Grosse Pointe, Michigan is a town of about 5,000 people that lies on the shores of Lake Saint Clair. Just eight miles from downtown Detroit, Grosse Pointe is a considered an upper-middle income suburb where you'll find professionals, executives, and office workers. In fact, at about 95%, Grosse Pointe has one of the highest concentrations of white-collar residents in the country. Homes are predominantly single-family structures, but the styles, sizes, and ages vary widely, with the average home size around 3,000 square feet. Many were built pre-World War II, making this one of the more historic cities in the U.S.
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Along with the upper-middle income bracket, Grosse Pointe also has some of the most expensive real estate in the country. As with most lakefront communities, the largest and most expensive homes are on the water. Near the main thoroughfare Kercheval Avenue, you can find large, sprawling estates with mansions in styles such as Tudor, Dutch Colonial, neo-Georgian, and arts-and-crafts. Smaller Victorian homes are also common near the downtown retail district known as the Village, as well as bungalows, townhouses, and some apartments as you move further out from Lake Saint Clair. Many of these residences were built in the 1920s, and give the neighborhoods a sense of historic charm. In these areas, you will also find many artists and designers. Grosse Pointe has a large population of people in creative fields, and they have greatly influenced the charm and character of the city.
The southern part of Grosse Pointe is the older part of the city. This area was Detroit's first commuter suburb and became heavily populated from 1910 to 1930 when the automobile industry was burgeoning. As the older neighborhood, southern Grosse Pointe is more densely populated, with smaller houses and yards than those found in northern Grosse Pointe. It is commonly known as "the City," "the Park," or "the Farms," all of which were part of this area before the town became established. Northern Grosse Pointe, comprised of the Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores communities, boasts newer neighborhoods, with more modern homes and larger yards, although there are also a number of historic homes here, as well. Northern Grosse Pointe has some of the most expensive housing in the country, with an average home price of $328,000.00. The people who live here are considered "urban sophisticates," interested in high culture, classical music, and the arts. Grosse Pointe is also where Michigan's most famous resident, Henry Ford, called home. It is a lovely, scenic community with a lot to offer.