The Best Place to Build or Buy a Home in Madison, WI

Welcome to Madison! If you’re new to the area, you’re in for a Midwestern delight. Stunning seasons, relatively low cost of living, and neighborly feel make the Madison suburbs an attractive place to build your dream home. Every neighborhood in the Madison suburbs offers something unique. Most metro Madison towns boast city parks, vibrant small downtown areas, farmer’s markets, easy access to public transportation, and excellent school districts. We all benefit from being so close to the big city offerings of Madison and the University of Wisconsin.

Get the best suburban life has to offer by building your dream home in one of the idyllic villages we highlight and work and play in downtown Madison! We may be biased, but we believe suburban Madison is truly the best place to live in Wisconsin.

The Best Place to Build or Buy a Home in Madison, WI

At Conklin Construction Co, we’ve been area experts for more than a decade. We’ve lived and worked in this community and have helped countless clients find the right neighborhood for their dream home. We understand how important it is to find the perfect home in the perfect place. Whether you’re moving into the area or across town, we hope you use our experience to your benefit and find your dream location in the Madison suburbs. 

Best Neighborhoods in Madison, WI

Cottage Grove

We love working in the village of Cottage Grove. Hit the Bakken Park Splash Pad with the kids, or enjoy summer Music in the Grove. Cottage Grove is home to a variety of great outdoor walking trails and an outdoor sports complex. We especially appreciate Cottage Grove’s great sustainability initiatives like inexpensive rain barrels available community-wide. Kids in Cottage Grove attend Manona Grove Schools, known for its well-rounded, inclusive, and individualized curriculum. 


Hike the trails on the banks of the Yahara River, play at the brand new outdoor athletic complex, or take your pup to the local dog park. The village of Deforest is an excellent balance of fantastic outdoor amenities and a nostalgic neighborhood feel. Just 10 minutes northeast of Madison, you’re never far from the big city fun. Enjoy fun summer festivals like the Dragon Art Fair in May and local music in the park.


Windsor, WI, is a relatively small village. It features the Token Creek Conservator, which supplies healthy trout and beautiful walking trails. Enjoy the WindsorFest downtown on the last Saturday in September. Windsor families attend Deforest Area Schools, known for small class sizes and an emphasis on technology.


The village of McFarland McFarland Schools values student voice and choice and provides frequent feedback for individualized learning. McFarland’s motto, “Naturally Connected,” is supported by its ample walking trails and scenic preserves. McFarland is about 10 minutes southeast of Madison, which makes its idyllic backdrop all the more ideal.


The village of Waunakee is about 10 minutes northwest of Madison in an idyllic small-town setting. This cozy village was established in 1871 and oozes charm and history. Waunakee area schools boast excellent extracurricular and academic options. Waunakee is growing! Exiting new amenities like the recently proposed aquatic center are on the horizon.

Sun Prairie 

Sun Prairie is located about 20 minutes east of Madison in Northern Dane County. Sun Prairie Area School District offers standout K4-12 programming and a shiny new $100 million High School. Sun Prairie’s retail spaces are rapidly expanding. Locals love having Cabela’s and Costco in their backyard. Sun Prairie is home to fantastic local characters and fun. For example, residents gathered in Cannery Square this year for the 74th Annual Groundhog Prognostication. The town explodes with discounts, decorations, and groundhog cameos. Sun Prairie’s commitment to fun shines throughout the year, making this one of our favorite places to work in greater Madison.   

How Much Does it Cost to Build a House In Madison, WI?

We would love to talk to you if you’re excited about building your own custom home in the surrounding suburbs of Madison, WI. We build dream homes for a living, so we are uniquely positioned to speak about this topic. We’ve explored the cost of building a home in Madison extensively here. Of course, many variables contribute to the price of a house, including the size of your home and the materials you choose. 

After you purchase your lot, construction costs vary based on the size of your home and the materials you select. The cost to construct a home in Madison starts at around $400,000 for a 1,500 square foot spec home, but most new homes cost a little more. Many people build bigger houses and spring for upgrades like semi-custom cabinets, high-end appliances, and landscaping.

Average new home construction in Madison, WI costs about $490,000. Larger, 2,200 square foot plus luxury homes in the Madison area cost $675,000 or more. Keep in mind that these are construction costs, and the cost of the lot is not included in the estimation.

Let’s Build Something Beautiful Together

At Conklin Construction Co., we know your home and neighborhood are among the most important cornerstones of your life. We’d love to use our expertise to help you find the right fit for you, no matter what you’re looking for. Reach out if you’re interested in building your dream home in the Madison suburbs. 

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