West Allis WI

West Allis WI

West Allis is a historic city and one of Milwaukee’s largest suburbs with a population of more than 60,000. The City was founded in 1835 as Honey Creek by three adventurous pioneers from New York who discovered forests full of game, fresh water springs and the creek that gave the town its name. Farming and lumber were its first businesses, and by 1891, the town – renamed North Greenfield – was selected as the permanent site for the Wisconsin State Fair.

Streetcar lines built for the fair could also deliver a workforce, so several companies expanded there, including the Edward P. Allis Company (later known as Allis-Chalmers). The town was organized and named West Allis in 1902. In 1954, the City doubled its size by annexing the western portion of the current city.

Today, the majority of land in the City is residential. West Allis residents enjoy a low crime rate, good schools and affordable homes in a convenient location that’s a short drive to just about anywhere in metro Milwaukee.

Homes and Neighborhoods
West Allis has a diverse housing stock, ranging from historic homes on the east side to newer homes with larger lots on the west side. The median home age is 59 years; the median value for an owner-occupied home is $164,340, and the median property taxes are $3,612.

West Allis has a “Comprehensive Plan 2030,” a long-term plan that calls for the City to preserve the quality of existing neighborhoods; support the development of quality, life-cycle housing; encourage energy efficient and sustainable housing initiatives; and increase the percentage of owner-occupied houses throughout the City.

Shopping and Dining
Shopping in West Allis ranges from large national retailers on Highway 100 and other busy thoroughfares to boutiques and specialty stores in the downtown district along Greenfield Avenue. It’s a short drive north to Mayfair Mall or south to Southridge Mall.

West Allis is home to many of the Milwaukee area’s most popular and cherished restaurants. For fish fries or German favorites in an authentic, old-style beer hall, Kegel’s Inn is the place to go. Crawdaddy’s Restaurant features Cajun specialties and the casual atmosphere of New Orleans. For the taste of Mexico, Latin America and Spain, a visit to Antigua is a must. And Mama Mia’s on Greenfield is one of the area’s most beloved spots for pasta, pizza and garlic bread. Singha Thai Restaurant offers delicious Thai food in a casual, unassuming atmosphere.

Points of Interest and Recreation
West Allis’ most famous real estate is the Wisconsin State Fair Park, home to the huge festival dedicated to music, agriculture, and Wisconsin products and people each August. It’s also busy year-round with horse shows, dog shows, craft fairs, vehicle shows, a winter farmers market, Greek Fest, and the Home & Garden Show. Check out the schedule at wistatefair.com.

State Fair Park is also home to the Milwaukee Mile, the oldest continuously operating motor speedway in the world, hosting auto races every year since 1903. The 1.032-mile oval hosts events sponsored by USAC, NASCAR, CART/Champ Car World Series and the IndyCar Series. Adjacent to State Fair Park is the Pettit National Ice Center, a U.S. Olympic speed skating facility. Both the oval and two full-size rinks are available for open skating, hockey games and skating lessons.

A summertime staple since 1919, the West Allis Farmers Market is one of the largest in Wisconsin. It operates from the first Saturday in May through the Saturday after Thanksgiving, from 1 to 6 p.m. The late start allows farmers to pick produce in the morning for the freshest wares. It’s also open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. A flea market is held at the Farmers Market location on Sundays.

Another summer favorite, Cool Waters Family Aquatic Park, is operated by the Milwaukee County Parks system in West Allis’ Greenfield Park. West Allis is also home to several parks, a Milwaukee County golf course and the Honey Creek Parkway. Kids of all ages love IncrediRoll Skate for old-time roller-skating and National Skatepark for skateboarding fun.

Historic buildings in West Allis include the West Allis Log Schoolhouse, a recreation of the first log schoolhouse built in 1843 on the grounds of West Allis Historical Society at 84th and National, and Mitchell Manor, the ancestral home of General Billy Mitchell.

Schools, Health, Transportation
The West Allis/West Milwaukee School District educates nearly 9,000 children in 11 elementary schools, three intermediate schools, two high schools and an alternative school. In addition to its academic excellence, the district is proud of its fine arts and athletic programs, extracurricular activities and classroom technology.

West Allis is home to the well-respected Aurora West Allis Medical Center and Aurora Women’s Pavilion. It’s also a short drive to the many medical facilities on the Milwaukee County Grounds in Wauwatosa.

Most of the main arteries in West Allis offer bus service through the Milwaukee County Transit System. For drivers, the city’s central location means it’s a short ride downtown, to the lakefront, to the airport and other important destinations in every direction.

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!