real estate

Dream Homes

By Sara Rae Lancaster     A Sunday drive through Milwaukee and its suburbs can be an architectural feast. Whether it’s a tree-lined city street or a pastoral lane, there’s a rich assortment of homes that reflect the diversity of its residents, a mix of architectural flavors ranging from Gothic revival, Queen Anne and stick style, to federalist, Prairie style and “Milwaukee bungalow.” Although strikingly different in design and age, each plays an important role in the area’s residential landscape. “Individual houses provide a point of interest,” says Robert Greenstreet, an architect and dean of the School of Architecture and…

Best Places to Live

Photo courtesy of Johnsen Schmaling Architects When Jeff and Linda Feist bought their West Milwaukee bungalow in 1990 for about $60,000, they expected to upgrade a few years later. Twenty-three years have gone by, and the house, which today sits in the shadow of Miller Park, is still home to the family of five. But they’re finally looking to change that. Crunching through the frozen snow in January, the Feists approached a gray colonial on a corner lot in Franklin, just down the road from the Milwaukee County Sports Complex. The house is listed at $228,900 and would be an…

Best Schools

  For Mequon-Thiensville’s Julie King, teaching reading is a royal passion. Story by Matt Hrodey Photos by Adam Ryan Morris   Julie King had a student who was afraid of her own ideas. The girl was “very shy, someone who had struggled in school up to that point,” says the reading specialist at Steffen Middle School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District. Like other students, the sixth-grader had been sent to King for extra help. Something about writing her ideas down and leaving them vulnerable to judgment unsettled the student, and she was now reluctantly creating an outline for what would later…

Best Suburbs

  Photo by Pete Prodoehl. This story appears in the April 2011 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. by Kevin Kosterman    Read the entire article by calling 414-287-4333 or 1-800-662-4818 to subscribe or purchase a single issue.

What’s Your Home Worth?

photo by John Cizmas It was a yellow Cape Cod. Cute but quaint. Walking through the Wauwatosa home on North 65th Street, Jeremy and Sara Monty, a young married couple moving from Michigan, weren’t quite sold. The house had lots of character, with a mishmash of window types and trims, and sat on a nice, tree-lined street bordering Center Park. But maybe it was too quirky. “There were just a bunch of things we didn’t like,” Jeremy says. The basement was too small. It had oil heat. “I was afraid the house was going to blow up,” Sara says. But…

Rankings by Municipality

2001 2006 % inc 1 Summit $302,349.00 $556,484.00 84% 2 South Milwaukee $123,232.00 $215,778.00 75% 3 St. Francis $107,067.00 $175,873.00 64% 4 Slinger $143,739.00 $232,356.00 62% 5 Milwaukee $97,137.00 $155,608.00 60% 6 Lisbon $223,917.00 $339,291.00 52% 7 Norway $204,791.00 $304,680.00 49% 8 Menomonee Falls $199,856.00 $296,260.00 48% 9 Oak Creek $149,249.00 $220,437.00 48% 10 Burlington $142,902.00 $210,160.00 47% 11 UnionGrove $143,443.00 $208,214.00 45% 12 Delafield $333,355.00 $483,336.00 45% 13 Cudahy $112,314.00 $162,390.00 45% 14 Vernon $214,117.00 $309,332.00 44% 15 Eagle $216,105.00 $306,581.00 42% 16 Grafton $183,762.00 $260,526.00 42% 17 Hartford $144,452.00 $204,633.00 42% 18 West Bend $147,130.00 $207,493.00 41% 19…

50 Suburbs Rated

The route home for a growing number of metro Milwaukee residents stretches the definition of suburbs. For many, the drive first includes 20 to 30 minutes of freeway cruising past city neighborhoods, inner-ring communities and beyond. Exit, and the rest of the route meanders along rustic roads, with no hint of a metropolis in sight. Home may be in the village of Jackson, Saukville or Fredonia; the town of Summit, Merton or Erin; the city of Oconomowoc, Grafton or Port Washington. It may be lakeside, wooded, in a clear-cut subdivision cropping up on former farmland or skirting a small downtown…

Hottest Places to Live

Photos by Janica Yoder Trudy and Rich Snyder were ready for the good life. They were ready for a move to the North Shore. They had bought their first home in South Milwaukee 10 years earlier – a 1930s colonial that oozed vintage charm. But after two sons, they found they had outgrown it. So they started shopping. In Shorewood and Whitefish Bay, Trudy relished the cute cafes, the boutiques and bread stores dotting the sidewalks. She imagined loading the kids into their royal blue double stroller and enjoying anew the neighborhoods of her college days. Rich liked the idea…