About Waukesha, Wisconsin Real Estate
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Welcome to Waukesha, Wisconsin!
Adjacent to the City of Milwaukee, Waukesha (WAW - kih - sha'), Wisconsin - the largest city and county seat of Waukesha County - offers an enviable mix of urban and rural amenities and conveniences.
Waukesha (WALK' - e -SHAH) - the name of both the county, the town and the city which serves as its county seat - takes its name from a local Indian phrase meaning "By The Little Fox." The name and city gained world notability as a great and prosperous resort area during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The entire tourist boom experienced can be traced to Colonel Richard Dunbar. Suffering from painful diabetes, Dunbar accidentally discovered the alleged "healing effects" of the local spring water. Ending the search for a cure for his illness, he spent the last ten years of his life believing and promoting that Waukesha spring water could indeed cure certain sicknesses. About 1916, the resort days of Waukesha faded and gave way to what is now a thriving city of more than 61,000 residents representing diversified industry, educational institutions, strong health care facilities, attractive and friendly residential areas and a qualified and experienced hospitality industry. Residents regularly enjoy remnants of the area's past in its many parks, museums and carefully restored architecture of the downtown district.
Prior to 1820, the entire Wisconsin Territory was home to nomadic Native Americans and European fur trappers and traders. Forested wilderness and open prairie land stretched across the territory. However, when Solomon Juneau built his home in what came to be called Milwaukee, the era of settlement for the Territory now called Wisconsin had begun. Beyond the fast-growing "Milwokie" settlement ("gathering place by the waters"), more population centers slowly emerged along the still well-traveled Watertown Plank road connecting the burgeoning metropolis with western parts of what would soon be designated by the U.S. government as "The Wisconsin Territory." On May 7, 1834, Morris Cutler built his home near an American Indian settlement on the Fox River in what is now called Waukesha County. The area began to attract others, and soon the community, then called Prairieville, was born.
Prairieville grew quickly after the territory was opened up in 1836. The next year, Joel Bidwell donated the land to build the first public schoolhouse in the area and within three years, another institution of education was founded. Prairieville Academy, later to be renamed as Carroll College, was built following a donation of land by Bidwell's son William. In 1846, Waukesha County was formed and - as the county seat - Prairieville was renamed as the Village of Waukesha, the native name for an earlier Indian village in this locale; the name meant meaning "burnt land" Historic sites abound throughout Waukesha County and include the very popular "Old World Wisconsin" natural pioneer village near East Troy, the Dousman Stagecoach Inn (Brookfield), Hawks Stagecoach Inn (Delafield) and the Old Muskego Settlement (Muskego).
Its early days were very important in establishing the character of the Waukesha area. Newspapers, mills, hotels, smithies, and quarries sprang up and the population climbed. Shortly before the Civil War, Waukesha came to be known as the "Abolitionist Hole" for the community's adamant support for the freedom of black southern slaves. Waukesha quarry owner Lyman Goodnow was among many locals active in the Underground Railroad by helping young slave girls escape to Canada.
Ideally located next to Milwaukee's western suburbs and less than a one hour drive from Madison, Waukesha is within minutes of the scenic splendor of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and linked to the interstate highway system. Several I-94 and I-43 interchanges provide quick access to outlying recreational areas, business and major metropolitan districts. Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport is less than a 30 minute drive from Waukesha. In addition, Waukesha County’s Crites Field is centrally located and used by commercial, private and military aircraft.
Today, beautiful landscapes, intriguing history and spirited people, quaint shops, friendly people, natural beauty and historic treasurers offer residents continuous rustic and urban venues to explore. Waukesha welcomes residents and visitors year-round to enjoy activities in the heart of the community, including the Fox River Parkway and revitalized downtown. Besides the aforementioned historic attractions, unique natural wonders dot Waukesha County and its Kettle Moraine State Forest and Museum of Natural History. On the eastern edge of Waukesha County, located just east of the City of Waukesha, towns and cities like Brookfield, New Berlin, Butler, Menomonee Falls and Pewaukee form parts of the Greater Milwaukee Metropolitan Area - highly commercial yet semi-rural bedroom communities popular among executives, management and skilled workers employed in either Waukesha or Milwaukee.
Diverse recreational opportunities await all who visit - or stay - in Waukesha. Outdoor recreation ranges from hundreds of miles of biking and hiking trails, to more than 12 golf courses and over 77 lakes within the county, with acres of devoted parks. The City of Waukesha hosts a lively arts community, ranging from the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, Carroll (College) Players, Waukesha Civic Theatre, Waukesha Choral Union and summer concerts at the outdoor Les Paul Band Shell, named after one of Waukesha's favorite sons who invented the electric guitar. If it is shopping you are looking for, the historic downtown offers a variety of unique and specialty shops, with dozens of malls on the perimeter of our community.
There are over 12,000 employers in Waukesha County, employing more than 218,000 workers. Manufacturing (26%), services (25%), and the retail trade (16%) represent the largest employment sectors in Waukesha County. Economic growth and associated employment opportunities continue to be strong. To be sure, Waukesha County consistently registers one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.
Newcomers to Waukesha are welcomed as a guest with individual needs, interests and passions. Surrounded in an atmosphere of pride, genuine warmth and midwest hospitality, Waukesha is sure to make any newcomer feel welcome. True hometown hospitality and charm await those who explore "By The Little Fox."
Waukesha is a progressive leader in providing a high quality of life at a conservative price, with the goal to become the #1 rated Best Small City in America by 2018. Some examples of their success to-date include....
- In 2011, the National Recreation and Park Association granted Waukesha their “Gold Medal Award.” In 2011 the Wisconsin Library Association designated Waukesha’s Public Library as the “Wisconsin Library of the Year.” In 2011 the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Arts Wisconsin granted Waukesha their “Arts in Community Award.”
- In 2011 and 2010 America’s Promise Alliance ranked Waukesha one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” in the United States. In 2010, Money magazine ranked Waukesha 50th on its list of the “100 Best Places Live,” in the United States.
- In 2012 Gibson Guitar Corporation designated Waukesha for their next nationally acclaimed “GuitarTown” arts project.
The City of Waukesha takes pride in a heritage of prosperity, and a future focused on providing the community with outstanding services for young to old. The community's values - strong employment, leading education, public safety, culture and recreation - support these services.
Waukesha Homes, Properties and Special Feature Real Estate
Waukesha, 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 Waukesha, 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 Waukesha 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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Waukesha Area Chamber of Commerce
The State of Wisconsin
Waukesha, WI Real Estate Summary on IDCide
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Waukesha, WI Google Earth Map
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Notable past or present residents
Frank Caliendo, comedian and impersonator
Lee S. Dreyfus, Governor of Wisconsin
Danny Gokey, American Idol contestant; attended school in Waukesha
Paul Hamm, Olympic gymnastic gold medalist; attended Waukesha South High School
Morgan Hamm, Olympic gymnastic contender attended Waukesha South High School
Daniel Hoan, Mayor of Milwaukee
Les Paul, guitarist, pioneer of the solid-body electric guitar and multi-track recording
Michael Ritchie, film director
Mitchell Whitmore, Olympic athlete, national champion speedskater
of Waukesha, Wisconsin include: