About Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Real Estate
Welcome to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin!
Wauwatosa is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and was incorporated on May 27, 1897. As of the 2006 census estimate, the city's population was 44,798. Wauwatosa is located immediately to the west of the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. It is named after the Potawatomi word for firefly.
The lush Menomonee River Valley of the Wauwatosa area provided a key overland gateway between the rich glacial farmland of southeastern Wisconsin and the Port of Milwaukee. In 1835, Charles Hart became the first permanent white settler, followed by seventeen other families the same year. The following year a United States Road was built from Milwaukee through Wauwatosa, eventually reaching Madison. Charles Hart built a mill in 1845 on the Menomonee River which gave the settlement its original name of "Hart's Mill". The mill was torn down in 1914.
The Town of Wauwatosa was created by act of the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature in 1840, and the town government was organized in 1842. The town's borders originally extended from Greenfield Avenue in the south to Hampton Avenue in the north, and from 27th Street in the east to the Waukesha County line in the west, encompassing sections of present-day Milwaukee and West Allis. Most of the town was farmland through the remainder of the nineteenth century. In 1849 the Watertown Plank Road was constructed through Wauwatosa, mainly following the old Madison territorial road. In 1851 Wisconsin's first railroad (later becoming The Milwaukee Road) established Wauwatosa as its western terminus. The Village of Wauwatosa was incorporated from the central part of the Town of Wauwatosa in 1892, and was recharted as the City of Wauwatosa in 1897.
In the 1950s, the City of Wauwatosa more than doubled its size by annexing 8.5 square miles (22 km²) of land west of the Menomonee River from the Town of Wauwatosa, which became the home to several large cold storage and regional food distribution terminals. Industrial plants owned by firms including Harley-Davidson and Briggs & Stratton were also constructed. Over the past 40 years, western Wauwatosa has become an edge city with an important commercial and retail district built up along Milwaukee's beltline Highway 100 and anchored by the Mayfair Mall.
The City of Wauwatosa includes major Milwaukee medical and research facilities, the headquarters of several large national and international corporations, the region's premier shopping mall, residential neighborhoods with some of the finest housing in Milwaukee County, quaint neighborhood commercial districts, an outstanding school system, and a location within the heart of metro-Milwaukee that cannot be surpassed.
Each year the Wauwatosa Beautification Committee recognizes selected homes and businesses throughout Wauwatosa that have displayed, in their landscape, a special attention to detail. Colorful plantings of perennials or annuals, neatly tailored plant beds, manicured and well-maintained lawns - in short, homes whose yards have "curb appeal", are awarded a coveted Yard of Distinction award. Presentation of a certificate to each recipient takes place in a ceremony with the mayor at City Hall in October.
Wauwatosa Homes, Properties and Special Feature Real Estate
Wauwatosa, 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.
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So when you're ready to buy or sell real estate in or around Wauwatosa, 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 Wauwatosa 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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City of Wauwatosa, WI
Milwaukee County, WI
Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce
The State of Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, WI Real Estate Summary on IDCide
Wauwatosa, WI on MuniNetGuide.com
Wauwatosa, WI on CityTownInfo.com
Wauwatosa, WI Google Earth Map
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on Wikipedia.com
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Notable past or present residents of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin include:
William Bast, screenwriter
Nancy Dickerson, Peabody Award-winning journalist
Albert Fowler, Mayor of Rockford, Illinois
Devin Harris, NBA basketball player
Steve Hayes, author, columnist in The Weekly Standard and political commentator on Fox News
Julius P. Heil, Wisconsin governor
Mike Huwiler, Olympic athlete, MLS player
Ed McCully, Christian missionary killed, along with Jim Elliott, during Operation Auca in Papua, New Guinea. Their death was the subject of the film, "End of the Spear."
John Morgridge, former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Cisco Systems
Richard Schickel, film critic and author
Tony Smith, retired NBA player, also played at Wauwatosa East High School
Brad Rowe, actor
Thomas A. Steitz, Nobel Prize-winning chemist
Spencer Tracy, actor, named the 9th-greatest male film star of all-time by the American Film Institute
Frederick D. Underwood, President of Erie Railroad
Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin