Need a Duplex in Madison, WI?

Apartments are an economical, flexible housing option, perfect for those who aren’t quite sure where they want to be living next year, or those who don’t want to be saddled with the expense and effort of homeownership. But there are drawbacks — apartments are often quite a bit smaller than homes, require moving your belongings (and yourself) up three or more stories, and you’re surrounded by neighbors on (almost) every side. Duplex rentals are the perfect way to split the difference, with just one neighbor, more space, and often access to a yard.

Most of Madison’s duplexes are former single-family homes — especially near the University of Wisconsin campus — renovated to act as a stacked duplex, but there are side-by-side options around town, too. You just have to know where to look. If you’re hoping for a duplex for rent in Madison, WI, here’s where to start.

3306 Manitowoc Pkwy

3306 Manitowoc

This 1,400 square foot side-by-side sports three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a garage, central air, fireplace, and deck. Just 5 miles from the Capitol Square, this duplex is close enough to be convenient, but far enough from downtown — and right next to Garner Park — to offer quiet nights. It’s also handled by Madison Property Management, one of the city’s most prevalent property managers.

152 E Gorham St

This pet-friendly duplex is near downtown, across from the Lake Mendota-facing James Madison Park and blocks from some of the city’s most active nightlife and best restaurants. More than 1,000 square feet, plus a balcony, gives renters — and their dog or cat — plenty of space, and the vintage building with wood floors gives the space plenty of character. Plus, the space comes with parking, which is a hot commodity for downtown living.

1606-1608 Jefferson St

1606-1608 Jefferson

Although it’s a bit dated, this two-bedroom is charming and spacious, with a washer and dryer on site and basement access. Just off Monroe Street — lined with cafes, shops, and restaurants — this duplex is also near the Henry Vilas Zoo and in a home-owner-heavy neighborhood blocks from the Southwest Commuter Path, an off-road trail that will lead you downtown.

5697 Wilshire Dr

5697 Wilshire Dr

Five miles from downtown, this duplex is perfect for the renter that looking to enjoy all of the spacious perks of homeownership. Steps from McKee Farms park and the Capital City Trail — which wends through miles of wooded terrain — it’s near to nature and yet is just blocks from restaurants, grocery stores, and all of the shopping along McKee Road. Three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms sprawl 2,300 square feet, plus there’s a two-car garage, basement, large shared yard, and a wood-burning fireplace.