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The Grand Wisconsin Apartments
720 N Old World 3rd St
Milwaukee, WI | Kilbourn Town
1 Bedroom
$1,200
786 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,652
1335 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 22 at 01:01 AM
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.
Verified
14 Units Available
The Easton Luxury Apartments
1632 North Franklin Place
Milwaukee, WI | Lower East Side
1 Bedroom
$1,695
779 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,095
1071 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:51 AM
Welcome to the Easton Luxury Apartments. Discover modern apartment living in Milwaukees residential lower eastside neighborhood adjacent to Brady Street and Water Street. The Eastons ideal and convenient location is only part of our appeal.
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9 Units Available
Vantage on the Park
916 East State Street
Milwaukee, WI | Yankee Hill
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,445
747 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,345
1122 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:18 AM
When you call Vantage on the Park Apartments home, youll find yourself in Milwaukees premier lower east side luxury apartment community, directly adjacent to Juneau Park with expansive Lake Michigan views.
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22 Units Available
Park Lafayette Towers
1918 E Lafayette Pl
Milwaukee, WI | Northpoint
1 Bedroom
$1,515
886 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,065
1274 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,210
1863 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 01:00 AM
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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19 Units Available
Vim and Vigor
1303 N 10th St
Milwaukee, WI | Hillside
Studio
$1,003
500 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,321
754 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 22 at 12:59 AM
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.
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6 Units Available
Library Hill
740 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI | Kilbourn Town
1 Bedroom
$1,355
747 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,490
1002 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,085
1173 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:58 AM
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.
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41 Units Available
The North End
1551 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI | Lower East Side
Studio
$1,170
528 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,270
756 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,875
1237 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:57 AM
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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8 Units Available
DoMUS Apartments
441 E Erie St
Milwaukee, WI | Historic Third Ward
1 Bedroom
$1,709
743 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,495
1404 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 22 at 12:53 AM
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.
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4 Units Available
Belay
2200 N Commerce St
Milwaukee, WI | Riverwest
1 Bedroom
$1,245
706 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,899
1115 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:49 AM
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.
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26 Units Available
Gaslight Lofts and Corcoran Lofts
425 E Menomonee St
Milwaukee, WI | Historic Third Ward
Studio
$1,415
594 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,275
885 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,690
1341 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:47 AM
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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29 Units Available
Stitchweld
2141 S Robinson Ave
Milwaukee, WI | Bay View
Studio
$1,100
578 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,225
728 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,605
1169 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
Near Lake Michigan's shores and by Kinnickinnic Ave. shops. Apartments feature technology packages, gourmet kitchens ,and private terraces. Coffee and tea bar, dog park, bike storage, and 24-hour fitness center.
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15 Units Available
Maxwell Lofts
214 East Florida Street
Milwaukee, WI | Harbor View
Studio
$1,250
537 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,250
635 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,635
873 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
The past is the future and the present is in a constant state of reinvention at Maxwell Lofts.
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9 Units Available
Latitude
1857 East Kenilworth Place
Milwaukee, WI | Lower East Side
Studio
$1,010
531 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,175
715 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
Latitude Apartment Homes is conveniently located in Milwaukee’s Lower East Side, nestled in one of the most dynamic locations in the city.
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17 Units Available
River House
1785 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI | Lower East Side
Studio
$1,370
639 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,404
706 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,080
1078 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
Luxury apartments with modern touches like quartz countertops, glass backsplashes and vinyl plank flooring. Located in downtown Milwaukee, in walking distance to restaurants and shopping. Short commute to business district.
Verified
7 Units Available
Avenir
1437 N Jefferson St
Milwaukee, WI | Lower East Side
Studio
$1,345
563 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,425
716 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
Located in the lower east side of downtown, Avenir Apartment Homes offers luxury living with convenient amenities within footsteps of your front door.
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3 Units Available
River Bend
3839 N Humboldt Ave
Milwaukee, WI | Riverwest
1 Bedroom
$675
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$775
710 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
Modern, quiet apartments in a three story building across from Kern Park. Heated underground parking, air conditioning, and a large laundry room. Stone foyer with elevator. Close to shopping, parks, and entertainment. On bus line. Security cameras.
Verified
1 Unit Available
Lake Park
2526 North Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI | Murray Hill
1 Bedroom
$820
620 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
Big units in a small 12-unit building on a quiet street. Laundry facilities on every floor. Air conditioning and heated underground parking. Walk to all you need
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7 Units Available
Birch Tree Court
2595 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI | Murray Hill
1 Bedroom
$735
460 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$950
670 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
Large, modern, spacious units. Birch trees set off this neoclassic brick building. Elevator, air conditioning, security cameras, and heated underground parking. Stone-cut foyer, beautifully landscaped yard.
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5 Units Available
Webster Terrace I
2544 North Frederick Avenue
Milwaukee, WI | Murray Hill
1 Bedroom
$735
520 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
1 Bedroom Apartments: Modern building with air conditioning. Roomy, well maintained building. Close to UWM. Secured and covered parking. Free heat, appliances, Warner cable and internet
Verified
3 Units Available
Norwood
730 East Henry Clay Street
Milwaukee, WI
1 Bedroom
$755
500 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$915
600 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
Quality 1 & 2 bedroom units in colonial red brick building.
Verified
2 Units Available
Chateau Murray
2510 North Murray Avenue
Milwaukee, WI | Murray Hill
1 Bedroom
$805
511 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
Modern, English Tudor style red brick building located on a quiet street. Elevators, heated underground parking, and security cameras. Beautiful units with lots of windows accented by a stone-cut foyer and immaculate hallways.
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4 Units Available
Villa Murray
2604 North Murray Avenue
Milwaukee, WI | Murray Hill
1 Bedroom
$795
650 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
1 Bedroom Apartments: A 16-unit classy building on a quiet corner. Built-in china cabinets, newer carpeting. Heated garage. Some units have fireplaces. Beautifully landscaped with large trees. A must-see building.
Verified
2 Units Available
River Edge
3869 North Humboldt Avenue
Milwaukee, WI | Riverwest
1 Bedroom
$725
640 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$855
670 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
Modern, small, well-kept building across from Kern Park. Quiet. Off-street parking. Near Capitol Drive bus line.
Verified
2 Units Available
Riverwalk
2047 North Cambridge Avenue
Milwaukee, WI | Lower East Side
Studio
$695
400 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,040
750 sqft
Last updated October 22 at 12:42 AM
Efficiency, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments: Located along the east side of the Milwaukee river, with panoramic views of both the river and the city, this is our newest gem. Various floor plans, walk-in closets, open kitchens, picture windows and balconies.

Median Rent in Milwaukee

Last updated Sep. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Milwaukee is $749, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $920.
Studio
$641
1 Bed
$749
2 Beds
$920
3+ Beds
$1,086
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In Milwaukee, the median rent is $641 for a studio, $749 for a 1-bedroom, $920 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,086 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Milwaukee, check out our monthly Milwaukee Rent Report.
How much is rent in Milwaukee?
In Milwaukee, the median rent is $641 for a studio, $749 for a 1-bedroom, $920 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,086 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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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.

City Guide

Milwaukee
"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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Milwaukee
"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
+

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

October 2020 Milwaukee Rent Report

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

Milwaukee rents decline sharply over the past month

Milwaukee rents have declined 0.8% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Milwaukee stand at $750 for a one-bedroom apartment and $921 for a two-bedroom. Milwaukee's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.7%, but exceeds the national average of -1.4%.

    Milwaukee rents more affordable than many similar cities nationwide

    Rent growth in Milwaukee has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Milwaukee is still more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

    • Milwaukee's median two-bedroom rent of $921 is below the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Milwaukee.
    • While rents in Milwaukee remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.4%), Detroit (+1.6%), Dallas (+-2.8%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,140, $889, and $1,180 respectively.
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Milwaukee than most other large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,592, which is more than two-and-a-half 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

    October 2020 Milwaukee Rent Report

    Welcome to the October 2020 Milwaukee Rent Report. Milwaukee rents declined 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

    October 2020 Milwaukee Rent Report

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

    Milwaukee rents decline sharply over the past month

    Milwaukee rents have declined 0.8% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Milwaukee stand at $750 for a one-bedroom apartment and $921 for a two-bedroom. Milwaukee's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.7%, but exceeds the national average of -1.4%.

      Milwaukee rents more affordable than many similar cities nationwide

      Rent growth in Milwaukee has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Milwaukee is still more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

      • Milwaukee's median two-bedroom rent of $921 is below the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Milwaukee.
      • While rents in Milwaukee remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.4%), Detroit (+1.6%), Dallas (+-2.8%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,140, $889, and $1,180 respectively.
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Milwaukee than most other large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,592, which is more than two-and-a-half 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.