In the month of September, 1962, a piece of the 7-ton Sputnik crash landed right here in Manitowoc. A local art gallery patron joked about holding a festival to celebrate the crash. In 2008, the first Sputnikfest was finally held. This story is a perfect example of local culture around Manitowoc. People here have a great sense of humor, a unique arts culture, and a tight-knit way of living where one person's joke can become an entire city's celebration.
Besides this extended-metaphor-story-joke, there are other things to see, hear, and do that will give you a good idea of local culture. For instance, the riverwalk, the various lakefront events, the growing downtown arts and entertainment scene, as well as an increase in convenient shopping and dining are all part of daily life in Manitowoc. And, with some brand new condominiums springing up along the river, some new restaurants and shopping centers, as well as some great things happening in the world of solar energy, this little city has some big changes coming its way.
At the moment, apartments for rent are somewhat limited. However, being a small city on the verge of major local changes, you can expect to see more rental properties popping up in the near future. For now, though, you can find a few apartments for rent inexpensively. And, by an inexpensive apartment, we mean less-than-$500 a month. Rental rates start at just $400 for low cost apartments, though all you big-spenders can find some bigger luxury rentals for around $900 as well.
Amenities around here are basic. You might get trash pickup and snow removal, possibly some picnic areas and parking... and that's about it. Oh wait, there are also some apartments for rent with a washer & dryer in each unit (the ultimate convenience!).
It’s helpful to be aware of the effects of Lake Michigan on nearby neighborhoods. Areas near the lake are always cooler and often very foggy. So, there is one dilemma: deciding whether to live by the lake or to live in the warmer, sunnier side of town. To each his/her own.
So, that's the renter's life in Manitowoc. Enjoy!