Best Milwaukee Apartments Near Parks and Trails

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Milwaukee is the largest city in the state for good reason — it’s full of opportunities for anyone seeking education, jobs, nightlife, culture, recreation, or anything else that draws people to a city. And for being as urban and developed as it is, Milwaukee has the state’s busiest trail — the Oak Leaf Trail — which winds and wends its way along the Milwaukee River, Lake Michigan, and the Menomonee River, cutting through dozens of parks on its way. Fortunately, there are plenty of Milwaukee apartments for rent right along the route, plugging you into consistent, scenic recreation.

East Brook Village

This apartment village near Whitefish Bay has its own green yard, but it’s also steps from the Milwaukee River Greenway, the 100-acre Eastbrook Park, and the Oak Leaf Trail, as well as being on the bus route. Recent renovations mean updated kitchen appliances, and large windows let in tons of light.

Riverwalk Apartments

Popular with college students due to its proximity to UW-Milwaukee, the Riverwalk Apartments are nearly on the Milwaukee River and the 690 Reservoir, which is surrounded by greenway. They’re also just a block away from the Oak Leaf Trail and where the trail crosses the river into Riverwest and runs into the Beerline Trail — which used to be a train line that served many of the local breweries and traverses woodsy terrain before meeting Gordon Park.

The Brittany House

These one- and two-bedroom apartments are in a perfect location if you love getting out of your apartment, especially if you’re a student. About a mile from the UW-Milwaukee Campus, the charming Brittany House is just blocks from the Oak Leaf Trail — which will take you almost directly to campus — McKinley Park, and Bradford Beach, where crowds flock on warm summer days to enjoy Lake Michigan, various beer stands, and volleyball courts. It’s also just blocks from the shops and nightlife on both North Avenue and Brady Street. Even if you’re spending an evening at home, you can still have friends on the outdoor patio, which has a fire pit and grill.

Windsor Court

Also on the East Side and along the Oak Leaf Trail, the Windsor Court apartments are also just blocks from Juneau Park and Veterans Park, which includes a lagoon perfect for paddleboat rentals or a breezy walk out on the breakwater — there’s no better view of the lake. If you’re in a walking mood, the Milwaukee Art Museum is just a 12-minute jaunt away, and the Summerfest grounds are just over a 20-minute walk, which is likely faster than trying to park in the festival grounds. The apartments themselves have the aged character that is a crucial part of much of the housing in historic Milwaukee.

*Cover photo by Tim Cigelske via Flickr