Bloomfield Township

The Charter Township of Bloomfield is home to 41,000 people. Its 26 square miles are distinguished by rolling hills, winding roads, and scenic lakes and streams. Located in Oakland County, Michigan, Bloomfield Township is within easy reach of the area’s major thoroughfares and expressways. It provides a full range of public services, including its own police and full-time fire departments and road, water & sewer divisions.

With 95% of the township being residential there is a special emphasis on the needs of homeowners, but Bloomfield Township’s business community is thriving and growing. Vibrant businesses including shops and restaurants can be found in the Township, particularly along the Telegraph and Woodward Avenue corridors.

Four public school systems – primarily Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, and also Avondale and Pontiac – serve residents of the Township, as well as several excellent private and parochial schools.

Berkley

Known for its small town appeal, this city offers its residents a warm atmosphere throughout its charming neighborhoods. Welcome to Berkley.

The downtown area of Berkley stretches along 12 Mile Road between Greenfield Road and Coolidge Highway, and along Coolidge Highway between 12 Mile Road and 11 Mile Road.

Just a short 20 minute drive from Detroit, Downtown Berkley offers two great shopping districts filled with some of the area’s best small business owners. From great fashion and a variety of arts to hand-crafted jewelry and fine dining, Berkley has it all! Within close proximity to major entertainment, business and healthcare amenities, there is no doubt why it was the only Michigan city named as one of Money Magazine’s top 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2015. To further enhance its appeal, the city’s tree-lined streets and excellent school district attracts new families and visitors every day.

After a long day at work or school, residents and visitors can enjoy unique shops, novelties and restaurants in the city’s Downtown District. So, if you’re hungry for a great meal, looking for a special gift or simply running an afternoon errand, Berkley’s Downtown District has it all, including free parking!

Huntington Woods

From its summer camps, year-round recreational activities, beautiful parks, and great community center and aquatic center, this community screams family charm. Welcome to Huntington Woods.

This middle to upscale community is about one-square-mile and offers its residents a tight-knit neighborhood feel with incredible beauty.

It’s located in Southeastern Oakland County and is bounded by 11 Mile to the north, Woodward Avenue to the east, the I-696 Service Drive to the south and Coolidge Highway to the west.  Within its borders, are the Detroit Zoo and Rackham Golf Course.

The Huntington Woods Recreation Center and swimming pool are part of a larger complex which includes the Huntington Woods Library and Cultural Center, Burton Elementary School and Burton Community Park. Without a commercial downtown, this complex is the “heart” of Huntington Woods.  It is conveniently accessible to all residents on foot, bike or automobile.

Northville

This lively city has a 150-year old history and offers beautiful neighborhoods, a vibrant business district, first-rate schools and plenty of parks and trails for relaxing, enjoying nature and staying active. Welcome to Northville.

The City of Northville is located at the western edge of metro Detroit. The 2.2 square mile area is equally divided between Wayne and Oakland Counties and is about 30 minutes from downtown Detroit and 25 minutes from downtown Ann Arbor. The major thoroughfares of I-275 and M-14 are nearby.

The Northville area is known for its rolling hills and attractive countryside. The city retains a small-town atmosphere with stately Victorian-era architecture in its Historic District and well-kept older homes built before the 1930’s. The housing includes single-family residences, condominiums, and multi-family complexes. Specialty shops, art galleries, theaters, restaurants and intriguing landmarks abound in the walkable downtown. Arts and culture enthusiasts will love the gallery exhibits and public classes at the Northville Art House.

If you’re looking for green space, you’ll find it at the city’s numerous parks and trails – many with woods, ponds and rivers. Children and adults alike can explore and exercise in acres of green space – perfect for walking and running. City roads have plenty of bike lanes for leisure and serious bikers.

The City is part of the award winning Northville School District that has six elementary, two middle, and one senior high school. The math and reading MEAP scores for the Northville Public Schools district run about 35% above state averages.

Troy

This sprawling community features an award-winning school district and Oakland county’s premiere luxury mall. Welcome to Troy.

Beautiful homes, in many price ranges, provide a distinctive landscape for the City of Troy. They form wonderful neighborhoods that are picture-perfect for raising a family. In addition to single-family residences, you’ll find an excellent mix of condominiums, apartments and multi-family complexes. This range of housing forms the backbone of this great City.

First-class schools are one of the hallmarks of Troy. The Troy Public School District has six national blue ribbons and features 13 State Exemplary Schools. The high schools, Troy High School and Troy Athens High School, were both recently featured on the list of “The 1000 Most Outstanding High Schools in the United States” by Newsweek magazine.

Troy also offers world-class shopping, dining and entertainment options. Visitors come from miles around to take advantage of Troy’s premier shopping and dining. Somerset Collection, located in the heart of the City, is an upscale mall with over 180 stores, boutiques and restaurants. The travel magazine, Fodor’s, describes Somerset as “one of the top shopping malls in the United States.”

Rochester

A perfect mix of historic and hip, this charming community offers rolling hills,an active downtown and classic architecture. Welcome to Rochester.

Rochester is in the northern outskirts of Metro Detroit, in northeast area of Oakland County. It is home to a healthy mix of families and young professionals who enjoy a historic, vibrant, and thriving downtown which has been recognized as one of the best in the State of Michigan and nationally. The downtown area boosts more than 350 shops, salons, restaurants, and professional service businesses; 85% of which are independent merchants.  Downtown Rochester’s natural beauty is attributed to the waterways that surround the city and the abundant green space. Rochester has many parks and two winding community trails.

Royal Oak

Royal OakThis diverse community is known as the “city of trees” and processes a unique sense of place, culture and identity. Welcome to Royal Oak.

The City of Royal Oak requires no introduction to the Detroit metropolitan area. Conveniently located near several major thoroughfares, Royal Oak’s location is prime. Royal Oak has maintained the appeal of a small town, while affording many of the amenities of a large metropolis. Because of its respect for diversity, the city’s composition is truly eclectic. The population represents a diverse mix of individuals, age groups, incomes, and myriad of residential home styles. From modern condos and townhouses, to Cape Cod and colonial style homes, this city offers a variety of housing options for its residents.

Downtown Royal Oak has it all in terms of shopping, dining, and nightlife. Nowhere else in metro Detroit will you find a greater concentration of award-winning boutiques, restaurants, salons, galleries, and theaters. The renaissance of Royal Oak unveiled the city’s charm. Visitors to Main, Washington and other downtown streets experience the city’s unique sense of place and identity. This sentiment can be shared by pedestrians ambling along the downtown streetscapes that feature brick paving, street furniture, tree, and flower plantings. It can be felt among patrons of the theaters, upscale restaurants, coffee houses and distinctive shops. Visitors to downtown Royal Oak enjoy the pedestrian-friendly atmosphere and social interaction.

In addition to the downtown appeal, Royal Oak is also home to Red Run Golf Club, several well-maintained city parks, and the Royal Oak Music Theatre. The Detroit Zoo is also conveniently located to Royal Oak.

You will quickly realize why this city is often called the “City of Trees” with a quick visit to most residential neighborhoods that reveal large trees lining both sides of the street and meeting overhead, creating a thick, green canopy. Accounts by early Royal Oak residents describe the area as covered with enormous oak, beech, maple, basswood, linden, elm, hickory, tulip, black and white ash, black walnut and butternut trees. In 1936, the “City of Trees” committee was organized to study suitable tree types and promote their planting throughout the city. In 1938, the committee obtained 60 acorns that were direct descendants of the royal oak tree in England, from which the City of Royal Oak derived its name. The acorns were nurtured and grown at the Detroit Zoo, and some were transplanted to Memorial Park in 1948.

 

Farmington Hills

Quiet, comfortable neighborhoods and more than 600 acres of public parks give residents in this community a serene sense of living. Welcome to Farmington Hills.

Farmington Hills is the second largest city in Oakland County and is about 20 miles northeast of downtown Ann Arbor. Homebuyers have a range of options, from modern townhouses to charming and historic craftsman style homes.

Although the two cities have separate services and addresses, Farmington and Farmington Hills are often thought of as the same community. The community features a recently renovated, charming downtown with several boutiques, a vintage cinema called Civic Theatre, numerous restaurants, exotic car dealerships, art galleries, and public parks including Heritage Park and Shiawassee Park. Residents also enjoy grabbing fresh produce at the Farmington Farmers Market. There are several historical sites including the Longacre House and the Governor Warner Mansion. Farmington Hills is also the home of the Holocaust Memorial Center, the only Holocaust Memorial in the State of Michigan. The Center’s mission is to educate the public about the tragedy and evils of the Holocaust.

Farmington is also an international community that embraces cultural diversity. Companies from around the world have selected Farmington Hills as an ideal place to do business and our residents speak more than 80 different languages. Yet our citizens also enjoy all the charm of an old-fashioned small town, thanks to our close relationship with the historic City of Farmington.

 

Village of Franklin

FranklinThis charming community boasts historical architecture, rich cultural elements and a small-town feel that captivates its residents. Welcome to the Village of Franklin.

Tucked between the much larger communities of Bingham Farms, Bloomfield Township, Southfield and Farmington Hills. Franklin, is a peaceful, wooded enclave steeped in historical significance and dotted with some of the stateliest, most well-maintained homes in Metro Detroit.

Franklin’s residential, winding streets are lined with mature oaks and elm trees. Many of the unique homes sit beautifully on sprawling lots, with rolling lawns, set way back from the road. In fact, you’re not going to find row after row of carbon-copy homes like you will in many other communities. Rather, this small village offers an eclectic array of houses that possess true character. Although the village has been around since the 1820’s, the building of modern homes did not begin in earnest until the 1920’s, and many of those homes are not only still standing today, but they are in impeccable shape.

Franklin is famous for its well-preserved 19th-century buildings which are mostly located around the Village Center, the crown jewel of Franklin that is also home to the Village Green. In this area, you will find historic buildings like the Broughton House, which currently houses the village offices; the Temperance House; and the Thomas Midgely House. Blocks of historic homes radiate out from the center, and many have been converted into commercial buildings. Everything is pulled together with special lights, plantings, signs and other elements that lend it a picturesque and alluring feel.

Every fall, Franklin families flock to the Franklin Cider Mill. Located right next door in Bloomfield Hills, the mill was founded in 1837–the same year that Michigan achieved statehood—and it continues to be a popular annual tradition. Families can also venture out of the village to the Detroit Zoo, which is in nearby Royal Oak, or even head downtown to check out local sports teams.

Franklin also appeals to families with its popular annual events. The Labor Day Roundup, which has been happening for more than 70 years, is a prime example. The family fair includes rides, games, food and much more. Art in the Village happens around the same time and offers arts and crafts by local artisans and vendors.

 

Beverly Hills

Beverly HIllsThis small village features upscale neighborhoods, sprawling community parks and offers its residents an exciting, active lifestyle. Welcome Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills is a small village located in the northern part of Oakland County. Once known as Westwood, this vibrant community sits west of Woodward Avenue. There are a variety of home styles and options in Beverly Hills. Many of these well-established homes feature timeless craftsmanship and are each unique in their character and appearance.

Many of Beverly Hills residents are environmentally aware people who enjoy active lifestyles. This is largely part to its 34-acre outdoor Beverly Park, where you will never be at a loss of things to do. The park is located off Beverly Road and promotes year-round activities such as ice skating, sledding, volleyball, basketball, baseball, disc golf, and tennis. If sports are not your forte, enjoy hiking or biking the miles of paths and trails that wind in and out of the wooded park area. If you have young children, they will enjoy playing on the outdoor park where they can strengthen their bodies, enjoy the fresh air and socialize with others of their same age.

The Rouge River contributes to the mill pond which is located in Riverside Park. Riverside Park is wonderful for outdoor gatherings and barbecues. Or, you can enjoy the mill pond for fishing or nature-watching. Beverly Hills also has two nature preserves: The Douglas Evans Nature Preserve and The Hidden Rivers Nature Preserve. Both are wonderful for studying nature and learning about local critters that maintain the ecology here.

During the summer months, The Beverly Hills Athletic Club is the place to be for swimming and tennis. Whether you are a novice and simply enjoy the activity, or if your child is a competitive swimmer, the club will fit your needs. Plus, it is an ideal place to network and socialize with your community members. The Beverly Hills Athletic Club is one of the most widely heard of places in Beverly Hills. Residents of other communities are drawn to the center for the high-quality athleticism it provokes.