Median Single-Family Price: $238,915
Guitar god Les Paul grew up here and a road is named after him (Les Paul Parkway). Today’s residents of this county-seat city (pop. 70,718) get access to live music in a vibrant downtown with not only bars, but also a community theater, antiques shops, and sidewalks and benches lining the banks of the Fox River. Carroll University hosts cultural events, too. It’s also got the county’s most ethnically diverse restaurant scene – a reflection of the city’s substantial Latino population. “Now that the water issues seem to be settled in Waukesha,” says Pat Ginter of RE/Max Realty 100’s Brookfield office, referring to the water rights to Lake Michigan that were granted last year, “I’ve noticed a greater interest in the area.” Luxury condos range from a loft-style, exposed-brick unit a few blocks from downtown listing for $275,000, to a townhouse-style condo farther out for around $300,000, or a three-bedroom home starting at $250,000. All are ideal gateways to the western region.
Listed Price: $198,000 Twice in the last six years Waukesha has ranked high on national lists of “best places to live” – eighth by 24/7 Wall Street in 2015 and 98th by Money
Magazine in 2012.