Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and offers a wide variety of attractions. There are 17 museums located downtown including the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Betty Brinn Children's Museum. Arts and culture are very much alive in the city with outdoor sculptures, a community of indie arts groups, and more than 100 festivals every year. Milwaukee is also home to the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest. As for the food scene, it’s unlikely you’ll find a local who doesn’t enjoy fried cheese curds and frozen custard. As soon as the weather warms up, you’ll find people enjoying their meals and cocktails on patios and in beer gardens.
When it comes to exploring the neighborhoods, Milwaukee has a lot to offer. The Historic Third Ward was once an industrial area, but over the years, boutique stores, galleries, restaurants and more have moved in. In the summer, you’ll find many festivals taking place along the lakefront. Another neighborhood to explore is Bronzeville, which has strong ties to the city’s African-American community. This district has seen major redevelopment and is home to diverse dining and shopping establishments. A unique feature about the Riverwest neighborhood is that they have a community-run bar and radio station. They also have a thriving co-op, so there is a strong communal spirit. The biggest event in the neighborhood is the Riverwest 24, a 24-hour bike race and block party.
Looking at the real estate market, Milwaukee is a relatively affordable place to live, with a median home value around $124,200. Many homes are quite old with 81% having been built prior to 1970. Just 4% of what’s available has been built since 2000. Single-family homes account for 42%, followed by small apartment buildings at 30%. Space doesn’t seem to be an issue as 47% of homes in Milwaukee have 3 or more bedrooms. Another 36% have 2 bedrooms. The age of homes in the area might be a concern for those who are looking to move, but some quick upgrades can easily modernize things.