Downtown Milwaukee & East Side Neighborhoods
Homes For Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes like the Menominee, Ojibwe and Potawatomi, the land became the home of Germans, the Irish, the Polish, Blacks and Hispanics.

But it was French Canadian Solomon Juneau who founded the city with fellow founders Byron Kilbourn and George H. Walker arriving later. Juneau later became Milwaukee’s first mayor. The three founders each had their designated lands including Juneautown, Kilbourntown and Walker’s Point.

That tradition of unique identities continues to this day. Downtown Milwaukee is a prime example of this, boasting the East Town, East Side, Menomonee Valley, Third Ward and West Town neighborhoods.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Diverse population.


Unique neighborhoods. Growing residential space including apartments, condominiums and single family homes.


Easy access to public space, bike trails and parks. Mixed-use environment with Downtown and small-neighborhood feels.

You'll Love

Multiple public transportation options. Walkability. Cultural and ethnic festivals, restaurants, and entertainment options.

Perfect For

Arts and culture. Dining and nightlife. Indoor and outdoor music concerts.

Around the Area

Downtown Milwaukee is home to many great, one-of-a-kind neighborhoods. Each has its own unique flavor and experiences for visitors and residents.

The East Side is one of Downtown Milwaukee’s more eclectic neighborhoods. The mixture of students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, long-time residents, and young professionals have created a distinctive atmosphere. Brady Street is the address of assorted restaurants, bars and block-party-like events. The Oriental Theatre, Peck School of Arts and Hotel Foster all contribute to its strong entertainment.

Along Lake Michigan is East Town, which is seeing growth in residential and business developments. Cathedral Square Park features activities like Jazz in the Park and Bastille Days in summer and is decorated for the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival in winter. Residents, mostly young professionals and baby boomers, enjoy vast entertainment, restaurants, bars and even farmers markets. The Milwaukee Art Museum’s Calatrava has become a Milwaukee symbol. Other museums include the Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Grohmann Museum, and Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art.

The Historic Third Ward became a sought-after neighborhood with its revitalizations in the past few decades. The old warehouses now house retailers and living space. Many eateries and watering holes take advantage of their location along the Riverwalk. Local favorite, Milwaukee Public Market, features a bakery, coffeehouse, fish market, spice house, wine bar, several restaurants and event space. Henry Maier Festival Park sits at the eastern edge of the Third Ward and is the site of most of the ethnic festivals as well as Summerfest.

Although there are limited residential spaces here, many Downtown Milwaukeeans call Menomonee Valley their work home. Through public and private partnerships starting more than a decade ago, what used to be environmentally contaminated land is now a jobs hub. Many Milwaukee staples, such as brewing and manufacturing, came from this industrial area. City favorites like the Harley Davidson Museum, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, and Miller Park reside in Menomonee Valley.

Westown is Downtown Milwaukee’s neighborhood to watch. More housing, hotels and other exciting business developments are coming to this area, including the Milwaukee Bucks arena, which is currently under construction. The Bucks’ current home, the Bradley Center, hosts year-round concerts and special events. The Shops of Grand Avenue mall space is also expected to get a complete makeover into a mixed use hub in the near future. Pere Marquette Park hosts various activities like the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival launch, Oktoberfest, and the River Rhythms summer music series.



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