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Population: 13,311 (2014)

Area: 1.591 square miles


Known for being a pedestrian-friendly community with excellent schools, Shorewood is located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, just north of the City of Milwaukee. Many families and lifelong residents make up the population of over 13,000. Shorewood was awarded as one of only four “Best Intergenerational Communities” in the United States by MetLife Foundation and Generations United. The village lies in between the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan, with Whitefish Bay being its border to the north. Highway 100 runs through Shorewood and connects to Interstate 43, allowing for easy access to nearby attractions found four miles south in Downtown Milwaukee.

Great schools, beautiful architecture, proximity to Lake Michigan! Shorewood is close to the city of Milwaukee which means a short, scenic ride to work, museums, festivals, nightlife or whatever else your heart desires.

The land that makes up Shorewood was originally the hunting grounds of the Sioux and Algonquin Indians. In the 1830s, the land was bought by the U.S. government and started to grow into a settlement because settlers were attracted to its water-power potential and natural resources. In 1907, the name of the community was changed from “East Milwaukee” to “Shorewood” to more accurately represent the urban forest that is the village.


The village features a variety of Old World home styles from Colonials to Tudors to Classic Revivals and has many outdoor recreation opportunities to explore from bike paths, to parks, to nature preserves. The Oak Leaf Trail runs through Shorewood, providing residents with a perfect place to bike and jog. There are five parks in the village that all have many amenities, including sports fields, playgrounds, beaches, and open green spaces. Many youth sports leagues for baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer are found in Shorewood.

In the newly renovated and expanded business district, restaurants and local shops are plentiful. Community events, such as the Fourth of July Parade, Shorewood Men’s Club Barbeque, and the Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic are unique events everyone in the community can enjoy. Shorewood has been a Tree City USA since 1996 and is recognized as a Bird City Wisconsin. In addition, the village also was one of the first in Wisconsin to have LED traffic signals and a curbside recycling program, thanks to the Sustainable Shorewood Action Plan.

Just like in nearby Whitefish Bay, the community of Shorewood boasts an extremely strong sense of community.

In fact, there seems to be a community group for every interest! These include:


The Shorewood School District is the fourth best in the state, according to Niche (a neighborhood and school review site) rankings. There are two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school in this district, all of which are considered to be in the top 20 public schools in Wisconsin. There is also a charter school in the district. St. Robert Catholic Grade School is the only private school in the village.



More than just a place to rest your head at night, the Shorewood community is truly a remarkable place to live, work and play.

Shorewood's easy walkability to parks, stores and restaurants is one of the top reasons why Milwaukee area residents decide to relocate here.


If you're thinking about selling your home in Shorewood, contact us. We offer a complimentary home evaluation. Our real estate agents are experts in the Shorewood and North Shore Milwaukee market and we offer home staging as well.


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