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So if you are relocating to Novi you probably want to know the best features of the city.  What type of town is it and what makes it better than other Oakland or Wayne County cities you could move to.  If you are thinking of a Novi relocation it is probably because of it's location along I-275 and I-96/696. These two expressways can get you to Lansing or the east side, to the expressway or connect you to a highway that will get you downtown.  There is another expressway M-5 that will get you to the northern suburbs or to Farmington/Redford.  Being close to these expressways will make your drive to work a little easier no matter where you work.  Many of my past relocation clients have moved to Novi because it was a central point between two different areas where the spouses live.

Novi is still one of the fastest growing cities in Southeastern Michigan.  There are still some large vacant parcels to build subdivisions on.  Novi was declared as a city in 1969 after the approval of a city charter on February 18, 1969 by the Village of Novi voters. Where the name Novi came from there is no absolute answer.   It was a small city back in 1969.   The construction of Twelve Oaks Mall in the 1970s made the city a major shopping destination to in and out of town tourists.  Twelve Oaks Mall and the surrounding shopping area draws Metro Detroiters from over 30 minutes Novi homesaway. The residential building boom started in the 1980's and the city grew tremendously until about 2006.  During the mortgage meltdown the building slowed, but now has picked up again.   The growth has led to substantial increases in the city's population, as well as commercial and industrial developments in the city. Novi was ranked 48 on Money magazine's list of the Top 100 Best Places to live in 2008. I would recomend anybody moving to Detroit to live here. 

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The city has no true downtown area though many would agree that the Novi Rd/Grand River area is where all the action takes place.  This is the Mega shopping area in the community.  Here you will find so many different types of restaurants, banks, and stores like tire stores, and other construction equipment places.  Many of my past Michigan relocation clients worry about what stores are her, will they be able to find what they need or what they are used to in the city they are moving to.  If you cannot find it in Novi you will be able to find it in one of the other nearby cities.   If you would like a Novi relocation guide email me at  

Another big draw to the area is the Suburban Collection Showplace features a 25,000 square foot Grand Atrium Style  entrance, three Exposition Halls with a total of 214,000 square feet of multi-purpose exposition space, and five meeting rooms.  Many people were tired of going to Cobo Hall in Detroit for boat shows, outdoor shows, and home shows.  Now the western suburbs have it's own large expo center.     


Schools have always been a top priority when I have helped clients relocated to Novi MI.  Your children will go to one of these four public school districts including Novi Community Schools, Northville Public Schools, South Lyon Community Schools, and Walled Lake Consolidated School District.   The majority of the students go to Novi schools.  It depends on where you live.  I will be able to tell you as we are looking at homes or viewing them on line.  If you live north of I-96 your children will go to Walled Lake schools which is a very good school district too.    Novi has an award winning, nationally recognized school district.  The City of Novi public school system has been awarded with one of Michigan's highest levels of academic achievement, being rated as a Gold Medal School District (by Expansion Management).All Novi Community Schools, including five elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school, are in the city limits. The Hickory Woods and Meadowbrook elementary schools from Walled Lake district are in the city limits. Thornton Creek Elementary from Northville schools is in the city limits.

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Novi real estate Parks, sports, and recreation activities.   

Some of the community events in Novi include Arbor Day in April, Memorial Day in May, Hometown Photo Competition, River Day, and the Novi Spring Perennial Exchange. 

Lakeshore Park is another natural area. The park is located between Walled Lake and Twelve Mile Road, west of Novi Road. While portions of the park were turned over to a developer to settle a lawsuit, it remains one of the largest parks in southeast Michigan.  Novi MI has over 1,000 acres of parkland and includes Lakeshore Park, ITC Community Sports Park, Ella Mae Power Park, Rotary Park, Wildlife Woods Park, Brookfarm Park, Village Wood Lake Park, Fuerst Park, and Landings Park.  Ella Mae Power Park, located behind the Novi Civic Center, hosts softball and baseball games and tournaments.  . 

Lakeshore Park hosts a number of summer activities including the Kid’s Concert Series, Camp Lakeshore, mountain bike and running races. The park has 9 miles of trail for walking, biking, running or skiing, and Walled Lake draws hundreds of families.  

The parks and recreation department has about 1,300 recreation programs and events for citizens of all ages throughout the year.  It strives to provide healthy, learning, and recreational activities to Novi's residents. Some of the sports programs offered include soccer, lacrosse, T-ball, softball, basketball, wiffle ball, tennis, volleyball, and horseshoes. So many options for you and your children.  Classes are offered in horseback riding, line dancing, karate and jazzercise. The Novi Ice Arena offers hockey, skating lessons and even birthday parties.  

Novi has several golf courses, including The Links of Novi, The Maples Club, and Westbrooke Golf Course. The Links is a public course, which has three nine-hole courses played in three eighteen-hole combinations. The Maples is a semi-private course, which is generally in excellent condition all season. Westbrooke is an 18-hole public course, with tree-lined fairways built on rolling terrain. It has three ponds that come into play on four holes and two excellent triple-tiered greens.  If you did not know Michigan has more golf courses than any other state.  So come golf.


Housing & real estate

When relocating here you defintely want to know about Novi real estate.  Novi is another one of Metro Detroit desirable communities.  The good schools, low crime make buyers want to live here.  The median home value in Novi is $284,300 in 2013.   Novi home values have gone up over the years with the exception of the mortgage meltdown years.  Homes went up 8.6% in 2013 and they predict that they will rise another 4.6% in 2014. The cost per square foot in Novi Michigan is $145, which is higher than the Detroit Metro average of $104.  Yes homes in Novi will be a little more expensive than Wixom, Walled Lake, or Livonia.

Novi has a population of approximately 51,934 people. There are safe, welcoming neighborhoods.  Most of the real estate in the city is carefully planned subdivisions.  No wonder why people want to live here!

There is no active farm that I know of in Novi anymore.  Most of the farmland and open spaces in Novi have been developed in the last 30 years.  There are some large parcels left but I would imagine in the next 20 years Novi will be completely developed. The exceptions include the Tollgate Farm located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Twelve Mile and Meadowbrook Roads. This farmstead is owned by the Americana Foundation and is currently leased and operated by Michigan State University as an agricultural extension.


Novi is located approximately 25 miles northwest of the center of Detroit in southeastern Michigan. It would take you about 35-45 minutes to get to the airport depending on where you live in the city.  Novi is located 19 miles east of Ann Arbor, 38 miles southeast of Flint, and 58 miles east of Lansing.It is situated in prestigious Oakland County, in the Detroit metro area.



 Besides the huge 12 Oaks Mall there is also Fontain Walk and Novi Town Center . Fountain Walk is a 737,000 square foot shopping and entertainment center. It provides top-notch retail, dining and entertainment in an open-air environment.  There are so many stores and fine retaurants within a mile of each other.  

City of NoviInteresting Facts/Historic Buildings and Places 

The city of Novi has several historical sites, such as the Fuerst Farmstead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Tollgate Farm. Other sites are the Colonel Samuel White Homestead, the Novi Depot and the Historic Township Hall, situated next to Furest Farmstead. 


The city of Novi has a total area of 31.3 square miles.  It has a gently rolling topography.  Walled Lake is the largest lake in the city and serves as the headwaters of the Middle Branch of the Rouge River. Just southwest of Walled Lake is Shawood Lake. Several smaller lakes are within the city and were created by gravel pit mining or as storm water retention areas.  Island Lake subdivision is one of these small lakes which has a subdivision of $500,000 to over million dollar homes on it.  The other lakes are more like ponds.  But if you are looking for waterfront property in Novi there is some to chose from. 

Most of Novi lies within the Rouge River watershed, although some areas on the north and west side are part of the Huron River watershed.  


Novi has a growing and vibrant economy and enjoys many professional employment opportunities.   As of January 2014 Novi has over 1,685 businesses.    The city is an ideal business location, providing convenient access to expressways, easy access to utilities, and high-tech and industrial land development opportunities. The city is well-connected to highway, rail and air transportation routes.  The city is also a member of Automation Alley, a group of technology firms and institutions in southeast Michigan. 

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The major employers in the city are:

Health Care 3135
Ryder System, Inc. Transportation & Logistics 600
Magna International (Absorbed Intier Automotive Seating) Automotive 550
Macy's Retail 539
Fox Run Retirement Community 300
Tognum Automotive 300
Comau North America Manufacturing 288
CVS Michigan, LLC (Distribution Center) Distribution Center 250
Cooper-Standard Automotive Automotive 250
International Transmission Company (ITC Holdings Corp.) Electric Transmission 230
Lifetime Fitness Fitness 220
Michigan CAT (includes Michigan CAT Engine Division) Machinery/Power Systems 220
Paychex, Inc. Payroll Management 200
Sports Club of Novi Fitness 200
Toyota Boshoku America Automotive 181
Autodesk, Inc. Software Developer 165
Art Institute of Michigan Higher Education 150
Frank W. Kerr Company Pharmaceuticals 150
Harman International Audio and Infotainment Solutions 150
Suburban Collection Showplace Exposition/Conference 150
Brass Craft Manufacturing Co. Manufacturing 140
FDI Group Insurance 126
Constellium Automotive USA LLC Automotive 124
Tata Technologies Engineering/IT 110
Kongsberg Automotive Automotive 107
Mahle Powertrain, LLC Automotive 105
Federal APD Automated Parking Systems 100
Walsh College Higher Education 100
Ikon Office Solutions Document Management 100
Numatics, Inc. Manufacturer of Air Valves 97
Eberspaecher North America, Inc. Automotive 90
Harada Industry of America, Inc. Automotive 85
Mando America Automotive 75

 If you are thinking of relocating to Novi MI.  I have helped other families find homes here.  We know the neighborhoods and all the surrounding communites.  So give us a call today (248)310-6239.

Remember we participate in the Michigan Hometown Heroes program that saves thousands of dollars for first responders, veterans, medical and education professionals. Or if you do not qualify for that program we have a great home buyer bonus that is worth up to $500 when you buy a home.  (You cannot do both programs)Russ Ravary top oakland county real estate agent