The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan is a popular and vibrant community situated around 40 miles southwest of Detroit. It was formed in 1824 and soon after became the seat of Washtenaw County. Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan’s more than 38,000 students, also claims home to Concordia University, Washtenaw Community College, the Washtenaw Campus of Cleary University, and neighbors Eastern Michigan University in next-door Ypsilanti.
Therefore, Ann Arbor is often considered the education hub of the Midwest and has been designated for several years running the most educated city in America. The city’s nationally recognized school system offers public, private, and parochial schools. Being one of the best living places in the nation, Ann Arbor is more than simply a university town; it accommodates over 100 high-tech, research, and light-industrial employers. The city provides all the necessities of modern life, especially a seamless transportation system, and is packed full of a variety of attractions.
Ann Arbor’s diverse community is known for a range of attractions, including over 200 restaurants; a multitude of shopping areas; the year-round Ann Arbor Farmers Market; galleries, world-class museums, clubs, and theaters with live music.
Annual social events include the very popular Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Ann Arbor Art Fair, and Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival which draws millions of visitors from across the world to the downtown area every year in summer.
Ann Arbor’s residential neighborhoods offer a lot of condominium communities, apartment complexes, as well as all types of historical, traditional, and modern homes built in different sizes and styles. Many are walking distance to The University of Michigan’s Central Campus as well as the Medical, Law, and Hospital Campuses, the renowned University Hospital, the highly popular Kerrytown neighborhood, and many of the key shopping and dining destinations. Homes and condos in the city are great for professionals, grad students, and make good investment real estate for those seeking to offer rentals for university students.
The Ann Arbor real estate market is somewhat competitive. Homes here get 2 offers on average and could be sold within around 49 days. Homes in some desirable areas can sell before they even hit the market. If searching for a new home in the area, be sure to work with a real estate agent who has hyper-local roots and experience.
Ann Arbor’s many off-street trails and lightly-traveled neighborhood streets attract bike riders, joggers, and walkers (many with their pups) throughout the year. Cyclists have access to an extensive trail system, which winds along the Huron River and many other scenic areas.
While walking and biking are popular, and parking is always easy (except on football game days), public transportation in the city is based almost wholly on the bus system that is operated by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority that locals call simply “The Ride.” There are more than 1500 bus stops, making riding the bus extremely convenient in Ann Arbor. The AATA runs numerous shuttle programs for annual events such as U-M football games, Ann Arbor Art Fairs, etc.
Ann Arbor has a highly varied and highly rated international food scene, with more than 400 restaurants providing fare ranging from scrumptious Eastern European food and authentic Ethiopian cuisine to award-winning Italian restaurants and delightful American classics. Enjoy the gourmet desserts and hand-crafted ice cream from public playgrounds and the local park. Zingerman’s Deli is a must-visit experience while enjoying Ann Arbor, and there are now multiple outposts of this local foodie sensation.
The beautiful patio dining downtown is one of several popular food options, as well as local food trucks and other to-go windows. There are endless opportunities for recreation in the city’s 159 parks, featuring trails, canoe rentals, multiple excellent golf courses, swimming pools, ice rinks, athletic fields, tennis courts, plus volunteer opportunities and programs for every cause and interest.
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