There are hundreds of reasons we, at Swan & Associates-Re/Max Elite, can give you on why you should buy a home in Kenosha and the surrounding areas. There are all the normal reasons people searching for a new home look for – things like a great school system, wonderful parks and recreational opportunities and the stability that will ensure that your investment will continue to grow in value.
The old axiom about location, location, location applies doubly when you are seeking a new home in Kenosha. Besides being particular about your neighborhood and choosing a location that is close to schools, work and shopping, Kenosha’s location has the added advantage of being between two major metropolitan areas – Milwaukee to the north and Chicago to the south.
Many, many people want the advantages of big city life close by, but strongly prefer the small town advantages a community like Kenosha has to offer. That’s the reason so many discriminating shoppers from cities to the north and south of us are choosing to live here – even if they have to commute to work.
Value is what is on most people’s mind when they are in the market for a new home. Studies have shown that you can get a lot more home for your money in Kenosha than you can just a few miles north or south.
That’s the major reason many people who work in Milwaukee and Chicago choose to live and raise their families in Kenosha.
The Kenosha Unified School District has a history of being a great place for your children to learn. Kenosha’s music program is renowned for producing some of the country’s finest musicians, including the legendary drummer Steve Houghton. Athletics in Kenosha is no slouch either, producing state champions in many high school sports and some pretty terrific individuals too (do the names Alan Ameche, Melvin Gordon, Dick Bosman or Nick Van Exel sound familiar?). And everybody is talking about our great new Northwoods League baseball team – the Kenosha Kingfish!
If you are looking to purchase in a community featuring several college options, look no further than Kenosha. Whether you are looking for a beautiful lakefront private campus like Carthage, a state run university like UW-Parkside or Gateway Technical College, recognized as one of America’s finest technical schools, there are opportunities for every student who is seeking a good education.
Kenosha is also the hometown of many famous Hollywood personalities, including Orson Welles, Al Molinaro, Jeff Cesario, Dan Travanti and Mark Ruffalo. Kenosha’s ethnic heritage is diverse, with active Italian, German, Danish and African-American communities, to name a few.
Some pretty terrific restaurants have gained reputations for everything from fine food (Sazzy B Kenosha, Tuscany Bristo Bar & Grill, The HobNob,) to Italian Cuisine (Mangia, Casa Capri to some of the greatest pizza you will find anywhere (Villa d Carlo, Luigi’s, Valeo’s). There is even one of America’s most famous diners – Frank’s Diner in Downtown Kenosha.
Kenosha is home to some very popular golf courses, including the beautiful Washington Park Municipal Course, Petrifying Springs and Brighton Dale are county owned courses that are very popular with both residents and visitors. Bristol Oaks, Maplecrest and Big Oaks provide great challenges to golfers of all levels. And for the more discriminating golfer, you should explore Kenosha Country Club (traditional) or The Club at Strawberry Creek (links).
Kenosha has always had a reputation for clean, responsive government. Some of Wisconsin’s finest leaders started on Kenosha’s City Council or County Board.
It is a great place to raise a family. In fact, it was recognized by Reader’s Digest in their annual contest as the second best city in Wisconsin for raising a family. There are great parks, plenty of inland lakes, several recreational opportunities for youth sports (Boys & Girls Club which features a full size indoor soccer field, YMCA which has great workout areas and an indoor pool, RecPlex, featuring indoor ice skating and Lake Andrea) and great museums (Kenosha Public Museum, Civil War Museum and Dinosaur Museum).
If you want to learn about the history of our great community, pay a visit to the Kenosha History Center, which has hundreds of displays featuring the companies (American Motors, Snap-on, Jockey International), individuals and retail establishments which built Kenosha into the great city it is today.
Is shopping important to you? You will love the great shopping opportunities available to you in Kenosha. Everything from the Outlet Mall by I-94 to a great historic downtown Kenosha with family-owned shops and everything in between. Concerned about grocery shopping? Kenosha is destination one in recent years for grocery stores known for great deals and great service.
Bicycling is also an activity growing in popularity in Kenosha. Besides the great bike trails going for miles both north and south from town central, Kenosha is the home of a newly renovated velodrome – one of the oldest and most unique velodromes in the country.
Kenosha has outstanding police and fire service, and a great public works department. Did I say parks – lots of parks?
If that’s not enough to convince you that Kenosha is the place you want to explore if you are looking for a great place to own a home, consider this. No story promoting the attributes of the City of Kenosha for homebuyers would be complete without mentioning Lake Michigan. Nestled quietly on the shores between Milwaukee and Chicago, Kenosha has preserved more of its lakefront for public access than most of its neighboring communities. Great special events occur on the lake throughout the year – everything from the Wisconsin marathon, to a kite festival, to Grill Games , to the Taste of Wisconsin to the huge 4th of July celebration which extends for miles along the lake. Get up early for fishing on one of the many charter boats or explore docking your own boat in one of Kenosha’s two Lake Michigan marinas. Or just get up real early and stroll along the extended walkway along Lake Michigan to enjoy the beautiful sunrise, behind one of Kenosha’s historic lighthouses.
You owe it to yourself to explore homeownership in Kenosha. It’s a great city with great people and great potential for you to find the home of your dreams. At Swan & Associates-Re/Max Elite, we are eager to help you do that. Contact us today!