So if you are considering a Washtenaw County relocation because you have been hired by Google, Eastern Michigan, or the University of Michigan you will be happy to learn that you have so many real estate choices. I would say Washtenaw County Michigan is more of a rural county. The two major cities are going to be Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Both of these cities are college towns but Ann Arbor is more upscale. Home prices will me more expensive because of the demand of housing for Fraternities, and rentals for the students. Many people chose to relocate to Washtenaw County MI because of a job in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor is the biggest or the major city in Washtenaw County Michigan. It is a college town. If you did not know University of Michigan is one of the top universities in the state. It takes a high grade point average to get into the school. It has a medical school and a hospital too. So many professors, and doctors live in the area. Real estate in Ann Arbor will be a little higher priced because of the demand. There are many rentals and housing for students that help drive the demand and prices up,
So you know that Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are college towns. You will find eclectic life style that goes with college kids but you will also find a laid back feeling. To the east of Ann Arbor you will find more cities and homes that have been built up. But to the west and north you will still find many rural communities. Communities that you will still find working farms, and small towns. Around Ann Arbor communities like Saline, Pittfield Township, and Dexter are growing. New homes are being built and the communities are becoming more urban. Large box stores are moving in, but there are many open areas yet even in those communities close to Ann Arbor.
Washtenaw County is one of the western counties in Southeastern Michigan. Is it really metro Detroit? Not really though the urban sprawl is connecting the Detroit and Ann Arbor. You will still find farms and some rural areas between the two though that is getting less and less as more subdivisions are popping up. Washtenaw County is only about a 40 minute ride to downtown Detroit. I-94 which is a major expressway cuts through the county and connects the two. Plymouth Road, Michigan Avenue also run east and west connecting the county to Metro Detroit. So you have easy access to all of Metro Detroit. US-23 runs through the county and runs from Ohio all the way up to northern Michigan. So you can get to Toledo, Brighton and "up north" Michigan via a freeway. Metro Airport which is metro Detroits major airport is less than 20 minutes away and there is also a small airport in Washtenaw County called Willow Run. During World War II they built bombers there, but now it is mainly a freight airport and some corporate jets.
If you move to Washtenaw County everything you need will be in Ann Arbor. It has a major mall called Briarwood. There are many shopping centers throughout the city. Ypsilanti is also ver urban with lots of stores and all the modern conveniences. The key to your relocation is where you work and what type of town and home you are looking for. Each communitys has it's pros and cons. I have had relocation buyers that worked in Dearborn buy homes in Washtenaw County. I had one client that wanted a more rural community but then found out that the day cares did not open early enough. They could not make it to work on time.
So if you are looking for a home with a little acreage this is probably the county you want to look in. Between Livingston County and Washtenaw County you should be able to find a farm, or home in the woods. There are lakes scattered throughout the county too. So if you are looking for a lakefront home then we should be able to find you a home that you can wake up looking at the water. Just remember there usually is a premium to buy on a lake. The other thing to remember is that you most likely are not going to get a subdivision like feel on a lake.
You will find almost any type of home you want here. New Colonials with the latest amenities, old farm houses with character, ranches, split levels, and homes in subdivisions. Many of the communites have mile after mile of subdivision homes. The urban sprawl is hitting the area. If you would like a Washtenaw County relocation guide send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Crime in the county
So we have talked about shopping and having the major conveniences. We talked about the local schools a little. Most of Washtenaw County is very safe. 95% of the communities have low crime. I am not going to single out the less than desirable community here, but if you ask a few people they will tell you about it. You are not going to find drug infested streets. You will find that there are quick response times for police and fire departments. It is a good county to live in.
Yes there are communities in Washtenaw that have higher crime rates and poor schools. So be sure to research the area. Ask your co-workers what are some of the best citiens in Washtenaw County. My goal as your realtor is to help you find a home that will appreciate in the years to come. So try to buy in a community that has good schools and low crime. Buyers always want to live in cities like that. That demand will help your home's value to rise in the years to come.
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