Village Voice President's Edition
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Front porches, gardens and common green space make pocket neighborhoods an attractive option for new homeowners.
Van Mobley

Village President
Van Mobley

Pocket neighborhoods offer new
opportunities for home ownership

A typical Thiensville three-bedroom house is one of the hottest items in the regional real estate market.

If you have a two- or three-bedroom ranch or colonial home in Thiensville priced somewhere in the $250,000 to $375,000 range, it sells almost instantaneously.

Of course, almost all of these homes are 40 to 50 years old.

Would it be possible – if we placed them on a smaller lot and decreased the square footage just a bit – to build a brand-new house of similar quality and sell it at a similar price point inside the village of Thiensville?

Thiensville is a great place to live. We have a walkable community, great public services, excellent schools and a wonderful Village Park.

The village’s popularity is clear. Young families are seeing what Thiensville has to offer and are eager to join us. Others, who have lived here for decades, may want to downsize and continue to enjoy the character of the village they have come to love.

Pocket neighborhoods are a possibility to give more people the opportunity to enjoy home ownership in the village. Often, they’re eight to 12 cottage-size homes that surround a common green space.

Front porches, gardens and open spaces all contribute to the friendly neighborhood atmosphere that those of us who live here already enjoy.

I have been wondering lately if this is a concept that would work in Thiensville – particularly on several sites in the village.

Are new houses along those lines something you would like to see? Let me know what you think at

Welcome to the President's Edition

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In Village Voice, you've learned about fun things to do in the village. We've also kept you up to date on other village news.

In this additional once-a-month newsletter, I hope to share more about some of the issues facing the village and directions we hope to head in the future. 

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Come to Chillin' in the 'Ville

I’d like to encourage you to attend Chillin’ in the ’Ville, which will take place in Village Park starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. It’s a celebration of the grand-opening of our new Port Washington State Bank River Stage. It’s also a fundraiser for adding a splash pad in the park, which is the next goal of Village Park ReImagined.

The day begins with children’s activities and a DJ at 3 p.m. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. That will be followed by a 5:30 p.m. performance by The Dan Lloyd Group, a jazz band. Simply id follows at 7 p.m. with a mix of popular hits.

Advance tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children to age 12. Tickets are available at Village Hall, 250 Elm St., or any Port Washington State Bank branch. PWSB customers may purchase adult tickets for $20 at the bank. Tickets at the gate will be $30 for adults and $15 for children.

Ticketed guests can taste and vote for local restaurants and caterers who will compete for the honor or Best Chili and Best Mac ‘n Cheese. Participants include Shully’s Cuisine & Events, Remington’s River Inn, Prime Minister, Chuck’s Place, Ferrante’s Restaurant, That Taco Guy, Crave Bar and Silverado North Shore. Beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase.

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Events continue in Thiensville

Even though summer is winding down, there is still fun to be had in Thiensville.

The last of the popular monthly food truck nights will take place in Village Park next Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Choose items from about 15 different food trucks and then relax in front of the Port Washington State Bank River Stage as musician David Bruce performs.

The Wednesday Walks series also continues Sept. 11 as Barkha Limbu Daily from the cheel leads the seventh walk in the series. The topic is “Edible Plants and Herbs.” The walk will begin a half hour earlier – at 6:30 p.m. – to allow for enough daylight.

Upcoming meetings

  • The Village Board’s Committee of the Whole meets at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9.
  • The Historic Preservation Commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.
  • The Village Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23.
  • The Village Board’s annual budget hearing will take place at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.


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