Detroit is a city with a relatively recent history of bankruptcy and blight. In spite of its 2013 bankruptcy and financial woes, Detroit is becoming known as the “Comeback Town.” Low property values and business opportunities are attracting young entrepreneurs who are putting their money to work in this area where revitalization is on the way up. Detroit neighbors are buying homes in their neighborhoods and rehabbing them to aid in the efforts. While the city of Detroit is on the mend, there are plenty of safe and beautiful neighborhoods where Detroit’s seniors can enjoy a new home.
Here are a few of the neighborhoods worth looking at:
Grosse Pointe is a higher net-worth area and the home of Edsel Ford. Some of the adjacent areas are equally as nice, including Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Farms, and Grosse Pointe Shores. These areas are known for conventional colonials with a mix of older and younger residents.
Bloomfield Hills is an area where sports stars and automotive executives live. Find less pricey areas in nearby Bloomfield Township and West Bloomfield Township. West Bloomfield has a nice mix of ranch homes, colonials, and condos, and you will love the convenient shopping. The outlying areas have big homes set on beautifully wooded lots. The property tax rates are attractive too.
Ann Arbor is an area where intellectuals dwell and love this college town that Forbes magazine called “one of the best-educated small towns in the country.” Ann Arbor is located on the far western edge of Michigan where life is good. Just east of Ann Arbor, the small towns of Northville and Plymouth have lots of shops and restaurants, and they are conveniently located near the airport.
Wyandotte is a downtown section of what the locals call Downriver, a part of town that takes you along the Detroit River to Lake Erie. Riverfront homes are pricey, but inland housing is charming and affordable. Biddle Avenue evokes memories of yesteryear with its old-fashioned ice cream parlors and restaurants, where locally caught fried perch is a delicacy. Other nearby areas with lots of charm and culture are Trenton, Grosse Ile, and Gibraltar.
Downtown Riverfront is where about 25 high-rise condominium buildings line the Detroit River. These dwellings make convenient living for Detroit’s seniors and empty-nesters. Real-estate buyers get to choose from restored 1920’s era luxury buildings to brand new lofts and townhomes. Seniors will appreciate the scenic river views, nature trail, and golf course. This area is ripe with small business owners who either live in the downtown area, in nearby Indian Village, or in Palmer Woods.
Detroit is the home of Henry Ford, who earned Detroit the nickname of “Motor City” when he pioneered the automotive industry in the nation. Ford used the idea of factory assembly lines to mass produce automobiles. Seniors have the opportunity to explore Detroit’s roots on one of the riverboat or underground rail tours. Detroit celebrates its diversity with the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Arab American National Museum. Of course, learning about Detroit would not be complete without a visit to the Detroit Automotive Hall of Fame.
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