Oak Creek WI

Oak Creek WI

“Where City Meets the Country” is an appropriate slogan for the City of Oak Creek. Its 28 square miles offers plenty of room to enjoy nature on spacious suburban and rural lots, but its convenient location is just minutes from all of the social and cultural amenities that make Milwaukee a great place to live.

Oak Creek is one of the fastest-growing communities in Southeastern Wisconsin for both homeowners and businesses. The City is home to hundreds of companies, both large and small, and boasts seven business parks with fast access to the airport and rail lines.

The City was incorporated in 1955, but residents have been calling Oak Creek home since the 1830s and 1840s. For most of that time, even until the 1950s, the majority of residents were farmers working their own land. The population has more than tripled since incorporation, with a current count that’s well above 33,000 residents.

Homes and Neighborhoods
Oak Creek’s 22 unique neighborhoods are identified by distinct characteristics, based on location, physical or cultural features, or planned land uses. The neighborhoods offer a very diverse housing stock, from affordable to the very exclusive. Its newer luxury homes have earned Oak Creek the nickname, “The Mequon of the south.” The majority of homes were built since the city’s incorporation in 1955, with particular growth periods in the 60s, 70s and 90s. Yet, older homes in a neighborhood called Carrolville date back to the first workers at the Peter Cooper Glue Factory, which opened in 1899.

Whatever neighborhood or housing style you choose, Oak Creek can boast property tax rates that are among the lowest in Milwaukee County, along with one of the lowest per-pupil costs in Milwaukee County.

Shopping and Dining
Shopping in Oak Creek ranges from large national retailers and local destination grocery stores to small one-of-a-kind boutiques at the Market Place Shopping Center at Chicago and Puetz roads.

Locals dine at Erv’s Mug for fish fries on both Wednesday and Friday, plus a unique menu of craft beers every night of the week. Georgie Porgie’s is an old-time custard stand with delicious casual favorites and a Saturday night car show. For pizza, Oak Creek residents prefer Marco’s Pizza on Forest Hill Avenue. For more unique and elegant Italian specialties, try Trattoria di Carlo on Howell Avenue.

Points of Interest and Recreation
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle in Oak Creek. Bender Park offers dramatic bluffs along Lake Michigan, hiking trails and a sand beach with six-lane boat launch. There are 19 additional neighborhood parks comprising 278 acres and offering a variety of athletic fields, picnic areas and playground equipment. The city also has nine miles of off-road bike trails that are linked to the rest of the county system.

Golfers will enjoy the challenging Oak Hills Golf Course, nine-hole Woodland Golf Course and Gastrau’s Golf Center driving range.

The City of Oak Creek offers a summer concert series on Wednesday evenings at the Community Center on South Howell Street. A Farmers Market featuring fresh produce, specialty foods, flowers, and arts and crafts is held in conjunction with the concerts. In September, the City hosts a community-wide Pig and Chicken Roast at Miller Park, with children’s activities and a car show. At the beginning of December, residents can enjoy a holiday tree-lighting ceremony at the Community Center.

The Oak Creek Historical Society maintains several historic sites, including the Hughes Cabin (1840s), Franke Farm Summer Kitchen (1890), Town Hall (1874), Wholust Blacksmith Shop (1886), and a turn-of-the-century Print Shop. The Society grounds are the site of a safe trick or treat event each October.

Schools, Health, Transportation
The Oak Creek/Franklin School District offers a full range of programs for its students at six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and two charter schools. District students scored above state averages in all tested areas at all grade levels in the 2010-11 school year. Oak Creek High School has been consistently named among the top 1,500 public schools in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine. There are numerous opportunities for adult continuing education, including classes through the Recreation Department and at MATC’s Oak Creek Campus.

Oak Creek residents can reach the County Grounds medical facilities and resources in just minutes, as well as Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Wheaton Franciscan Health Care campuses in St. Francis and Franklin. The City offers free text message alerts to residents in the event of a citywide or weather emergency.

Oak Creek’s close proximity to I-94 makes travel to downtown Milwaukee or Chicago very convenient. Mitchell International Airport is just minutes away, offering easy access to flights, regional buses and trains via the airport Amtrak station.

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!