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Old 05-07-2012, 08:08 PM
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I just graduated college and got a job in the wixom area. Anyone know good places for a recent graduate to live around that area? or places to avoid? Any help would be much appreciated!

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Old 05-07-2012, 09:31 PM
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Where are you coming from?
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:07 PM
Location: Farmington Hills
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Are you going to buy or Lease? Are you Pre approved? There are nice subdivisions in the wixom area. Let me know!
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:52 AM
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Do you owe a lot of school debt?

Perhaps buy a refurbished mobile home. Live under cover for a year or three getting all the debt out of the way.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:52 PM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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For a younger guy, I woudl think Novi or Farminton Hills would be better as far as more like aged people and a little bit more going on. They are also a little closer to the "action" in Royal oak and Detroit. However Wixom is virtually in Novi, so it would not make much difference. New Hudson is very near Wixom and also borders Kensington Metro park which is one of the neatest developed metropolitan parks in the US. Island Lake State park is also right there. It you like biking, fishing, canoing or the like, that may be a good place to be. New Hudson has a decent bar (no dancing usually, but a cool place to hang out - watch out for fights). Novi has quite a few places, mostly chain resturaunts with bars in them, but some reasonably decent social places. Farmington has a pretty decent little downtown. It is pretty quiet though.

Your nearest towns that I can think of:

Wixom is a tiny town or villiage. No downtown. It is basically living in Novi.

Novi is sprawl built around a giant shopping mall. They have a fabulous public library and more shopping and chain stores & resturaunts that almost anywhere.

New Hudson is a crossroads. Not even a villiage really. It was always pretty proley, but got popular along with South Lyon so it has moved upscale a bit from where it was. The best things about New hundson are the Inn, the park made of a hill of trash, proximity to Kensington and a fantastic little Methodist church. There is a little airport there as well, just for hobby type planes. There is a trailer park accross the street from Kensington park if you want to look for a trailer.

South Lyon is a small town that got popular about 15-20 years ago and got all sprawled up and yuppified (Chain stores, strip malls, McMansions), but still has a bit of small town to it. It is a friendly place.

Northville is a quaint little city/town. Very old fashioned and quiet. Nice place for families. Not really a "have a blast" kind of place for young uns. It is almost my favorite place in SE michigan as a place to live (if you are downtown), but my prioirities are different than somone who is under 30. Pricy.

Lyon Township is a mix of rural living and McMansion subdivisions scattered here and there. Northville Twp is the same only with more McMansions and a great state Park (Maybury). There is a neat playground and soccer fields in the park across the treet from Mabury. I forget whether that park belongs to Northville or Novi. Don't think it matters who owns it.

Farmington is a litle city, supported by Farmington Hills and older suburb. It is an OK and somewhat quaint little town. Lots of Apartments in that area.

Walled lake is also close. It is not likely to get a rental on the lake. It is a little trafficky and access is not great. Overall it is a decent place to live, not real exciting for youth though.

Milford (about as far away from Wixom as you probably want to get) is a cute little town with some life to it. It is the home of GM proving grounds. It is also bordering on Kensington. Access is a bit of a problem.

All are decent choices. I woudl ot bother looking at commuting any further than that, you are not going to get anyhting better, unless you want a long drive and commute from Downtwon Detroit, Royal Oak, Ferndale or Ann Arbor. Those are the places where a 26 Y.o. would find more exciting things to wlak to and more nightlife. Of those, Ann Arbor would probably be your best long commute choice. Keep in mind that nothing is keeping you from enjjoying the night life in those places and living closer to work. For your daily life, a short commute is more important than being close to bars and resturuants.
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:15 PM
Location: Houston
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I live in Wixom. Yeah, there's not as much dining/shopping as say a Plymouth, Northville, Royal Oak or Birmingham, but if you live in one of the many apartment complexes on Pontiac Trail, you're within walking distance of plenty of restaurants/bars, a Kroger, gym, etc.

For recreation, don't forget about Lyon Oaks county park, or Proud Lake State Park. Walled Lake is < 5min. away.

It's also cheap to buy or rent. You could do worse.
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