Cool downtown condos in midsize cities

Madison, Wisconsin

Address: 614 W. Doty St., Apt. 405
Price: $179,900
What you get: One bedroom, one bath, 733 square feet
Cost per square foot; $245

This loft condo is on the top floor of a four-story property build in 2005 and just a short walk from the University of Wisconsin and the state capitol in the heart of downtown. It's the smallest home in our slide show, and the bright green-and-blue paint scheme is a little quirky. But so is the surrounding neighborhood, a "mix of professors, students, empty-nesters, young professionals and hippies," according to one description. Both seem to embody the city's unique charm and personality. Besides, paint's cheap and this unit has a lot to offer. There are cherry hardwood floors, skylights, tiled walk-in shower and floor-to-ceiling closets. The kitchen comes with a breakfast bar, granite counter tops and stainless-steel appliances. Another plus? Knockout views of Monona Bay. Although the unit comes with a parking space. you can walk to just about anything you need, including a florist and an Indian restaurant. The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co., Madison's quintessential watering hole, is just six blocks down Doty.

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Contact: Debby Dines of Dines Inc. at 608-268-0899