St. Sebastian Parish is a welcoming community in one of the most welcoming neighborhoods in Milwaukee – Washington Heights – and one of Milwaukee’s most beautiful suburbs – Wauwatosa.
Don’t let the name fool you. Washington Heights’ grand thoroughfare and walking space, Washington Boulevard, is a showpiece, featuring historic and estate-size homes. But nestled along with them are many modest Milwaukee bungalows and duplexes. So, wealthier older folks, young renters and friendly people of all types in between.
The Heights, minutes from downtown Milwaukee, is on Milwaukee’s western border. It occupies the space between West Vliet (that’s vuh-LEET) Street on the south and West North Avenue on the north. Washington Boulevard runs from the neighborhood’s eastern border at North 47th Street to its western edge at North 60th Street, where it abuts Wauwatosa and the historic Washington Highlands neighborhood.
Development of the area dates back to 1838, when the federal government gave a parcel of land to the Wisconsin Territory.
The Washington Heights Neighborhood Association, sponsor of the Highlighter newsletter, the city’s first modern nighttime Trick or Treat event, the Boulevard Bash summer party and many other family-oriented events.
The up-and-coming Vliet Street business corridor, home to an eclectic mix of more than businesses and organizations. It offers a thriving art scene, unique dining venues, and a variety of distinctive services and retail shops.
The historic North Avenue business district, featuring restaurants, shops and services.
Being named one of the “Great Places in Wisconsin” by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Being featured by Historic Milwaukee on its annual Spaces & Traces Neighborhood Tour in 2014.
Three outstanding public schools, including HiMount, Neeskara and French Immersion.
Wauwatosa (the Potawatomi word for firefly) is one of the communities just across Milwaukee’s western border. If we can put it this way, it’s something of an urban suburb: close to the city, with many of the same amenities, but quiet and comfortably residential as well.
East Tosa is the Wauwatosa residential-and-commercial neighborhood nearest to St. Sebastian. The main thoroughfare, West North Avenue, has truly blossomed in recent years. Always walkable, it now features an eclectic mix of independent eateries, shops and service businesses.
Other Wauwatosa highlights:
Milwaukee County Regional Medical Complex, which includes the Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Village of Wauwatosa, Tosa’s downtown, of sorts, has a European feel. It features more than 100 pedestrian-friendly stores and restaurants, with the Menomonee River and Hart Park nearby.
Mayfair Mall, a major regional shopping center
A variety of public schools – where many students in the St. Sebastian Faith Formation program attend during the week.
Washington Highlands is a handsome residential neighborhood several blocks west of St. Sebastian that is just beyond the Milwaukee border in Wauwatosa.
It was designed in 1916 by renowned German City planner Dr. Werner Hegemann. The 133-acre plan minimizes through-traffic, while providing well-maintained private parks, tree-lined curving streets, design controls and a variety of housing types.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Wauwatosa Landmark in 1991, Washington Highlands features 14 eclectic Revival types popular in the 1920s and ’30s, as well as Craftsman and Prairie style houses.