Wauwatosa comes from a Potawatomi Indian word meaning “firefly,” which are known to have inhabited this part of the Menomonee River Valley for centuries. The area’s first settler, Charles Hart, arrived in 1835 and built his home and a saw mill here. Still a part of the township of Milwaukee, it became Wauwatosa in 1842.
Fondly referred to as Tosa amongst locals, Wauwatosa lies at the heart of the metro Milwaukee area, about 14 minutes from Downtown Milwaukee. Not that residents need to leave the neighborhood to find entertainment.
Tosa offers the ideal mix of urban living in a suburban setting. Its charming downtown is quaint and highly sought after, boasting specialty shops and eateries as well as an incredible nightlife. Close proximity to these establishments provides incredible walkability in town. The North Avenue Corridor between 65th and 76th Streets is experiencing a huge resurgence and development with the help of bars and restaurants appealing to a younger crowd, driving up values and appeal to the community.
Highlights of Wauwatosa
- Recognized for its architecture, from Victorians to Tudors to 1920s bungalow style homes.
- The Menomonee River runs through the middle, with high end homes bordering its banks.
- Home to the Medical College of Wisconsin, a regional medical research center, as well as Froedtert Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center.
- Has some of the best schools in Milwaukee County.
- A stellar park system.
- Excellent dining at restaurants that include Balistreri’s Pizza, Ristorante Bartolata, Cafe Hollander, Jacksons Pub and North Avenue Grill to name a few.
- Ample shopping at Mayfair Mall, a regional shopping mall with restaurants, a movie theater and retail anchors like Boston Store, Macys, Crate and Barrel and the newly opened Container Store.
- Home of Mt. Mary College and the Research Park (a haven for technology and research firms), the Bluemound Country Club and Rosebud Theatre.
- Home to Governor Scott Walker.
- Median age is 39, income is $65k, and average house price is $210k.
- Neighborhoods of interest: Ravenswood and Washington Highlands.
- This community is located along the westernmost edge of Milwaukee County, bordered by the City of Milwaukee, City of West Allis and Village of Elm Grove. Wauwatosa also has two major freeways running along its near borders, Interstate 41/45 that takes you to Green Bay or Chicago, and I-94, which takes you to Milwaukee or Madison.
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