Greenbush Neighborhood, Madison, WI

Greenbush, Madison Neighborhood, Lake Wingra

The Greenbush neighborhood, centrally located just west of downtown, gets its name from the historic Greenbush Triangle section of Madison. Settled in the early 20th century, primarily by immigrants just arriving to the United States, the "Bush" was a true melting pot, welcoming immigrant families of at least 14 established backgrounds.

On the northern edge of the neighborhood, you'll find the Neighborhood House (Madison's first community center), which was established in 1916 to help new immigrants adjust to life in America. They held English classes, helped people get their citizenship papers, offered youth programs, homemaking classes, and community healthcare.

Today, Greenbush still boasts several historic homes from that era. Residents also enjoy easy access to Vilas BeachVilas Park Zoo, the UW Arboretum, the UW campus, three major hospitals, as well as downtown Madison.

Highly walkable and bike-friendly, Greenbush is served by multiple bus routes and offers residents dozens of drink, dining and shopping destinations along Regent, Park and Monroe Streets. Craving some fun in the sun? Head to Wingra Boats to rent a canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board, paddle boat or watermat. Check out their SUP Yoga sessions, Full Moon Paddles and other events.

Homes in Greenbush range from historic single-family homes to newer condominiums. Its central location makes this a thriving place to live, work, and play. Currently the City of Madison is offering a TIF incentive to buyers interested in purchasing and rehabilitating properties currently being used as rentals. The TIF is interest free, has no income limits and is forgivable! Read on for details and restrictions.