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About Oconomowoc

beach in oconomowocOconomowoc is a small, suburban city nestled in the scenic countryside of northwest Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The city of Oconomowoc is partially adjacent to the Town of Oconomowoc, and near the village of Oconomowoc Lake, Wisconsin. Although the hustle and bustle of Milwaukee is just a 30-minute drive away, the area’s many lakes define life in Oconomowoc.

Oconomowoc has natural beauty to spare, year round, for its active residents. Outdoor recreations residents may choose from include watercraft rentals, sand volleyball, snorkeling, and fishing, to name a few.

The population is approximately 17,000. As of the census of 2010, the median age in the city was 38.6 years and the median household income was $60,000.

History of Oconomowoc

oconomowoc watersideOconomowoc is a city whose name comes from the translation of “where the waters meet” in the Potawatomi language. Before 1700, this region was inhabited by Potawatomi peoples. Deep woodlands and clear lakes provided members of the Potowatomi and Winnebago tribes with wild game, fish, and the raw materials to build their tools and homes.

The first caucasian person recorded in the area established a trading post in 1827. Other white settlers soon followed, beginning in 1830. Oconomowoc was incorporated as a town in 1844 and as a city in 1865.

In the 1870s, Oconomowoc started to become a summer resort town for wealthy families from the Midwest. Large houses were established around the town's lakes, particularly Oconomowoc Lake and Lac La Belle.

oconomowoc luxury estateThe city today is a mix of small town charm and 21st century opportunity. Safe streets, well-rated schools, a high quality of life, and some of the state’s lowest tax rates all help attract and retain businesses and families.

The historic downtown area on Wisconsin Avenue contributes to Oconomowoc’s small-town charm, featuring an array of restaurants, specialty shops, bars, and more. Many old, restored mansions and houses add to the charming ambiance.

Oconomowoc Homes For Sale

oconomowoc single-family homeHomes for Sale in Oconomowoc, WI have a median listing price of $342,000 and a price per square foot of $165. The area’s real estate market continues to grow. Existing housing ranges from historic lakeside homes and traditional houses to modern condominiums and apartments.

Single family homes start around $180,000 and climb to $3 million and higher. There are a few multi-family homes around the $200,000 - $350,000 price range. Condos and townhomes for sale in Oconomowoc start around $120,000 and go up to $1.5 million.

oconomowoc waterfront homeThere is a very limited number of mobile homes for sale. There’s plenty of available land on which to build a dream home, priced from $70,000 to $3 million. Meanwhile, several nursing homes and senior housing complexes meet the housing need of the elder residents.

As of April 2019, the average apartment rent in Oconomowoc, WI is $800 for a studio, $1,025 for a one bedroom, $1,250 for a two bedroom, and $1,500 for a three bedroom apartment.

Some of the most desirable neighborhoods near Oconomowoc, WI are Summit, Oconomowoc Heights, Bay View Estates, Wren Crest, and Fowler Lake Park.

Things to do in Oconomowoc

oconomowoc arts centerThe Oconomowoc and Lake Country Museum, located in Oconomowoc, recounts local history with a number of artifacts and exhibits. The museum’s Streets of Old Gallery features displays of a turn-of-the-century Victorian home, dentist office, barbershop, print shop, medical clinic, bank, and John S.Rockwell’s general store.

The film, The Wizard of Oz premiered at the Strand Theatre in Oconomowoc on August 12, 1939. Oconomowoc boasts a healthy appreciation for the arts, with art festivals held year round, including the annual Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts.

The Oconomowoc Arts Center also hosts plenty of special events, programs, and show series. Street dances, a weekly farmer’s market, Gallery Night, Badgerland Water Skiing team shows, Free Moonlit Movies, and holiday parades bond the community on a regular basis.

A stroll along the tree-lined streets of Oconomowoc soothes and revitalizes. There are lots of outdoor spaces around Oconomowoc to continue appreciating mother nature, like the many parks with their various amenities.

There are youth sports teams (baseball, kickball, soccer, flag football, lacrosse, field hockey), swimming, tennis, and golf lessons, and adult fitness classes, such as yoga. Lake Country Trail is a 15 mile trail nearby.

A short distance outside of Oconomowoc, there is the Glacial Drumlin State Trail, a 52 mile long bicycle trail that runs between Cottage Grove and the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha with easy connections to Madison and Milwaukee.

lapham peakThere are several notable parks in or close to Oconomowoc. Lapham Peak is a Wisconsin state park located in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Nashotah Park is a 444-acre park nestled among rolling hills, woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands that offer habitat for deer, waterfowl and a variety of songbirds. Retzer Nature Center consists of 450 acres of prairie, forest, wildlife habitat, nature trails and environmental learning facilities in Waukesha County.

Over at Delafield Sports & Skate Park, one can find ramps and equipment for skateboards, rollerblades, and BMX.

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