“The Town That Time Forgot”
The Franklin Village settlement originated in 1824 by New England settlers. Franklin was incorporated as a Home Rule Village on November 8, 1953 and continues the tradition of family homes and businesses as the Village had originally begun. Franklin is approximately 2.7 square miles, has a population of 3,025 and is known as “The Town That Time Forgot.” This charming village is known for its historic architect with bucolic and unique shops and business, many of which are locally owned and will treat you like family.
Franklin’s Main Street is a collaboration of unique businesses that provides its residents and visitors a one-of-a-kind experience while still preserving its downtown neighborhood appeal. You will find a safe, walkable, vibrant downtown while sustaining and stimulating the historic architecture and character of the village, as if a piece of New England was transplanted in the middle of Oakland County.
The Village is made up of single-family homes on larger lots, everything from quaint Victorian villages to sleek contemporary homes that co-exist in the wooded hills of Franklin. The median home sale price is $500,000. Many of the historic homes and buildings in the Village are still standing. Franklin is part of the Birmingham Public School District.
Bullocks Tavern, which was built by Elijah Bullock around 1830, is the oldest building in Franklin. Although it was originally built as a tavern, an upper floor was added in 1831 that accommodated a store. There are log beams in the basement that still have original carvings of early villagers. Since then, the building has been home to a jewelry shop, hardware store, bookstore, and barbershop. As a matter of fact, Alan Trammel, shortstop for the Detroit Tigers from 1977 to 1996, used to get his haircut here! Today, this historic building is home to Gorback Studio of Photography. Mr. Bullock also made a significant gift to the community when he donated an acre of land for use as the Franklin Cemetery.
Beverly Hills, Michigan
Beverly Hills was established in 1958 as Westwood, indicating it was west of Woodward Avenue. It was renamed as Beverly Hills in 1959. It is a 4.25 square mile “bedroom community” home to over 10,000 residents, 100 businesses, and has the largest population of any home-rule village in Michigan. The Village is part of Oakland County, which is one of the wealthiest counties in Michigan and in the nation.
Because the Village of Beverly Hills is rather small, it’s been easier for this community to cultivate a genuine family atmosphere. This village boasts Cape Cods, cozy craftsmans, and classic Colonial style homes. These are only a few of the reasons it ranks 4th out of the 10 Best Suburbs for Families. http://www.movoto.com/guide/detroit-mi/best-detroit-suburbs-for-families/
Beverly Hills prides itself on physical fitness awareness which is evident because it is home to three exceptional athletic clubs. The Beverly Hills Athletic Club has served the community for 50 years. The Beverly Hills Club is recognized as one of the top 100 sports clubs in the country. The club features state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and some of the area’s finest instructors, professionals, and trainers. The Woodside Athletic Club is a private swim and tennis club that has been serving Beverly Hills residents and their guests since 1965.
The Village of Beverly Hills also takes education very seriously as it received very high marks from GreatSchools.org. There are four schools award-winning schools in Beverly Hills; Beverly Elementary, Greenfield Elementary, Berkshire Middle School, and Wylie E. Groves High School, all of which are part of the Birmingham Public School System.
Detroit Country Day School, a private prep school is also located in the Village along with the French School of Detroit. The French School of Detroit was established in the fall of 1986, following the trend of French language education in Metro Detroit started by the “Lycée International School. These superb education options means your kids will be spending many years with the kids down the street as they go through school together.
If you’re looking for an affluent, family oriented and safe environment where your neighbors are also your friends, then the Villages, Franklin or Beverly Hills, are impeccable places to call home!
Award Winning Schools Shared By Both Cities!
Birmingham Public Schools
Franklin and Beverly Hills both utilize the Birmingham Public Schools, which has 7 primary and secondary schools. One of the finest schools is Ernest W. Seaholm High School, with a rating of 10 and has 1,278 students. The public schools in Birmingham are part of Birmingham Public Schools. Birmingham also has a variety of private schools which include: Holy Name, Eton Academy, Our Shepherd Lutheran, and Roeper School. https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/
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