Median Single-Family Price: $136,030
Close to Bay View’s restaurants and nightlife, but much quieter, Cudahy is a magnet for young couples buying their first home. Hugging Lake Michigan, a new wave of folks (many first-time buyers with young kids) are moving into bungalows, ranches and condos. “The newly renovated downtown area includes many local businesses,” says Mark Nicholson of Nicholson Realty, “such as gift shops, bakeries and a state-of-the-art library.” Access is key, including Mitchell International Airport and I-794 heading north to Downtown Milwaukee for a night out at the theater, dining or museums. “Cudahy is a fantastic community to live in and raise a family, especially with the excellent school system and wonderful city services.” Locals enjoy picturesque strolls on Lake Drive – where a lake-view home here will cost a fraction of what you’d pay on the Upper East Side of Milwaukee – or through Sheridan Park (“with a pool for summer swimming,” says Nicholson) plus a huge Fourth of July parade and summer farmers market. Large yards are also de rigueur: “Most properties are situated on half-acre lots,” he says.