$800K Wauwatosa Home Features Wine Cellar, Billiards Room, Imported Tile Floors

Located in the Washington Highlands neighborhood, this house combines Old World charm with all the modern conveniences.

From elegant and stately mansions to modern, environmentally friendly abodes, southeastern Wisconsin is chock-full of one-of-a-kind homes for sale. Each week, Patch highlights one "Wow House" that caught our attention.

This week, it's a home at 6423 Washington Blvd. in Wauwatosa that's located in the distinctive Washington Highlands neighborhood.

The three-story home features an inviting center entryway to an open foyer with a winding wrought0iron staircase. There's an oversized living room with a natural fireplace and a formal dining room with a leaded glass china cabinet.

This 11-room home has 3.5 bathrooms and five bedrooms, including a master bedroom with a dressing area and fireplace. The home also features 1,000 square feet of a finished lower level with a rec room, billiards room, bar, wood shop and wine cellar.

Priced at $799,900, this 4,200-square-foot home was built in 1929 and has hardwood floors and imported tile throughout.

This home is being offered by Shorewood - Elmbrook-Wauwatosa. To schedule a showing, contact Realtor Rob Wood at (414) 803-5789.

KHD February 03, 2013 at 12:09 PM
It is a nice house, but wauwatosa is getting more dangerous by the week.
Randy1949 February 03, 2013 at 04:38 PM
I know this house -- stroll past it frequently. It doesn't show in the photos, but it has a really nice flagstone front walkway that's divided with a bed in the middle. I'd like to duplicate that in my own home.
Randy1949 February 03, 2013 at 04:40 PM
KHD -- this is the Highlands. The police are going to be very responsive in there.
Randy1949 February 03, 2013 at 04:43 PM
My grandfather, my father, and now my son lives not far from the Highlands, and I've walked past this house many a time. It's great to get a little peek inside, because I've always wondered what it was like in there. There are some beautiful homes in the Washington Highlands.
The Donny Show February 04, 2013 at 02:15 PM
The decorating is HIDEOUS!
Mr Lundt February 04, 2013 at 02:36 PM
I want a house with a 360 tourette
Mike Itzenhuiser February 04, 2013 at 03:11 PM
This is a perfect example of spending too much money to impress people they don't know. Stupid.
Randy1949 February 04, 2013 at 04:14 PM
ROFL -- you said it, I didn't. But yeah -- that style needs some serious updating, to put it gently.
Bob McBride February 04, 2013 at 04:27 PM
That could get noisy. Are you sure you didn't mean "turret"?
Young Conservative February 04, 2013 at 04:41 PM
They will never get that price in Tosa, too close to the hood.
Randy1949 February 04, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Nonsense. It's the Washington Highlands, which will have police protection, even if surrounding areas go down. It's a little like Hi-Mount Blvd. further east. Besides, that is a really good price for that house. Something of that size and quality would sell for over a million further west.
Young Conservative February 04, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Look at the historicals, which will drive the appraisal. Unless some dumb ass comes in with a cash deal(which isn't going to happen in this Obama Depression), that house will not sell until about $450k. Tax bill is about $20,000 per year, which is BS.
Randy1949 February 04, 2013 at 05:14 PM
I'm not sure what you mean by 'historicals'. If you mean the shifting racial makeup of the surrounding neighborhoods, your prejudices are showing.
The Donny Show February 04, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Randy is the typical idiot liberal here. EVERYTHING that he doesnt like it IMMEDIATELY racist.
Randy1949 February 04, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Thank you for your insight into my character and motivations, Donny Show. However when the first post makes reference to the proximity of 'the hood', I'm not too far off the mark.
CowDung February 04, 2013 at 05:59 PM
While 'the hood' can indeed have racial implications, it also implies the higher crime rates that seem to be present in the nearby areas of the city. I know some people that used to live on the east side of Tosa that chose to move because of their perception that some of the bad stuff that used to be limited to Milwaukee was starting to encroach on their neighborhood. They just didn't feel as 'safe' as they did when they moved into the area a couple of decades ago. I do agree with you that the highlands tend to be something of an isolated community and tend to get better police protection and can resist the property value 'fluxuations' that are being seen in some parts of Tosa.
J. B. Schmidt February 04, 2013 at 06:08 PM
How did a house listing become divisive? While I haven't cared to check, but do the blogs about plant care get the same way? Do you conservatives have no decency?
Randy1949 February 04, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Normally, I'm among the first to make a snide comment about the tasteless excess of some of those McMansions we see posted. But I'm familiar with this house,-- it's one of the largest in the Highlands and one of the finest. I'd hate to see a negative effect for this seller and for the entire area.
Randy1949 February 04, 2013 at 06:25 PM
@CowDung -- I don't think anyone feels as safe as they did decades ago, no matter where we live. Some of it is perception and some of it is reality. Perceptions make the problem worse.
CowDung February 04, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I think it all depends on what is driving those perceptions. If it is a minority family living on the block is what makes someone feel less safe, then I would agree with you. If it is break-ins, shootings or muggings nearby and they are happening more often, then I think that there might be legitimate concern with the relative safety of the neighborhood.
Young Conservative February 04, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Historicals=What bank appraisers use to determine the selling price of the area. Homes are not selling for $800 large in Tosa. Randy, you are quite naive, would you like me to drive you down Wisconsin Ave, Sherman Blvd or State Street to show you homes nicer and bigger than this that are also boarded up/or have squatters living in them?
Randy1949 February 04, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I'm very familiar with the area, Cow Dung. I wouldn't think twice about walking through the Highlands at night -- in fact I have done so on numerous occasions during the past few years.
John T. Pokrandt February 04, 2013 at 08:12 PM
It's a beautiful house although the decorating needs some updating. I think the price is probably pretty accurate. The going rate in the Highlands ranges from about $300,000 - over $1 million and this is one of the larger houses in the neighborhood.
John T. Pokrandt February 04, 2013 at 08:16 PM
As to the concerns about the safety of the neighborhood the first district has some of the lowest crime rates in the entire city. Lots of people dream of living in the Highlands and there has never been a shortage of buyers.
CowDung February 04, 2013 at 08:22 PM
The people that I spoke of were not living in the Highlands--they lived a bit to the North of there, but still in Tosa. My apologies--I thought I had made it clear that I thought the Highlands are perceived to be a very safe area.
Young Conservative February 04, 2013 at 08:36 PM
$675,000 was the highest price a home sold in the Highlands, and that was on 4/6/10. Again, because this is the Obama Depression, banks will not loan that much due to appraisal issues, and the property taxes on the home if it did sell for $875k would be over $20k......Get back to Realville folks, you are living in a fantasy world.
John T. Pokrandt February 04, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Actually, there was a house on Washington Circle that went for $1.1 million on 3/12 which would have been just about the bottom of the market. There are several houses in the neighborhood that would fetch over $1 million.
Steve February 05, 2013 at 11:19 PM
I just happened on to this listing which caught my eye immediately as I spent about 12 years growing up in the house. And, it was/is a magnificient home (agree w/ the interior design comments though). The pictures listed are nice but seeing the house as a whole puts them to shame. There is a lot more to the house than written and only a walk through does it justice.
anita February 05, 2013 at 11:57 PM
That's just mean and ignorant. I know the owners, and they are not trying to impress anyone, nor are they stupid.
anita February 06, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I think you should call it the "Bush" recession, that would be a lot more accurate.


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