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Amina El'min, Home Buyer in Massachusetts

best areas in Detroit, michigan to reside?

Asked by Amina El'min, Massachusetts Tue Apr 22, 2008

I am relocating to Detroit, and would like any advice in helping me to choose a safe area.

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Amina, Wd makes a good point. This website contains Transportation Affordability Indexes (however it's spelled) for 25 metro areas including Detroit http://htaindex.cnt.org/ I suggest using the advanced search
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Hi Amina - my suggestion to you is to look for a community closer to where you will be working - one of the pitfalls of moving to a LARGE city like Detroit - is how long your commute will be - with gas prices on the constant rise - it will save you $$$ and give you a higher standard of living if you can spend less time in your car. Also note - mass transit besides the bus system is non existent in this area. So - the work commute should influence your decision. WD
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 27, 2008
I'm originally from Windsor, Ontario, though we now reside in western Canada. You might want to consider Dearborn, particularly if as your name suggests, you are of Arabic descent. And there's always Birmingham, a really nice town. I couldn't in all honesty recommend any of the Detroit areas themselves. Things there seem to be getting progressively worse as the housing crisis leaves more and more neighbourhoods with empty, abandoned houses. But outside the city proper there are some lovely communities.

I'm not an agent, so I can give you my opinion freely.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
As Gary mentioned, regulations prohibit answering questions that "STEER" a buyer to an area or diminish an area with any form of slander or discriminating information or reference.

My reply to your question gave you a general outline of the area to search for a new home. Many times, when someone is moving to a new area, just knowing the names of some of the neighboring communities can be a huge help. Understanding the geographical layout can assist in locating a new home in relationship to highways, and potential jobs.

To understand what you may feel as “safe" areas, you are better off searching web sites of local municipalities, state police sites or county police sights, on your own for each community in question. Good luck with your search.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
I've lived in North Oakland County ( Michigan ) since 1958.

I would never want to move out of Michigan. I have traveled all over this great nation of ours, from Arizona to Florida to Texas and Minnesota to Pennsylvania and nearly every state in between. I can say I've enjoyed a part of every state I've seen. The one thing about Michigan is the vast differences in the state from one side to the other and from the southern part to the great Upper Peninsula. No other state has the fresh waters that we do, known as the Great Lakes.

As far as communities near Detroit with easy commuting, I would say that Troy, Rochester, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Novi, Wixom or maybe Rose Twp, Clarkston, Lake Orion, Oxford, Holly, Fenton ... to name a few. Working near Detroit with easy access for a morning drive would suggest anywhere in Oakland, Macomb or Genesee Counties.

Wayne County is more out of my area, but closer to inner Detroit. I can't say much about what it's like there. I have never sold or listed a property in Wayne county.

I work more in the ( what is known as the ) "Thumb" area. I live and work in ( as mentioned ) the northern portion of Oakland county and it's an area very preferred by many.

I play in the northern area of Michigan near Mio and West Branch or Mackinac. As you look at a map of Michigan, you'll see the shape of a mitten. The central portion of the mitt, is where I know best and it's about 45 minutes to an hour and a half from Detroit.

In the northern part of Oakland county, we have great music concert arenas, some nice ski locations such as Pine Knob, great shopping malls, parks, lakes, rivers, golf courses … you name it, we have it here. I prefer the Lake Orion and Oxford area myself.

Good luck with your move and feel free to contact me if you need a Realtor for assistance.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
Amina, There are many Federal and State laws preventing real estate professionals from answering your question. I suggest going the The City of Detroit or State of Michigan websites to research areas.
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