While there’s some question as to who actually coined the phrase “location, location, location”, there’s no question as to the meaning and legitimacy. It’s absolutely true. The three most important characteristics of real estate are location, location and location, because while you can change the color, lay-out, décor, and amenities of a home, you can’t change its location. You want to be able to wake up every day in a spot that brings pleasure, inspiration and convenience to you. The North Point community in Milwaukee’s vibrant Eastside, affords an unconventional blend of gracious lake living, vibrant cultural offerings, urban trend-setting appeal, and vast historical charm. As great locations go, the North Point area is a tough one to beat!
Walkscore.com recognizes the North Point neighborhood of Milwaukee, as among the top “walkable” areas in the city. This acknowledges the area’s pedestrian-friendliness and distance between amenities. The area boasts a short, scenic walk to the lake as well as to shops, restaurants, entertainment and sightseeing destinations. A side benefit of course, is the ability to get exercise walking, while enjoying the beauty of the area and surrounding nature.
Overlooking Lake Michigan, North Point has been an elite residential neighborhood since its inception in the 1890s, drawing some of Milwaukee’s most prosperous business people, industrialists, and financers. Many of the original homes are still standing and are considered to be architecturally and historically significant. Self-guided tours are a great way to explore the majesty of the beautiful area.
In addition to the residences gracing North Point, are multiple historic architectural icons including North Point Tower. Looking much like a fairytale castle (think Rapunzel), the tower was built in 1874 in a Victorian Gothic style. The edifice has been recognized by the Milwaukee Landmarks Commission, the Historic American Building Survey, National Register of Historic Places and more. Also, picturesque and educational is the neighboring North Point Lighthouse which has a museum and offers tours, history lessons, and seminars.
History buffs love Lake Park which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, known for the creation of Central Park in New York, and the U.S. Capitol grounds in DC. While the park was designed in the 1890s, its history dates back significantly further. Lake Park hosts what is thought to be the last remaining prehistoric Indian Mound in the city of Milwaukee, tracing back as far as 300 BC to 400 AD. Other notable features of the park include a Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company Streetcar Station circa 1895, an America War Mothers’ memorial plaque dedicated to WWI heroes, and an 1890s footbridge.
The North Point area includes McKinley Marina, a popular destination for boating and jet-skiing. The nearby Veterans Lagoon offers paddle boating with views of Lake Michigan as well as Milwaukee’s beautiful Art Museum and skyline. Close by are vendors offering Segway, bike and skate rentals to use on the ample paved trails along the lakefront.
Within close proximity to North Point, are countless cultural opportunities. Must-see fine arts destinations include the world-class Milwaukee Art Museum,
Charles Allis Art Museum, and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.
In a category all their own are the renowned Oriental Theatre, the only operating movie palace in Milwaukee, and Downer Theatre, the oldest operating cinema in Milwaukee. Both, retaining their historic majesty, are crown jewels of Milwaukee area film venues.
The beautiful East Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library not only boasts a wonderful collection of books, but also showcases amazing exterior and interior art installations.
Boswell Book Store is the popular neighborhood throwback. The bookstore, which is conveniently located next door to Starbucks, hosts numerous author events.
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
An abundance of diverse fare is within a stone’s throw of Milwaukee’s North Point area. With a special nod to the infamous Northpoint Custard, other noteworthy eateries include, but are in no way limited to Beans and Barley Market and Café, Tess, Simple Café, Pizza Man, Café Hollander and Lake Park Bistro. There’s something for virtually every palate and pocketbook.
Location, Location, Location
Imagine waking up every morning with the veritable paradise that is North Point, right outside your door. The residents of Eastcastle Place, with bragging rights to its own historic and architectural significance, are in what is arguably the best setting in Milwaukee…living in the ultimate location, location, location.