Muskego WI

Muskego WI

Muskego is the fifth largest city in Waukesha County, with a population of more than 23,000. The City has a total area of nearly 36 square miles, which includes three lakes: Big Muskego Lake, Little Muskego Lake and Lake Denoon. While its roots as a settlement date back to 1827, it wasn’t incorporated until 1964.

Muskego gets its name from the Potawatomi Indians, who called it Mus-kee-Guaac, or “sunfish.” Early white settlers in the 1830s included Yankees in Muskego center, the English in Durham Hill, Irish in Denoon, Germans in Tess Corners and the Norwegians in Lake Denoon. The area quickly became one of the Midwest’s most thriving Norwegian settlements and the site of the first Norwegian-American newspaper.

Farmers in the area sent their crops into the growing city of Milwaukee on Janesville Plank Road. Milwaukee residents, in turn, came out to Muskego for recreation – first on a trolley line and later on new roads – at lake resorts, cottages and Muskego Beach Amusement Park.

Today, Muskego maintains a pleasant balance of beautiful, natural spaces for recreation with desirable housing and a diverse business base.

Homes and Neighborhoods
Muskego is known for charming, friendly neighborhoods in a beautiful setting, with an emphasis on preserving natural resources and open spaces. Some of the shoreline on each of the three lakes has been developed for residential housing.

Single-family, detached homes make up 85 percent of all housing units in the city, with the remainder being apartment and condo units. The median home value rose from $167,000 in 2000 to $292,400 in 2007. Muskego is a relatively young community, with nearly 40 percent of its households containing at least one child under the age of 18. The median family income is well over $60,000.

While Muskego offers a natural, suburban atmosphere, it’s also very pedestrian friendly and offers a number of biking and walking trails.

Shopping and Dining
Muskego offers a variety of shopping opportunities, from small family-owned stores to large national retailers, along Janesville Road, Moorland Road and Racine Avenue. An active Chamber of Commerce keeps business members connected to residents, new and old.

There are a variety of local favorites for dining, including Muskego’s High Tide, which offers diverse cuisine and Friday fish fries. A.J.’s Bar & Grill is known for ribs, karaoke and Packer parties. Try Toshi for Japanese cuisine and sushi, and Delta Family Restaurant for hearty, home-style cooking.

Marx Pioneer Inn offers nightly food and beverage specials in an old home setting. Sneesby’s Denoon Saloon offers fine dining and special events. And Tres Locos offers delicious, authentic Mexican specialties and margaritas.

Points of Interest and Recreation
Muskego’s 13 beautiful parks offer 327 acres of recreational space, linked to 31 miles of recreational trails. Muskego has more than 1,000 acres of publicly conserved land, including the 153-acre Engel Conservation Area. Residents and visitors to Little Muskego Lake enjoy a variety of lake-related recreational activities, including boating, skiing, sailing, and fishing. The lake contains largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye and several varieties of panfish.

The Muskego Waterbugs perform a free water ski show in front of Idle Isle Park each Wednesday evening at 6:30 between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It’s a 50-year-old Wisconsin tradition.

The Muskego Historical Society offers everything from genealogical information to preserved buildings and a One Stop Holiday Shoppe Arts & Crafts Fair.

Muskego High School Performing Arts Center is the site of many concerts and performances for district families and community members.

In late August, don’t miss Muskego Fest, the largest free-admission festival in southeastern Wisconsin. There’s a Friday fish fry, Sunday parade and four days of non-stop musical entertainment, a midway and great food.

In winter, enjoy old-time outdoor ice skating at Manchester Hill Park and miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Schools, Health, Transportation
The Muskego-Norway School District comprises five elementary schools, two middle schools and Muskego High School. With a mission statement of “Every student learning, growing… succeeding,” the district is dedicated to high achievement for its 4,900 students, system-wide continuous improvement and sound stewardship of community resources.

Muskego Superintendent, Dr. Joe Schroeder, was named Wisconsin’s Superintendent of the Year for 2011. The district was one of only two K-12 districts to receive the Wisconsin Forward Award for 2010, based on its progress monitoring tools and the district Continuous Performance Report card, which may be considered a best practice in education.

Muskego residents can get high-quality medical care at ProHealth Care Medical Center-Muskego and Aurora St. Luke’s Muskego Medical Center. The City is just minutes from Waukesha Memorial Hospital and other area medical centers.

Muskego is 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, and served by Highways 43, 45 and 36, which offer easy access to the I-94 corridor. Commuter buses are operated by Wisconsin Coach Lines offers commuter bus service, and transportation for the elderly and disabled is provided by the Waukesha County Department of Aging.

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!