(Closed) NWR: Relocating to Northern suburbs of Detroit…HELP!!

posted 8 years ago in Detroit
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hey there! I actually live about 5 minutes from warren in Madison Heights, on the edge of Royal Oak. I’d suggest Royal Oak. It’s really a “hot spot” for young couples, family, and people in general. Lots of restaurants in walking distance, bars, and nice shops. My best friend is renting a house within walking distance of downtown and pays $600 a month. Not bad! There is easy access to all major freeway in the area..and the Detroit Zoo is in Royal Oak!

I’d be more than happy to show you around town if you’d like. It can be confusing at first, but it’s fairly easy to get around.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Oh, i definitely wouldnt buy. House values in Oakland County are not going up!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I live in South Florida now but I am orginally from Michigan. My mom and sister actually live in Warren and they walk all the time and never are concerned about safety. Everything there is cheap right now so if you do decided to buy you can find a 3 bedrooom house for under 65k where else can you find that? LOL

Royal Oak is really close and more to do their like the last poster said, I really like that little city. My favorite parts of Michigan are closer to Novi and West Bloomfield but that would be a further drive for your Boyfriend or Best Friend.

But  people in Michigan rent houses a lot so if your only concern is not wanting to live in an apartment you can easily just rent a house.

 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree with PP’s about Royal Oak.  Check out Ferndale, too.  I know several people who live there and they all love it.  And whatever you do, stay the hell away from Hazel Park!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ferndale! I don’t live there, I’m in Canton (probably too far away for you) but I looove Ferndale!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree. Royal oak is a good choice. Clawson is pretty close also. Beverly hills, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills may be worth the drive (about 25 mins). I live between Canton and West Bloomfield, and I drive out to Warren regularly and because it is surrounded by freeways, it is pretty easy to get to. Let me know if you need help looking for houses since I am doing the same right now. And happy house hunting ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My brother just checked out this house in Royal Oak.. He said it was really nice, but since it only had 2 bedrooms, they decided to pass on it. It looks like it could use a little bit of cleaning of the hardwood floors and some flowers out front (you should google eastern market in detroit, btw…it’s awesome) but i love those french doors!

 

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Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ferndale, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Clinton Twp, Shleby Twp, Utica, If you dont mind a bit of a drive Waterford is great lots of lakes and reasonable on rent.  Don’t think the big city feel really applies to the “burbs” of Detroit. They are mostly little areas that feel like small towns, maybe with the exception of Troy and that is because of all the high rises and Somerset Mall, it gets pretty congested with traffic during peak hours.  Keep in mind that you will know if you are in a bad area by the rent and be careful of renting from anyone you think is at risk of foreclosure that is rampant around these parts right now!

 

GOOD LUCK!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

 I lived in Detroit for 3 years while I was in college and my husband is from Northville (I’m from Richmond, MI). If you’re  not afraid of a 45 minute commute you may want to look in more rural areas. My sister just purchased a beautiful home on the canal in Algonac for a little over 100k (the house is amazing).

 Otherwise, Royal Oak (not a huge fan), Northville, Farmington, etc.. I wouldn’t buy in Warren- I was there last year (I live in VA now) and it has rough parts.

  I think the most important thing to consider before buying is Michigan is to realize it’s a state where a lot people are out of work and struggling. There are desperate people.  If you can’t afford to live in the Farmington/Northville/Bloomfield Hills region (I don’t care for these areas as they are high traffic, but they have great police departments) my best advice is to buy a little more rural because there is  slightly more safety. That’s my opinion though- I’ve had my car broken into in Detroit, Royal Oak AND Ferndale. In slightly more rural areas.. it’s never been broken into.

 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@maureen9004:

I’ve had the exact opposite happen to me. I’ve never had my car broken into in either Detroit or Royal Oak. I never go to Ferndale so I can’t attest to that. But I’ve had my car broken into in Lake Orion which is more rural than either RO or Detroit. 

 

Also, I think she’s just looking to rent at this time.

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