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22 Units Available
The Moderne
1141 N Old World 3rd St , Milwaukee, WI
Kilbourn Town
1 Bedroom
$1,900
886 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,600
1078 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,185
2351 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:43 PM
Welcome to Milwaukee's premier highrise apartment community The Moderne.
Verified
7 Units Available
Boston Lofts
630 N 4th St , Milwaukee, WI
Kilbourn Town
1 Bedroom
$1,295
988 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,540
1475 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 12:39 PM
Boutique Apartment Community within the heart of Downtown Milwaukee. Steps from the Riverwalk, with nearby Restaurants, Entertainment, and Shopping! Offering Award-winning Customer Service and Heated Garage Parking. Pets welcome.
Verified
5 Units Available
Library Hill
740 W Wisconsin Ave , Milwaukee, WI
Kilbourn Town
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,570
1002 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,245
1173 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:39 PM
Designer interiors, 24-hour gym and optional garages. Recently renovated, pet friendly. In a completely walkable neighborhood near restaurants, shops and more. Blocks from I-43 and Marquette University.
Verified
5 Units Available
DoMUS Apartments
441 E Erie St , Milwaukee, WI
Historic Third Ward
1 Bedroom
$1,704
743 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,565
1406 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 12:34 PM
A modern community with an on-site pool, hot tub, gym and fire pit. Updated appliances, lots of storage and in-unit laundry. Dogs and cats welcome. Car charging available.
Verified
7 Units Available
The Alexander Lofts
1673 S 9th St , Milwaukee, WI
Historic Mitchell Street
1 Bedroom
$1,250
733 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,295
986 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:30 PM
Located on the historic Mitchell Street in downtown Milwaukee, The Alexander Lofts are close to restaurants, shopping, culture, and art.
Verified
1 Unit Available
Historic Lofts on Kilbourn
2200 W Kilbourn Ave , Milwaukee, WI
Avenues West
1 Bedroom
$681
641 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$808
876 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,152
1087 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:25 PM
The Historic Lofts on Kilbourn is located in downtown Milwaukee only 2 blocks from Marquette University. The renovated historic building features 99 stunning one, two, and three bedroom apartments -- all in an urban chic design setting.
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8 Units Available
The Grand Wisconsin Apartments
720 N Old World 3rd St , Milwaukee, WI
Kilbourn Town
1 Bedroom
$1,271
786 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,666
1335 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 12:17 PM
Convenient location close to the Delta Center, Hilton Milwaukee and the Shops of Grand Avenue. Units have laundry, dishwasher and extra storage. Community includes coffee bar, concierge and dog grooming.
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4 Units Available
Presidio Square
5401 W Presidio Ln , Milwaukee, WI
Wyrick Park
2 Bedrooms
$1,420
1234 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:19 PM
Prime, peaceful location just off Good Hope Road. Units features private patio/balcony, A/C, stainless steel fixtures, and walk-in closets. Community has bike storage, gym, pool, and clubhouse.
Verified
17 Units Available
Glenbrook Apartment Homes
9220 N 75th St , Milwaukee, WI
Northridge Lakes
1 Bedroom
$750
672 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$850
672 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,350
1359 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:18 PM
Pet-friendly townhouse and apartment community located close to I-43 and US-45 for easy commuting. Units feature spacious kitchens, large closets and private garages. Community has underground parking and laundry facilities.
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6 Units Available
Atelier Third Ward
336 N Milwaukee St , Milwaukee, WI
Historic Third Ward
1 Bedroom
$1,790
1351 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:16 PM
Welcome to Atelier. What was once a Tobacco Warehouse in the early 1900s, has now been transformed into a beautiful loft apartment community, meshing historic charm with sleek modern design.
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12 Units Available
East Pointe Commons
1404 N Van Buren St , Milwaukee, WI
Lower East Side
1 Bedroom
$1,350
850 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,695
1356 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:16 PM
Prime location in the heart of Milwaukee close to East Pointe Marketplace. Units feature private patio/balcony, hardwood floors and extra storage. Enjoy the gym and communal courtyard!
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18 Units Available
The Buckler
401 W Michigan St , Milwaukee, WI
Kilbourn Town
Studio
$899
528 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,318
930 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,750
1332 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:15 PM
Fantastic views and close to I-794 and I-43. A pet-friendly community with concierge service, dry cleaning and a bike service. On-site amenities include a fire pit, a guest suite and a basketball court. Granite countertops.
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27 Units Available
Gaslight Lofts and Corcoran Lofts
425 E Menomonee St , Milwaukee, WI
Historic Third Ward
Studio
$1,360
594 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,330
885 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,840
1341 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:13 PM
Excellent location in the historic Third Ward, near I-794 and Henry Maier Festival Park. Units feature patio or balcony, laundry, refrigerator, oven, granite counters, and hardwood floors. Community includes parking and clubhouse.
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24 Units Available
Vim and Vigor
1303 N 10th St , Milwaukee, WI
Hillside
Studio
$926
500 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,188
754 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 12:10 PM
Downtown Milwaukee location. Each home includes wood-style flooring, full-size washers and dryers, and 9-foot ceilings. Granite countertops provided. On-site yoga studio, home brew studio and underground parking provided.
Verified
2 Units Available
Belay
2200 N Commerce St , Milwaukee, WI
Riverwest
1 Bedroom
$1,545
706 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,899
1115 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:10 PM
Excellent location close to Caesar's Park, Milwaukee River Park, and Kilbourn Reservoir Park. Residents live in luxurious units with washer/dryer hookup, air conditioning, hardwood floors and dishwasher. Community offers parking, bike storage, and gym.
Verified
13 Units Available
MKE Lofts Downtown
725 North Plankinton Avenue , Milwaukee, WI
Kilbourn Town
Studio
$1,061
588 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,061
767 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,346
1378 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:09 PM
When you call MKE Lofts home, you’ll find yourself in a transformed, modern apartment community enriched with a variety of unique apartment features.
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20 Units Available
Park Lafayette Towers
1918 E Lafayette Pl , Milwaukee, WI
Northpoint
1 Bedroom
$1,425
886 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,930
1274 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,660
1863 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:08 PM
Luxury high-rise apartments feature granite counters, hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances. Pet-friendly grounds offer 24-hour concierge, pool gym, and more. Excellent location, lower east side Milwaukee. Near city amenities and Lake Michigan beaches.
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46 Units Available
The North End
1551 N Water St , Milwaukee, WI
Lower East Side
Studio
$1,140
528 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,265
756 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,070
1235 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 12:00 PM
Newly renovated 1-2 bedroom apartments with granite counters and hardwood floors. Pet-friendly complex features grooming area for dogs, plus pool, gym, and games room for their owners. Lots of shops and restaurants within walking distance.
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3 Units Available
Park East Enterprise
1407 North Doctor Martin Luther King Jr Drive , Milwaukee, WI
Haymarket
1 Bedroom
$836
636 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 01:45 PM
Located across Dr Martin Luther King Drive from the much-touted Park East redevelopment and just blocks from Milwaukee's lively entertainment district.
Verified
1 Unit Available
Blue Ribbon Loft Apartments
901 W Winnebago St , Milwaukee, WI
Hillside
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,295
968 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 01:45 PM
At Blue Ribbon Loft Apartments we have created a lifestyle, not just a home. In your new loft you can relax and enjoy life while never having to leave home.
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40 Units Available
7Seventy7
777 North Van Buren Street , Milwaukee, WI
Juneau Town
Studio
$1,580
550 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,745
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,790
1175 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 01:41 PM
This upscale community offers concierge service, a fitness center, bar and yoga room. Apartments feature quartz countertops, balconies and walk-in showers. It's just moments from Veterans Park, Milwaukee Bay and The Shops of Grand Avenue.
Verified
4 Units Available
3245 Oakland
3245 North Oakland Avenue #201 , Milwaukee, WI
Cambridge Heights
1 Bedroom
$835
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,065
1000 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:23 AM
This property is located a mere block away from campus. This unit is carpeted throughout with a massive walk-through closet off the bedroom, three additional closets, and a built-in air-conditioner port.
Verified
12 Units Available
Urbanite
1840 North Farwell Avenue , Milwaukee, WI
Lower East Side
Studio
$1,000
411 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,210
541 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,085
1050 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:23 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Urbanite in Milwaukee. View photos, descriptions and more!
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5 Units Available
Encore
1623 North Jackson Street , Milwaukee, WI
Lower East Side
1 Bedroom
$1,325
662 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 09:23 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Encore in Milwaukee. View photos, descriptions and more!

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Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Milwaukee is $734, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $909.
Studio
$603
1 Bed
$734
2 Beds
$909
3+ Beds
$1,146
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In Milwaukee, the median rent is $603 for a studio, $734 for a 1-bedroom, $909 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,146 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Milwaukee, check out our monthly Milwaukee Rent Report.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Milwaukee. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Wisconsin Lutheran College, Alverno College, Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Milwaukee School of Engineering.
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City GuideMilwaukee
"Beer built this city, but there is so much more to Milwaukee." (-Jewel, "The Milwaukee Song").
"Beer built this city, but there is so much more to Milwaukee." (-Jewel, "The Milwaukee Song").

Milwaukee’s one of those incredible cities that everyone who doesn’t live here forgets about. Chalk that intentional amnesia up to the faded glory days of major brewers Schlitz and Miller. Insiders know there’s still a heck of a lot of folks here. Grew up in the northern suburbs but want a change of pace? Move to East Town. Accepted to Marquette’s Ph.D. program in Chemical Engineering but don’t really feel like living in studentville? Try Avenues West. There’s a place for everybody in Cream City; but you still have to look for it.

Lakeside Brewery in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Harbor Lighthouse

Leisure boats in Milwaukee Harbor

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!

Wauk-specific Q&A
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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!

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 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). 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.

To the Left, To the Left…
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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 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). 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.

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City GuideMilwaukee
"Beer built this city, but there is so much more to Milwaukee." (-Jewel, "The Milwaukee Song").
"Beer built this city, but there is so much more to Milwaukee." (-Jewel, "The Milwaukee Song").

Milwaukee’s one of those incredible cities that everyone who doesn’t live here forgets about. Chalk that intentional amnesia up to the faded glory days of major brewers Schlitz and Miller. Insiders know there’s still a heck of a lot of folks here. Grew up in the northern suburbs but want a change of pace? Move to East Town. Accepted to Marquette’s Ph.D. program in Chemical Engineering but don’t really feel like living in studentville? Try Avenues West. There’s a place for everybody in Cream City; but you still have to look for it.

Lakeside Brewery in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Harbor Lighthouse

Leisure boats in Milwaukee Harbor

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!

Wauk-specific Q&A
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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!

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 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). 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.

To the Left, To the Left…
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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 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). 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.

Rent Report
Milwaukee

September 2020 Milwaukee Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Milwaukee Rent Report. Milwaukee rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Milwaukee rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Milwaukee rents increased over the past month

Milwaukee rents have increased 0.1% over the past month, and are up marginally by 0.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Milwaukee stand at $734 for a one-bedroom apartment and $910 for a two-bedroom. Milwaukee's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.0%, but exceeds the national average of 0.3%.

    Milwaukee rents more affordable than many other large cities nationwide

    As rents have increased marginally in Milwaukee, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Milwaukee is still more affordable than most similar cities across the country.

    • Milwaukee's median two-bedroom rent of $910 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While Milwaukee's rents rose marginally over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Phoenix (+1.7%) and Detroit (+0.8%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Milwaukee than most comparable cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than three times the price in Milwaukee.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Read More

    September 2020 Milwaukee Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Milwaukee Rent Report. Milwaukee rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Milwaukee rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Milwaukee Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Milwaukee Rent Report. Milwaukee rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Milwaukee rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

    Milwaukee rents increased over the past month

    Milwaukee rents have increased 0.1% over the past month, and are up marginally by 0.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Milwaukee stand at $734 for a one-bedroom apartment and $910 for a two-bedroom. Milwaukee's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.0%, but exceeds the national average of 0.3%.

      Milwaukee rents more affordable than many other large cities nationwide

      As rents have increased marginally in Milwaukee, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Milwaukee is still more affordable than most similar cities across the country.

      • Milwaukee's median two-bedroom rent of $910 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While Milwaukee's rents rose marginally over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Phoenix (+1.7%) and Detroit (+0.8%).
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Milwaukee than most comparable cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than three times the price in Milwaukee.

      For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

      Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

      Methodology:

      Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

      Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

      Read more about our methodology here.

      About Rent Reports:

      Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

      We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

      Milwaukee Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Milwaukee ranks on:

      B-
      Overall satisfaction
      C
      Safety and crime rate
      B-
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A-
      Recreational activities
      A-
      Affordability
      D
      Quality of schools
      A-
      Social Life
      D
      Weather
      B-
      Commute time
      B
      State and local taxes
      A-
      Public transit
      C
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Milwaukee’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Milwaukee renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Milwaukee, some aspects can be better."

      Key Findings in Milwaukee include the following:

      • Milwaukee renters gave their city a B- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Milwaukee were affordability, public transit, social life and recreational activities, which all received A- scores.
      • The areas of concern to Milwaukee renters are weather and quality of local schools, which both received scores of D.
      • Milwaukee millennials are unsatisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of F.
      • Milwaukee did relatively well compared to similar Midwestern cities, including Indianapolis (C+), Detroit (F) and Omaha (B-).
      • Milwaukee also did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Oklahoma City (C+), Tucson (D) and Memphis (C).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "I love being in a smaller city but still having Chicago right next door. I also love that living in downtown Milwaukee has a more affordable cost of living compared to other big cities." -Janis C.
      • "I love that there are so many festivals and events celebrating the diversity of Milwaukee. I do wish the city felt safer at night." -Libby F.
      • "It’s easy to hate the weather and, because it’s a smaller city, it can be hard to find things to do in the winter. But I find the size to be manageable enough to navigate but big enough to be interesting." -Anon.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Milwaukee’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Milwaukee renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment ...

      View full Milwaukee Renter Survey

      Here’s how Milwaukee ranks on:

      B-
      Overall satisfaction
      C
      Safety and crime rate
      B-
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A-
      Recreational activities
      A-
      Affordability
      D
      Quality of schools
      A-
      Social Life
      D
      Weather
      B-
      Commute time
      B
      State and local taxes
      A-
      Public transit
      C
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Milwaukee’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Milwaukee renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Milwaukee, some aspects can be better."

      Key Findings in Milwaukee include the following:

      • Milwaukee renters gave their city a B- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Milwaukee were affordability, public transit, social life and recreational activities, which all received A- scores.
      • The areas of concern to Milwaukee renters are weather and quality of local schools, which both received scores of D.
      • Milwaukee millennials are unsatisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of F.
      • Milwaukee did relatively well compared to similar Midwestern cities, including Indianapolis (C+), Detroit (F) and Omaha (B-).
      • Milwaukee also did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Oklahoma City (C+), Tucson (D) and Memphis (C).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "I love being in a smaller city but still having Chicago right next door. I also love that living in downtown Milwaukee has a more affordable cost of living compared to other big cities." -Janis C.
      • "I love that there are so many festivals and events celebrating the diversity of Milwaukee. I do wish the city felt safer at night." -Libby F.
      • "It’s easy to hate the weather and, because it’s a smaller city, it can be hard to find things to do in the winter. But I find the size to be manageable enough to navigate but big enough to be interesting." -Anon.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.