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Lower East Side

Milwaukee, WI

The Lower East Side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serves as a microcosm of the outlying East side neighborhoods and the city itself. Destination streets like Brady and North Ave are at an arm's reach, as is Lake Michigan and downtown to the south. Dynamic bars and lounges rub shoulders with established cafes and sumptuous restaurant options in this hip hood. New residents drawn to the area include students and singles, but not very many families or houses with children. Parks and green space dot the Lower East Side, and abundant businesses and other services make it very walkable. Renters in the neighborhood far outweigh homeowners, creating ample rental opportunities. This area is centrally located, making it a great option for those looking to commute to the downtown area. Options for entertainment and socializing abound, enhancing the neighborhood's popularity.

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Living in Lower East Side

Restaurants

In the Lower East Side, you can have it all. With high-end fine dining to kitschy bars, any visitor to the neighborhood is bound to be inspired. Brady Street, which took hold as a hippie enclave during the 1960s, retains some strong counter-culture character even as money has rolled in. North Avenue has a decidedly younger feel, with many more twenty-somethings and college students. Each street has several restaurant and nightlife options. The elegant Sanford Restaurant gives evidence of the upscaling of the neighborhood in recent decades; this establishment serves up some of the most exquisite food in all of Milwaukee. Sanford presents American food with an international twist, combining taste profiles and food traditions from other countries. Menu options include seasonal four-course dinners, entrées and appetizers and a seven-course chef's special with optional wine pairings. For a great introduction to Wisconsin fine dining, try the char-grilled loin of elk, lovingly paired with maple polenta, balsamic grilled romaine and black currant mostarda. For the vegetarian or comfort food seeker, look no further than the iconic Comet Cafe. Comet also specializes in classic breakfast and brunch fare such as breakfast burritos and omelettes. For an animal-free feast, order the vegan Salisbury steak made with a hazelnut-crusted cutlet, porcini mushroom gravy and chive mashed potatoes. Order drinks from Comet's full bar and attend fun events like variety shows, vinyl nights, and more. Residents enjoy the Lower East Side's multiple bars. Dive bar aficionados will adore Wolski's Tavern, an off-beat Milwaukee institution with pool, darts and 100 years of history. Fans of the German-style pub flock to Von Trier, another centenarian establishment with palpable connections to the past.

History

In the late 19th century, Brady Street became a commercial district made up of German- and Yankee-owned shops. The area was also populated with immigrants from Poland, leading to the founding of St. Hedwig's Roman Catholic Church on the corner of Brady and Humboldt streets in 1871. Brady Street became the center of a large Italian community during the early 20th century and was known at that time as "Milwaukee's Little Italy." The 1960s heralded a suburban migration from Milwaukee's urban core, causing bohemians and hippies to snatch up inexpensive housing. Economic slowdown during the 1980s brought decay and blight to the Lower East Side, but since the 1990s, the neighborhood has become a model for New Urbanism. Gentrification has pushed many bohemians and artists into surrounding neighborhoods, but a strong art culture remains in galleries and coffee shops. The annual Brady Street Fair is a block-party gathering with live music, vendors and more.

Transportation

The Lower East Side is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Milwaukee, with easy access to necessities such as groceries, restaurants and parks. Biking is also a popular form of transportation, and there are several streets with bike lanes. The Milwaukee County Transit system serves the neighborhood, linking it with downtown and most other neighborhoods and suburbs. Taxis are occasionally available to hail, but many more are available via telephone. Many residents use the Uber app to book rides as well. While metered parking is available for 50 cents an hour, public parking is limited around the Brady Street and North Avenue areas. Other residential parts of the area, however, remain unaffected. Access to Lincoln Memorial Drive and Interstate 43 make traveling in the metro area very easy.

Cost

The cost of living in the neighborhood is higher than average for Milwaukee. The area has become quite popular as a destination, bringing in development and price increases. Public transportation to downtown costs $2.25 on MCTA's bus system. A one-bedroom apartment rents for about $998 a month. A typical beer at a local pub costs between $4 and $6, but options like PBR cans are cheaper. Gas prices are about 5 percent lower than the national average.

Shopping

The major shopping areas are concentrated along Brady and North Avenues. The majority of retail stores here lean toward the hip and trendy, but there are a few higher-end options as well. Dragonfly Vintage Goods, a vintage clothing boutique for men and women on Brady Street, stocks home wares, furniture, gifts, incense and great threads. Picking up on the resurgence of vinyl music, this shop also carries records and record players. Clothing styles range from retro campy to elegant vintage. Local culinary wizards adore Gloriosos Italian Market. This neighborhood mainstay stocks tons of hard to find and specialty Italian items, many of which have been crafted in Milwaukee. Upscale offerings include truffles, fine Italian wines and specialty cheeses. Don't leave until you've tried the fresh sausage lovingly prepared from a family recipe. Gloriosos also hosts great events and classes on wine pairing and Italian cuisine. Grocery stores in the area include Pick'n Save and Metro Market. Farmers markets can be found on North Ave on the east side and also in the nearby Riverwest neighborhood.

Parks

Park goers, nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts find plenty to enjoy in the Lower East Side. There are small neighborhood parks like Brady Street Park, Pulaski Park and Cass Park, which provide residents with access to basketball, tennis and baseball courts, access to nature and off-leash dog areas. Nearby, the Milwaukee River Greenway, a system of parks and green spaces, extends along both banks of the river for over two miles. In addition to these appealing recreation areas, Lake Michigan, a series of parks and a marina lie just east of the Lower East Side. The confluence of Veteran's Park, the McKinley Marina and Juneau Park on Lake Michigan makes for great running, biking and hiking routes. The peninsula of Veterans Park contains multiple trails and viewpoints and provides access to the marina. Juneau Park also features an extensive trail system, as well as outdoor art installations and a historic cabin. The public uses all of these areas free of charge, and most areas allow dogs on-leash. Kids will have a blast exploring natural environments or playing on the playground. Milwaukee County Parks puts on a spectacular Concerts in the Parks series at several parks throughout the city.

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River House
1785 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$1,295 - 3,105 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
678-981-7864
The North End
1551 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$1,055 - 3,749 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
866-832-3582
Avenir Apartments
1437 N Jefferson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$1,880 1-2 Bed Available 06/29/17
414-376-6008
Park Lafayette Towers
1918 E Lafayette Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$1,410 - 4,136 1-3 Bed Available Now
414-973-8367
East Pointe Commons
1404 N Van Buren St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$1,320 - 2,935 1-2 Bed Available Now
888-537-4655
The Franklin
1212 E Ogden Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$1,425 - 2,390 1-2 Bed Available Now
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The Standard @ East Library
2340 N Cramer St, Milwaukee, WI 53211
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$1,160 - 3,225 1-3 Bed Available Now
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Rhythm
1640 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$1,075 - 1,695 Studio - 1 Bed Available Now
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Flats 1809
1809 N Cambridge Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$1,025 - 1,600 Studio - 1 Bed Available Now
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Prospect Terrace
1710-1724 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$950 - 1,495 1-2 Bed Available Now
844-500-2714
Park Lane
1930-1932 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
2 days
$1,095 - 1,595 1-2 Bed Available Now
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Leiland
2244 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
2 days
$725 - 875 Studio - 1 Bed Available Now
844-239-4852
Devonshire
1504 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$795 - 1,150 Studio - 1 Bed Available Now
844-820-7961
Carlton Apartments
1940 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$1,075 - 1,395 2-3 Bed Available Now
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McAuley Apartments
1018 E Knapp St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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$768 - 922 1-2 Bed Not Available
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Riverland Apartments
2332 N Oakland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
2 wks
$1,050 2 Bed Available Now
844-870-3984
Keystone on Brady
1701 N Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
2 wks
$1,070 - 1,185 Studio - 2 Bed Available 08/01/17
844-278-6689
Prospect Towers
1626 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
2 wks
$1,050 - 2,500 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
855-353-7811
1609 Prospect
1609 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
2 wks
$980 1-2 Bed Available 07/15/17
844-239-4258
1910 On Water
1910 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
2 wks
$1,080 - 1,530 Studio - 1 Bed Available 08/01/17
414-377-4187
The Empire Building
1041 E Knapp St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
2 wks
$740 Studio - 1 Bed Available Now
844-382-9385
River House
New
2009 N Newhall St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
$2,250 Townhome for Rent Available 08/01/17
414-460-8811

Apartments for Rent in Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI

The Lower East Side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serves as a microcosm of the outlying East side neighborhoods and the city itself. Destination streets like Brady and North Ave are at an arm's reach, as is Lake Michigan and downtown to the south. Dynamic bars and lounges rub shoulders with established cafes and sumptuous restaurant options in this hip hood.

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