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Moving to Holly Michigan

Are you considering a move to the Holly Area?  Holly is just five miles to the east of Fenton.  It lies about half way between 2 expressways.  I-75 is about 5 miles to the east of Holly and US-23 is about 7 miles to the west.  So you have easy highway access. The city of Holly lies along Grange Hall Road that runs east west.

I would not consider Holly a suburb of Detroit.  Holly is in the furthest north west corner of Oakland County.  It is a rural area that does not have a high density of homes.  You are not going to find subdivision after subdivision out here.  Sure there are some subdivision, but not one after another.  There will be homes sitting back in the woods, homes on acreage, lake homes, and farms.  Of course the city of Holly is different, but the surrounding area is definitely rural.  Holly is about 15 miles south of Flint and about 55 miles northwest of Detroit.  At least with I-75 being about 5 miles away you can get to Auburn Hills, Troy, Rochester, and downtown Detroit quite easily.


As you can see from the above map there is Bush Lake on the edge of the Village of Holly.  There are several nearby lakes close to Holly.  None of them are very big.  If you want a big all sports lake you will have to go to the Fenton area.  They have Silver Lake, Lake Fenton, and Lake Ponemah that are about 8 to 10 miles away.  All of these lakes are big all sports lake.

Holly Township surrounds the City of Holly to the north, East and west.  We will be talking about Holly and Holly Township as many people will talk as if they are one and the same.

History of Holly MI

The Village of Holly only occupies 3 square miles in size.  The Township is much bigger at 36 square miles which is a normal size for a township in Oakland County. Holly is a historical village that was 

In 1831, the first settler, Nathan Herrick, arrived and in 1843 Ira C. Alger constructed a dam across the Shiawassee River and built a sawmill in the area. He also built a grist mill the following year. The village was named due to an abundance of holly trees in the region. In 1855, the first train went through the area and in the 1860s, Holly became the first rail junction of Michigan. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1865, and in 1875 a fire destroyed a great deal of the village. Numerous buildings on the east side were completely burned.

In 1863, the first railroad tracks to reach Holly were those of the Detroit and Milwaukee Line, later joined by the Flint & Holly Railroad Line, founded by Henry Crapo. A modest, two-story wood building, called "The Washington House," occupied the corner where the Holly Hotel presently stands.

More than 25 trains passed through Holly each day, bringing passengers, railroaders, freight and transients into the village and the saloons that lined Martha and Broad Streets. Free-for-all brawls back in the 1800's typically left so many injured that Martha Street was dubbed "Battle Alley" by the locals--a name that remains today.

From the township page

"Holly Township is nestled in the northern and western most corner of Oakland County. Residents here enjoy a scenic atmosphere filled with natural beauty, wildlife, and serenity.  Winding picturesque roads lead to many outdoor parks including Seven Lakes State Park, Rose Oaks, Springfield Oaks, Groveland Recreation Area, Holly Recreation Area and our own Sorenson Park and Heritage Farmstead.

Holly’s unique position in Oakland County allows residents and visitors alike to experience the outdoors without being too far away from the conveniences of more urban environments.

Holly Township is committed to preserving and enhancing a safe community of caring and involved residents that are proud to call Holly Township Home.   We will do so by providing vision and leadership which will allow for managed growth that respects our township’s natural resources and cultural history. We will endeavor to deliver our services cost effectively, while embracing the highest standards of integrity and accountability to those we serve."  Many people move to Holly for the rural atmospere.  They want a little space instead of being close to there neighbors.

Holly is a historic village.  Many of the homes are wood structures.  Some have been covered by vinyl but many retain their old historic charm.  Some are victorian homes, but there are newer homes in the village too.  It is a quaint little town.  I would highly recommend you to eat at the historic Holly Hotel.  It is now just a restaurant and no longer rents rooms.  They have several events throughout the year at the restaurant.  They even say it is haunted.

Holly is a very safe community so it gives a good alternative to living in Flint or some of the higher crime communities near Flint.  If safety for your family is a priority for you then come visit Holly.   Relocating to Holly is a smart move.  It's a nice place to live.  Holly still attracts outside residents to the little stores, bars, and restaurants in the town.  If you are looking for a quiet, laid back type of town where the homes are not on top of one another then Holly may be for you.

If you have a Oakland County relocation in your future and considering Holly as one of your alternatives give me a call or text.  I know the local areas and can help make your move less stressful.  I will help handle the problems and help make your move to Holly a pleasant experience.  Call me or text me today at 248-310-6239  Plus you get a great home buyer bonus.

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