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107 apartments for rent in Milwaukee, WI

The Buckler
401 W Michigan St
1 Bed
2 Bed
Trostel Square Apartments
1818 N Commerce St
1 Bed
2 Bed
1313 E Randolph Ct
Cambridge Heights
2 Bed
1132 E Kane Pl
Lower East Side
2 Bed
3637 N 22nd St
Arlington Heights
3 Bed
1639 N 29th Street
3 Bed
2507 N 38th Street
Sherman Park
3 Bed
N 57th St
Hampton Heights
4 Bed
5404 W Wisconsin Ave
Story Hill
2 Bed
2027 N 40th St
Washington Park
2903 W Michigan St
1 Bed
2518 N 19th St
Park West
4 Bed
606 W Wisconsin Ave Unit 801
Kilbourn Town
2 Bed
606 W Wisconsin Ave Unit 306
Kilbourn Town
1 Bed
2441 N 25th St
Park West
2 Bed
2441 N 25th St
Park West
4 Bed
8901 W Concordia Ave
Kops Park
3 Bed
2945 N 81st St
Cooper Park
3 Bed
3738 N 6th Street
Arlington Heights
4 Bed
3009 N 14th St
Arlington Heights
4 Bed
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City Guide
Wauk-specific Q&A

What’s the deal with Polish flats? Milwaukee has a rich history of Polish immigration throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. These immigrants often built single-family homes with faux-Gothic or Victorian facades—then added onto these original structures to accommodate their growing families and finances. The two portions of the houses remained segregated; so Polish flats are now typically rented out as duplexes. Note that these units usually have smaller bedrooms, a fact that qualifies them as model apartments for the descriptors “historic” and “economical.”

I hear utilities are outrageous…?

Let’s face it: MKE gets flippin’ cold in the wintertime. If you fancy eating your breakfast cereal in a sauna, then hunt down those (not uncommon) units that offer heat and other utilities included. On the other hand, if you’re not made of platinum, get on the current fashion bandwagon and start sporting those wool sweaters indoors!

Are there any landlords/property management companies I should avoid?

MKE has its fair share of disreputable landlords (“slumlords,” might we say?) and apartment managers. Let it suffice that not all property management companies in Brew City are created equal. In fact, some are especially toxic—be sure to check out NeuLandlord.com for some real reviews to help make an informed decision.

To the Left, To the Left…

Orientation is easy in the water-bounded cities of the Great Lakes. For Milwaukee, just look up (North Side), down (South Side), or to the left (West Side). Oh, wait—there’s also Downtown, a narrow strip between the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan, and the East Side, anything north of Downtown, east of I-43, and south of, say, E. Capitol Drive. Phew! It’s time to flesh some of these areas out.

Downtown: “Downtown” Milwaukee typically refers to the CBD region north of the freeway in which the Pabst Theatre, Cathedral Park, and the School of Engineering (MSOE) lie. This region extends east to the lake, where you’ll find luxury 2BR condos for over $3000/month next to all-inclusive studios for $785/month. (Apparently, the consumer profile for Downtown Milwaukeeans is manifold.) South of the freeway—and technically still “downtown,” is the Historic Third Ward, an upscale, artsy, LGBT-friendly district. Third Ward apartments are only slightly more affordable than Downtown’s: expect to pay at least a hundo per month for a 1BR (studio, loft, whatever), and over $2000/month for a 2BR. Apartment contracts in Downtown and Third Ward generally include heating.

East Side: The East Side winds north along the river through districts called Brady Street (a.k.a., “Little Italy”), Brewer’s Hill, Murray Hill, Riverwest, and Upper East Side. The closer-in areas are generally more expensive, further out being both studenty (due to UMW’s presence). Riverwest is the pick for hip, grungy folks: heaps of Polish flats in this neighborhood make it the inexpensive option (you’ll frequently see 1BRs for under $500/month and 2BRs for around $700/month). Lakefront studios around Brady Street run for $875/month; 1BRs for $1125/month.

West Side: Marquette is the first major neighborhood one meets when leaving Downtown for the West Side. Apartments in this area are suited to students: studios and 1BRs hover around $500/month and sometimes include utilities. 2BRs usually jump up to $1000/month. Cold Spring Park and its further afield neighbor, Washington Heights, are surburbany alternatives to real suburbia. These areas are popular with commuters to Downtown (7-8 minutes in a car; longer on an MCTS bus). Sure, there are lots of cute gelato shops, but if you’re not planning on renovating a Victorian home, you might find the lifestyle out here lacking. Not many 1BRs in these areas; instead, expect to pay around $700/month for a 2BR flat in Washington Heights.

South Side: Heading south, one notices a significant increase in taquerías per city block. If you’re like me, that’s all the more reason to consider it. Bay View, historically a company town for the mill, now hosts an annual parade as well as the perfect blend of practical professionals and bohemian youngsters. Commute time from this little hipster’s paradise is only 10-15 minutes to the CBD. Plenty of 1BR lofts (circa $650/month) and 2BR Polish flats ($750/month) make it obvious why this area is so popular. The only other South Side neighborhood you ought to know about is Walker’s Point (a.k.a., the 5th Ward). This is a closer-in, LGBT-friendly area. Expect more condos and lofts than historic flats: 1BRs start at $700/month and go up from there.

Got your bearings? Fabulous. Start hittin’ the streets and calling landlords. Just remember to bring a valid photo ID, some paperwork proving a source of income, and the willingness to commit to a 6-month lease (sometimes longer). Oh, and don’t ask why they call it Deutsch-Athen. Nobody knows.

Milwaukee Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Milwaukee ranks on:
C- Plans for homeownership
C- City satisfaction
F Confidence in the local economy
C+ Safety and crime rate
D Access to recreational activities
C+ Quality of schools
C- State and local taxes
C Satisfaction with daily commute
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Milwaukee's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Milwaukee renters report dissatisfaction giving their city below average scores in every category," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and Milwaukee scores poorly along the dimensions that matter the most to this large demographic."

Key findings in Milwaukee include the following:

  • Renters give Milwaukee a C- for city satisfaction, placing it below average compared to cities nationwide.
  • Milwaukee earned an F for the economy, one of the most important categories for renters, with only 7% saying that the local economy is on the right track. This ties for the second worst outlook across all 100 cities that were ranked in our study.
  • Milwaukee earned a C- in plans for homeownership, a metric strongly correlated with confidence in the economy. 53% of renters saying they plan to purchase a home in the future versus the national average of 60%.
  • The highest grade Milwaukee received was a C+ for safety, with 50% of respondents saying they're satisfied with the city's safety and crime rate.
  • One of Milwaukee's lower grades was a D for access to parks and recreational activities ranking 84th in the study with 57% reporting satisfaction versus the national average of 67%.
  • Milwaukee's C- for city satisfaction is below most of its closest neighbors: Chicago earned the highest grade in the area with a B+, followed by Evanston (B-) and Joliet (F).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at andrew@apartmentlist.com.