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More boomers make the urban return to Milwaukee's downtown

Posted: 9:26 PM, Mar 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-08 23:17:21-05
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Baby boomers trading in their homes in the suburbs for life in the city is becoming a growing trend.

Ron Orth and his husband Mauricio Jaramillo said they are part of the baby boomer generation making the urban return. They decided about a year a half ago they didn't want their suburban Glendale home anymore.

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Ron Orth (left) and Mauricio Jaramillo (right) sit with their cat in their Milwaukee condo.

"We spend a lot of time on weekends just maintaining a home," said Orth.

"All day Saturday was the yard work, the gardening work, cleaning the whole house," said Jaramillo.

The couple now owns a two bedroom condo with a view of Lake Michigan near Cathedral Square.

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Orth and Jaramillo's cat checks out the downtown condo.

Chris Corley of Corley Real Estate said when he was showing downtown homes about a decade ago, it was only about once or twice a year a baby boomer wanted to look in the city. But that's no longer the case..

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Downtown condo Corley Real Estate is marketing to people wanting to make an urban return.

"In the last couple years especially I have seen an increase in baby boomers who want to come downtown. I would say it is probably a 30 to 40 percent increase in the past couple of years and it seems to keep growing," said Corley.

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The same thing is happening on the national level, real estate company Redfin found more than a million boomers moved to within five miles of a city center.

"You don't have as much responsibility as when you own a home. And I think people really want balance," said Orth.