Milwaukee is virtually synonymous with beer and maybe a little bit of cheese and sausage. However, the city is not just all about good food and drinks. There is actually a diverse range of neighborhoods from hip urban areas to country club suburbs and small town exurbs. No matter what your tastes may be, “Brew City” is sure to have a neighborhood that is just right for you.
Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District can be found in the Historic Third Ward. Here, you will find the city’s most dynamic selection of art galleries, restaurants, unique boutiques, theaters, and spas all in a historic warehouse setting. Situated just south of downtown, the neighborhood is home to the Milwaukee Public Market, the Third Ward Riverwalk, Milwaukee Potters Guild, and more.
The East Side is located between the Milwaukee River and the Lakefront. It is known for being innovative, fashionable, young-at-heart, and featuring a quirky history. One popular business in the area is Beans and Barley, which is a specialty market and deli that specializes in delicious, healthy, and vegetarian foods.
The real estate website Niche puts out lists of the top suburbs near major cities throughout the country. There were a number of Milwaukee suburbs that made their 2016 Best Places to Retire in Wisconsin list. At the very top was Bayside, which is a small village of about 4,400 residents. It features beaches along Lake Michigan, the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, a senior activity center, and several parks and events throughout the year. Other Milwaukee suburbs on the Niche list are River Hills and Glendale.
Movoto also came out with its own list of the best Milwaukee suburbs. Based on crime rates, home values, schools, and more, their top suburbs were Mukwonago, Delafield, Sussex, Elm Grove, and Mequon, which was also on the Niche list. There is a wide variety of activities to pick from in Mequon which features a good balance of old and young residents. Located along the western shore of Lake Michigan, Mequon hot spots include Sendik’s Food Market, Highland House Restaurant, Lake Geneva, and Kapco Park.
Neighborhoods that are popular for most golden agers may not be your cup of tea. Luckily, there are numerous tools out there to assist you in finding your perfect piece of Milwaukee. One such tool is Neighborhood Scout. This site features an interactive map that breaks down Milwaukee’s neighborhoods based on crime rates, house values, public schools, and more.
If you want to live in a neighborhood that is safe, some of the lowest crime areas are Granville and the West Ramsey Avenue / South 13th Street area. If affordable housing is your main concern, check out the neighborhood centered on West Pierce Street / South 16th Street.
Whatever type of lifestyle you want to live, Milwaukee is sure to have the right neighborhood for it. Have fun and take your time searching for a home and exploring the city, and you are sure to find the best place for you.
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