brewer's hill, milwaukee, wisconsin
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Brewer's Hill, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Named for the German beer barons and their employees who lived here and worked in the nearby Schlitz and Blatz breweries, Brewer's Hill is a distinctly Victorian-era neighborhood that's found new life in recent years as rehabbers buy up its blighted old mansions and restore them into beautiful urban homes. The neighborhood, set on a hill above the Milwaukee River, is about a mile from downtown Milwaukee—definitely one of those "cooler than you think" cities, with its top-notch restaurants, bars, and, of course, brewpubs.

The Houses

Stick Victorians, Queen Annes, and Greek Revival homes are the most common. As the breweries left the area, many of the neighborhood's mansions were converted into rooming houses, but they're now being restored to their original floor plans. You can buy a 3,000-square-foot single-family fixer-upper for as little as $150,000. Completely restored homes run from $250,000 to $300,000. A luxury two-bedroom condo inside a converted brewery costs between $250,000 and $350,000.

Why Buy Now?

Brewer's Hill is attracting an increasing number people looking to buy and restore its enormous houses at prices that are hard to find outside of the neighborhood. All the rehabilitation bodes well for both property values and the neighborhood's future.

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