Waukesha Homes For Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Waukesha means “by the little fox,” a nod to its location next to the Fox River and its original Native American inhabitants the Menomonie, Potawatomi, Sauk and Winnebago tribes.

The inland location next to a river that was not a water highway made the city unattractive for many early settlers. But when settlers finally took up permanent residency, the city attracted its first supplier, Milwaukee founder Solomon Juneau.

From the late 1830s through the mid-1850s, the city grew. In that time Waukesha added its first general store, sawmill, flourmill, local newspaper, manufacturing plant, brewery and a county bank. Waukesha has grown to the now seventh largest city in Wisconsin with more than 70,000 residents. The downtown district, museums and parks pay homage to its past while industries like health care, hospitality and education point to a bright future.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Varying occupations and ages including health care, manufacturing and education.


Growing single family and condo housing on west side. New upscale apartment complexes downtown. Population and economic growth.


Welcoming, walkable, short distance to larger cities of Milwaukee and Madison, small town-feel areas near Fox River and Pewaukee Lake.

You'll Love

Community activities, indoor and outdoor recreation, unique dining, high-quality middle, high school and higher education.

Perfect For

Active individuals and families.

Around the Area

Waukesha has come a long way from the undeveloped “Prairie Village” it was in the early 1800s. Industry boomed through the mid-1800s following the arrival of the first settlers, Morris D. Cutler and Alonso Cutler. Diabetes sufferer Colonel Richard Dunbar made Waukesha a resort destination in the late 1800s when he claimed the local spring water could heal his and other illnesses.

The previously overlooked area is now the seventh largest city in Wisconsin boasting premier health care facilities, leading educational institutions and diverse industries. The population continues to grow and new residential developments are meeting the demand.

Residents also enjoy a vast array of dining, entertainment, recreation and natural beauty.

Historic Downtown Waukesha was lovingly restored to its former glory and now serves as a center of shopping, food, arts and events.

Fresh produce can be found in the Waukesha Farmers Market every Saturday from May through September, and Great Harvest is a popular spot for unique, organic food and their café. Meijer recently joined the area’s grocery store chains which include Pick n Save and Woodman’s.

Every Friday evening from June through September  the community gathers for “Friday Night Live” where locals  enjoy great food and live outdoor music. The city also hosts movie Mondays, community theatre and free concerts courtesy of Waukesha Parks.

The Fox River and Pewaukee Lake areas have small-town atmospheres with walking paths along the waters and surrounding parks. The Shoppes at Fox River provides retail shopping, antiquing, and crafting.

Waukesha residents and visitors take part in cross country skiing, sledding, ice-fishing and snowshoeing in winter within the city and nearby Pewaukee. In the spring and summer months, the melting snow unveils walking and bike trails in addition to kayaking and paddle boating.

And the great indoors do not disappoint either. Indoor recreation includes a trampoline park, go-cart and golf center.



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