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Old 10-01-2008, 11:27 AM
 
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What kind of weather does Madison have? I'm hoping its mostly cooler... how the seasons do you have all 4?

Is there nearby forest or places to go camping?

Is there any walkable areas? Any older neighborhoods that have cottage or craftsman style houses?

Is there a lot to do there for a couple just out of college in there mid 20s?

How does the job market look?

Thanks in advance.... sorry if these are repeat questions.
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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What kind of weather does Madison have? I'm hoping its mostly cooler... how the seasons do you have all 4?
Mostly cooler it is.... We have a LOONNG winter, a moderate spring and fall and a short, short short summer.

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Is there nearby forest or places to go camping?
Yep. Lots.
We have great County Parks. Parks Division - Dane County Land & Water Resources

Devil's Lake area is close by and really nice, too. DevilsLakeWisconsin.com » Devil’s Lake State Park Visitor’s Guide

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Is there any walkable areas? Any older neighborhoods that have cottage or craftsman style houses?
Yes, Willy (Williamson) Street, Vilas Zoo Area (maybe not as accessible to shops and what not, but they have some) and Monroe Street. Are you looking to rent or buy? The price points to buy in these areas is hefty, probably starting at $300K or more.

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Is there a lot to do there for a couple just out of college in there mid 20s?
I think so, but some people would argue not. We get cool speakers in like David Sedaris, great alt bands, active sports clubs like the Memorial Union Hoofers, nearby sking, funky art scene, lot of neat restaurants and coffee houses and, if you're into it, there is a bar scene that is mostly people in their 20's. There are also tons of low cost and free festivals which bring in local and national musical groups, great food, fun activities.

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How does the job market look?
Depends what field you are looking at.
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:58 AM
 
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Mostly cooler it is.... We have a LOONNG winter, a moderate spring and fall and a short, short short summer.



Yep. Lots.
We have great County Parks. Parks Division - Dane County Land & Water Resources

Devil's Lake area is close by and really nice, too. DevilsLakeWisconsin.com » Devil’s Lake State Park Visitor’s Guide



Yes, Willy (Williamson) Street, Vilas Zoo Area (maybe not as accessible to shops and what not, but they have some) and Monroe Street. Are you looking to rent or buy? The price points to buy in these areas is hefty, probably starting at $300K or more.



I think so, but some people would argue not. We get cool speakers in like David Sedaris, great alt bands, active sports clubs like the Memorial Union Hoofers, nearby sking, funky art scene, lot of neat restaurants and coffee houses and, if you're into it, there is a bar scene that is mostly people in their 20's. There are also tons of low cost and free festivals which bring in local and national musical groups, great food, fun activities.



Depends what field you are looking at.
We aren't big club people or anything.... though it's fun occasionally we normally like hole in the wall bars. I am a DJ tho (ironic yeah? LOL) so I like to do battles and spin at some places occasionally. We do like festivals and the occasional live band...

We are looking to rent at first, then own eventually. I actually haven't even looked to see what the schools are like in the area actually? She would be going to med school, myself I would be finishing law school.

Does it rain often, and is it cloudy or gray out much? That may sound bad to some but it is very much the weather we prefer.

Thank you for your replies.. I appreciate it.
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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You like cloudy, gray and cold? You've found Nirvana!

By the schools do you mean for children? The majority of the schools in the Madison area are nationally recognized including Wauakee and Middleton. Not sure about Monona, I know Sun Prairie is considered a little sub par, but the bar is pretty high around here. Just about any school district in the area (with the possible exception of Lodi) is going to be good because there is so much competition. Many people come to the UW and love it. They want to stay in the area so districts get their choice of the best of the best.

In answer to your other question about the job market the same thing kind of holds true. There is low unemployment around here, but there is stiff competition for the best jobs. A lot of people like it here and want to stay after graduation.
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