Overlooking the Fox River, Appleton is one of the 19 communities that form the Fox Cities. Aside from being known for having a great quality of life, another thing that makes Appleton such a great city is the downtown core, with its mix of restaurants and specialty shops. Fun fact: Appleton is also the home of Fleet Farm’s headquarters. Just south of Appleton is the city of Neenah which has many well-preserved historic mansions and buildings. If you’re in the area, an architectural walking tour is a must. There’s also the village of Kimberly that sits along the banks of the Fox River. It has a small-town charm and is great if you like to be outdoors.
There is always something to do in Appleton and the Fox Cities, with several events and attractions. If you’re looking for family fun, you can enjoy the Building for Kids Children’s Museum, the Barlow Planetarium, the Altitude Trampoline Park, and more. For those who like the outdoors, you can kayak or boat on the Fox River or one of the nearby lakes. Alternatively, you can hike one of the trails in High Cliff State Park where you’ll find kiln ruins from an old limestone quarry. The food scene has also been growing over the years with chefs finding inspiration from around the world. Keeping things fresh is very important with many restaurants using locally sourced ingredients.
The local real estate is very family-friendly, as close to 65% of the homes available are single-family homes. In addition, almost 61% of homes in Appleton have 3 or more bedrooms, so there’s plenty of space. Although the median home value is $173,492, more than 60% of homes in the area have a value between $123,001 and $247,000. This gives you some options if you’re thinking about moving. In terms of age, almost 70% of the homes in Appleton were built between 1940 and 1999. While some of these homes may have been renovated over the years, some houses may require a few updates.