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Old 12-06-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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I am moving to the area as well and considered all the cities mentioned. I am going with Farmington Hills. I feel like FH has excellent schools, the home resale values are better do to more jobs/business in the area, plenty of after school sports for the kids and crimes is low. Now Canton has that as well but the traffic is horrible and there is not much in Canton but sub divisions.
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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I am moving to the area as well and considered all the cities mentioned. I am going with Farmington Hills. I feel like FH has excellent schools, the home resale values are better do to more jobs/business in the area, plenty of after school sports for the kids and crimes is low. Now Canton has that as well but the traffic is horrible and there is not much in Canton but sub divisions.
THey have good schools, not excellent. resale values and jobs are not really better than any other nice suburb. Farmington Hills is fine and a nice place to live, but it is kind of in the middle for S.E. Michigan towns and suburbs.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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I'd say the Farmington area, the Plymouth/Canton area and Novi, in that order.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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From my perspective I would say Northville, Northville, Northville, and then Plymouth, Farmington/Farmington Hills Walled Lake, Novi, Canton, Livonia, Redford, Westland. In that order. Plymouth is a close to Ann Arbor, but not very close to Southfield. If you want to be clsoer to Southfield than to Ann Arbor, then Farmington/Hills may be your best bet.

However you really should look at Northville (did we mention that before?).
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:25 AM
 
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Hi Coldjensens,

Northville did not appear to have any African Americans in their schools. I will re-check, however. Thanks!
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Hi Coldjensens,

Northville did not appear to have any African Americans in their schools. I will re-check, however. Thanks!
I do not know whether they do or not, but then they could have other bi-racial families who do not list themselves as African Americans. You might want to giv ethe princiapl a call and ask him.

Is that a problem? Where we live there are only three black/biracial families but they are vey happy to live here.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:01 PM
 
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I would like my kids to understand that there are many different races and religions. I just feel that diversity is important; it helps us to learn that while we may all look different on the outside we are all the same on the inside. I have one son who is black and the other who is white. Having them exposed to a variety of skin colors and religious beliefs is preferable.

Another important item is housing affordability and property taxes. From that perspective Canton would be nice but it's too far from Southfield.
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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We have just moved to Novi last week from NJ. I have a son in high school and one in elementary. I found the high school to be pretty diverse, but dominated mostly by White & Asian (Japanese/Indian). However, elementary school is predominantly white.

Kids understand race without being taught. I do not see any reason why you want to teach them about race by sending them to a diverse school, you are diverse right at home. They understand race but don't care about it like you think they would.

We should start teaching kids about getting integrated and accepted, not being diverse and caught up in the conundrum of race.

In any case, I recommend Novi for all your requirements and it shouldn't be difficult to get a house in a range of 300K

Cheers
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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Thank you all for sharing your thoughts. Which areas have the lowest crime rates? Which ones have the most subdivisions with young kids? My 2 boys play hockey and would love to have other kids to play with out in the driveway, etc. We are in our mid 40's but have boys ages 8 and 5. Again.....thanks!
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Area, Michigan
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Thank you all for sharing your thoughts. Which areas have the lowest crime rates? Which ones have the most subdivisions with young kids? My 2 boys play hockey and would love to have other kids to play with out in the driveway, etc. We are in our mid 40's but have boys ages 8 and 5. Again.....thanks!
Majority of any suburban city will have that environment for your kids. The eastside is more better for parks regarding outdoor hockey rinks.
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