South Milwaukee WI

South Milwaukee WI

South Milwaukee is a south shore community of 21,000 residents just 15 minutes south of Milwaukee. Its most striking feature is Grant Park, a county park of nearly 380 acres featuring breathtaking bluffs, beaches, wooded ravines, a waterfall, lagoon and lots of wildlife along Lake Michigan.

The city motto is “Proud Past… Promising Future,” and it certainly celebrates its roots as a stop on the lakeshore trail that led from Chicago (Fort Dearborn) to Green Bay (Fort Howard). Originally called Lake Township and later becoming part of Oak Creek, the area was blessed with forests of oak trees and red clay that turned cream color when baked, creating of the region’s most beautiful homes. With a population of just over 500 – primarily farmers – South Milwaukee was incorporated in 1891.

From 1915 to 1930, South Milwaukee was a well-known tourist destination on one of America’s first transcontinental auto routes, the Yellowstone Trail. There were still dirt roads in South Milwaukee when the trail first came through, but by 1917 the Yellowstone Trail had become the main auto route for travelers to Yellowstone National Park and the Pacific Northwest. Today, South Milwaukee is still home to five businesses that served travelers along the Yellowstone Trail so many years ago: South Milwaukee Arcade Bowling Alley, the former U-R Next Barber Shop, Bobbie’s Saloon, Grant Park Garage and the former Bucyrus–Erie complex.

Homes and Neighborhoods
South Milwaukee offers an interesting blend of old and new homes, from condos and cozy ranches to gracious Cream City brick homes along the parkway. Still, the average home price is a very affordable $108,012.

The city maintains an up-to-date website with important news and current events, and also offers emergency messages and alerts via phone or text message.

Shopping and Dining
Undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for authentic Mexican food and margaritas is Azteca Restaurant on Milwaukee Avenue. For delectable Italian, locals go to Paisano’s on Chicago Avenue.

Shopping in South Milwaukee runs the gamut from national big-box realtors to small, independent stores. From early June to mid-October, more than 60 vendors gather each Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market at 11th and Milwaukee Avenues. It’s described as “an eclectic mix of merchants selling everything from fruits and vegetables to art and jewelry.” The Market also features live music on the first Thursday of the month.

South Milwaukee’s charming downtown area is poised for revitalization, and a plan for its future development has been completed by a graduate class at UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Points of Interest and Recreation
In addition to its natural beauty, Grant Park offers a beautiful 18-hold county golf course, bike paths and nature hikes.

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center brings in nationally and internationally known headliners at attractive ticket prices. The South Milwaukee Yacht Club is a popular members-only club that offers social events, a youth sailing club, a fish station and facilities for vessels up to 44 feet long.

Summer events in the City of South Milwaukee include Grant Park Family Fun Day, Lionsfest, Heritage Days Parade, Evening on the Avenue in downtown South Milwaukee, free South Milwaukee Municipal Band concerts, free Groovy Movie Nites and the SMPD Community Night Out. From May through August, the South Milwaukee Rage, a semi-pro football team, plays throughout Milwaukee County and across Wisconsin.

The South Milwaukee Recreation Department offers classes for the whole family, from preschool age up to seniors. There are varied programs for all interests, including adult basketball and volleyball leagues.

Schools, Health, Transportation
The School District of South Milwaukee educates 3,400 students in four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. According to the district website, the schools’ comprehensive, progressive program of educational opportunities “in five basic areas, covering academic skills, physical skills, aesthetic skills, career training and preparation for further education. The goal of this program is to make students knowledgeable, sensitive, and responsible.” The district encourages parents and other community residents to become involved at the schools.

Residents of South Milwaukee have fast access to the medical facilities and resources at the Milwaukee County Grounds, as well as Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Wheaton Franciscan Health Care campuses in St. Francis and Franklin.

South Milwaukee residents have access to bus service provided by the Milwaukee County Transit System. The I-94 corridor passes along the western edge of the city, offering fast access to downtown Milwaukee or Racine in as little as 15 minutes.


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!