The Farmington Hills real estate market is situated in the heart of Southeastern Michigan, just twenty miles from NW Detroit. The Farmington and Farmington Hills regions offer easy access to major thoroughfares in the area including Grand River M-5, Orchard Lake Road, I-696, and I-275. The city contains several freeway interchanges connecting local roads to the two interstates. In 2004, the Farmington Hills neighborhood was recognized for being the fifth safest city in Michigan.
Farmington Hills is known for excellent schools, affluence, and quite comfortable neighborhoods. Farmington Hills feature over 600 acres of gorgeous public parks. The Farmington Hills neighborhood is a place residents are proud to call home. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 82,111, with a total area of 33.3 miles, making it the largest city in Oakland County, and the third wealthiest county per-capita in America.
Companies from all over the world have chosen the Farmington Hills housing market as an optimal place to do business, in numerous industrial parks spanning 600 acres and occupying over 4.5 million square feet of office space. Occupancy usually hovers around 87%, higher than most communities.
Major employers in the community include Botsford Hospital, Robert Bosch Corporation, Chrysler Services North America, Gale, Nissan Technical Center North America, Alcoa, Allstate, TRW Automotive Electronics, and Amerisure.
When you live in Farmington Hills, Michigan, you'll be residing in a city that is family-friendly and close to everything that Metro Detroit has to offer. If you work downtown you'll only be about 25 miles from work, and if you need to get around, you're close to the freeway. There are three major freeways in and around Farmington Hills that can connect you to anywhere you desire.
Within the city you'll find lots of dining choices, from your standard fast food options to local restaurants and various ethnic foods to please your palette. There are also many major businesses operating within the city limits including Hitachi Automotive Systems and Nissan's Technical Center, as well as Bosch and Botsford Hospital.
Within the many subdivisions, you'll have wide streets to bike or walk down and parks that you and the kids can play in. Many of the parks are outfitted with playground equipment and swings!
Farmington Hills has many suburbs that have great homes dating back about 30 years or newer. The subdivision streets are quite wide and there lots of mini-parks and trails within that make great places for children to play. You'll find many of these subdivisions hosting family events as well as garage sales.
The median home value is at $238,300 and 85% of homeowners live in the same home year-after-year.
Farmington Hills is mainly a grid that stretches 6 miles by 6 miles. Within that grid is a suburban lifestyle that encourages education, culture, and the desire to get outdoors. With the sprawling land of Heritage Park or sidewalks that line many of the main roads, it’s easy for folks young and old to find their way around town whether on bike or out for a morning jog. Centrally located northwest of Detroit, you’ll find it easy to head out of town for the weekend or downtown for a hockey game with the freeways that run nearby. From local favorites like Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum to local theater troupes performing at the Player’s Barn, Farmington Hills is a great place for the growing family.
The renowned Farmington Public Schools system enrolls more than 12,000 students and consists of 14 elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools in the neighborhood. Harrison High School is noted for its famous alumni, Al Jean, comedy writer on The Simpsons. Farmington public school leaders offer unique programming and quality services in order to ensure a complete and state-of-the-art learning experience.
There are six private schools in the community, including Saint Fabian Elementary and Middle School, Mercy High School (an all-girls Catholic high school), The International School, The Steppingstone School, Hillel Day School (a day school affiliated with Conservative Judaism), and Maria Montessori Center.
Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) operates local and regional bus transit for Farmington Hills community residents: 866-962-5515. There is also Senior Transportation, for ages 55 and older: 248-473-1864.
The Farmington real estate community brings with it four major parks and four neighborhood parks which make up more than 600 acres of public parkland for recreation. This does not take into account the 10 miles of cross-country ski trails, a nature center, and hiking trails.
Throughout the year, Farmington sponsors special neighborhood events such as the Summer Fun Series, "Shopping for Holiday Dollars" promotion, Halloween Fun Fest, the Farmers Market, and Summer Concert Series. Downtown merchants work together to sponsor community sidewalk sales, a Summer's End Celebration, and other activities that make the downtown shopping experience fun for everyone.
One of 30 traditional downtown settings in Oakland County, Farmington offers an outstanding alternative to the shopping mall environment. Here, shoppers will find satisfaction and enjoyment in the wide assortment of neighborhood retail stores, restaurants, community cafes, and professional services.
Farmington Hills is home to a number of Metro Detroit's finest dining establishments, as well as a wide range of neighborhood ethnic restaurants.
The neighborhood is also home to many recreation facilities, such as the Farmington Hills Ice Arena and Costick Activities Center. The William Costick Activities Center provides a community-oriented, multi-purpose facility where citizens of all ages from Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding communities can enjoy a wide variety of social, recreational, and cultural activities, events, programs, and services. It serves the recreational needs of neighborhood residents with a swimming pool, multi-purpose gymnasium, three soccer fields, and meeting rooms. Parks & recreation officials take pride in offering diverse programming for those interested in hockey, softball, tennis, golf, volleyball, and soccer.
Farmington and Farmington Hills neighborhoods trace their native ancestors to the Pottawatomie Indians. In 1820, this real estate market was taken over by the U.S. government and was sold to settlers for $1.25 per acre. Arthur Power, a Quaker from Farmington, New York, and a small company of men, had the means to take advantage of this opportunity.
On February 1, 1824, Power set out from New York with two of his older sons, John and Jarred, and two hired men, David Smith and Daniel Rush, to purchase the land between Eleven Mile Road and Alameda Road. Power and his two sons, together with friends and hired laborers, arrived in the area on March 8, 1824, ready to settle down. They began by building a small log cabin and clearing land to plant wheat and corn. Over time, more and more settlers arrived, and the agriculture and business in the area continued to expand.
It was in 1847 that a post office was established in the northern part of Farmington and rightfully called North Farmington. But still, the area was mainly farmland and was temporarily called the village of Quakertown named after Quaker Valley Farms.
After the Civil War, the people living in a square mile of territory around what is now Grand River and Farmington Road, voted to have that area become a village. In 1867, the area now known as the Historic District, became incorporated as the village of Farmington, and in 1926 this area became an official city. Over time, adjoining lands were annexed, and various villages were formed. In 1972 the original village of Farmington and other villages in the community combined to form the City of Farmington Hills.
Today Farmington and Farmington Hills share a lot, including a school district and many government services. The northern part of Farmington Hills is much newer, encompassing homes that are new to 40 years old, while the southern part of the city resembles more of Farmington with its historic buildings and architecture from the 1800s.
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