We have had the opportunity to move twice over the years and we never could bring ourselves to do it. It's like leaving a family. Many,Many of the residents have been here for 20 years or more in thier homes. Very few people move out unless it's due to thier economic situation or job loss. There are homes for sale in our sub now that are listing for way below what they are worth, because a few people forclosed and this brought the prices of homes way down which is a travisty. Most of the homes that have been renovated or the larger homes in the sub have never come up for sale. So there are many hidden gems in the neighborhood. So anyone buying here will get thier money back two-fold, this sub use to have houses up for sale and they would be on the market 1 day, that's how great this area was and is, But getting back to some of your questions: We are up the street from East Hills Elementary school grades k-8 and the bus takes the kids to both East Hills and Lasher High School which is about 5 miles, St. Hugo of the Hills grade school and church, 2 miles, The Temple on Woodward 4.5 milesand .I-75 is right behind us, my husband commutes to Detroit and we picked this sub because it offered a great location for everything.
I think your price range & the square footage & the particular area you need to be in (friends) might be a juggle. $250,000 vs. the square footage for this area of town. They may have to settle for a fixer-upper for $250,000 with more than 2500 sq. feet or they may want to spend a little bit more and not have to do that, it all depends on what thier time & money is worth to them. If it was me with all of those kids, I would spend a little bit more money and get a house that has been renovated or at least move-in condition with very little to do. I come from a family of 7, so I know what time is worth. They may want to look at the Fox-Hills Sub, I know a few of my neighbor's have thier house up for sale and probably could very well accomodate this size family. Have them take a look. I think the amenities this sub-division has for the children is outstanding, I hope they find something suitable for thier family.....Oh, also Conant is off Telegraph Rd on Quarton, this is not close to the temple nor Lasher High School. Walking distance to the High School is limited unless you live on Lasher rd, which in that area is expensive. I hoped I helped you a little, (I can get longed winded).
First of all are you talking about the Temple on Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills?
2nd - If so, I would go with a realtor from Birmingham/Bloomfield area who know personally the individual sub-divisions in this area.
When I moved to Bloomfield from out of state I did the same thing, I looked up houses online and mapped everything out, but I was coming from a nearby state and was within driving distance and had an opportunity to drive out and take a look, but if this family needs to find a house for the upcoming school year you might want to have them hook up with a local agent in the area they want to move. I used Hall & Hunter in Birmingham and it worked out great for me.
While it may seem like a lot of time right now, in reality the timeframe that you are describing is quite short. There is no time to waste. You definitely want to hook up with one realtor. Otherwise, your friends will have a very difficult time meeting their timeframe. You would be surprised how many home showings one can "squeeze" into one day when it is well thought out and planned. Relying on one realtor will make the entire process run smoothly, timely and enjoyable!
I commonly schedule multiple "home tours" for buyers. I provide buyers with a handy book of facts to help them remember the homes that have been visited. Please let me know if I can help you.
Where did you move in Bloomfield (what subdivion or street?) How do you like it? Any input on the schools? Are the people or kids uppity?
Thank you for the great responses! My friends are BUSY getting their house ready to sell. No time to get to know Mi. Found an unfinished home in Orion, but I fear it to be too far a commute.
My friends want me to look at Birmingham, but it seems out of their price range. They want to try to not go over $250,000 for a home with more than 2500 sq ft and 4+ bedrooms. Their most frequent commutes will be to work in Detroit, to Church in Bloomfield Hills near the Temple on Woodward, and back and forth to the schools and music lessons. Drive time is an important factor for the Dad who, as the sole wage earner, may need to go right from work in Detroit to the Church on Woodward in Bloomfield Hills. It would be helpful to live as near to 47425 Woodward Ave. as possible, yet be w/in walking distance to great public schools. That may be impossible to find, but I like a challenge.
If we could find them something across from Conant El and Bloomfield Middle that is both large enough and in their price range, that would be great. Or, maybe, w/in walking distance to Lahser High. Their children will attend public schools in 3rd, 4th, 6th, 9th, and 11th grades this Fall. The oldest doesn't want to take the bus. She may not have a choice. She plays violin and would like a school with a good performing arts program. All the children are smart, musical and naturally athletic. Oh, did I forget goodlooking? Guess I'm biased.
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