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Old 04-19-2011, 05:28 PM
 
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Default Family friendly small town around Middleton, WI

My husband has the possibility of a job in Middleton, WI but we would be looking for a small, safe town to move to near Middleton. We would be leaving a town of 1500 people. We would be looking to live out in the country on an acreage if possible. We would like the possibility of a Christian school for our children. Any insight into areas that we should look at? I am finding it overwhelming looking at all of the suburbs and towns surrounding Middleton and the housing prices! (they are much more than our rural area) Thank you for your help!
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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What is your approximate budget and how long of a commute are you willing to commit to? What area are you moving from - it might help people provide you with comparisons?

Personally, I have always liked Mt. Horeb, Oregon, and New Glarus but they are a bit of a hike to Madison/Middleton. Not unbearable, but rising gas prices might make a commute sting more. I also have an acquaintance that lives in Waunakee and LOVES it - he brings it up whenever the conversation turns to homes/real estate/etc. I'm pretty sure all four of those towns could offer a good small-town atmosphere and prices below Middleton real estate.

I'm not familiar with any Christian grade schools in the area, but I can strongly recommend Kids Junction Learning Center [url=http://www.kidsjunctionpreschool.com] if you are looking for daycare/preK. It's a large Christian center on the Madison/Middleton border, the owners are fantastic people, and the teachers are well-educated and very loving. I'll admit that I'm slightly biased because I worked there a few years ago when I lived in Madison.

Good Luck!!!
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:47 PM
 
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You've found out that madison should be avoided unless you want to go there to get handouts/government checks/programs/etc. of some sort. Dane county is only slightly better.
I'd do what most people that can do and that's to move outside of dane county entirely. Let other people pay for other's socialistic programs.

So to the west, that leaves arena area as your first stop. Nice area, but more ag centered, so not my cup o joe. I like it northern, so check northwards, outside of dane county of course (vote with your tax money) and check into sauk/columbia counties. You can buy bigger/better there for less money.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:19 AM
 
Location: madison, wi
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cross plains might be a good place for you to look.

it's a relatively safe small town, maybe a 10min drive from middleton/west madison, and it's cheaper than living in middleton itself. not sure if there are any christian schools in that area, but the middleton-cross plains school district (the two cities share a district) is generally considered one of the top districts in the madison area.
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