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Beautiful 1903 Victorian -close to UWM, Lake Park, Downtown, Vibrant Downer Ave.

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs2
Space 3,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Large, spacious home with 7 Bdrms and 5 Baths. Living Rm, Full Dining Rm, Rec rm

My beautiful restored, Victorian is a large 7 bedroom home that sleeps 16 (in real beds), can accommodate more if needed, it is very soundproof, and filled with art 🖼!

The house is a perfect home base for weddings, family gatherings and other events. It allows for people to be together under one roof (hotels/ motels can't duplicate this).

The kitchen is fantastic with 2 convection ovens, 5 burner stove, Keurig Coffee and reg coffee maker (I supply ☕️ ). The mission style dining room is large and will seat 8-10!! Lots of 🍷 glasses!!!

All the first floor rooms and deck have in wall speakers and separate volume controls. About 2-3000 albums to enjoy! A 🎹piano,🎸 guitar and bass are available there to be enjoyed.

Two interior sitting areas, the first floor living room and a large carpeted rec room in the basement (connected to the rec room is another sleeping area with 2 twin beds and queen futon) 🛏

The basement, first floor and master bedroom all have radiant heat in the FLOORS! The house also has AC on the top two floors, the first floor has a portable AC unit.

The backyard is the BEST!! Three decks, surrounded by gardens...very private!! You will see!!!🌼

I recently purchased a dozen 🚴 bicycles 🚴 that are available for MY GUESTS!! Enjoy a bike 🚴 ride along beautiful shores of Lake Michigan to a Festival, through the parks and on all of Milwaukee's great BIKE 🚴 PATHS I'm close to all the major festivals and you'll be able to bike right to the front of your event!!!

My neighborhood is on the National Register of Homes (amazing architecture on every block!) We are close to historic Lake Park🌳Par 3 🏌 / ⛳️⛸🏒🎾 / ⚾️ /

kid's playground

great for walks🚶 / jogging 🏃 biking 🚵 or touring the lighthouse.

The house is close to several excellent small restaurants (over a hundred in a two mile radius)

historic movie theaters 🎥

UW Milwaukee

Theaters 🎭

nightclubs 🍻

Breweries 🍺🍺🍺

sidewalk cafes 🍷🍻☕️🍹🍸

Bakeries 🍪🥖

Bowling 🎳

farmers markets 🍅🥕🌽 ,

McKinley 🌊 Beach 👙

Milwaukee Marina ⛵️ 🐟 🚢 🚣

couple miles from downtown 🌃

Miller Park 🏟Go Brewers!!⚾️


Milwaukee Arena. Go Wave⚽️

And the SUMMERFEST 🎷 🎷 🎷 grounds

You’ll love my place because EVERY else does!! Very, very comfortable quiet home with a yard 🌻I'm very proud of (I built almost everything you see and love to garden). My place is great for, families (with kids), big groups, families attending weddings, and 🐶'a that are under control (yappy 🐶 's ???).

My driveway will handle 3-4 🚗'a and it is simple to sign up for special night parking with the city of Milwaukee (the street parking isn't at all busy, the neighbors use there driveways).

FYI....Most insurance companies do NOT cover short term rentals (be sure to ask). I had to switch to one that does, my own rates doubled but my guests and I have got a excellent policy that covers the stuff that isn't supposed to happen!

Hope this helps and if you have any further questions or requests I would ❤️ ❤️ to hear from you and hope the house will exceed your expectations!!!

Cheers!! 🥂🍻

Keith Johnson.

Brighter Concepts in Shorewood

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Keith Johnson
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Keith Johnson

I'm a father of 4 grown children and I'm still very young at heart. I own Brighter Concepts (Wisconsin's Solatube Skylight dealership) in Shorewood, and love what I do. Construction is also a hobby and I build almost everything seen in the house pictures from the stonework in my yard to the kitchen cabinets. I'm always building or fixing something in this historic home.

All the gardens are my seasonal relaxation.

My other MAJOR passion is playing jazz/ blues / R and B piano!! I'm active in playing in bands, so I'm performing or at band practice about 2-3 nights a week.


I garden, cook, do long dog walks and bike rides, a attend several theater / dance / and arts events, and love taking my boat up the Milwaukee River.

The sports I really enjoy is watching the Packers, March Madness and the final series of many other sports.

My newest gig is preparing my home for YOU and I enjoying being a host!!!

From what I see, my home, my yard, my location and my rates are the best everything!! Just saying :)

Keith Johnson purchased this house in 1988

Why Keith Johnson chose Upper East Side

26 Years ago I picked this neighborhood and home because I has looking to start a family and wanted a home that was in a safe historic neighborhood. Close to parks, good schools, a university, Lake Michigan and Lake Park.

When I bought the house it was split into three apartments and the fun began. It became my weekend hobby for many years. Slowly transforming back into a beautiful home.

During the re-construction many modern features where added which transformed the comforts of new construction into a 100 year Victorian.

The kids grew, moved and the house evolved into a short term rental house.

What makes this house unique

What is so unique about my home is the complete package my guests receive. I beautiful large home in one of Milwaukee's finest and safest neighborhoods. Discover Milwaukee and discover the best valued home on Milwaukee's upper east side!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Keith’s house is in a nice neighborhood, centrally located, and he was quick to respond to any questions or needs we had. It was clean and ready for us when we arrived It worked great for our large family.

We really appreciated your quick response to any questions we had. Everyone in my family agreed that HOTEL'S CAN'T COME CLOSE
Jun 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Upper East Side in Milwaukee

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , And Sink
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , And Sink
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , and Sink
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , and Sink
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , And Sink
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 6 - 3 Single Bed , Third Floor Room w/ skylights
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Large Third Floor Room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , Smaller wood paneled 3rd fl room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2nd fl Master Bedroom (full bath also in room)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2nd fl SE Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2nd fl NE Bedroom
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Two Twin Beds Just off the Rec rm, with attached 1/2 bath
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 12 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Beautiful 1903 Victorian -close to UWM, Lake Park, Downtown, Vibrant Downer Ave.
average rating of 4.607143 based on 80 reviews

Charming,safe and wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

It was such a great experience! It was just perfect for my family coming in from all over. The owner was super accomadating to our needs. The backyard was perfect for a family get together . We were celebrating my daughters wedding and the Home was centerally located to the festivities. Just a few blocks from Lake Michigan, bikes available at the residence for no extra cost! We would definitely return again. A+

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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Wonderful week in Milwaukee!

  • 5 of 5

The house is very family-oriented. Plenty of bedrooms and gathering spaces for our family, including our young adult children and spouses. The patio served us well, from a morning coffee space to an evening BBQ activity. The house is well-stocked, especially the kitchen. The owner was responsive to our requests and had everything set up for us.

Great street and only a couple blocks from a shopping/dining area - good restaurant, grocery and drugstore choices.

This house served as our family headquarters for my son's wedding and the week running up to it. Close proximity to the lakefront and downtown Milwaukee provided ample activity choices for everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Victorian neighborhood home near Lake Michigan

  • 4 of 5

My family--5 adults and 6 children ages 4 months - 10 years--recently spent an enjoyable weekend in this historic home. Keith was very easy to work with, accommodating our arrival and departure schedule and quickly answering occasional questions via text.

The children loved the staircases and the various nooks and crannies available in a house of this age. Because the weather was cold and rainy, they spent a fair amount of time in the basement rec room which was stocked with plenty of board games. Although it wasn't a problem for us, it should be noted that children from 9 months - 2 years would have problems in the house because of all the open stairways.

We liked the way each family could have a separate floor of bedrooms. The neighborhood was very quiet at night and the beds were all comfortable, so that meant good sleeping. There was pretty good sound insulation between floors as well. One major drawback was the third floor shower didn't have hot water. Fortunately, both showers on the second floor were fine.

We adults enjoyed Keith's amazing LP album collection, the artwork through the house, and the lovely woodwork. Travelers should be aware that this is a private home, not a rental unit built just for family reunions. That means it's a work in progress with exterior painting that needs to be done, some stonework on the porch that's in the middle of being repaired, etc. The back patio and yard looked lovely, but because of bad weather, we didn't use any of it except for the grill.

All of the children old enough to talk pronounced the house "cool." We have good memories of our time in Keith's home.

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The size we needed, but a little rough

  • 3 of 5

There are very few places that offer the space that this house has. We enjoyed being able to spread out and being close to restaurants and shops. The house is in need of some repairs, but it didn't affect our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We rented Keith's house for my daughter's 50th birthday. 10 girls had a "girls get-away" weekend in Milwaukee, and the house was a great place to accommodate them. There was plenty of room and a generously stocked kitchen! They found a fabulous album collection and turntable that provided much fun for the group. Plus Keith was easy to communicate with and extremely flexible with the arriving/departing times. We highly recommend this unique home!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
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Wonderful place for a big group

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, great communication

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11.3 Miles
General Mitchell International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Pizza Man, Cafe Hollander, Bel Air Cantina
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Lake Express
Nearest Golf
0.75 Miles
Lake Park (par 3)
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
I 43 and Locust
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Pizza Man, Cafe Hollander, Bel Air Cantina
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Little Switzerland
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Bradford Beach
Car: not necessary

East Side is a neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, considered to be a cultural and trend-setting center of the city since at least the 1960s. Encompassing an area just north of downtown Milwaukee to Shorewood, bordered by the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan, the area encompasses residences, bars, shops, art theaters, live music clubs and the University of Wisconsin

–Milwaukee campus.

The East Side is considered by some as Milwaukee's melting pot, with a mix of hipsters, hippies, college students and young professionals converging in the area's diverse restaurants, bars and stores. The area is also known for its historic architecture, such as St. Hedwig's, on Humboldt Avenue. With the exception of St. Hedwig's, the buildings of the area reflect the styles popular in Milwaukee, including the Italianate, Queen Anne, Classical Revival, and the German Renaissance Revival.

Looking northwest along North Downer Avenue. The Downer shopping district that stretches south from East Park Place is in the foreground. UW-Milwaukee is in the distance.

Oriental Theatre, a movie palace still in operation, was built in 1927. The newer University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee was created in 1956. Brady Street became the focus of Milwaukee's counter-culture in the 1960s, with Brady Street Days, head shops, and Kitchen Sink Press, one of the world's largest underground comics publishers. Recently the area has seen gentrification, with many housing assessments doubling; commerce continues to grow in the neighborhood as a result of continued private and developer investments.

The east side is home to renowned parks. Frederick Law Olmsted - famed designer of New York's Central Park - designed both Lake Park and Riverside Park (originally "River Park"), with Newberry Boulevard being the deliberate connector between the two.[1] Lake Park is part of Milwaukee's "Grand Necklace of Parks" and is known for lawn bowling; a French restaurant, the Lake Park Bistro; and the North Point lighthouse. In addition, a good share of the Oak Leaf Trail is routed through the neighborhood.

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822 – 1903)

Frederick Law Olmsted was the leading landscape architect of the second half of the 19th century, and the architect of Lake Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Olmsted is perhaps best known for the design and creation of Central Park in New York and the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C.

The design concepts employed by Olmsted and his partners have 15 elements in common:

1. They are man-made works of art.

2. They have their roots in the English Romantic style.

3. They reflect a Victorian influence.

4. They provide a strong contrast with the city.

5. They are characterized by the use of bold landforms.

6. They provide a balance between turf, wood and water.

7. They use vistas as an aesthetic organizing element.

8. They contain a series of planned sequential experiences.

9. They provide for the separation of traffic.

10. They provide visitor services.

11. They contain artistically composed plantings.

12. They integrate the architecture into the landscape.

13. Each has provision for a formal element.

14. They are characterized by variety.

15. They are built to provide for recreation.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Upper East Side, Southern Wisconsin

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
21 May 2018 - 26 Aug 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest
27 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Fall Mid Sept to Nov
16 Sep 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest
5 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest
1 May 2019 - 27 Jun 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £44.59
Cleaning the BIG house £113.37 + Tax
Pet Fee £13.6 + Tax

I purchased 10 new bicycles for my guests to rent. The rate is $30 per stay and rental (quantity) must be determined upon check in. (I don't have helmets so please either bring yours or go helmetless....Milwaukee doesn't have a helmet law. Bike to the festivals, or along Lake Michigan or the Milwaukee River. Lots of bike lanes and lots to see!!!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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