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Old 08-21-2007, 01:52 PM
 
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Question New Job, where to live?

Ok, so I will soon have a new job with Miller @ HQ. Just the two of us.
For the first year, we just want a nice size luxury apartment. Any suggestions? (we have a cat ) How bad is the traffic? Really do not want to spend 45 min. just to get to work. Wife loves to shop, I love golf. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I only hear great things about your city. Hope to meet many new nice people.
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Metro Milwaukee, WI
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Ok, so I will soon have a new job with Miller @ HQ. Just the two of us.
For the first year, we just want a nice size luxury apartment. Any suggestions? (we have a cat ) How bad is the traffic? Really do not want to spend 45 min. just to get to work. Wife loves to shop, I love golf. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I only hear great things about your city. Hope to meet many new nice people.
Offhand, with you stating that you are looking for a "nice size luxury apartment"...I would suggest starting with Downtown Milwaukee. There are tons of new, beautiful, nice apartments and condos in Downtown Milwaukee, which is a really cool, walkable, livable Downtown. No golf courses Downtown, per se, but you'd be really close to work and also a great lakefront...plenty of shopping for your wife.

Also, you could consider Wauwatosa, which also would be close to Miller relatively. A bordering suburb of Milwaukee that is very urban. Most of 'Tosa is very nice...especially the Village and the southwestern portions. Would be very close to golfing, shopping, etc., and could get a great place.

Milwaukee's Northshore suburbs - Shorewood and Whitefish Bay - along with Brookfield (western suburb) would probably fit your bill quite well too.
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Old 08-21-2007, 05:39 PM
 
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Ok, so I will soon have a new job with Miller @ HQ. Just the two of us.
For the first year, we just want a nice size luxury apartment. Any suggestions? (we have a cat ) How bad is the traffic? Really do not want to spend 45 min. just to get to work. Wife loves to shop, I love golf. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I only hear great things about your city. Hope to meet many new nice people.
Urban or suburban lifetsyle. You can do both happily in Milwaukee. Traffic is not bad at all. Most choices would get you to work in 30 minutes or less, and in most cases much less. There is of course a big difference between urban and suburban and even country/rural life. If you must be next to a golf course you need to look in the burbs. If you can drive 10-15 minutes or so, you can live in the city.

I'd start with with the Third Ward, downtown, and the East Side. Third Ward is a warehouse district a couple of blocks from downtown, ...many boutiques, galleries, upscale, trendy, condos, lofts...for rent and purchase...by the water of Lake Michigan and Milwaukee River. It's about 10 minutes from Miller HQ. Downtown also has some higher end apts, as does the East Side....all 3 areas are connected. Also Brewer's Hill has some apts and condos to go along with homes, slightly NW of downtown.

If it were me, I'd start in these areas. You have no kids, and these areas are more of the pulse of Milwaukee. Burbs are burbs. If you do seek more of a suburban lifestyle, again, many choices....you would be starting 30 blocks West of Miller HQ. Miller HQ is approx 37th street or so West of Milwaukee. If you travel 5 minutes West to get to Wauwatosa(Tosa), you would hit close in suburb with tree lined streets, older homes with character...but might not be that luxury apt area you seek. Further West also improves your golf life, but again, true suburbia out that way. Brookfield, Elm Grove, etc...some higher end areas, but mostly catering to homes.

Also on the North Shore, just up from the "East Side" as it is known in Milwaukee, you run into Shorewood and Whitefish Bay...older, character areas, mostly young families, some condos and apts mixed in of luxury. North Shore is more expensive than say Tosa, and would be comparable ranges with Brookfield and Elm Grove. ...but much different in feel.

If it were me, I'd live in the city in the few areas I mentioned, shopping has a wide variety of high end, to flea market style...and regular suburban malls are 10 minute drive. ....as are golf courses in different directions.

The least safe areas of the city are NW of downtown. ...and you won't need to be spending time there. There isn't anywhere great to live surrounding your work either for what you are seeking. It's fine and safe where you work, but it isn't aesthetically pleasing and it isn't far from some sketchy areas.

I've alwasy been unimpressed with Miller's facilities compared to A-B.

Good Luck. Enjoy the 3 free cases a month if you don't get them already.
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:16 AM
 
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Ok, so I will soon have a new job with Miller @ HQ. Just the two of us.
For the first year, we just want a nice size luxury apartment. Any suggestions? (we have a cat ) How bad is the traffic? Really do not want to spend 45 min. just to get to work. Wife loves to shop, I love golf. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I only hear great things about your city. Hope to meet many new nice people.
The apartments at 9997 W. North Ave. in Tosa are very luxurious (my grandma lives there currently). I believe they allow cats. Its mostly an older crowd, the younger people being med students and interns at the medical college.

Close to Miller (10 min. drive down Wisconsin Ave), Mayfair shopping, etc. Plenty of golf within 10 min.

There are some other places in Tosa or Elm Grove that would be nice, but beyond that is going to be somewhat more of a drive.
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Arizona & Wisconsin
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Ok, so I will soon have a new job with Miller @ HQ. Just the two of us.
For the first year, we just want a nice size luxury apartment. Any suggestions? (we have a cat ) How bad is the traffic? Really do not want to spend 45 min. just to get to work. Wife loves to shop, I love golf. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I only hear great things about your city. Hope to meet many new nice people.
Congratulations on the new job.

My choice, loving the water as I do, would be to take an east side/downtown lakefront condo or apartment with a lake view (city is cool too). They're not horribly expensive either, if you look carefully. That would put you fifteen minutes from Miller without touching interstates, although you could probably do less than that on the interstate.

In terms of golf, you'd be less than 1/2 hour from several very nice courses. Milwaukee County has some nice public courses, plus there are the country clubs of course. Many within 1/2 hour.

The reason I like the east side is that there is a lot more going on, and I'm a little bit anti-suburban (having lived in suburbs of Milwaukee, Chicago, Washington, etc). There are some upscale shopping opportunities in Glendale (< 15 minutes from downtown/east side) and Wauwatosa (+- 20 minutes).

I like the people on the east side better, a little more down to earth IMO. There are some very very luxurious properties on the lakeshore both downtown and north on Prospect avenue.

last, if you're empty nesters, there are tons of luxury lofts in the downtown area too. There is an abundance of them, some are on the waterfront/riverwalk, others in the 3rd ward. My favorite location would have to be from Downtown to North Avenue stretch of Prospect Avenue. I lived there before as well, lakeside apartment. I could walk easily to a lot of places which I liked. That would also be true of some of the properties downtown. And as I said before, very short commute. And nice area.

If you're looking for suburban luxury apartments, there are many opportunities for that as well. Wauwatosa (The Reserve comes to mind, I think) and eastern Brookfield. More kid-friendly and younger I would say, Brookfield is at least.

Also, if luxury is your thing, I would not go south of I-94, with the singular exception of within the downtown area, namely the 3rd and ward. While there are some very nice properties, the terms "luxury" and "upscale" just don't seem to fit right with most of the south side. That may just be a predjudice of mine, and I think it is not so much the properties as much as it is the people.
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