I moved into the Fox Hills sub-division (houses) and I have lived here for a long-time, there is tennis courts,swimming pool, swim team, pre-school (run by Bloomfield Hills), a resident association, I could go on and on. We have 2 children that have loved living in this neighborhood, we have doctors, Lawyers,policeman,FBI, teachers, all sorts of residents live in our sub. the sub celebrates all the holidays with parties for the kids and the adults, in short this is the best family sub-division in Bloomfield Township.
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).