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Old 12-31-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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A lot of Madisonians live in Edgerton. That is not quite as far to go as Janesville. I have relatives who work in Madison and live there. New housing is cheaper than Madison and you get more of a home too.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:56 PM
 
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I would recommend DeForest. Not very happening, but good school and affordable within driving distance to Madison. Also, Fall River is a nice little community. Very affordable. About 1/2 hour from Madison. To get into your price range, those are the closest communities with good schools. Of course, you can always live in an affordable area like Sun Prairie and drive to a nearby school due to open enrollment.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:47 AM
 
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Would he have to commute from Janesville to Madison? Because that drive daily would absolutely suck, and run 2 hours each way in the winter months. It would mean a lot of time spent away from the kids. I'd also suggest checking out Oregon. Also maybe Cottage Grove. But you just don't get much for $180k anywhere in Dane County, def not a 4 bedroom. Madison is great, but very high COL compared to other midwestern towns. It's cheap compared to the coastal big cities, but still not easy for an average middle class family
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Madison WI
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There is no point in living in Wisconsin if it is outside of Madison.
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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I have to say that the statement that it takes 2 hours to commute to Janesville in the winter is a bit of an exaggeration. That may be the case a handful of times (one way), but certainly not the norm. It takes about 45 minutes to go from my house on the far east side of Madison to my Mom's house on the far east side of Janesville (and you are coming from the west via the interstate).

That said, I'd never live in Janesville. I agree with twb0392. I wouldn't live any place except for Madison in WI, at least not voluntarily.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Verona, WI
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There is no point in living in Wisconsin if it is outside of Madison.
Unfortunately I agree with this. I moved to Madison after college over 15 years ago and have traveled all over WI. There are some nice places to visit but there is no other place in WI I would rather live than Madison. Call me a snob if you will, and Madison is far from perfect, but no other place in WI captured my attention and my heart like Madison.

If you work in the Madison area you should strongly consider living in the Madison area. I would never move to WI with a job offer for Madison and then live in Janesville. If you cannot live in Madison itself for whatever reason, other posters have given you some good options for other places to consider that are much closer to Madison than Janesville.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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There is no point in living in Wisconsin if it is outside of Madison.
Disagree strongly - I've lived all over the state (including Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Stevens Point, Door County, etc.), and I'll take Milwaukee easily over Madison. Far more (and better) amenities, to start with. Madison is a nice town that bats way over its weight for sure, though. There are other, smaller towns that are quite nice depending on what you're looking for. Madison itself is a compromised version of "lots of things to do" next to Milwaukee, where other considerations (such as lower crime) are considered, why not Appleton or somewhere smaller than Madison, further down the scale, as a compromise for someone who considers Madison "too big?" It's all about the individual.
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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I disagree with CowsAndBeer. I lived in the Milwaukee area for 9 miserable months. Madison has everything entertainment-wise as Milwaukee, plus some things it doesn't have. I guess it all depend on the type of activities you are interested in though.
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Old 03-12-2014, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Madison has everything entertainment-wise as Milwaukee, plus some things it doesn't have.
Name ONE.

I like Madison quite a bit and used to live there, but you could fit a bunch of Madisons inside the Milwaukee metro - dining isn't even close, there are no pro sports in Madison, most big entertainment that comes to WI comes to Milwaukee (and not Madison), shopping, arts, all the way down Madison just pales next to Milwaukee when it comes to overall amenities. A much bigger city will always beat a much smaller city when it comes to amenities, it's OK to face this fact! There are other quite valid reasons to live in smaller towns. The only people who will ever argue this are the small city's boosters.
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