Milwaukee is an ever-changing, ever-growing city with amazing people, amazing food, and amazing places. It’s hard to pick where to live in Milwaukee, because the entire city is wonderful. You can’t go wrong in MKE, but here are 10 of the best places to put down roots.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Bay View
The Bay View neighborhood has everything you could want and need: affordable housing, great food, and even better people. It’s often classified as ‘hipster’ due to all of the vegan restaurants and craft breweries popping up, but is that such a bad thing? There is always something going on, whether it’s the farmer’s market at South Shore Park, free music festivals like Chill on the Hill, or street festivals like the Bay View Bash. A lot of these events are run by nonprofits; Bay View is often working hard to give back to the community. This is arguably one of the best places to live in Milwaukee.
2. Brewer's Hill
The is easily the most up-and-coming neighborhood in Milwaukee. There has been an initiative to revamp this area of the city for quite some time, and you can see it happening right before your eyes. New developments are popping up everywhere, while still keeping the historic beauty of the neighborhood intact. The Beerline, a portion of the River Walk, runs right through Brewer’s Hill, and is a fitting name since you’ll find Lakefront Brewery--one of Milwaukee’s best. This neighborhood is affordable, family-friendly, and trendy all at once. It’s a true gem and a great place to live!
3. Walker's Point
Walker's Point has been flourishing the past couple of years. Located on the edge of the south side of Milwaukee, it’s an incredibly vibrant and diverse area. Among the new developments, you’ll find local ethnic restaurants and shops that have been around for decades, and everyone seems to be meshing perfectly. This part of Milwaukee is also being classified as "hipster," with craft breweries and artisan coffee shops, and we all love it. There’s also a growing presence of the LBGT community in Walker's Point, and it truly feels like a place for everyone.
The village of Shorewood is a unique and wholesome place to reside. Located along the lake, it’s a very scenic little spot. The urban village has nearly 13,000 residents, making it one of the most dense communities in the state, but for good reason. With a great school system and real estate, while still being so close to the city, it’s a special place to settle down.
5. The East Side
From new generations to old, this is probably the most well-known area of Milwaukee. Though a large area of the East Side is inhabited by UWM students, it’s much more than a college town. The East Side holds some of Milwaukee’s richest history, while still keeping up with an ever-changing city. The architecture tells tales of the past, while the hopping bar and music scenes are keeping it alive. The East Side is also really affordable, with houses in Murray Hill and around Brady Street going up for rent all the time. This is definitely the place to be if you want to experience Milwaukee in all its glory.
There is nowhere in Milwaukee like Riverwest. Though it often gets a bad rep for crime, it still has one of the most tight-knit communities, and is a fairly affordable and down- to-earth place to live. Often quirky and hippie-like in the best way, there are no other people like Riverwesters. The co-op, co-ed softball teams, and creative people are always bringing people together. Riverwest also holds an annual 24-bike race which is a race like no other, educating racers in the community and bringing people from all walks of life together. Riverwest is a place you’ll want to call home.
7. St. Francis
St. Francis is a residential area just south of Milwaukee, right on Lake Michigan. A very safe and quiet town in a beautiful area. It also has some interesting history and architecture, as the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi established their headquarters there in the mid-19th century. This is a great area to get away from the bustle while still being close to the city.
8. West Milwaukee
West Milwaukee is located, as you can guess, on the west side of Milwaukee. It’s a tight-knit suburban area, but what makes it unique is its proximity to Miller Park. Miller Parkway is a strip that runs through West Milwaukee which has recently developed a lot.
9. Whitefish Bay
The village of Whitefish Bay is a unique town to live in. In 1889, Captain Frederick Pabst, one of Milwaukee's beer barons, spent $30,000 to take advantage of Whitefish Bay's unique location near the lake and opened a resort called the Century Resort. As many as 10,000 people would visit the resort on a summer day, traveling by horse and buggy, railroad, trolley, or excursion steamer to experience all the fun. It closed in 1914, and the land was turned into residential lots. Now, this little town is a great place to be, especially for families, with an emphasis on their education system.
10. South Side
The South Side of Milwaukee has a homely feel with a strong hispanic community. This area of Milwaukee has a lot of history, with churches like St. Anthony’s still standing tall, and areas like Historic Mitchell street still on the rise. Milwaukee might get a bad reputation for past events, but the communities are working hard to breathe new life into it, and the South Side shows that.
Where do you call home? What place do you believe to be the best? Let us know below!