Milwaukee Suburbs Recommended by Royal Wood Floors

New to the area or thinking of a relocation? Milwaukee is one of the most amazing big little cities you will ever find. Forget everything you learned from Laverne and Shirley. This is no Shotz Brewery here, but they have plenty of other real ones like MKE that will blow you away.

Here at Royal Wood Floors, we look at what we do as art and we've been creating masterpieces for decades. While we are a full service provider, we also respect the DIY spirit and enjoy working with those who are driven to learn new skills. Even if you're not in the market for some fine wood, here's a sincere welcome and our assessment of some Milwakee suburbs that we highly recommend.

Brookfield

There is no shortage of activities to do in Brookfield. From shopping to biking, this neighborhood has a lot going on. Brookfield Square is the main shopping mall for the city, and restaurants are plentiful. There are several parks in which to walk, bike, or golf, and Fox Brook Park features a beach where sailing is popular. There are summer festivals and farmers markets. You can also head over to the Brookfield Historical Society to learn about the lives of early Brookfield settlers, including Caroline Ingalls, the mother of author Laura Ingalls. Al Capone also once owned a home and his own distillery in the area. The city is served by several different nearby school districts.

Whitefish Bay

If you're moving to Milwaukee with children, this may be the suburb for you. The Whitefish Bay School District shows some of the highest test scores in the state, and the highest average ACT score of all Wisconsin public schools. Beyond schools, the neighborhood is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, so there is some beautiful scenery and some great activities to take part in. Residents can lie on the beach, as well as take part in water sports and community events. There are some large, attractive houses by the lake, and many of the streets are lined with houses and homes built in the 1920s and 30s. There's a little small business district with some available shopping.

Germantown

Named number 30 on Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live: Top 100" this quaint neighborhood has a very hometown feel to it. There are some old, German-looking shops and offices on Main Street. It's only about 30 minutes away from downtown Milwaukee, so the commute isn't bad. The city boasts about its 9 parks with 400 acres of land, so there are plenty of outdoor activities going on. Residents can find trails for skiing or snowmobiling in the winter and walking or biking in the summer. The parks also hold community events.

Franklin

Only 10 minutes out of Milwaukee, this neighborhood is home to a couple large employers, including the international headquarters for Northwestern Mutual and a large Harley-Davidson distribution center. It's a large neighborhood at 35 square miles, which gives residents room to spread out if they wish. There is also a pretty river, the Root River, which runs through the city. There are also some great parks for recreation in the area, especially by the river. The neighborhood also features mature woodlands and some untouched wetlands, as well as some agriculture, giving some of the neighborhood a rural feel. Children in the area attend schools in the Franklin Public School District.

Delafield

This historic neighborhood was established in 1837. Only a half hour from Milwaukee, the quaint town surrounds Lake Nagawicka. Along with historic buildings and other sites, the area offers antiques and other shopping, award-winning restaurants, and lodging. There are several community festivals throughout the year, including a Halloween Celebration, the Delafield Block Party, and Breakfast with the Reindeer. There are biking, hiking, and walking trails, and fishing in area lakes. Boredom is difficult to come by in Delafield. Children here attend the Kettle Moraine School District.

Wauwatosa

This neighborhood includes the Milwaukee County Regional Medical Center, which is home to several hospitals. The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is also in the area. It is very close to Milwaukee, and therefore quite urban. It holds an important commercial and retail district, including the Mayfair Mall. There are plenty of community events planned and things to do beyond shopping, including farmer's markets, VillageGreen Street Fair, Tosafest, and several recreational areas and buildings. Children here attend the Wauwatosa School District.

Oconomowoc

This neighborhood's name was derived from the Potawatomi term for "waterfall," as it is around several large lakes. There are a good percentage of families living with children in the area, and the Oconomowoc School District is pretty big. The high school, in fact, is a member of the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference, and sits on 53 acres of land. There's a unique shopping area downtown, with a few restaurants. There are many older, restored mansions and houses along the tree-lined streets. Oconomowoc boasts 31 park sites, which hold fun recreation programs throughout the year.

Saukville

About three miles inland from Lake Michigan to the north of Milwaukee lies Saukville, a neighborhood with rural landscapes and a small-town atmosphere. They boast of a safe town and strong school districts. The small downtown features old-fashioned streetlights, brick walkways, and a bandstand. There are several attractions in this woods-and-river town, including the Riveredge Nature Center, The Bog golf course (designed by Arnold Palmer), a disc golf course, parks for picnicking, farmers markets, summer concerts, and more. Children here attend the Port Washington-Saukville District Schools.

West Allis

Just on the Southeast edge of Milwaukee lies West Allis, a neighborhood named for Edward P. Allis, the man who started the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company. A historic district, there are several beautiful old houses and properties around the neighborhood. However, perhaps the feature of the city that stands out the most is the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds. In 2011, more than 900,000 people drove to West Allis to attend the fair. While the state fair is the most popular attraction on the grounds, it also hosts other activities, such as winter farmers markets, an RV show, a woodworking show, and more. With 11 commercial corridors, the area is also home to some good shopping. Children here attend the West Allis - West Milwaukee School District.

Port Washington

North of Milwaukee on the shore of Lake Michigan, there's a beautiful city called Port Washington. A nautical city, it's home to one of the largest charter fishing fleets on the Great Lakes. The Ozaukee Interurban Trail runs through the city on its journey along the entire length of Ozaukee County. The beautiful recreational trail connects Port Washington to all the nearby towns, and is used for walking, biking, skating, and skiing. There are walking tours of the historic downtown and harbor, two lighthouses, specialty shops and boutiques, and locally owned restaurants. Children in Port Washington attend the Port Washington-Saukville District.