█ Housing Update for the Verona Area School District


 

█ Getting to Know Verona Neighborhoods

Looking for a new home in the Verona area?  Great choice!  Verona offers its residents the best of both worlds.  The city has seen amazing growth in the last couple of decades — which means more amenities such as restaurants and shopping.  Yet, it’s still managed to maintain that that friendly small-town feel.  And with its close proximity to Madison, there’s always a lot to see and do.

And when it comes to house-hunting, the city’s growth means a larger variety of neighborhoods to choose from — whether you’re looking for new construction or a long-standing mature neighborhood.  The choice is up to you.

Home to just over 12,000 residents, Verona offers about a dozen neighborhoods to choose from.  But if you’re looking for close proximity to the heart of Verona, don’t be confused — Verona is quite spread out geographically, so several Verona addresses are actually rural subdivisions in the Madison or Middleton school districts.

Verona neighborhoods include:

  • Cathedral Point.
    • This is a modern neighborhood on Verona’s southern border.  A walkable area, this neighborhood is near Glacier Ridge Elementary School and several parks.  Featuring open floor plans, the homes typically range from $200,000 to $500,000.
  • Cross Country Heights.
    • This popular neighborhood with homes in the $250,000 to $450,000 range, is near several parks and schools.  The 3-4 bedroom homes are generally 1,500 to 2,500 square feet.
  • East View Heights and Military Ridge.
    • These two neighborhoods on Verona’s southeast side offer easy access to Hwy 151, several parks and the Military Ridge bike path.  Glacier Ridge Elementary is close, and these 3 to 4-bedroom homes sell for $250,000 to $350,000.
  • Gateway Estates.
    • On the north side, just west of Hwy M, this neighborhood offers large houses on spacious lots.  Many homes overlook the neighborhood pond and a scenic view.  Country View Elementary School, Core Knowledge Charter School, Badger Ridge Middle School and Verona High School are all nearby.  Recent home sales have ranged from $470,000 to $630,000.
  • Harmony Hills.
    • North of Cross Country Rd. and east of Hwy M, Harmony Hills is one of Verona’s newest neighborhoods.  Conveniently located near Reddan Soccer Park and the Verona library, you’ll find everything from townhomes to 5-bedroom single-family homes, most falling into the 3 to 4-bedroom range with selling prices between $270,000 and $450,000.
  • Hawthorne Hills.
    • With Glacier Ridge school and two large parks right there in the neighborhood, this is a popular choice for families.  These mostly 3 to 4-bedroom homes with generous front porches encourage neighbor interaction.  Homes sell for $300,000 to $475,000.
  • Kettle Creek.
    • With a pond and open grassy areas, you might be surprised to find this neighborhood within Verona’s city limits.  Located north of Cross Country Road and west of Hwy M, these mostly 3 to 4-bedroom homes on nice-sized lots feel like they’re in the country yet within easy access of Verona schools.  Depending on exact location, they typically fall into the $400,000 range but can be as low as $150,000 and as high as $700,000.
  • Raywood.
    • Close to parks, schools and Epic, Raywood residents surely enjoy their central location.  Homes are spacious with 3 to 5-bedrooms on large lots and sell for $400,000 to $575,000.
  • Scenic Ridge.
    • Newer existing homes and new construction offer homebuyers a nice choice here.  High-end amenities, 4 bedrooms and 3-car garages are the norm.  Homes sell for $400,000 to $575.000.
  • Westridge and Westridge Estates.
    • These centrally-located neighborhoods are near to  several schools, parks, the Epic campus, and Military Ridge bike trail.  The 3 to 4-bedroom homes in a variety of architectural styles range from $350,000 to $550,000.

Any way you look at it, and anywhere you look, you’re sure to find a lot to like about Verona.  Overall, the median home price of these relatively new homes here, is just over $309,000, with the average rental price around $1,489.  If you prefer an older home on mature tree-lined streets, well, Verona has those too.  The average age of Verona’s residents is a young 36.3 and the median income is just under $81,500.  And the city is close Madison, Middleton, the Beltline and Hwy. 151 – offering easy access in all directions.

And yet, in spite of all the conveniences and amenities, Verona still thinks of itself as Hometown USA. Why not make it your hometown?

█ Housing Update for the Verona Area School District

█ A Little About Verona

As recently as 25 years ago, Verona, Wisconsin might have been considered a sleepy farm town — population 5,000.  But, oh how things have changed!  If you’re looking for a new home — or first home — in the greater Madison area, Verona might be the place for you.

Originally settled in the 1840s, Verona became a village in 1921 and a city in 1978.  Verona may still fondly call itself “Hometown USA,” but that doesn’t make it small town USA!  Take a look around.  Even the old standbys have seen some transformation. Miller & Sons Supermarket, for instance, has been a family-owned and operated grocery business for more than 100 years!  But they’ve grown, expanded and updated with the times.  The store is larger, and there are more options, but the butcher, bakery and produce is as high-quality as ever.  And their friendly personalized service – including carrying your groceries to your car – hasn’t changed one speck.

Assuming a little grocery competition can be good, a Festival Foods is also planning to set up shop on Verona Avenue this fall (2019).  With 31 stores, and many fans across Wisconsin, they‘re sure to bring a lot of experience and quality foods to your table as well.

While Hardee’s and Michael’s Frozen Custard of the early 1990s may be gone, residents in Verona won’t go hungry for their fast food!  They’ve been replaced by the likes of Culver’s, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, McDonald’s and more.  Today Verona also boasts close to 30 eateries, including several local restaurants, brew pubs, and coffee shops as well.

Blain’s Farm & Fleet, on Verona Avenue, offers way more than tires and animal feed these days.  In fact, you’ll find everything from small appliances to clothing, and building materials to keys.  You can buy seeds and plants at the garden center, apply for a hunting or fishing license, grab some snacks, sodas, and batteries — and have your oil changed while you shop!  And who can forget Farm & Fleet’s Toyland which kicks off holiday shopping each October?

You might think all this growth and change is due to Epic Systems, but that isn’t entirely true — although it has certainly contributed.  With a 600-acre campus and nearly 10,000 employees, the company has certainly made its mark in Verona!  But the location — close to Madison, and along Hwy 151, and near the Beltline and Hwy M – makes Verona a desirable place to live.

From one hotel, Verona has grown to four — possibly due to the many conferences and visitors generated by Epic Systems as well as the UW campus.  You’ll find a Holiday Inn Express, Super 8 by Wyndham, Fairfield Inn and Suites, and a Hyatt Place right in town — and a Country Inn and Suites and Staybridge Suites in nearby Fitchburg.

The Verona Area School District, composed of students from Verona and Fitchburg, has long been recognized for the good education it provides its students.  The schools are another major factor contributing to Verona’s growth.  Several new elementary schools have been added and there’s now a middle school in both Verona and Fitchburg.  A new high school is currently under construction and expected to open in time for the 2020 school year.  Plans include a new 8-lane swimming pool, athletic fields and performing arts center.  You can watch the progress here.  VASD enrollment is expected to reach more than 6,500 students by 2030.

It’s no surprise then, that Verona has more than doubled its population to 12,000 residents — with the expectation of reaching 20,000 in the next decade.   This business boom, of course, has accompanied the expansion of the school district as well as the construction of hundreds of new homes — from single-family houses and condos to townhouses and apartments.  And there’s no sign that Verona’s growth spurt is stopping any time soon.

Despite all these amenities, most housing prices are still more affordable here than comparable homes in Madison.  If you’re thinking of buying a house, why not make yourself at home in Verona?

 

█ A Little About Verona

█ Helpful Resources & Things to Do in Verona, WI

Festivals & Fun in Verona — Hometown USA

City of Verona

Verona Area School District (VASD)


█ Verona — Lots to See & Do

Verona’s growth spurt over the last couple of decades has resulted in more opportunities for residents and visitors alike — no matter what your interests may be.  And Verona’s convenient location just off Hwy 151 and Hwy M provide easy extra access to food, shopping and special events in Madison and all across the area.

Verona has a lot to offer in terms of parks and recreation — all year round.  The 40-mile long Military Ridge State Trail cuts right through Verona’s downtown — perfectly located for hiking, biking, or walking your dog. In the winter months, the trail is open for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

The city is home to many neighborhood parks as well as Fireman’s Park Beach on the city’s southwest side.  Come out and enjoy the sandy beach, playground equipment, splash pad, concessions, park shelter and swimming area staffed by certified life guards.

And Badger Prairie County Park, with access to both the Ice Age Trail and Military Ridge Trail, is known for its unique features.  You’ll find the requisite playing fields, hiking trails, playground equipment and park shelter— along with the unexpected.  Badger Prairie also has a mountain bike trail — and a rare aeromodelling field.  And this is definitely the place for you if you want to hang out with your furry friends.  The Badger Prairie Dog Park is a 9-acre fenced-in off-leash pet play and exercise area — complete with agility area, two jumps and a tunnel.

The largest city park is Hometown USA Community Park, where you’ll find a skateboard ramp, ball diamonds, a park shelter and playground.  This park is also home to Hometown Days, Verona’s annual 4-day festival which takes place at the end of May.  The park is hoppin’ then with music, rides, a petting farm, food and much much more.

And speaking of food…

From fast food to fine dining, Verona restaurants have something for every palate — and every schedule.  When you need food and you need it fast, try McDonald’s, Culver’s, Arby’s, Milio’s Sandwiches, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, Orange Leaf, Subway or Chang Jiang Chinese food. More in the mood for pizza?  Choose from Little Caesar’s, Pizza Ranch, Sugar River Pizza, Papa Murphy’s or hometown favorite, Avanti’s Italian Restaurant…

If you want to relax at a sit-down restaurant with table-service, well, Verona has those too.  For beer and a burger, there’s Mr. Brew’s Taphouse, the Draft House, Boulder Brew Pub, Monk’s Bar and Grill and the 5th Quarter.

You’ll find more than pizza at Avanti’s — from lasagna, spaghetti and other Italian dishes to sandwiches and salads.  The Klassic Tavern is a modern day supper club where you can get a morning waffle or dinner steak with a glass of wine.  Pasqual’s Cantina offers amazing homemade Tex-Mex.

Get a move on

But if you’d rather be moving than eating, there’s plenty to do.  The Reddan Soccer Park is a 60-acre outdoor soccer facility on the city’s northeast side.  Reddan hosts more than 1,200 league games, (not to mention 700 practices) and eight major tournaments — attracting 225,000 visitors each year!

Another big attraction — especially to Verona’s little leaguers and their families — is Ceniti Park, with four fields and a concession stand.  The park shares parking with Conner Field, used for football and lacrosse.

In the winter months, enjoy hockey games, figure skating, lessons, and open skating at the Verona Ice Arena.  And swimmers can enjoy their sport year-round in Verona — indoors at the Verona Area High School Natatorium or seasonally outdoors at the Goodman Aquatic Center Pool or Fireman’s Park Beach.

Of course, Verona has its share of fitness and exercise options, as well as martial arts and indoor cycling.  And there’s something for everyone at the aptly named Verona Athletic Center where you’ll find a four-court gymnasium, two dance studios, a physical therapy center and a massage therapist, as well as sports training for middle and high school athletes.  And you don’t have to be athletic to make use of the Banquet and Event Center.

Shop ‘til you drop

Some say shopping is a sport, and Verona shopping includes a diverse mix of stores and specialty shops — from Dorn Hardware to Candinas Chocolatier.  There’s Atkin’s Verona Bicycle Shoppe, Goochi Poochi pet store, and Polar Sports — which caters to skaters of all ages and abilities.  Need flowers?  Try English Garden Floral, Surroundings, or Blooms by Brandi.  Born of a Barn is the place for furniture made of recycled barn wood.  Find the perfect outfit, formal or bridalwear at Just for You, Moments to Cherish Bridals, or the Purple Goose. And gifts are easy to come by here — check out Minerals and More, JNJ Craftworks, the Purple Goose or the Gingko Tree.

For research, meetings or quiet time with a book, Verona residents will appreciate the Verona Public Library on Silent Street, with its large selection of books and beautiful prairie views.  And those that enjoy a good theater or musical performance can attend both at the Verona Area High School’s Performing Arts Center.  There you can catch performances by the Verona Area Community Theater, and Verona Area Performing Arts Series as well as aspiring high school musicians and actors.

And you’re never too old (or too young) for a little fun and friendship with the many activities to be had at the Verona Senior Center. From card games to lunch, outings, and classes there’s lots to keep you active — in both mind and body!

Whatever your age or interests, you’re bound to find something to suit you in Verona.

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Updated: 24th October, 2019 5:14 AM.