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    Waunakee Real Estate Guide Homes for Sale in Waunakee, Wisconsin

    Waunakee, a Native American term which means “fair and pleasant valley” is a village within the Madison Metropolitan Stastical Area. Waunakee likes to call itself “The Only Waunakee in the World”. It was named as #78 in CNN Money’s “Top 100 Best Places to Live” for small towns in 2009.

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    The One and Only Waunakee

    There is just one Waunakeee points out the marketing material about this 13,000-plus town just five miles north of Madison. If fact signs entering the community make sure you know.

    Known as a village, Waunakee has grown in population over the years as those moving in have been attracted to its small-town character and decent-priced homes. This, and its close proximity to the state Wisconsin capital. In fact, Waunakee earned a bit of notoriety when Money Magazine ranked Waunakee 78 on its list of best small towns.

    Higher Than Average Home Prices

    According to data over the years, the average price of homes in Waunakee was a bit more than average for the area. Its popular schools and general economic progress has attracted a number of families to the village, which accounts for the costs. An increasing number of new homes are also springing up in town.

    Business is Picking Up

    The village offers several business options, from biotech to the more tourist-friendly brewery industry, of which there is a handful. The town also boasts the Drumlin Ridge Winery located on the border with neighboring Westport. Those searching for homes can feel confident Waunakee is working to attract businesses into places like its industrial park and downtown, which is capitalizing on recent infrastructure renovations. But, if you are looking for a Big-Box Mecca, you are not going to find it here. Local ordinance frowns upon such business neighbors.

    Education is Above Average

    According to Niche.com, Waunakee schools are rated among the best in Wisconsin. The district serves about 4,300 students and is known for its rigorous academics. In fact, according to the website, the district has a graduation rate of 98 percent. It does falls short in the diversity department. Data about Waunakee says about 5 percent of the population is non-white, a statistic represented in the school population.

    A Park Around Every Corner

    The community is flush with parks. It is said that one is but a five-minute walk away from the nearest outdoor refuge. In addition, there is active community engagement with a number of local events like WaunaBoom on the Fourth of July and WaunaFest, a four-day celebration with food, games, music, and a parade.

    A Little History

    Waunakeee had humble beginnings as a railroad town. A train from Madison to St. Paul was developed in the late 1800s, which resulted in settlers moving to the region. The Waunakee Railroad Depot in the center of town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the village was also visited by political figures in John F. Kennedy and the wife of the elder George Bush.

    The name Waunakee means “fair and pleasant valley” in the local native American language.


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