Milwaukee WI Real Estate & Information

Milwaukee WI Real Estate & Information

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has had many nicknames through the years: Brew City, thanks to the many breweries that got their start here; Cream City, for the yellow bricks used in much of the local home construction; and City of Festivals, due to the weekly ethnic festivals on the lakefront in the summer. But perhaps none sums it up better than “A Great Place on a Great Lake.”

Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and the 26th largest city in the nation, with more than 600,000 residents. The four-county metro area includes more than 1.5 million people. Eight Fortune 500 companies call Milwaukee home: Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Kohl’s, Manpower, Harley-Davidson, Rockwell Automation Fiserv and Wisconsin Energy.

An important business center with a vibrant performing arts scene, Milwaukee has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a French fur trading post in the early 1800s. What hasn’t changed are the lovely natural resources that provide Milwaukee’s exquisite backdrop: the breathtaking bluffs along our beautiful Lake Michigan, the serene rivers meandering through the city and the many green spaces that give residents an opportunity to appreciate nature each day.

Homes and Neighborhoods
Milwaukee offers an extraordinary selection of charming homes for every taste, from a converted loft in the trendy Third Ward or a Bay View bungalow filled with Old World craftsmanship to a stately classic in Washington Heights. Homes in Milwaukee have one thing in common: they are among the best values for a homebuyer’s dollar in the metro area. “More house for less money” is how many Milwaukee residents describe their homes.

Milwaukee’s neighborhoods are as diverse as the people who have settled here from all over the world over the last 170 years. Check out the colorful names on the map created by the Milwaukee Neighborhood Identification Project. No matter where you look for a home, you’re sure to find fast access to downtown’s cultural amenities and a strong sense of community pride. Many neighborhoods and business districts have community associations to share information on events and developments in their respective areas.

The other thing you’ll notice about Milwaukee neighborhoods is a concept that’s been adopted by “new urbanists” all over the world. Each neighborhood offers an opportunity for you to live, work, shop and dine out within a mile or two of your home. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons Milwaukee was named the 15th best walking city in the U.S. by Prevention magazine.

And if affordable housing and great city amenities aren’t enough to let you breathe easy, consider this: According to SustainLane, Milwaukee tied for first place for having the lowest risk in the country for experiencing a natural disaster.

Shopping and Dining
Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind boutiques or something-for-everyone malls, Milwaukee doesn’t disappoint. You don’t have to drive far to hit a major mall, including downtown’s Shops of Grand Avenue, Bayshore Town Center, Mayfair Mall, Brookfield Square and Southridge Mall. Trendy shopping districts in the city proper include the Historic Third Ward, Brady Street, the East Side and Bay View. The Milwaukee Public Market, at the north end of the Third Ward, is an indoor market that offers produce, meats, seafood and artisan foods to eat there or supplement your weekly grocery shopping.

Dining out in Milwaukee is a dream come true for gourmets and gourmands alike. Ethnic restaurants include German, Italian, French, Mexican, Indian, Polish, Serbian, Russian, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Ethiopian, Hmong, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. For a unique summer dining experience, take one of Milwaukee’s dinner cruises that follow the river out to the beautiful Milwaukee Harbor.

Points of Interest and Recreation
For a mid-sized city, Milwaukee offers more than its share of world-class amenities. Arguably the most famous landmark in the city is the new Quadracci Pavilion of the Milwaukee Art Museum, which was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. His first American commission, it includes a brise soleil or moving sunscreen that unfolds like a bird’s wings.

Other art museums include the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and the William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design. Both science and history buffs will enjoy the Milwaukee Public Museum, and Discovery World allows hands-on exploration on the shores of Lake Michigan. Children of all ages flock to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, voted one of the top 10 children’s museums by Parents Magazine, and the new Harley-Davidson Museum.

The performing arts are flourishing in Milwaukee, with a world-class ballet and symphony orchestra, two opera companies and no less than 10 theater troupes performing in both historic and modern venues. There are options for all tastes, and children can even get involved with First Stage Children’s Theater, the Milwaukee Children’s Choir and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Sports fans will never want for exciting year-round professional action with Milwaukee Brewers Baseball, Bucks Basketball, Admirals Hockey, Wave Indoor Soccer and even NASCAR competition at the Milwaukee Mile. College sports can fans enjoy NCAA D1 basketball with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers and Sweet 16 contenders, the Marquette Golden Eagles.

Milwaukee has a lively music scene, and no place is livelier than Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. For 11 days in late June and early July, the festival grounds on Milwaukee’s lakefront come alive with the top hit-makers of today and yesterday. The rest of the summer, the grounds are used for popular ethnic festivals celebrating the tastes and sounds of Poland, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Africa, the Arab world and Native American heritage.

North of the festival grounds you’ll find miles of shoreline beaches and parks that attract bikers, hikers, sunbathers and adventurers who rent kites and paddleboats. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the lakefront year ‘round to enjoy Independence Day fireworks, the Air and Water show, charity walk/runs and even the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge.

Other interesting sights include the RiverSculpture display along the Milwaukee River in downtown Milwaukee; the Basilica of St. Josaphat, which was designed after St. Peter’s in Rome; and the St. Joan of Arc Chapel, which was built in the mid-15th century and meticulously rebuilt on the Marquette University campus. Nature lovers will appreciate numerous nature centers, as well as the Mitchell Park Horticultural Domes, which include indoor displays of desert, tropical and seasonal flora. Don’t forget a tour of one of Milwaukee’s famous breweries.

Milwaukee’s extensive system of 140 public parks and scenic drives is unparalleled. Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed New York’s Central Park among many others, designed a Grand Necklace of Parks in Milwaukee, including Lake Park, Riverside Park and Washington Park. With many amenities and an extensive bike trail circling the city, Milwaukee’s parks offer something for every nature lover. In 2009 the Milwaukee County Parks Department won the National Gold Medal for Excellence in the Park and Recreation Management Program.

Schools, Health, Transportation
In 2007, Forbes Magazine named Milwaukee one of the Top 20 places in the U.S. to educate children. The article pointed out, “Milwaukee has truly expanded its image by offering the best in education. The populous city and its surrounding areas host 294,438 K-12 students, an impressive 18% of which attend one of Milwaukee's exceptional private schools.” Milwaukee also received A+ grades for Private School Options and College Options.

Milwaukee Public Schools, or MPS, offers 184 schools to choose from, including a mix of traditional, charter, alternative and partnership schools, as well as Early Childhood programs and Head Start. Popular options at several schools include the Gifted & Talented Program for Academically Talented, Bilingual Education, Creative Arts, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, year-round school and immersion in German, French and Spanish. There is a competitive High School for the Arts and Rufus King High School offers an International Baccalaureate diploma.

Milwaukee is also home to UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Alverno College, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Marquette University, a Jesuit institution that is consistently highly rated in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” publication.

Metro Milwaukee’s outstanding medical community includes educational and research facilities in addition to three integrated health care systems. The area has been a leader in developing managed care programs to control health care costs.

Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport was the fastest growing airport in the country in the first quarter of 2010, and services 55 markets nonstop through several regional and national airlines. Milwaukee also offers excellent Amtrak service and an outstanding highway system. The city is 93 miles from Chicago, 80 miles from Madison, 227 miles from Indianapolis and 326 miles from the Twin Cities.

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 Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County or Waukesha County home, or for information about buying or selling a home.  If you need any questions answered, please do not hesitate to contact Beth Jaworski of Shorewest Realtors at sold@bethjaworski.com or (414) 844-1118.  Have a great day!