Want small town charm but live the big suburb life? Northville, Michigan is among the wealthiest suburbs in the Metro Detroit area, but its historic downtown-place bustling with local shops, restaurants and events-draws the community together. Executive-style homes on fairly large lots dominate this area, which gives reason to why Northville is known for having among the most expensive real estate in Michigan. However, it’s possible to find a moderate-sized home typical to a suburban life.
Northville’s population is just under 6,000 residents according to the 2010 census, and the city is located among good company since its nestled among other prominent Metro Detroit suburbs-Novi, Livonia and Plymouth-that are also known for high quality of life. Despite its relatively small population size and tucked away location, Northville offers a family-friendly community typical of the Midwest. Great schools are a characteristic of a family-friendly community, and Northville public schools are widely considered among the best in Michigan. While the city’s cost of living is slightly higher than other areas in Michigan, residents benefit from the low crime rate and access to amenities like local shops and big box stores.
Northville is known for its historic and active downtown. The tree-lined streets, decorative benches, brick-patterned sidewalks and Victorian-era style homes are a seamless blend of the old and the new. In addition to holding festivities that celebrate the holidays, downtown Northville is also known for its annual Victorian Festival. The event celebrates the Victorian era when Northville was a village. Residents are encouraged to dress in Victorian-period clothing and participate in the festival activities, including vintage baseball. Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill is another community stable that adds to Northville’s small town charm. Only open in the fall months, Parmenter’s is known for its homemade goods like delicious apple cider and spice donuts. Families visit the cider mill for pumpkin patch picking, hay rides, and playing on the mill’s kid-friendly play structures. Even though it’s located in a state known for its piercing winters, Northville keeps you feeling cozy with its friendly atmosphere and small town charm.