Compared to its Near-East Madison counterpart the Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood, the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood is layered with older houses and flats, has less expensive rent (though still relatively high compared to places off the isthmus) and is a little closer to downtown.
In other words, less of the 1960's hangover culture and more focus on parks and quiet, eminently walk-able neighborhoods.
The leases in some of these apartments are designed to attract specific income levels, making downtown living more attractive to a larger group of prospective renters—including young families, seniors, and recent college grads
If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.
Some of the neighborhood’s best features are its city parks, which look out onto Lake Mendota. Tenney Park is a favorite spot for locals, and includes ice-skating in the winter. On a summer day in James Madison Park, you’ll find everything from undergrads baking in the sun to slack-lining, ultimate Frisbee and beach volleyball.
What the neighborhood lacks in number of businesses it makes up with local flair and quality. Mildred’s Sandwich Shop’s Cicero must be tried, and you’ll also enjoy breakfast at Sophia’s with its colorful crowd of regulars. The Caribou is a legendary watering hole, and the Aveda salon Studio 924 adds cosmopolitan style.