The latest issue of Roost Around Town features the charming and historic Hill Farms neighborhood!
This perennially popular neighborhood on Madison's near-west side got its start as an actual working farm. In 1846, Harmon and Clarissa Hill moved here from New York and built a home near what is now the corner of University Avenue and Segoe Road. At the time, this was countryside, well outside the boundaries of Madison.
The Hills farmed here until 1893. For a time, the land was used as a research farm by the University of Wisconsin. In the 1950s, the neighborhood, officially known as University Hill Farms, was designed as a complete, walkable community, filled with mid-century architecture -- a design style that has stood the test of time and remains just as popular today as it was fifty years ago.
Today, the Hill Farms neighborhood is a popular destination for Madisonians looking for easy access to UW-Madison and the amenities of the near-west side, including the Hilldale Shopping Center, the shops and restaurants along University Avenue and Mineral Point Road, and Garner Park, which is home to one of Madison's most popular outdoor events, Opera in the Park (pictured above, courtesy of the Madison Opera). Residents here enjoy a strong sense of community, an active neighborhood association, the nearby Westside Community Farmer's Market in the warmer months, and ice-skating at the local park in the winter.