Inside Saint John’s on the Lake
The 21-story retirement home has unique amenities, including an art gallery and both a garden and bee hives residents can help maintain.
The 2019 edition Doors Open Milwaukee takes place on September 28th and 29th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here’s a look at one of our favorite destinations of the annual event in our Best of Doors Open series. Saint John’s on the Lake will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Doors Open.
Our Doors Open tour of Milwaukee continues this week, with a visit I took to Saint John’s on the Lake, 1800 N. Prospect Ave. Billed as “Milwaukee’s premier retirement community,” it’s easy to see why.
In 2011 Saint John’s finished the $83 million, 21-story tower, which added 88-units to a complex which had already included a 10-story, 110-unit residential building. The 21-story, high-end addition includes most of the features and amenities we saw on the tour.
The tour guide led the group through the building’s common areas. We stopped at Taylor’s, no, not my favorite neighborhood bar, but the main restaurant at the facility. Unlike many other retirement communities, tenants can either use their food allowance in the restaurants, eat out, or shop for groceries. I also saw the exercise room, a courtyard with a view, a convertible conference room and the art gallery.
It was evident from the tour that there are many activities available to residences at Saint John’s. They can garden, raise bees (they have two hives on site!), go for a swim, play ping pong, stroll through an active art gallery, or, as many were doing on the Sunday that I visited, hang out in a community area with friends and cheer on the Packers.
Our photos show you many of the amenities Saint John’s has to offer.