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Tenney-Lapham: A residential hotspot

3 city parks, lake access and irresistible food

The historic Tenney-Lapham neighborhood on the east side of the isthmus is a residential hotspot for people seeking to rent or buy. The majority of the homes date back to the turn of the century, with a good mix of large to small homes, accommodating households of all sizes. The area offers three city parks, and with easy access to Lake Mendota and the Yahara River, residents enjoy water activities year-round, including sailboating and ice skating. Are you getting hungry? Head to the East Johnson Business District, where you will find many creature comforts, including top-notch restaurants. Casual dining options include the laid-back Caribou Tavern for great burgers and beer, and Salvatore’s Tomato Pies for authentic Italian pizza. For finer dining, try the upscale 18-seat Forequarter restaurant, known for sourcing local ingredients, or take a seat at La Taguara for real Venezuelan and Latin American dishes.

Must-Go: Burnie’s Rock Shop and Breese Stevens Field. A real neighborhood gem is Burnie’s Rock Shop, an earth science store founded in 1962. Over the years, the rock and fossil specimen store morphed into the go-to place for gemstones, stone cutting and polishing, and jewelry making, design and repair. Breese Stevens Field, named after a former Madison mayor, is an athletic field and the oldest masonry grandstand in Wisconsin. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places.
• Lapham Elementary Gardens, 1045 E.Dayton St.
• Fire Station #3, 1217 Williamson St.
• Police station: Central District, 211 S. Carroll St.
• Libraries: Central Branch, 201 W. Mifflin St.; Hawthorne Branch, 2707 E.Washington Ave.
• Neighborhood contact: Patty Prime, 608-251-1937;
• Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association Newsletter contact: Jessi Mulhall, 608-298-7283;

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