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Best Neighborhood

1st Place: Third Ward (Eau Claire)
2nd Place: Eastside Hill (Eau Claire)
3rd Place: Southside (Eau Claire)

A three-time runner-up and first-time champ (by one vote, no less!), Eau Claire’s Third Ward is ideal for anyone who wishes to live in a beautiful historic home, walk along tree-lined boulevards, easily access downtown and Water Street, be surrounded by a nature and wildlife reserve, and be within walking distance of the UW-Eau Claire campus. Bungalows and Sears & Roebuck kit homes abound around the crown of the city that is the Eastside Hill, and the residents have spoken volumes about the quality of life in this quiet, friendly, and sometimes 1950s-perfect neighborhood. And when it comes to third place, congratulations are in order! If you live on the Southside of Eau Claire, you have finally made the cut in our poll. You are fortunate enough to be a resident of park-filled community which borders the beautiful rolling country of orchards, berry patches, and Lowes Creek. –Caleb Gerdes

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