Welcome to Lake Country

If you have never been here, you are in for a real treat! Glacial formations during the last Ice Age formed the lush rolling hills, beautiful lakes, and fertile grounds that make up present-day Lake Country. Originally drawn to California via the railroad during the great Gold Rush, many emigrants from Ireland, Germany, Poland, and beyond found a familiar home here that laid the foundation for our present-day sprawling communities.

Lake Country is built on strong tradition, historic preservation, and a solid work ethic. It became the “Newport of the Midwest” in the 1800’s when wealthy visitors and industrialists, steamer trunks in-hand, boarded the newly-constructed railway to escape the heat and soot of Chicago and St. Louis. Many took the journey to summer by the shores our many lakes. Deluxe resorts and breweries began to speckle the landscape and Lake Country became the mecca of luxury living for “high society.” Ornate buildings and Victorian homes followed – some boasting an incredible 42 bedrooms, a widow’s peak, and flourishing private gardens overlooking the water.

A Place to Live, Work, and Recharge

From the days of summer luxury to today, people find their way to Lake Country and make their homes here. Families settle in this area for a variety of reasons – most importantly, the sense of community and history. Our many small towns and cities have connected over the years and are now collectively referred to as “Lake Country.” While there are no specific parameters, the title incorporates Oconomowoc, Hartland, Delafield, and Pewaukee. While each community has its own special attributes, they all have the same commonality of sound government, job opportunities, industrial parks, outstanding schools, convenient shopping, parks and recreation, banking, hospitals, and churches of many denominations. New eateries and stores are flourishing while still preserving a “small town” environment.

Only a short distance east via our exceptional freeway system is the larger area of metropolitan Milwaukee, while Madison, our state capitol, lies directly to the west. Each growing metropolitan area provides a diversity of sports both professional and college levels. Large shopping centers with notable stores such as Nordstrom’s and Von Maur and smaller specialty shops and boutiques are woven into the area. Lake Country includes excellent and highly regarded regional hospitals such as Froedtert and the Medical College in Wauwatosa, while Madison offers the prestigious care of UW Hospital. Both Madison and Milwaukee offer airports, each approximately 40 minutes in either direction, while Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is a convenient 90-minute drive.

No matter the season, the Lake Country area has something to offer everyone. We hope you come to see for yourself and agree that this is truly a very special place to live, work, and recharge.


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