Oconomowoc, Wisconsin: A City that is in the Heart of the Lake Country

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker

One can take a drive trough the City of Oconomowoc, located in Western Waukesha County and be amazed how beautiful homes sit on Pristine Lakes, and the Lakes surround this beautiful City. Full and History, and loaded with charm, Oconomowoc is truly a magnificent City to visit, and to work and live in.


The poineering and developing of Oconomowoc began in 1837 when the first white man, Charles Sheldon, came to this area to build his log cabin. He found that the Potowatomi Indians had already laid the foundation of what they called Coo-No-Mo-Wauk (where the waters meet, or river of lakes) which in time would become Oconomowoc.

As the town grew and word of its beauty and natural wealth spread, tradesmen began to arrive. One such early settler was a young man named John S. Rockwell. He built his griss mill, owned the first store and hotel, and enoted sites to all the churches. He started the fire department, the library, the elementary school, and more.

Fueled by its growing reputation, oconomowoc entered a new era marked by the title "Newport of the West." This started in 1870 and continued into the 1930s. Lured by Oconomowoc's great beauty, families of wealth from Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee crowded its Lake shores with palatial country mansions and lavished landscapes. At one time, Lake Road was referred to as "Presidents Avenue since Taft, Grant, Cleveland, Coolidge,McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt had visited and enjoyed Draper Hall and the hospitality of its wealthy residents.

Todays the summer mansions are year round homes, and the largely intact, late 19th century downtown and many stately historic houses are reminders of those years. Historic walking tours are available.

This truly is a very beautiful city, and can be enjoyed by all.


Tom Braatz

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Tom, the architecture appears Gothic. Could that be so? Wonder what the design influences were. Never imagined a town in Wisconsin seeming so different. 

May 18, 2008 12:43 PM #1
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Tom,

WoW, this really is a beautiful town. I've never heard of it before however I love the name and the pictures are amazing.

I would love to have been there through when it first began to be settled....imagine the stories!


May 18, 2008 12:50 PM #2
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Tom, I love reading about the history of this home....and those old buildings are incredible.  Thank you for sharing them!

May 18, 2008 01:19 PM #3
Arina Hanciulescu
RealtyPros - Las Vegas, NV

Tom, What an enchanting town... I just love that old architecture, peace and symmetry that buildings brings. It's majestic... beautiful!

May 18, 2008 06:25 PM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

  Hey Tom...You forgot to give all those AR folks a dictionary of pronunciation...we have come to take Oconomowoc, Wauwatosa, etc. for granted....welcome to Waukesha County...That's Walk a Shaw....

May 19, 2008 12:27 AM #5
Andrew Baumbach
Homestead Realty Inc. - Milwaukee, WI
Greater Milwaukee Real Estate

"the Potowatomi Indians had already laid the foundation of what they called Coo-No-Mo-Wauk (where the waters meet, or river of lakes) which in time would become Oconomowoc."

They are now laying the finishing groundwork on a place I will be losing alot of money at, in the Menonomee Valley. Pronounced; KAH-Si -No

May 19, 2008 02:11 AM #6
Bob Edwards
Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc. - Appleton, WI
Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI

Beautiful pictures Tom, we're very fortunate to have some the most wonderful historic homes in the country right here in Wisconsin.

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