“Small City-Big Impact!”
If you’re looking for small-town life with a charismatic downtown and charming neighborhoods, then Berkley is just the place for you…it’s known as the “Small City-Big Impact.” The City was born as a result of affluent Detroiters who left the city in search of more land in 1932. This 2.62 square mile city has a population of about 15,000 and borders Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Huntington Woods. It is mostly residential, is laden with tree-lined neighborhoods, and has tons of country appeal.
The houses here are quaint and diverse, post-war, but with charm. These bucolic houses can be found in friendly neighborhoods engulfed with trees and range from 900 sq ft to over 2,000 sq ft, it’ll be a challenge to find two houses that look the same on each block.
Detroit Home Magazine has listed Berkley as the “Best Community for a First Home.”
This is why many organizations/publications have ranked this city as a great place to live.
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Just 20 minutes from Detroit, it’s eclectic downtown is like stepping back in time! Most of the city’s businesses are predominantly located in its downtown district, where you can find trendy shopping, unique dining, and fine art. Their old fashioned ice cream shops and its decades-old theater building with its Chicago Theater-like marquee signage are only some of the things that lends to its cozy appeal.
You will never run out of things to do in Berkley: Winterfest, Summerfest, and the CruiseFest Classic Car Parade. Also, “the DDA Promotions Committee is creating a new series of summer events where business owners will partner with a diverse group of artists – from fine art and performance art to garage bands and buskers.”
Huntington Woods, Michigan
"The City of Homes"
The City of Huntington Woods is only 1.5 square miles, has a population of 6,314, and is well known for its abundance of well-preserved single family housing. This is why it is referred to as “The City of Homes!” It is centrally located in Southeastern Oakland County. Within its borders, are the Detroit Zoo and Rackham Golf Course. Per the 2010 Census, ninety-three percent of all housing units were owner-occupied, four percent of housing units were renter-occupied, and only three percent of housing units were vacant in the City. Huntington Woods’ population is also highly educated as it ranks third in the state with 72.5 percent of its population age 25 years or older having a bachelor’s degree or higher.
In the early 1920s, the Huntington Woods Subdivision quickly became home to many of Detroit’s advertising executives, automobile designers, bankers, and architects along with other executives and business owners who wanted to build sophisticated, English-influenced homes comparable to two of Detroit’s established neighborhoods. Fred Hathaway, who was a school superintendent and an executive with the Michigan Sugar Company, was the first to build a home in the new subdivision. In 1916, he hired an architect from Huntingdon, England, Mr. I.C. Freud, to build his home at the highest point on the city’s ridge. Freud got the idea of patterning a meandering street layout on the ridge area of Huntington Woods after this quaint town of Huntingdon, England, the city’s namesake. The British inspiration extended to the design of many of the area’s houses and some of its original street with names such as York, Hereford, Huntington, Salem and Dundee.
One of the jewels of Huntington Woods is the Rackham Golf Course. In 1924, Detroit attorney Horace H. Rackham and his wife Mary attained roughly 150 acres of land from the Baker Land Company which was located in the City of Huntington Woods. They gave 22 acres to the Detroit Zoological Society and the remaining land was used to develop the Rackham Golf Course. It was reportedly the first 18-hole public golf course constructed in the State of Michigan. The Rackham’s were both avid golfers and members of the Detroit Golf Club and said they built the course and donated it to the City of Detroit because, in Mr. Rackham’s words, “we should give those who can’t afford to belong to private clubs, the same opportunity to play and have tournaments.”
Two Great Cities....One Amazing School District!
Berkley and Huntington Woods both utilize the Berkley School District, which offers a superb education and includes 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school, a preschool program, and involvement in the International Academy. The Norup School is also located in the District and it is 1 out of 3,500 schools in the world that teach specialized programs called “Primary Years Programme” and “Middle Years Programme.” And Berkley High School has been named one of the Top 735 high schools in the country from 2008-2014 by Newsweek. Berkley has been named 1 of 376 school district nationwide as a Best Community For Music Education by NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants). So whether you make your home in Berkley or Huntington Woods, you know your children will enjoy a stellar education.
Berkley’s crime rate is below the national average. In fact, Berkley’s crime index is 73 on a scale where 100 is the safest, which means Berkley is safer than 73 percent of U.S. cities. The chance of someone becoming a victim of a violent crime in this area is one out of 1,271.
Whether you prefer Huntington Woods or Berkley to call home, you get to take advantage of both cities given their proximity to each other and shared schools…..the best of both worlds!
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