The city of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, borders Milwaukee to the west, effectively extending the midtown district with its own unique set of neighborhoods and attractions. Homes for rent in Wauwatosa are within minutes of such famous Milwaukee landmarks as the Milwaukee County Zoo, Innovation Park and Washington Park. However, the suburb is also home to a series of comfortable residential areas that have helped make it one of the most popular areas in Milwaukee.
In fact, the early zoning ordinances and the cozy neighborhoods in Wauwatosa have earned the municipality the nickname "City of Homes." Today, those with rentals in the area are greeted by a city that offers history, nature and a variety of local events that draw people from an assortment of backgrounds to the community.
Wauwatosa Township was first settled in 1835, when the settler Charles Hart built the community's first house on Harwood Avenue. Houses for rent in the city are nestled beside some of Wauwatosa's most treasured historical buildings and zones. The Little Red Store, which was built as a home in 1854 and later used as a grocery store, post office, railroad depot and library, still stands in the downtown village. Other attractions include the Washington Highlands Historic District, designed in 1916, and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Today, nearly 46,000 residents and numerous visitors enjoy the city's many entertainment options, ranging from outdoor activities to a variety of community celebrations. Some rentals in Wauwatosa are positioned in a part of the Menomonee River Valley that houses swarms of fireflies in the summer, a spectacle that resulted in the city's name, which is the Potawatomi word for firefly. In addition, residents are invited to attend the local farmers market between May and October, the Concerts at Hart Park summer series, the Village Green Street Fair and the Chillin' on the Avenue event, which is held each July.
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