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Old 03-10-2010, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
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BTW my 1700 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house cost only $28,500. A year later I couldn't be happier.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
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i knew a bunch of people that lived on grosse pointe borders. My friend lives on the St Clair Shores - Grosse Pointe Shores border. You're paying for a SCS house, but everyone thinks you're in Grosse Pointe. Same with you?

I make it known I'm from Harper Woods. I have no shame living here. Once you go west of 94 it starts to go downhill slightly, especially by Eastland. My point is, I got into a similar neighborhood as Grosse Pointe Woods, get Grosse Pointe schools, for a fraction of the price.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Detroit's Marina District
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I make it known I'm from Harper Woods. I have no shame living here. Once you go west of 94 it starts to go downhill slightly, especially by Eastland. My point is, I got into a similar neighborhood as Grosse Pointe Woods, get Grosse Pointe schools, for a fraction of the price.
I guess. But, Harper Woods has higher crime and insurance rates as GPW, right?
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Detroit's Marina District
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By the way, my Uncle lived in HW for a LONG time. Did you know an Ernie Tomaschezvski?
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
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I guess. But, Harper Woods has higher crime and insurance rates as GPW, right?

Harper Woods has a ridiculously high theft rate. Violent crime is low. I've went to the police station and got reports from them personally and a good amount of the theft is shoplifters and cars being broken into at Eastland and the surrounding area. East of 94 is pretty average in crime. I'm literally about 12 houses away from Grosse Pointe Woods. You really think the crime would stop right at the Grosse Pointe border? Harper Woods does seem to have a good police force and concerned citizens. My point is, the house you mentioned in Grosse Pointe Woods is likely to be along the Mack corridor. Instead of living 2 blocks west of Mack, you can live 5 and pay half the price. I wouldn't recommend west of 94. It's not bad, but Harper Woods schools are a little below average.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
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By the way, my Uncle lived in HW for a LONG time. Did you know an Ernie Tomaschezvski?

I've only lived here a year. I grew up by 8 Mile and Schoenherr in Detroit.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
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As far as insurance rates, I haven't noticed a difference. Homeowners is actually lower since my house is worth less. As for car insurance, premiums run about 50-100 more per 6 months than Gaylord. Not enough to offset the huge savings in taxes and mortgage payments.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:37 AM
 
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Thanks for the tip Scolls, but we are (mostly) set on the Pointes. Can anyone tell me how low (generally) under asking prices houses are selling for these days in GP?
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
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Thanks for the tip Scolls, but we are (mostly) set on the Pointes. Can anyone tell me how low (generally) under asking prices houses are selling for these days in GP?

I was looking at mostly foreclosures in Grosse Pointe and the prices are pretty much at the bottom. For a private owned home, there shouldn't be any reason to pay asking price. The prices in the Pointes didn't inflate like northern Oakland county, nor did they plummet as much. The Pointes are typically a safe investment. Well, as safe as real estate can get in Michigan right now.
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Old 03-11-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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It's kind of an interesting story how I ended up here. My fiance and I both grew up in this area. She actually grew up in Harper Woods and I grew up in Detroit near this area. We decided to buy a house in Grosse Pointe. We were looking at one on Lochmoor just west of Mack in Grosse Pointe Woods. After looking at it, we weren't to interested and went on our way home which at that time was Clinton Township. I drove down Lochmoor to 94 and a couple blocks down I spotted a house for sale by our realtor. I asked my fiance why she didn't show us this house. My fiance told me well this is Harper Woods. I insisted it was still Grosse Pointe and we had this big debate. It turns out the house was in Harper Woods. We didn't end up buying that particular house, but we increased our search to include east Harper Woods in the Grosse Pointe school district. The neighborhood is exactly the same as it is a dozen houses down in Grosse Pointe. Only difference is I paid half price for my house and pay lower taxes for Grosse Pointe schools. I couldn't give a **** less that people look down upon the neighborhood simply because I live 2 blocks in the wrong direction. When I look at the houses on the Grosse Pointe side of the street and look at the same house on the Harper Woods side, I feel good inside knowing I paid half the price, half the taxes and get to use their schools.
I completely agree with you. Obviously, Grosse Pointe is a great community and an excellent area to raise a family because of the top notch schools. But in your case, where you have "Harper Woods" printed on your licence, but you still have acess to Grosse Pointe schools, what's the real difference?? You don't have acess to the great parks because your technically not a resident, and you don't have that status quo, I'm mean really, big deal in my opinion.
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