This past Monday morning while I was busy catching up on the next episode of The Beverly Hillbillies, my phone rang and I glanced down to see whom it might be.
The caller ID simply said Village of Pewaukee. Since I had never heard of such a place, let alone know anyone from there, I let the phone ring until it stopped. If it was someone calling to see if I was free to be on The Tonight Show, they would leave a message. Alas, no message was left.
But I was intrigued.
Village of Pewaukee.
It had such a nice ring to it.
I had to find out more.
Like, where was it?
What kind of place was it?
What were housing prices like?
Could I get a job there?
Is it the kind of place I could retire to?
So many questions.
Fortunately, the Beverly Hills episode was over and I could start to get answers to some of my questions.
Here’s what I learned:
Pewaukee is a village in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 8,166 at the 2010 census. It sits on the eastern end of Pewaukee Lake. It is about 20 miles west of Milwaukee and about 100 miles north of Chicago.
The village of Pewaukee is home to one of the three locations of Dynex/Rivett Inc., a manufacturer of hydraulic components and systems. Pewaukee is also the home of Logic Design Corporation, the developers of Global Edge Engineering and Manufacturing Software. Another business located in Pewaukee is PM Plastics, a custom injection molding company.
The village is home to the Old Main Street building on Wisconsin Avenue. Opened in 2002 across from the beach on Pewaukee Lake, Old Main Street replicates the charm of a late 1800s building with modern up to date facilities. It is the home of small businesses that include restaurants (Seesters Mexican Cantina and The Chocolate Factory), a salon, Beach Bum bakery, a pilates/yoga/barre studio, a bead shop, a home builder, a construction management firm, a recruitment firm (Joel Frank & Associates), and a software company (Logic Design Corporation).
Pewaukee School District serves both the village and the city of Pewaukee, Wisconsin. The district includes four separate buildings all contained in a single-campus environment. The school buildings serve early childhood through 2nd grades, 3rd through 5th, 6th through 8th, and 9th through 12th grades. I’m not sure what happened to kindergarten and 1st grade…
Waukesha County Technical College’s main campus is located in the village of Pewaukee, Wisconsin. The technical college is part of the 16 technical colleges that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).
Since I consider local libraries the crown jewel of a community, I had to see what this town had. The Pewaukee Public Library is a joint library operated in conjunction with the City of Pewaukee. In addition to the usual list of library services, the library houses the Harken Astronomical Observatory. This special feature provides education and brings the wonders of our incredible universe to families of the community.
The Village has several active community groups including:
- Pewaukee Area Arts Council
- Pewaukee Fireworks Committee
- Pewaukee Kiwanis
- Positively Pewaukee
- Glacier Lakes Chapter of the Antiques and Classic Boat Society
- Woman’s Club of Pewaukee
There is also a Pewaukee Lake public beach.
Zillow listed 20 homes for sale in the Village. I thought this one sounded the most appealing – a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo for $499,000 right on the lake. Here is the description:
Best Pewaukee lake views in the building! This top floor condo has 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and is steps away from downtown Pewaukee shops and restaurants. Condo has granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and in-unit laundry. Come make this your new home and start enjoying the lake views today!
The photo at the top is from this listing. That would be an awesome view each morning and sunsets in the afternoon…
In Pewaukee, the summers are warm and wet; the winters are freezing, snowy, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 15°F to 82°F and is rarely below -4°F or above 90°F.
The Village of Pewaukee looks like a wonderful place with its lakefront location and small-town atmosphere. Except for the weather, it would be the kind of place I’d consider retiring to.
Hopefully, someday I’ll get to visit the Village. And maybe find out who was calling me…
P.S. I never knew I could get a 750-word blog post out of an unanswered spam phone call…