About the Neighborhood
Havenwoods is a vibrant, diverse community located on the northwest side of Milwaukee that community offers the vitality and convenience of urban living in an area accented with natural greenery.
Neighborhood Area: 43rd St to 76th, and Silver Spring Drive to Good Hope Road.
Havenwoods has reasonably priced homes offering attractive single family ranch style homes and the traditional “Milwaukee bungalows.” Residents enjoy ample green-space on their own tree-lined streets and spacious sized yards.
Amenities in the neighborhood and throughout Milwaukee are just minutes away via public transportation and the proximity of I-43 and I-45. Several public, private and parochial schools are located in the area, as well as churches of many denominations.
Havenwoods State Forest is Wisconsin’s only urban state forest, featuring 237 acres of grasslands, woods and wetlands in the city of Milwaukee. Hike, bike and ski over six miles of trails. Explore one of the four ponds, stroll over the 120-foot bridge or find a bench to sit and relax outdoors. Several geocahes and way marks can be found at Havenwoods State Forest.
Havenwoods is home to more than 250 businesses providing residents with job opportunities. In 2004, a Business Improvement District was formed to make an annual financial contribution to the betterment and increased vitality of the Havenwoods neighborhood. Shoppers enjoy the variety of locally owned businesses found along 76th Street and Silver Spring Drive and many stores housed at nearby Midtown shopping center and Bayshore Mall.
Places to Visit
Havenwoods is now a quiet 237-acre state forest, but it has an exciting and diverse past. The family homesteads from the mid 1800s became the Milwaukee County House of Corrections in the early 1900s. An Army Disciplinary Barracks, Nike Missile site, and city landﬁll soon followed. Progress almost did away with Havenwoods. Thanks to a vocal, active group of citizens, community leaders, and public oﬃcials working together, this land was set aside as a green space in the middle of a large urban community. In 1979, the Department of Natural Resources began restoration of the area. Now it is a haven for animals, plants, and people.
Hike, run, bike, and watch wildlife on over 6 miles of trails. Explore the nature center, the forest’s ponds, stroll over the 120-foot bridge or find a bench to sit and relax outdoors. The 237 acres of forest, grassland and wetland are open to your exploration each day from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. However, the nature center, including the restrooms, remains closed due to COVID-19 concerns.
Once home to Growing Power, Inc., The Farm is home to farmers, fresh food retail, education, events, and friends of urban agriculture. It remains one of the last operating farms in the city of Milwaukee.
The Farm boasts activities and attractions designed to educate and create positive experiences geared towards health and wellness. Events and for-profit efforts will be paired with the our goals to create a positive feedback system which provide goods and services to the Havenwoods neighborhood, Milwaukee at large, and beyond.
Since the 1970s, Hmong refugees from Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand immigrated to the Wisconsin area. Now, more than 12,000 call Milwaukee home. 5XEN was established in 2020 to meet the essential needs of our growing and diverse community. The name 5XEN, is a take on the traditional Hmong word “xeem” that translates to English as “clan” or “family.” We are a strong team of families who have come together to develop the first modern international destination in the Metro Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Amenities include:
Guidelines for Visiting Neighborhoods
While Historic Milwaukee is not opening buildings and sites to tour this year, we still encourage you to visit these recommended neighborhood locations for self-guided experiences. When visiting neighborhood locations please follow the mask ordinance - wear a mask and maintain social distance and respect residents and neighbors.
Special thanks to artist CK Ledesma who designed and created the Doors Open Neighborhoods Activity pages. Thanks also to the neighborhood leaders to contributed information and recommendations on things to do and places to see in their neighborhoods. And thank you to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for their support of the Activity Booklet.