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Known as “The Good Neighbor Community,” East Troy and its surrounding Walworth County villagesoffer an ideal home for any family. From glittering glacial lakes to lush oak forest, East Troy homes offer some of Wisconsin’s most dazzling views. Nature lovers enjoy a paradise of hiking trails, camping grounds, and sunny picnic spots during warm weather months. Winter brings clean, crisp white landscapes for snowshoeing, sledding, and cross-country skiing.
East Troy is also commuting distance from a number of cities, including Milwaukee, Kenosha, and the Lake Geneva area. Downtown workers appreciate the convenience of major local highways such as I-43, Route 12, Route 67, Route 120, and Route 36. The East Troy Municipal Airport also provides plenty of options for long distance out of town travel.
East Troy families find plenty of fun weekend activities right at their fingertips thanks to local museums, festivals, and fairs. Shoppers find bargains on everything from vintage furniture to must-have designer shoes at the East Troy Marketplace on The Square. History buffs enjoy searching the area sites for remnants of their rich and diverse legacy. With such a multitude of great attractions, who wouldn’t want to settle down in the neighborhood of East Troy?
East Troy, La Grange, and Lyons are beautiful Walworth County communities set in the southeast corner of Wisconsin. The towns are 36 miles from Milwaukee, 39 miles from Kenosha, 61 miles from Madison, and 88 miles from Chicago.
These neighborhoods are conveniently set along a number of major roads, including I-43, Route 12, Route 67, Route 120, and Route 36.
East Troy, La Grange, and Lyons are bordered by Eagle and North Prairie to the north, Potter Lake and Mukwonago to the northeast, Waterford and Wind Lake to the east, Rochester and Burlington to the southeast, Spring Prairie and Lake Geneva to the south, Elkhorn and Delavan to the southwest, Whitewater to the west, and Hebron to the northwest.
East Troy has been home to a number of notable people including blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, actress Isabella Hofmann, U.S. Representatives Clifford E. Randall and Mark W. Neumann, journalist Lorena Hicock, and Prohibition Party candidate for president Eugene W. Chafin.
The history of Walworth County began over 18,000 years ago with the northern retreat of Ice Age glaciers. The glaciers left a fresh-water gorge, which became Lake Geneva. The area became home to ancient Oneota Tribes as early as 1,000 B.C. Eventually, these Native Americans were driven out by migrant forest tribes.
East Troy real estate offers the woodland, farmland, or riverfront home of your dreams for a price anyone can afford. Homes offer majestic views of the countryside while providing easy access to area schools. East Troy homes are also commuting distance from both Lake Geneva and Milwaukee, providing an open oasis for downtown workers.
East Troy single family homes feature both vintage and modern designs, with a number of exquisite antique properties. History lovers enjoy dwelling in converted churches, farmhouses, and 19th century schoolhouses, adorning the original hardwood floors with unique finds from area markets. Picture windows frame an illustrious portrait of the prairie landscape. East Troy homes also offer a remarkable view into quieter times, with wood burning fireplaces, built-in bookshelves, and the secret nooks and crannies you’ll discover on your own.
East Troy home interiors include vaulted ceilings, spacious master bedrooms, full finished basements, and open flow between the living room and kitchen. Homeowners enjoy the sleek new appliances such as stainless steel refrigerators, gourmet style stoves, and gorgeous custom cabinets.
The average East Troy single family home is between $150,000 and $250,000 with many East Troy starter homes for under $100,000. The average East Troy rent is between $800 and $1500/month.
The East Troy Municipal Airport provides plenty of options for out of town travel with over 100 aircrafts. The airport is conveniently located just off I-43. The town is also just 19 miles from the Waukesha County Airport, 27 miles from the General Mitchell International Airport, and 30 miles from the Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport in Milwaukee.
East Troy is served by major roads I-43, Route 12, Route 67, Route 120, and Route 36.
I-43 runs northeast through Potter Lake, Mukwonago, Big Bend, Muskego, Greenfield, and Cudahy before running into I-41, which leads travelers through West Milwaukee and Milwaukee. The road runs southwest through Elkhorn, Delavan, Darien, Allen’s Grove, Clinton, and Beloit.
Route 12 runs southeast through Lake Geneva, Pell Lake, and Genoa City before bleeding into Route 173.
Route 67 runs south through Williams Bay, Fontana, and Walworth before moving west through Sharon, Beloit, and South Beloit.
Route 36 runs northeast through Waterford, Wind Lake, Franklin, and Greendale before running into Milwaukee.
The East Troy Walk Score is a praiseworthy 52/100, making walking a good option for short distance errands and
Walworth County students are served by the East Troy Community School District, which includes 2 elementary schools, a middle school, and the East Troy High School. College students have access to world-class career programs at nearby Gateway Technical College, Carrol University, and the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.
East Troy Middle School (6-8) 3143 Graydon Ave, East Troy, WI 53120
East Troy High School (9-12) 3128 Graydon Ave, East Troy, WI 53120
The Walworth Inn (W5296 County Road A, Elkhorn (262) 742-3394) is a quintessential dive bar, known for its ever-friendly service and its wallet-friendly prices. In addition to stiff mixed drinks, the bar offers unique cozy atmosphere, with plush chairs and a living room-like style.
The Blue Overall (W5699 County Road A (262) 742-4067) is another charmingly country-style watering hole with a gravel parking lot, timber wood ceilings, and unbeatable prices. You can order a burger for a buck and a beer for fifty cents. What more can you ask for?
For more distinguished bar fare, locals favor the Heaven City Restaurant (S91W27850 National Avenue, Mukwonago (262) 363-5191), a tiny tapas bar with big city sophistication. The menu is nothing short of heavenly with crisp sparkling wines, creamy corn soup, buttery lobster tails, and much more. Set on the banks of the Fox River in a quaint 1930s building, the bar offers a fabulous historic atmosphere. With live music, flamenco dancing, and devoted service, Heaven City provides a gourmet-style experience in a cozy, unstuffy environment.
East Troy neighborhoods enjoy access to the gorgeous Fox River, bringing residents close to fishing, boating, swimming, and other waterfront recreation opportunities. Many East Troy homes offer docks for personal boats right in the backyard. Other families appreciate rental services such as the Beulah Bait & Boat (N881 Stringers Bridge Road (414) 406-9100), which offers pontoons, sailboats, and live bait for fun afternoons on the river.
The annual Walworth County Fair (411 West Court Street (262) 723-3228) offers something for families of all ages to look forward to. From the open horse and goat show to the crowning of Walworth County Idol, the fair offers 6 days of non-stop action! Other fun fair events include the carnival, Fairest of the Fair competition, Barnyard Adventure Talent Contest, and the county Fashion Show.
Children also adore the East Troy Electric Railroad Museum, which offers an exciting and stylish ride through Wisconsin’s countryside. The Charter Train is an upscale shopping experience including a bakery, deli, and darling family-owned farms. This remarkable train trip has even been featured on the Food Channel! East Troy foodies also love the East Troy Dinner Train, which serves gourmet meals in a one-of-a-kind romantic atmosphere. The dinner train takes a leisurely trip to Phantom Lake, pausing along the shoreline to serve boneless prime rib, Sicilian steaks, garlic potatoes, tiramisu, and other tasty treats. Normal electric train rides range from $7.75 for children to $11.85 for adults. Kids under the age of 3 ride free!
For evening fun, locals head to the Alpine Valley Music Theatre, a 37,000 capacity amphitheatre including a pavilion and a sprawling lawn. The theater hosts shows of all varieties, from classic musicals to more modern rock concerts. Summer brings music festivals billing major musicians from indie groups, rock bands, blues legends, and more. Past performers include Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffet, the Black Crowes, and East Troy’s own Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Do you find yourself pining for fast food and slower times? Gus’s Drive-In (3131 Main Street (262) 642-2929) offers both, and for a bargain price! In addition to classic burgers, roasted chicken, beef, and hot dogs, the drive-in offers creamy, luscious custard. Kids love coming out for Gus’s classic car shows; every Sunday night, the parking lot stages retro cars, cruises, and more.
For scenic dining, East Troy locals favor the Dockside (N9228 East Shore Road (262) 642-5264) restaurant, which offers great drinks, fun food, and a fabulous waterfront view. The eatery is best known for their seafood specials, including tilapia, salmon, and fresh-caught orange roughy. Each dish is cooked and plated to perfection, showcasing fine sauces, sides, and love in every bite.
Looking for a taste of Wisconsin’s most talked about local cuisine? The nearby Fork In The Road (215 North Rochester Street, Mukwonago (262) 363-7849) serves heaping helpings of regional flavor, from root beer pulled pork to crispy piles of farm fresh cheese curds. Locals also recommend Fork In The Road’s huge burgers, Friday Fish Fry, and fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs.
Nearby Lake Geneva offers a tapestry of restaurants, from sleek supper clubs to unique ethnic eateries. The Simple Café (525 Broad Street (262) 248-3556)is anything but basic, offering a wide range of earth-friendly favorites. This conscious features fresh locally grown ingredients, showcasing the wares of nearby Lake Geneva farms including River Valley Ranch, Yuppie Hill Poultry, and Haf’s Road Orchard. The seasonal menu serves up down to earth pastas, sandwiches, soups, and breakfast items. True to its name, all dishes are wholesome, delicious, and simple.
Whether you’re baking a fruit pie or seeking the perfect loaf of sandwich bread, you’ll find what you need at the East Troy Marketplace on The Square. The market also sells amazing antiques, furniture, and clothing, serving as a true one-stop shopping spot.
Music lovers gather at the yearly East Troy Bluegrass Festival, a world-class attraction in a welcoming small village. This weekend-long festival showcases talented bands, duos, and trios on an open stage, including a fiddle contest, band scramble, gospel show, and much more. The festival also hosts booths of local merchants and food sellers.
The wonderful Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra offers summer-long East Troy Concerts on The Square. Music ranges from down-home Americana to renditions of film noir classics. Bring a loved one, a blanket, and a cooler, and prepare for a breathtaking show!
Walworth County is home to some of the state’s most beautiful and well-preserved parks. From new spring flowers to vibrant fall foliage, East Troy homeowners enjoy a hiker’s paradise.
The Kettle Moraine State Forest (State Highway 59) offers and 5 different nature trails, 4 campgrounds, and picnic areas for pleasant summertime day trips. The park includes over 30,000 acres of land, 160 miles of trails, and space for biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and wintertime snowshoeing.
The Lulu Lake State Natural Area (County Highway J) is home to a 40-foot deep, 95-acre lake fed by the Mukwonago River. Hikers behold pure, clear waters and diverse wildlife. The park contains a shrub-trimmed wetland complex and a sedge meadow matrix of spike rush, downy willow herb, and goldenrod.
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