City of Racine, WI Local Real Estate and Community Information

Racine's Location is a Tremendous Long-term Value to Homebuyers

Racine is Wisconsin's fifth-largest city. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan near the mouth of the Root River in Racine County. This location offers convenient access to many of Southeast Wisconsin's most popular outdoor attractions including Big Foot Beach, Kettle Moraine State Forest and the Richard Bong State Recreational Area. Moreover, Racine's location also offers direct access to many of Milwaukee's and Chicago's largest attractions and employers.

Racine's History Spans at least 12,000 Years

Racine's history can be traced back to at least 10,000 B.C. when groups of Hopewell and Woodland Indians settled in the area near the shores of Lake Michigan. Descendants of these people still lived in the area when a group of French explorers visited Wisconsin in 1699.

The first American settlers arrived in the area in the 1830s. They included a group of U.S. Army soldiers who constructed Fort Gilbert near the mouth of the Root River. Many Danish, German and Czech immigrants settled near this area during the second half of the 19th century. They created a unique culture that still makes Racine a fascinating place to live and work.

Racine quickly grew during the second half of the 19th century into one of the country's most important factory towns. This growth was fueled by diverse manufacturing industries that produced farming equipment, well-known cleaning products and the first automobiles manufactured in the United States. Other important industries include a publishing industry and a malted milk industry that still plays an important role in Racine's economy.

Modern interest in Racine's homes for sale was established in the 1940s by Milwaukee-area residents who discovered Racine's natural beauty and affordable home prices. This interest grew during the rest of the 20th century after the construction of Interstate 94 near Racine's downtown area.

Racine is now a modern city that offers homebuyers a robust economy, a lively music scene and access to many of Wisconsin’s most popular outdoor attractions. These benefits make living in Racine worthwhile to anyone who relocates to Wisconsin.

A Quick Overview of Racine's Residential Real Estate Market

Most modern homes for sale in Racine have been constructed during the last 70 years by many of Wisconsin's leading homebuilders. Many of these homes are located in desirable neighborhoods such as the Old Main Street Historical District, Airport Park, Hickory Grove, Island Park and Kinzie Heights.

Many Racine homes for sale offer the following desirable amenities that are a tremendous value to families and young professionals:

  • Flexible floor plans that offer many living options.
  • Simpler home layouts that are easier to maintain.
  • Hardwood floors, cozy fireplaces and galley-style kitchens.
  • Large yards that are suitable for your favorite gardening and landscaping projects.
  • Impressive formal dining rooms and living room areas.
  • Oversized garages, pitched roofs and energy-efficient HVAC units.
  • Ample basements and cellars.

Furthermore, there are many vintage Racine homes for sale that feature interesting Queen Anne, Victorian, Craftsman, Edwardian or Art Decco-style architectural elements. Many of these homes are located near College Avenue, Cleveland Avenue, North Main Street and Russett Street.

Racine Public and Private School Information

Racine's public schools are maintained by the Racine Unified School District. It currently operates 21 elementary schools, eight middle schools and six high schools that currently serve 21,000 students.

Some of the highest rated Racine public schools include these schools:

  • Jefferson Lighthouse Elementary School.
  • Walden High School.
  • Walden Middle School.

Moreover, Racine homebuyers have the option to send their children to one of more than 70 highly rated private schools that are located near many desirable homes for sale. Some of these schools include:

  • Wisconsin Lutheran School.
  • John Paul II Academy.
  • North Side Preschool.
  • St. Joseph School.

Nearby Colleges and Universities

Racine is conveniently located near more than 35 colleges and universities that offer more than 300 high-quality degree and certificate programs. Some of the closest colleges and universities include:

  • The University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
  • Carthage College.
  • Gateway Technical College.
  • The Art Institute of Wisconsin.
  • Marquette University.
  • The Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Racine Parks and Recreation at a Glance

Most Racine homes for sale are located near recreational facilities that are maintained by the Racine Parks and Recreation Department. Some of the most popular Racine recreational facilities include the Pershing Park boat launch, three city beaches and five community centers.

Many of Racine's recreational facilities host activities and programs that offer fun ways to stay fit and active. Some of our favorites include youth sports activities, arts and crafts classes, weightlifting programs and several after-school programs. For more information about these activities, please call 262-636-9237.

Racine's Attractions Are Fun to Explore

Racine is home to many fun and exciting attractions that offer wonderful ways to spend time with your family. Some of our favorites include the Racine Zoo, the Racine Art Museum, the Wustum Museum and the Marina at Reefpoint.

Other popular attractions include the Racine Theater Guild's children's theater, the festival hall at the Racine Civic Centre and Racine's Downtown District that overlooks one of the Midwest's most impressive lakefront developments.

Racine's Festivals and Events at a Glance

Racine is home to many fun festivals and events that offer unique ways to celebrate Racine's unique culture. Homebuyers who contact Faye Becker will especially enjoy attending the Music on the Monument Festival, a fun St. Patrick's Day parade, the Racine Party on the Pavement and the Kraut Music Fest that celebrates the music scene that has made Racine a popular destination for many music fans. For more information about other Racine-area events, please visit the Racine County Convention and Visitors Bureau's event website.

Faye Becker
Faye Becker
Sales Executive