Ferndale, Michigan

Fashionable Ferndale - "Change is Good"

If you’re looking for a place that successfully mixes a family-friendly lifestyle, change, culture, and diversity, look no further than Ferndale, Michigan. There is always a constant buzz implying something exhilarating is happening just around the corner!

Ferndale was first incorporated into a village in 1918, and then it was settled by farmers in 1927 and was incorporated into a city.  It became even more prevalent as the automobile was introduced and Woodward Avenue was the main artery running through the city.  It was also home to one of the busiest trolleys that ran through Detroit’s suburbs, which helped to turn it into a bedroom community. Although the trolley line is no longer in existence, the buzz and youth that defined Ferndale’s early days still exists now.

Today, the City of Ferndale is still a pulsating four square mile suburb of Detroit known for its diversity, vibrant downtown district, and gorgeous neighborhoods.   It is close in proximity to all major freeways, which makes it very easily accessible to live or visit.

As one of Detroit’s older suburbs, its housing tends to follow suit with distinctive and charismatic qualities such as:  Clapboard shutters, white picket fences, and large front porches. All of this, combined with its downtown loft options, makes the City a very desirable place for first-time homeowners.  As a matter of fact, it is one of the 10 best Detroit suburbs for professionals to live:  http://www.movoto.com/guide/detroit-mi/best-detroit-suburbs-for-young-professionals/



Downtown Ferndale is an award-winning district that is regularly honored by Main Street Oakland County.  In 2010, it won the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Program.  It was was the first city in Oakland County to receive this national recognition and only the third to receive it in the entire state!

It includes a diverse mix of over 350 businesses, most owned and operated by entrepreneurs who are motivated by their desire to deliver their goods and services in charmingly distinctive methods.  Downtown is known for its myriad of entertainment options, stunning streetscapes, wide sidewalks, compact parks, pedestrian alleys, and over a 30 piece collection of public art.



Pleasant Ridge, Michigan

“A Community Where Neighbors Know Each Other.”

In the spring of 1919, the village of Pleasant Ridge was incorporated.  In 1927, with the threat of annexation into either Ferndale or Royal Oak imminent, Pleasant Ridge voted to incorporate as a city.

Pleasant Ridge is a small, bucolic, mostly residential community that is full of trees, long-time residents, and a community spirit like no other! The City of Pleasant Ridge is known for its historic homes, tree-lined streets, and its community pride, which is unmistakable when you see the immaculate neighborhoods and gorgeous parks. As a result of this community’s devotion to “pride in ownership,” many of the houses in Pleasant Ridge are part of a nationally-recognized Historic District.  This will inevitably continue to be a gorgeous community for years to come. Although Pleasant Ridge is geographically small, it has a strong sense of commitment to historic conservancy, community, and its central location makes Pleasant Ridge the picture-perfect city for all ages, interests, and lifestyles.

The Detroit Zoo, which opened in 1928, is Pleasant Ridge’s largest neighbor and is literally a stone’s throw away.   The Detroit Zoo houses about 3,300 animals representing 280 species and has year-round events that include trick-or-treating, a light display, and beer/wine tastings, among many other events.

Most of the city is made up of its historic residential area, with 97% of all parcels and 96% of the taxable valuation.   The City has already taken the collaborative steps of listing practically its entire land area on the National Register of Historic Places. This conservation coupled with its ongoing developments are significant to the city’s success, making the City of Pleasant Ridge a highly sought after historic residential area.

A very large percentage of homes in Pleasant Ridge are owner occupied (94%) as compared with some its neighboring cities:  Ferndale (68%), Royal Oak (70%), or the entire state of Michigan (74%). Both the median home value is about $254,000 compared to the neighboring communities which range from $115,900-$167,000. The vacancy rate of the state of Michigan is about 15.6% compared to 2.1%  in Pleasant Ridge.



Ferndale & Pleasant Ridge Schools

"Best Community For Music Education"

The schools in Ferndale are split between both the Ferndale Public Schools and Hazel Park Schools depending on where you live. In 2012, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) voted Ferndale as 1 of 176 programs in the country as a “Best Community for Music Education.” They have a vocal music program that starts in kindergarten and instrumental music, band, orchestra, and choir become available as students’ progress. There’s also a State Championship marching band. John F. Kennedy Elementary School was recognized in 2013 as the Green School of the Year in Oakland County for its emphasis on recycling.

The city features 14 parks which include activities such as in-line skating rinks, walking trails, basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, playscapes, and picnic areas for everyone.  Ferndale also has a Curling Club, which is exclusive to the Metro Detroit area and features four sheets of curling ice in the winter and offers curling lessons and league play.

Ferndale Schools


Pleasant Ridge comprises 4 primary and secondary schools. One of the best schools is Ferndale High School, with a rating of 6 and has about 799 students. The public schools in Pleasant Ridge are part of the Ferndale Public Schools District.

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