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Old 03-10-2017, 08:06 AM
 
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We are looking at a possible move to Michigan. My husband's job would require travel in Detroit and surrounding areas. We've been looking into other towns such as Northville and Novi but were wondering if there were any safe, family friendly areas in Detroit itself that have good school districts? We would be looking to buy in the $300,000-$500,000 range. We have two children under 10. Thanks!
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Old 03-10-2017, 09:19 AM
 
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Palmer Woods, University District, Indian Village, and Boston-Edison would be on my radar if I were looking at upscale, family-friendly neighborhoods within the City of Detroit. Unfortunately the public schools which serve them are poor quality, like the rest of the city; however, various nearby charter schools exist and sending your kids to the suburbs via school of choice is always an option.
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Old 03-10-2017, 09:25 AM
 
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We are looking at a possible move to Michigan. My husband's job would require travel in Detroit and surrounding areas. We've been looking into other towns such as Northville and Novi but were wondering if there were any safe, family friendly areas in Detroit itself that have good school districts? We would be looking to buy in the $300,000-$500,000 range. We have two children under 10. Thanks!
The Grosse Point towns, maybe?.. I wouldn't call any areas of Detroit proper family-friendly in the sense you're describing.
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Old 03-10-2017, 01:15 PM
 
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Grosse Pointes are right on the water, walkable downtowns, top public schools in the state and a 15 minute commute to Detroit. Congrats on the new gig.

Huntington Woods is another nice area, central and in your price point.
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Old 03-14-2017, 08:26 AM
 
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We are looking at a possible move to Michigan. My husband's job would require travel in Detroit and surrounding areas. We've been looking into other towns such as Northville and Novi but were wondering if there were any safe, family friendly areas in Detroit itself that have good school districts? We would be looking to buy in the $300,000-$500,000 range. We have two children under 10. Thanks!
No.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:21 PM
 
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The Grosse Point towns, maybe?.. I wouldn't call any areas of Detroit proper family-friendly in the sense you're describing.
North Rosedale Park, and the Sherwood Forest/University District/Palmer Woods/Green Acres section of north central Detroit are family friendly neighborhoods. North Rosedale Park even has a community center and park that is owned by its residents. These are all racially diverse, large percentages of blacks and whites. However they fall under the Detroit Public School System, which only has a few good schools.

On the south end of the University District, right across from the University of Detroit-Mercy, is a Catholic K-8 School called Gesu Catholic School. In addition, the University of Detroit-Jesuit High School, a pretty good school, is nearby. So if you can afford Catholic School and are agreeable to the Catholic faith, this is an option. The 2 premier high schools in the city, Renaissance and Cass Tech, are good, but they are not elite.

Indian Village/West Village on the lower eastside are family friendly, and there is a Montessori school within Indian Village, but the neighborhoods immediately to the north and east of Indian Village are bad. Indian Village and West Village are part of a collection of neighborhoods called "the Villages", which is really up-and-coming area of Detroit.

The Villages of Detroit

The Detroit School of Arts, a DPS school in Midtown, is great if your children have some artistic gifts.

So basically, the answer is NO, unless you want to go the private school route or when your kids get older, apply to get into Renaissance or Cass Tech.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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While the answer to "in Detroit" is no. The answer to around Detroit is a vehement yes. There are a ton of phenomenal family friendly suburbs or surrounding small towns that meet your description. At least 20, probably more like 40 - 50 depending on how far out you are willing to go.
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