In July 2020, the Democratic National Convention will be held in Milwaukee, a 600,000-population city on Lake Michigan's western shore in Wisconsin. There are a lot of strategic reasons for the Democrats to convene in Milwaukee, namely because the party lost Wisconsin in 2016 and would like to win it back. But even if you don't need Milwaukee's vote, there are lots of reasons to visit or even relocate here, especially if you love beer, sports, and beautiful city parks.
First, the beer: Milwaukee is nicknamed Brew City for a reason. The city has a nearly 200-year history with making the beverage, thanks to major breweries like Pabst, Schlitz, Miller and Blatz. Though some of the big name breweries have moved elsewhere, local and craft breweries have popped up in their stead, like Lakefront Brewery and Milwaukee Brewing Company. The city's also full of beer bars pumping craft and standard brews, like Burnhearts, Camino, and the Sugar Maple.
Beer goes well with sports, and Milwaukee's got plenty of that, too. The Milwaukee Brewers just clinched the playoffs, and the Bucks picked up a division title in 2019. The Green Bay Packers are located just outside of Milwaukee, but it's a short drive to Lambeau Field.
Milwaukee also has one of the best public parks systems in the U.S., a thriving job market, beautiful Lake Michigan beaches, and a lot of frozen custard (Leon's cannot be missed). Housing here is much more affordable than it is in New York, and the city also offers homeowner incentives for buyers looking to rehab tax-foreclosed properties, matching repair funds through the city's Homebuyer Assistance Program. If any of this sounds appealing to you, here's a taste of what's out there.
231 N Pinecrest St., Story Hill
This four-bedroom, three-bath stone Cape Cod-style house, also pictured top, is located in Story Hill, a residential neighborhood located just west of Milwaukee's downtown area. The house was built in 1940, and has hardwood floors and big, sunny rooms, in addition to built-in bookcases, arched doorways, and a fireplace. Other highlights include a large deck and patio, as well as a breakfast nook flanked by a trio of large windows. The house is priced at $349,900.
2221 N Booth St. #2223, Riverwest
Riverwest is an eclectic neighborhood just west of the Milwaukee River, filled with hip cafes, bars, and shops, and a diverse population of primarily young professionals. This six-bedroom, two-bath house makes up 2,692 square feet, and features arched doorways, wood-trimmed window and doorways, built-in bookcases, and hardwood floors. There's also a new IKEA kitchen with quartz counter tops, and lots of big windows. The house is priced at $299,000.
205 N Water St., Unit 304, Historic Third Ward
If you're looking for more urban digs, consider this two-bedroom, two-bath condo, located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. The neighborhood is full of art galleries and studios set up inside former warehouses, in addition to hip restaurants, trendy boutiques, and popular bars. The unit has floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed ductwork, high ceilings, and a balcony with street views. Other highlights include a modern kitchen with a breakfast bar, an open concept living area, and in-unit laundry. The unit is priced at $329,900.
1745 N. Hubbard St., Brewers Hill
As its name suggests, Brewers Hill was once home to tannery and brewery laborers, though now it's full of historic houses, restaurants, shops, and Lakefront Brewery. This three-bedroom, four-bath townhouse, originally built in 2000, has multiple fireplaces, a remodeled kitchen, and a massive master suite with a sitting area and a whirlpool tub. There's also an outdoor deck and a finished basement with a wet bar. The house is priced at $599,900.
400 North Broadway Unit 704, Juneau Town
This one-bedroom, one-bath condo is located in Juneau Town, an artsy cultural hub in East Town filled with bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The unit has high ceilings, hickory floors, north city views, and a big fireplace, in addition to an open concept living room/kitchen area and a spacious outdoor patio. The unit is priced at $279,000.
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