Which of These Lake Michigan Homes Suits You Best?

These two homes are both just a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. Which one would you prefer?

Let’s play a game of “Would You Rather” with a real estate twist. Would you rather live in a Third Ward condo with stunning skyline views, or a historic home near Lake Park?

The Third Ward condo is a fourth-floor corner unit with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the harbor (and the Hoan Bridge!). It has a two-sided fireplace, a modern kitchen outfitted with walnut cabinets and granite countertops, a 55-foot gallery wall and two indoor parking spots.

The Lake Drive house is a 99-year-old Mediterranean Revival mansion with an airy interior. Some rooms, including the kitchen, are in need of a refresh, but it comes with lots of extras: an attached garage, a second-story kitchenette, three replaces, an indoor sauna and a stained-glass skylight.

Personally, I’d be more than willing to sacrifice a little square footage to live right in the Third Ward. But even in the middle of summer, that Finnish-style sauna is calling to me.


Photos by Joshua Allen

Historic Home

Photos by Kyleen Dzploch, courtesy of Firefly Real Estate

Disclaimer: These houses were on the market at the time this article was written, but one or both of them may have been purchased before this magazine reached you. Check a listing website like redfin.com for the latest information.



Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.