La Crosse, Wisconsin homes for sale
La Crosse, Wisconsin Real Estate and Community Info.
La Crosse is a beautiful city of about 51,000 residents, resting comfortably on the mighty Mississippi River which forms the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota. The city is surrounded by magnificent 500-foot bluffs, dramatically rising above the otherwise flat river valley. It’s no wonder that U.S. News & World Report magazine named La Crosse one of the nation’s 10 Best Places to Live in 2009.
A small city compared to Milwaukee or Madison, La Crosse’s urban reach encompasses the communities of French Island, Onalaska, Holmen, West Salem, and La Crescent, MN. Residents of the La Crosse area enjoy small-town perks, like some of the nation’s best hunting, boating and fishing, along with big-city benefits, like three institutes of higher learning, a multi-purpose convention center covering almost 100,000 square feet, and two state-of-the-art medical facilities.
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Shopping and Dining
Historic downtown La Crosse leans right up against the Mississippi River and is home to several superb restaurants, eateries and taverns. Whether you want a casual night out with a burger and a good beer, or you’re looking for elegant fine dining with prime rib and a good glass of wine, or you need to find a family-friendly café for the kids, there’s a place to whet anyone’s appetite.
Shoppers also have a multitude of enticing shops, retailers and markets in the La Crosse area. Valley View Mall, with more than 598,000 square feet of pure shopping nirvana, is located near Interstate 90 and includes big name department stores, such as Sears, J.C. Penney and Macy’s.
Three Rivers Plaza, Shelby Mall and Jackson Plaza are other enclosed shopping alternatives, and many visit downtown La Crosse for farmers’ markets, specialty shops and a lovely stroll along the waterfront.
Parks and Recreation
La Crosse is a virtual paradise for the outdoor lover in you. The Mississippi River provides fishing, boating, waterskiing, hunting and many other recreational opportunities. In and around the city there are beaches and pools, miles of trails, a disc golf course, dog parks and public golf courses.
The City of La Crosse’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department maintains more than 40 parks in the community, spanning nearly 1,400 acres. Neighborhood centers offer programs, classes and activities designed for kids, adults and seniors alike.
Riverside Park in downtown La Crosse is not only a wonderful place for a sunset stroll or sunrise jog, but it also provides a stunning view of both the Cass Street and Cameron Avenue bridges, each of which cross the Mississippi.
In addition to the myriad outdoor and indoor, passive and active recreational opportunities, La Crosse is alive with art galleries, museums and theaters. During the warmer months, stop in at one of the area’s three farmers’ markets and pick up some fresh, local fruit, vegetables, cheeses and bread, along with regional artisans’ craftwork.
In La Crosse, there’s a festival of some type going on pretty much year-round. Two of the most popular are RiverFest and Oktoberfest. RiverFest typically takes place from June 30 to July 4 and includes live music, a parade and all kinds of food and drink. Oktoberfest has been one of La Crosse’s premier events for more than 50 years. The celebration of all things German generally runs from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1. Along with all the beer and lederhosen you could ever want, Oktoberfest offers parades, live music, and a wide selection of arts and crafts.
As you might expect with a city the size of La Crosse, there are plenty of top-notch employers in and around town. Some of the bigger ones are Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Trane air conditioner company and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Schools, Health, Transportation
The School District of La Crosse incorporates 21 primary and secondary schools. Logan and La Crosse Central are the two public high schools serving the city, with a total enrollment of about 7,000 students, and there are several private schools in the area including Aquinas Middle and High Schools, and First Evangelical Lutheran School. Post-secondary educational options include the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Western Technical College and the Roman Catholic Viterbo University.
The health care of La Crosse’s residents is served by Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center and Franciscan Skemp Medical Center. Gundersen is a Level II Trauma Center with national certification and houses the western campus of the University of Wisconsin’s Medical School. Additional hospitals and health care centers in the area include the Vernon Memorial Hospital, Franciscan Skemp Sparta Hospital and Winona Health Services.
Direct scheduled air transportation to Minneapolis, Detroit and Chicago is available at the La Crosse Municipal Airport. Major highways are conveniently accessible to commuters, including U.S. Highway 61, Wisconsin State Highway 35 and Interstate 90. Public transportation in La Crosse is primarily handled by MTU bus service, which carries passengers to points within the city proper and the surrounding suburbs.