Middleton

Bursting with an array of vibrant neighborhoods Middleton, WI is a wonderful next-door neighbor on Madison’s west side. Family-friendly, filled with parks and active neighborhood groups, Middleton is a top choice home destination in the Madison Metro area.

With a population of about 18,000, this well-established city actually pre-dates Madison.  While you’ll find 28 historic landmarks throughout the city dating back nearly 200 years (consider taking the historic walking tour), Middleton’s history runs deep- the area was inhabited by the Algonquin & Ho-Chunk tribes and even served as a camping spot for Black Hawk during the Black Hawk War in the 1830’s. The Pheasant Branch Conservancy is actually home to sacred burial mounds & legend has it that the historic building that is now the 1847 at the Stamm House restaurant was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

In recent years, Middleton has been named among the top places to live in the United States by CNN/Money and Money Magazine. Residents enjoy plenty of green spaces, including the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Mendota County Park, plus quick access to Governor Nelson State Park, and Indian Lake County Park. Parks & playgrounds are plentiful, and you'll even find a skate park, splash pad and community pool and aquatic center. Four legged friends are welcomed with open arms; leashed dogs are allowed on all trails at the city parks and conservation areas plus the city has 2 off leash dog parks.

Whether you’re house hunting or simply looking for a unique place to grab a bite, historic architecture abounds in Middleton.  Downtown Middleton boasts oodles of local shops and restaurants housed in charming old buildings.

Looking for a newer home?

The nationally recognized Middleton Hills neighborhood was the first in Wisconsin to showcase New Urbanism, which promotes walkable communities, open spaces, and a balance of residential and commercial use. Many of the homes in the neighborhood were designed to honor the mid century & prairie style homes made famous by Wisconsin’s own Frank Lloyd Wright. Middleton Hills exemplifies the kind of close-knit community you’ll find in Middleton, with it’s friendly streets, houses with front porches, generous parks and open space, and pedestrian-oriented commercial center.


The Community of Bishops Bay is on the eastern edge of the city, just north of Lake Mendota. Once complete, this community will offer 7 distinctly different neighborhoods & house nearly 6,000 residents. Love nature, large yards & hiking trails? There’s a neighborhood for that. Love the bustle of an urban town center? There’s a neighborhood for that. Love easy access to golfing & gorgeous views of the course? There’s a neighborhood for that.

Below you'll find a handful of photos taken around town. We hope the photos give you a sense of what the community offers. Click for full photos.