Its motto is "Michigan's Community of Vision," and Canton, Michigan, lives up to the hype. The charter township tucked comfortably within Michigan's Lower Peninsula's Wayne County is among the fastest-growing communities in the entire state and region, and its burgeoning real estate scene and ample available properties provide further evidence of exactly why that is the case.
The Canton area covers 36 square miles, with many of those miles broken up into historic neighborhoods. Sheldon, which is sometimes referred to as Sheldon's Corners, is a historic community in south Canton named for New York state transplants Timothy and Rachael Sheldon. The pair settled in the area after construction completed on what is now U.S. 12, and they helped create the historic settlement that boasted a schoolhouse, two churches, two general stores and several service businesses including that of a cobbler and a blacksmith. With the widening of Michigan Avenue the look and feel of the Sheldon's Corners area has changed somewhat, but it is still listed as a Michigan State Historic Site and it still beckons history buffs and newcomers alike thanks to its remaining historic structures mixed in with its more modern homes and conveniences.
Cherry Hill is home to more of the Canton area's rich history and is located in western Canton, at the junction of Cherry Hill and Ridge Roads. Today, the area features a "new urbanist" neighborhood characterized by historic architecture designed in honor of the area's first settlements, and it is home to many of the region's most notable and eye-catching homes. Cherry Hill is located along the Lower River Rouge, and the community also boasts its own performance hall, the Village Theater, which is home to theater productions, concerts, classes and other forms of live entertainment. Canton has been named to numerous "best of" lists over the years, and it is often listed among the best places to settle or retire thanks to its low crime rate, strong performing arts scene and convenient location between Ann Arbor and Detroit. Lovingly referred to as the "Sweet Corn Capitol of Michigan," many of its corn farmers supply the needs of the nearby grocery stores. Canton also features numerous draws and avenues for establishing community connections, from the Canton Farmer's Market, featuring fruits, vegetables and crafts from area merchants, to its many shopping, drinking and dining destinations. For an unbeatable mix of rich history and modern convenience and a broad array of housing options to match, consider Canton.