Franklin WI

Franklin WI

Franklin is a young city with a long history. It was once part of the Town of Kinickinnic, but the town was renamed for the American patriot Benjamin Franklin in 1838. At the time, the area was mostly covered with walnut, butternut and hickory forests — which provided a great home for bears, panthers, wolves, wildcats, deer and turkeys. It remained a rural community for more than 100 years as Irish, Dutch and German immigrants came to farm there. Finally, in 1956, residents voted to incorporate as a city to avoid annexation by the City of Milwaukee.

Today, Franklin is the fastest-growing city in southeastern Wisconsin. Its current population of 33,900 shows a more than a 14 percent increase since the 2000 census. The City’s Mission Statement pledges that “residents will have access to parks, open space and a wide range of recreational programs and facilities that help to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.”

In 2007, Money Magazine ranked Franklin 90th on its list of the “100 Best Places to Live.” The ranking was based on “the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community.” That same year, Foreign Direct Investment magazine designated Franklin as a “City of the Future” based on economic potential, quality of life, infrastructure and business friendliness.

Homes and Neighborhoods
Franklin offers a huge variety of housing stock to prospective buyers, from luxury townhomes and condominiums to historic homes and elegant executive retreats. What all homes have in common in this semirural community is generous lot sizes and spacious yards.

The City has an active Neighborhood Watch system, which is managed through well-organized homeowners associations.

Shopping and Dining
Franklin is home to major national retailers such as Sam’s Club, Target, Wal-Mart, Sears and Blains Farm & Fleet, as well as charming, one-of-a-kind shops. Residents are just minutes away from major shopping centers such as Southridge Mall.

Franklin has an outstanding dining tradition, with many individually owned restaurants and cafés. Wegner’s St. Martins Inn is legendary for its fish fry and European cuisine. The Hideaway Pub & Eatery also offers a popular fish fry along with homemade pizza and sandwiches. Mulligans Irish Pub & Grill has a full menu of Irish specialties plus pizza, steaks and to-die-for desserts.

Points of Interest and Recreation
For winter sports enthusiasts, Franklin’s Crystal Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area provides a dramatic escape in the middle of the city. With a vertical drop of 245 feet, the hill offers eight runs, from beginner to advanced. The wood-beamed lodge has a dining hall, bar and plenty of windows for viewing all the fun.

Franklin’s parks encompass 173 acres, with seven miles of bike trails and 15 recreational facilities. The Franklin Community Education and Recreation Department offers ample opportunities for continuing education and sports and fitness activities for all ages.

The Franklin Historical Society maintains several historical buildings, including the Sheehan-Godsell Cabin, the city’s first European-style log cabin; Old Town Hall, which dates back to 1886; Whelan School, where today’s students can experience an old schoolhouse education for one day; and St. Peter’s Chapel, which was built in 1857 and still gets heat from a potbelly stove and light from kerosene lamps.

Imagine a citywide flea market and block party the first Monday of every month. That’s St. Martins Fair, held on St. Martins Road and Church Street. Vendors sell everything from hardware to dried flowers, clothing to sporting equipment. There is food for purchase and entertainment. On Labor Day weekend, the fair attracts more than 100,000 visitors.

Since 1976, Franklin has been the home of Carma-Labs, makers of Carmex® Lip Balm and other products. The company employs more than 100 people at its Franklin home and ships lip balm all over the world.

Schools, Health, Transportation
Homeowners in Franklin are served by three school districts. The Franklin Public School District serves the center of the City with five elementary schools (Ben Franklin Elementary, Country Dale Elementary, Pleasant View Elementary, Robinwood Elementary, and Southwood Glen Elementary), Forest Park Middle School and Franklin High School. The Oak Creek/Franklin Joint School District serves a 7-square mile portion on the east side of the City of Franklin with Cedar Hills Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, West Middle School and Oak Creek High School. The Whitnall School District serves residents on the northwest side of Franklin at Hales Corners Elementary and Edgerton Elementary, Whitnall Middle School and Whitnall High School.

Franklin residents have fast access to the medical facilities and resources in Milwaukee, as well as Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Franklin, which offers emergency and walk-in care 24 hours a day, as well as surgery, rehabilitation and physicians’ offices.

Franklin’s main thoroughfares offer fast access to I-94. It’s just a few minutes to the airport and as little as 15 minutes to downtown Milwaukee from the heart of the City.

Contact Information

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Beth Jaworski
Shorewest Realtors
11622 W. North Avenue
Wauwatosa WI 53226
Direct: 414.844.1118
Cell: 414.520.8555
Fax: 262.782.1551

I hope that this website was able to assist in your search for a home, or in your quest for information about buying or selling a home.  Please do not hesitate to contact Beth Jaworski of Shorewest Realtors with any questions. Email is  and cell number is (414) 520-8555. Thanks!