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Unread 05-05-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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Default Sheboygan avenue area for a family with little kids

Hi everybody,
I wonder if Sheboygan avenue area is a safe place to live in for a family with a toddler. As far as I can see from crime reports this territory seems to be unsafe. Though the location is rather attractive and there're lots of rental properties (they remind me of hotels). I doubt...
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Unread 05-07-2011, 04:49 AM
 
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High crime rate? Really? It is primarily grad students and older people who live in that area. Call the police department to double check. The one thing I would watch is the neighbors. If you child is boisterous, as most toddlers are, you may want to live in a more family friendly area. Not sure what to recommend, but if you are looking in that area, Middleton might be a better bet.
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Unread 05-07-2011, 08:21 PM
 
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There're 19 sex offenders registered (1 mile radius) in Sheboygan avenue area.
I found out this information on crimereports.com. And what's more one of the sex offenders lived in the Carolina apts. Though the crime took place many years ago. To my mind, a building with lots of apts is not the best variant for living with a toddler. This is not just a matter of noise that my toddler or our neighbors can make. This is a matter of safety. You never know what's on mind of this or that person. Currently we live in a 4-unit apt building and know everybody who lives in our building. Well, we don't know what's on our neighbors mind but we feel secure. Just ordinary observation...
It goes without saying, that this is great location: UW, DMV, new Target, Hilldale mall, easy access to the center, etc.
Middleton was number 1 for us as my husband works there. But the area of Century avenue and Pheasant Branch conservation is suspiciously cheap and unsafe (according to crimereports). And one more disadvantage of living there is the absence of grocery stores within walking distance. There're some awesome apts in the western part of Middleton but they're very expensive.
So we are considering family friendly, safe, moderately priced Madison neighborhoods close to Middleton (3-mile radius). And we don't know which one to choose...

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Unread 05-08-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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Wow. I had no idea. I can certainly understand your concern.

As a general rule, if it looks too good to be true price-wise, it is....
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Unread 05-12-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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Still, I wouldn't hesitate to live in the Sheboygan Ave. area. I lived there for a year when I moved to Madison. It's generally safe and quiet and close to everything. Unless you let your toddler wander around by himself, I wouldn't worry too much about the few sex offenders in the area. I would worry more about him getting hit by all the buses that go down Sheboygan Ave. and University Ave. However, for your peace of mind, I would recommend avoiding the buildings where the registered sex offenders live. If you don't like the area after a year, you can always move somewhere else. That's a definite advantage to renting.
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