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Old 06-19-2017, 07:33 AM
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After 14 years living in other states, it's time to move back to Michigan to position ourselves closer to family. I've been there fairly often over the years to visit my aging mom, but would appreciate any input as we look at buying a home.

We are newly retired. I grew up in and worked for many years in Rochester/Rochester Hills but now find that our housing $ will go much further in other communities. Our family is centered in Rochester/Orion Township area.

My questions for you:

How's Clarkston? My impression is that it's a lot like Rochester used to be. This includes Independence Township.

Should we even consider Waterford? We're spotting some lovely developments at great prices. Husband thinks I'm being a little snobbish to have concern about proximity to Pontiac or the relative importance of a mailing address on property values and what have you....but I'm also interested in community amenities too.

Am I alone in my perception that Shelby Township just "feels different"?

Thanks for your 2 cents worth!
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:02 AM
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I don't know what you would mean by feeling different, but it does seem more industrial than its neighbors. The Van Dyke corridor seems like it's a bit older than what you'd expect out in that area. Like it seems like Shelby Township was at one point a more blue collar suburb.

Clarkson/Independence does seem like Rochester Hills minus all the huge strip malls and in your face McMansions. Lot of semi-rural area north of 75. Good for if you want a lot of acreage but not so much if you want to be close to anything.

You are being a teensy bit snobbish about Waterford. School districts are usually the bigger driver of property values here. With that said, Waterford is pretty average and Pontiac is struggling. Crime in Pontiac actually isn't that bad, at least compared to what it used to be. But like I said, it's more about schools and struggling schools tend to keep most families from moving there and subsequently keeps property values depressed. Waterford's school are about average and the suburb itself seems about average, neither fancy nor struggling but a place to live.

Waterford wouldn't be a bad decision at all though it does lack a centralized community like Clarkston or Rochester.
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