Wauwatosa WI Real Estate & Information

Wauwatosa WI Real Estate & Information


Wauwatosa is known for its eclectic mix of gracious older homes, walkable neighborhoods and unspoiled green spaces – yet it’s just minutes away from downtown Milwaukee’s corporate headquarters and cultural attractions.

With roots dating back to 1835, Wauwatosa is named for the Potawatomi Indian word for firefly. Now a bustling community of nearly 50,000 residents, Wauwatosa is still home to the fireflies it’s named for, which light up the landscape on summer evenings.

Homes and Neighborhoods
Known as the “city of homes” and named a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, Wauwatosa offers lovely, tree-lined neighborhoods with charming homes. Architectural styles range from turn-of-the-century Victorians, Craftsman bungalows, elegant Colonials and stately Tudors to mid-century ranch-style homes.

Wauwatosa is also home to one of the first planned communities in the United States. The Washington Highlands was designed in 1916 by renowned city planner Werner Hegemann and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Since 1994, the rest of the city has been divided into neighborhood associations according to geographic location. These associations offer wonderful opportunities to get to know your neighbors through clubs, activities and special events.

Neighborhood Map


| Pasedena | Lowell Damon Woods | Olde Hillcrest | East Towne | Washington Highlands |

Shopping and Dining
Wauwatosa boasts three major commercial areas. The downtown “Village” offers pedestrian-friendly shopping and seasonal outdoor dining that’s reminiscent of a European village. Classic buildings have been renovated to accommodate boutiques, galleries and even Robertson Ace Hardware, which has been serving Wauwatosa for more than 100 years. You’ll find contemporary women’s clothing and accessories at Salamander, gift items and more at Juxt, and unique items for the home at Blue Lapin and Swan Interiors.

The Village is quickly becoming a hub for eco-friendly businesses. Visit Go Green, a design center and showroom, B. Green for sustainable products for the home, or one of two upscale resale shops. Authentic Journeys offers fair trade items as well as repurposed architectural antiques. The Village also attracts locavores with its popular Farmers Market, held each Saturday morning from the end of May through the middle of October.

Dining options in the Village include Le Rêve, an authentic French bistro; Café Hollander, a Benelux café; and fine continental dining at Ristorante Bartolotta. Family-friendly favorites include Hector’s A Mexican Restaurant and Pizzeria Piccola. For the sweet tooth, Niemann’s Candies, Ultimate Confections and Simma’s (located just south of the Village on 68th Street) offer delicious delights. And each September, the streets of the Village come alive with music and great food of all varieties as the entire city celebrates Tosafest.

The North Avenue corridor is enjoying a renaissance of trendy restaurants, including Il Mito and Juniper 61, as well as casual dining at Cranky Al’s, Cosmos Café and City Market. Shop for gourmet foods at Sendik’s or enjoy your favorite movies and refreshments on comfy couches at Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse. North Avenue is also home to the annual Chili’in on the Avenue, Milwaukee’s only nationally sanctioned CASI chili competition.

Mayfair Road provides easy access to major national retailers as well as the upscale Mayfair Mall. Anchored by Macy’s and Boston Store, Mayfair offers 180 stores, including Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel, plus 18 movie screens. Destination restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s.

Points of Interest and Recreation
Wauwatosa is home to several interesting attractions, including the highly regarded Milwaukee County Zoo and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Just across the southern boundary you’ll find the Wisconsin State Fair Park and the Pettit National Ice Center, which is home to a 400-meter Olympic speedskating training track.

Numerous parks and golf courses dot the city, including an extensive green belt that runs from Hart Park on the east through the Menomonee River Parkway to the Milwaukee County Grounds, where high-tech medical facilities are surrounded by a nature preserve and butterfly sanctuary. Hart Park offers summer music under the stars, football games, tennis, volleyball and access to miles of bike and running paths. The new TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park is a great place to gather for lap swimming, water aerobics or splashing around with the kids.

The city’s oldest home, the Lowell Damon House, was completed in 1847 and is a classic example of Colonial architecture. The Wauwatosa Historical Society owns and maintains the Kneeland-Walker House, a meticulously restored Queen Anne Victorian dating from 1875. The house, coach house and gardens are used for educational programs, artifact display, archival storage and neighborhood events. The first weekend of August, the Victorian gardens are home to the Firefly Art Fair, a juried art fair featuring nearly 100 artists.

Schools, Health, Transportation
Wauwatosa’s public schools have about 7,000 students in nine elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and a new Montessori school. The two charter schools are the Tosa STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) elementary school and the Tosa School of the Trades high school. Students in the district consistently rank higher on achievement tests than the state average. The district has been designated a Gold Medal School by Expansion Management magazine, a publication for executives of companies looking for areas to expand or relocate. Tosa’s very dynamic Recreation Department offers dozens of classes and organized teams for all ages, from swimming and gymnastics to cooking and foreign languages.

Milwaukee County’s Regional Medical Center is located in Wauwatosa. The complex includes the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, one of two level-one trauma centers in the state.

The City of Wauwatosa has easy freeway access as well as convenient public transportation to downtown Milwaukee. It is a short drive to the Mitchell Field International Airport.

Events & Locations

Wauwatosa is constantly active and busy community.  It offers many different events such as the VillageGreen Street Fair and Windows of Wauwatosa offering activities to all ages.  Wauwatosa also offers many places to go including Hoyt Park & Pool and the Tosa Farmers Market.

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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 sold@bethjaworski.com  and cell number is (414) 520-8555. Thanks!