BARABOO, WISCONSIN: THE HOME BUYER’S GUIDE
WELCOME TO BARABOO!
As its Chamber of Commerce says, Baraboo, Wisconsin is a charming, small Wisconsin town known state-wide for its circus history, proximity to both the Baraboo and Wisconsin Rivers and Devil’s Lake, and some awesome burgers. If you’re thinking of moving to Baraboo, this is your starter guide!
Read on for history, insight into the real estate market, schools, what to do in Baraboo, and more!
HISTORY & BASICS
Settled since 1838, this river town has been known as “Circus City” and “Gem City.” Apart from being the hometown of the Ringling Brothers and a city of dedicated horticulturists (hence, beautiful “Gem City”), Baraboo is home to 12,000 people and is the county seat of Sauk County.
REAL ESTATE MARKET
According to Zillow, the median home value in Baraboo is $174,927. Because home values have gone up 11.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.8% within the next year, Baraboo is considered a “Very Hot” real estate market, or a Sellers’ Market. If you want more data, consider that $187,450 is Baraboo’s median listing price and $169,300 is the median sale price.
Niche gives Baraboo’s school district a B, with high marks in teachers and college prep. There’s reportedly a 14:1 student-teacher ratio, so if you’re moving to Baraboo, you can be confident that your children will get the instructor attention they need.
WHAT TO DO IN BARABOO
Milwaukee Magazine’s 2018 profile includes:
The Ringling House Bed & Breakfast (the original home to Charles Ringling, boasts a 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor)
Devil’s Lake State Park (a clear, blue lake, amazing hiking and biking, and some of the best views in the state)
Baraboo Burger Company (located in the historic downtown square, some of the “best burgers in ‘Boo”)
Broadway Diner (a circa-1954 restored diner with a 4.5-star Yelp review)
The Circus World Museum (Ringling and general circus museum with posters and props aplenty)
The Baraboo Riverwalk (a scenic walk featured on TripAdvisor’s “things to do in Baraboo” list)
The Green Vine (described online as a compact eatery featuring health-conscious juices and smoothies)
Baraboo Bluff Winery (a local winery with stellar reviews including “great views, great wines, great times!”)
… among other attractions. Though it’s not the biggest town in Wisconsin, Baraboo is truly packed with things to do.
BARABOO’S BEST REALTORS
You may have seen us listed among Baraboo realtors (and a 5-star rating!) when searching via Google. We show up there because our expert realty team has decades of experience in south central Wisconsin and we know how to help you find your dream home in Baraboo!
Ready to move to ‘Boo? Contact us now!