About Brookfield, Wisconsin Real Estate
Where You're Always Home
Welcome to Brookfield, Wisconsin!
Brookfield is a city in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Brookfield is the second largest city in Waukesha County, and the leading commercial suburb of Milwaukee. The City of Brookfield was formed in 1954 from the Town of Brookfield, a portion of which still survives along the city's western edge.
When people talk about Brookfield, they talk about a city of progress, prosperity and comfort. They talk about its lush green hills, tranquil neighborhoods and vibrant lifestyles. But Brookfield is much more than meets the eye.
Brookfield is a leader in southeastern Wisconsin’s business and economic community. The outstanding quality of life that Brookfield’s estimated 46,000 residents experience is the product of a long history of thoughtful planning, shrewd investing and uncompromising vision. Wisconsin history is a tapestry of hearty pioneers who created a land of unparalleled opportunity for future generations, and Brookfield’s own past reflects a progressive spirit and enduring idealism.
Centuries ago, French explorers discovered Wisconsin’s rich potential, and an indelible French cultural imprint was left on the region. However, that influence in the region waned after 1763 when Britain gained rights to the territory following the French and Indian Wars. English interest in the land was purely speculative at this time, and the crown relinquished this “Northwest Territory” to the United States following the American Revolution. Early 19th century settlements stabilized the region (Brookfield’s earliest recorded settler, William Howe, claimed the land in 1820), and the area that would one day become Brookfield became part of Milwaukee County in the Territory of Wisconsin in 1836.
Further settlement in the area followed, with farmers staking their claim to the region’s rich, black soil. The town began to take shape one parcel at a time. A tavern and inn were built in 1836, and Brookfield’s first schoolhouse had been built by 1840.
The division of Milwaukee County in 1846 created Waukesha County, which contained 16 townships — including the Town of Brookfield. Brookfield covered 36 square miles and had 1,944 inhabitants by 1850 — when the Milwaukee and Mississippi Railroad (now the Canadian Pacific Railway) built a railroadt here. Erecting a depot in 1853, the railroad created the Brookfield Junction, which served as a commercial and social center for the surrounding farms. The town retained its agricultural character during the succeeding decades, and the first suburban development (Kinsey’s Garvendale) wasn’t built until the 1920s.
When the baby boom that followed World War II hit the area, residents who sought to retain Brookfield’s unique character began an incorporation drive. Their dreams reached fruition when the City of Brookfield was incorporated in 1954. While agriculture still dominated land use, the city’s founders planned the orderly development of commerce and industry. Their vision has paid dividends many times over, and Brookfield’s residents thrive in one of southeastern Wisconsin’s most commercially diverse communities.
Sheltered amidst the rolling hills overlooking the western side of Milwaukee (just 15 minutes from downtown), Brookfield is a community of infinite opportunity for businesses. It’s also the location of choice for those who want to get the most out of life. And there’s no better place to plant roots. Brookfield is home to an enduring tradition of family values. The local educational system expects the most from students (94 percent of the population aged 25 and older are high school graduates; 49 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher), and household earnings indicate a prosperous community (median household income of $76,225 in 2000).
Today, Brookfield, replete with quiet charm, readily adapts to meet the changes of a shrinking globe. It’s one of the most important and fastest growing communities in Waukesha County. Brookfield is a city where superior schools, high quality public services, a wide range of employment, and broad-based commercial services all help to create a unique community that is highly desirable to families and business alike. Its parklands and natural landscape provide spaces for recreation as well as connecting safe and attractive neighborhoods. Wherever you look in Brookfield (from its award-winning schools to its copious shopping), you’ll see the best of all possible worlds. It’s the reason why people look no further than Brookfield — where you’re always home.
Brookfield Homes, Properties and Special Feature Real Estate
Brookfield, Wisconsin real estate includes a wide variety of homes for sale, condos for sale, water access properties (waterfront or scenic view), active adult communities, hobby farms and executive properties. Sellers who have been in the area for a while know our reputation for knowledgeable advice, enthusiastic service, creative marketing and professional networking. We mine every source for suitable properties so you can feel at ease that your search will produce the right kind of solution for you.
For buyers new to the area, REALiTEAM Real Estate Group will provide the specialized services you deserve: a strong work ethic, personal real estate expertise to help define your needs, help with selecting and securing standard financing for your purchase, special technology, constant communication throughout the transaction, and more. search - from existing homes for sale, properties for sale, lots, vacant land, new construction, 55-plus and retirement communities, investment properties, waterfront, golf and recreational properties, golf course lots - all the way to luxury villas, estates and executive homes.
So when you're ready to buy or sell real estate in or around Brookfield, Wisconsin, please let REALiTEAM Real Estate Group help you find the home or property of your dreams. Contact REALiTEAM Real Estate Group today!
Other nearby communities have similar real estate characteristics as Brookfield and may also be of interest to you in your home search. Please feel free to ask REALiTEAM Real Estate Group about homes for sale, lakeside/riverside properties and other real estate listings for nearby communities, such as Brookfield, Caledonia, Cudahy, Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Milwaukee, Muskego, New Berlin, Oak Creek, Racine, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, St. Francis, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, West Allis, West Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay and much more.
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Brookfield Chamber of Commerce
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Notable past or present residents
Caroline Quiner "Ma" Ingalls, mother of author Laura Ingalls Wilder and key character in the TV series, "Little House on the Prairie."
NFL players John Anderson (Packers), Joe Panos (Eagles, Bills) and Joe Thomas (Browns)
Bill Carollo, NFL officialAl Capone, noted Chicago mobster owned a Brookfield home where moonshine was made.
Kip Carpenter, 2002,2006 Olympian, Olympic bronze medalist in (speedskating)
Arpad Elo, inventor of the Elo rating system for chess, professor at Marquette University
Merle Harmon, Hall of Fame broadcaster and entrepreneur
Kenny Harrison, world champion track and field athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Goodwill Games medalist
Nathan Hatch, Revolutionary war soldier
Arie Luyendyk, two-time Indianapolis 500 winerAl McGuire, NCAA basketball championship coach (Marquette) and game commentatorLeslie Osborne, Honda Sports Award (top NCAA women's soccer player) winner (2004) and current member of the Women's Professional Soccer team, Boston Breakers, and the United States women's national soccer team
Martin P. Robinson, puppeteer for Telly Monster, Mr. Snuffleupagus and Slimey who has performed on Sesame Street since 1980; graduate of Brookfield East High School
Zelma Winfrey, mother of talk-show host Oprah Winfrey
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