Cedarburg is a classic American town featuring light-colored brick and limestone buildings, most of which date back to the 19th century. It’s home to over 200 historic buildings and nine structures registered on the National Register of Historic Places. But Cedarburg is not only a great historical town of the past; today, it’s very much a place where families and young professionals can find a great place to live.
Cedarburg was ranked by Forbes Magazine in 2008 and more recently by Niche.com as one of the best places nationwide to raise a family. The educational system of Cedarburg is exceptional with high graduation rates and excellent performances in school district competitions. Include the beautiful surroundings, a wealth of outdoor activities, and some very appealing homes for sale and it’s easy to see why for many, Cedarburg may be the perfect place to call home.
Cedarburg, named for the abundance of forests in the area, was first recognized on March 2 1840, when it became an official civil town of Washington county. Later, in 1853, it shifted to become part of Ozaukee County.
After WW2, the town saw considerable expansion even as many of the mills which had been it’s lifeblood began to close. New commercial ventures in manufacturing led to an increase in the development of residential and suburban land. Today tourism also plays a significant role in the local economy and festivals and events are held throughout the year.
Cedarburg, WI Real Estate
The majority of people moving to Cedarburg come from nearby Chicago which is only 112 miles away or a 2 hour 15 minute drive. This may be an indication that those looking to escape Chicago’s metro, are choosing to relocate in Cedarburg. This is not to say that Cedarburg is cheaper than Chicago in terms of median house prices. Indeed, the median price for a property in Cedarburg is more expensive than Chicago. However, at the higher end of the market, when you’re looking at luxury homes, the value gets better and better.
If we look through the recent history of the Cedarburg market, we can see that, overall, there has been a steady rise in appreciation. Cedarburg is a very stable market that promises continued appreciation.
Houses for sale in Cedarburg, WI
There are a wide range of properties in Cedarburg. Some of the most common types of homes for sale in Cedarburg, WI are:
Single family homes make up the majority of homes for sale in Cedarburg. Prices are normally in the $500,000 bracket and for this you can expect at least 4 beds and 3 baths, area coverage of over 2,000 sq ft, and a sizable garage. Homes in this price bracket can come in ranch style but more often will have at least 2 stories. Also in this price range you can expect spacious front or backyards, sometimes both, providing a sense of privacy and a place to entertain or where the kids can play.
At the higher end of the market there is a greater variety in design and type of home. At the $1.5M mark and above, you can expect 5 beds and baths, multiple vehicle garages, and lots of space. The land coverage could go up to over 6,500 sq ft. This allows you to develop and seriously engage in hobbies such as equestrianism, agriculture or any other life passion that requires land. The internal furnishings of the property will be luxurious, and you can expect features such as movie theaters and gourmet kitchens.
Neighborhoods in the City of Cedarburg and Town of Cedarburg
Cedarburg is made up of 2 distinct entities, the City of Cedarburg and the Town of Cedarburg. The City of Cedarburg is the larger in terms of population with around 12,000 residents, and has picturesque walkways. Ironically, the City of Cedarburg has lovely small town charm. The Town of Cedarburg has roughly 6,000 residents who enjoy a lower tax rate than their City counterparts. Possibly the greatest benefit enjoyed by residents in the Town of Cedarburg is that they have much more spacious housing lots.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the best neighborhoods in both the City and Town of Cedarburg:
Top Neighborhoods in the City of Cedarburg
- The Reserve at Cedar Creek
On the banks of the Cedar Creek, The Reserve offers a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) with lawn and snow removal services. It’s a close-knit community where relationships are nurtured. There is an annual block party with food catering, drinks for all, bounce houses, and live music especially during Summer Sounds and the 4th of July.
- Top View Trails
One highlight of this neighborhood is its landscaped gardens and spaciousness. It features 85 homesites of single-family homes with top quality finishes, and spacious floor and internal designs. Close to Parkview Elementary and Cedarburg High School, as well as a private playground, this neighborhood is an excellent location for families.
- Seidler Pond
Homebuyers who love the outdoors can enjoy the natural surroundings by Seidler Pond, and watch the wildlife including migratory birds. The prairies and wetlands are protected, making them important conservation spaces while also adding value to the properties. Other amenities in this subdivision include a tennis and basketball court, walking and bike paths, a community gazebo, and a private sanitary system.
- Cedar Pointe
Another popular neighborhood in Cedarburg, Cedar Pointe has its own Conservancy Walking Trail and Park. Restaurants, shops, and schools are mostly within walking distance.
Top Neighborhoods in the Town of Cedarburg
Greystones is a subdivision that draws plenty of interest for its rural spaces that include walking paths and trails. You can also find two fountains, five ponds, and a stunning view of the sunset here. With these great features, it’s no surprise there are several luxury homes that have been built in this neighborhood.
- Hidden Lake
Hidden Valley Lake is another small community that offers big benefits. The private lake gives residents access to some wonderful outdoor activities including swimming, kayaking, and fishing. Most properties in this neighborhood are not for sale, but when one becomes available, they sell quickly. Some of the best waterfront luxury properties in Cedarburg are found here.
A historical conservation subdivision, Behrens is a great addition to the Cedarburg, WI real estate market with stunning landscaped spacious lawns. Perfect for luxury homes, there are only 20 lots in this development with amenities such as ½ mile paved biking path, children’s playground and recreation area, as well as a private walking and nature trail.
Living in Cedarburg, WI
An online overview of Cedarburg rates the community as A+ in public schools and family-friendliness and A in job opportunities and housing availability. Outdoor activities, commuting, health and fitness, and the nightlife are also given very favorable ratings. This independent review certainly suggests that Cedarburg is a fantastic place to live. Here are some reasons why Cedarburg ranks so highly:
Places to visit in Cedarburg, WI
History lives and breathes in Cedarburg and all around are sites of historic significance and interest. The Washington House Inn was founded in 1846 and finished by 1886 with wooden features, three-story brick structure, and 34 rooms to accommodate guests. Then there is Covered Bridge Park, featuring the last bridge of its kind in the state of Wisconsin. Here, visitors can enjoy grassy open spaces, picnic, canoe, fish, and birdwatch. Visitors can visit the Hamilton Historic District that includes Turn Halle, the Hamilton School House, and the Concordia Grist Mill–most of which were established during the 1845 to 1867.
History, art, and culture enthusiasts can enjoy the many cultural centers and museums found in the area, including the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. You can find some unique exhibitions here as well as join in some very fun and creative classes. The Chippewa Valley Museum is a must-visit place as well, including the award-winning exhibits displaying the culture and times of the Ojibwe people.
Recreation and Outdoor Activities
Families in Cedarburg have access to a wealth of outdoor sporting activities such as joining Cedarburg Little League, Cedarburg Flag Football League, and taking part in track field, and soccer games. There are six public parks and two outdoor recreation facilities in the area. Here are a couple of the more popular venues:
- Pleasant Valley Park & Trails
The highlight of Pleasant Valley is the mountain bike trail network designed for mountain bikes, snow bikes, trail runners, hikers, and snowshoers. During winter, guests can enjoy the cross-country skiing trails. This 88 acres of outdoor space has Mole Creek at its front, with amenities that include a boardwalk, scout and camping area, shelter and picnic area, as well as restrooms and parking spaces.
- Hamilton Park
Hamilton Park features parking spaces, picnic tables, and historical markers including ancient paths believed to be forged by the migration of native deer and elk, which Native Americans followed during hunting. Now it is used for more leisurely activities, and is a great place to just relax or have a stroll.
Residents and tourists can visit several commercial spaces and shopping boutiques in Cedarburg, including over 40 retailers and over 30 restaurants. Try Stilt House Gastro bar with its relaxed atmosphere and and casual but classy dining, perfect with its overlooking view of the creek. Or try Anvil Pub & Grille, an establishment restored from a 1900s shop, with stunning views of the waterfall.
All year round, there’s something exciting happening in Cedarburg and the different seasons provide an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate.
A legacy of the German roots of Cedarburg, its Oktoberfest is a big celebration of excellent beer, great food, and live music; there’s also a dance floor. The weekend parties include authentic German music and a live Glockenspiel Show (Cuckoo Clock) that brings hours of fun and laughter for everyone.
A Cedarburg Christmas (November to December)
With the charm of an American small-town, Cedarburg does Old-Fashioned Christmas like no other. Some highlights of this festival are Santa’s Workshop with a 15’ x 15’ gingerbread house, Santa’s Dash Away (5K Fun Run/Walk), Rivoli Theater Films, performances, and several craft fairs and exhibits.
Winter Festival (February)
Another annual event, visitors of the Winter Festival can take part in activities such as an ice sculpture contest, chili eating contest, sledding, costumed bed races on ice, and a petting zoo. There’s hot cocoa and doughnuts for all participants. For young families with kids, there are screenings of children’s films, coloring activities, and puzzle games. While the festival program changes every year, these are some of the most common and favorite activities during the Winter Festival.
K9 Carnival and Pooch Parade (April)
Why limit the festivities? The Cedarburg K9 and Pooch Parade is open to all dog owners and their dogs. There are water and wading pools for the dogs, as well as plenty of contests for both the dogs and their humans.
Strawberry Festival (June)
One of the biggest festivals and an event that you couldn’t miss if you were a resident is the Strawberry Festival. Its opening signals the start of the strawberry season and it’s a big party of everything strawberry. This means all manner of recipes that include strawberry, including pastries, drinks, and more.
But it’s not just about eating strawberries, as delightful as that is. Arts and craft fairs are held at the historic main street, with the “Art on the Avenue” program and the entire neighborhood bustles with activities for the entire family, shopping, contests, and more.
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