homes, with Meadow Ridge Park and Cherokee Marsh providing vast acreage of open space and natural beauty.”
And there’s no reason to doubt that it’s true!
There are 611 residents of the North Lake Mendota neighborhood and 60% of them are homeowners. The average age of residents here is 45. This relatively “modern” neighborhood consists of single-family homes, built primarily in the 1990s. Affordable ranch, Cape Cod, and split-level homes dominate the interior streets, with sprawling lakefront homes along the western edge of the neighborhood on the shores of Lake Mendota.
The North Lake Mendota Neighborhood Association keeps residents connected through a variety of family-friendly neighborhood activities throughout the year. These include a Back-to-School Drive and Picnic, Halloween Parade, Easter Egg Hunt, Annual Garage Sale, Food Drive, and Neighborhood Block Party. They also put out a newsletter aptly called The North Star to keep neighbors in the know.
Families enjoy spending time at Meadow Ridge Park — 28-acres of prairie and woodlands. Nearby Farwells Point and Governor’s Island both offer an excellent view of the spectacular Lake Mendota sunsets.
When not enjoying the nature around them, children here attend Mendota Elementary School, Blackhawk Middle School and Madison East High School. The Warner Park Community Recreation Center and Lakeview Branch of the Madison library on Sherman Avenue both serve area families.
Nearby Warner Park offers recreational opportunities as well as park trails and picnic areas. It’s also home to the Madison Mallards baseball team — making it a great place for athletes and spectator sports enthusiast alike. The North Lake Mendota neighborhood is just a 10- or 15-minute drive from both East Towne Mall or the Capitol Square. It’s also within quick access to the Dane County Regional Airport. Whether you’re a nature-lover, jet-setter or city-slicker, the this may be the perfect neighborhood for you!