Appleton Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

A constant hub of activity, downtown Appleton offers residents a sophisticated urban setting while embracing the history of the beautiful Fox River. Lawrence University’s prestigious campus buildings oversee many beloved Fox Valley events and festivals such as the Mile of Music and an authentic German Octoberfest. While the small city area is easy to navigate, it can be made even easier by using the free trolley to get around for things like the outdoor summer concert series, farmers market and local artist displays.

In 1853, the city’s first paper mill was built, and Appleton still celebrates this heritage with the Paper Discovery Center, a short walk from the Lawrence campus. The entire river area has been maintained as a stunning section of the city for walking, dining, living and otherwise exploring.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Mixed ages, incomes and backgrounds, as expected and celebrated near an urban university campus.


All types of housing are available, from affordable neighborhood rentals to grandly restored historical river bluff properties.


Any lifestyle can be happy here, even families can find plenty of activities starting with The Building For Kids Children’s Museum.

You'll Love

The green space preserved within the urban setting. Jones Park and City Park are fabulous for playing or relaxing!

Perfect For

Someone who wants everything within walking distance…museums, parks, the public library, great dining options, shopping, and public transportation if necessary.

Around the Area

Artists will feel at home in downtown Appleton with many outlets to showcase their own art as well as numerous galleries to appreciate a variety of mediums. Even sidewalk poetry has found its way into the local culture, stamped into cement outside of City Hall.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center brings a Broadway heartbeat into the heart of the Fox Valley. Tours such as “Wicked,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and “Mama Mia” have all made their way down College Avenue. The main stage, as well as the more intimate Kimberly-Clark theater down the hall, play host to many important community events that make this remarkably beautiful facility a well-loved gathering place.

Dining options abound, with many cultures represented. There is always something new to try, with different styles, from formal to casual.

There are a variety of public and private elementary and junior high schools available in this area. Appleton East High School exceeded the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Overall Accountability Rating in the last year that data that was available.



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