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Old 09-22-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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Hi All, my company is relocating to Farmington Hills. Can anyone provide solid info. on how safe it is, where to rent or buy? How is the "night life" (restaurants, music venues, art galleries). Any info. greatly appreciated..Thank you!!
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:56 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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There's a bit of a downtown area in the city of Farmington (FH surrounds F; F is south and center portion of FH). Other than that, it's just a suburb that happens to have a lot of office space; count on a fifteen minute drive minimum for anything you asked for besides good restaurants. Northern Farmington Hills is a bit newer and nicer; almost the entire place is pretty nice (some of it gets quite ritzy), except for the southeast corner, which is more average than upscale. Apartment rents are kind of high as it is a convenient and popular location. It's more desirable than neighboring Southfield (due east) and Redford Township (southeast) and and about as desirable a place to live as its other neighbors. Shopping is pretty good on Orchard Lake from Interstate 696 going north into West Bloomfield Township, good malls in Novi (12 Oaks) and Livonia (Laurel Park).
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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You have quite a few neat places within a reasonable commute to Farmington Hills. However if you are looking for an extensive nightlife geared to 20 and 30 somethings (single or Dinks) then you need to look at Royal Oak, Ann Arbor or Downtown Detroit. Other communities have bits of nightlife, but the only heavy concerntration in SE michigan is in those three places. Many of the suburbs are family oriented.

If you like outdoors, then you may want to consider Milford, or New Hudson near Kensitngton Metropark. Northville is a really neat old fashioned town that has a tiny bit of night life. Novi is subdivisions and tons of malls and strip malls with a few bars/clubs scatttered here and there. If nightlife is your primary issue, then you probably want to look East somewhat so you can be close to Royal Oak and downtwon.

Pretty much all of the suburbs are quite safe. There are a few that are not so nice, but you know it when you visit them. Detroit of course has a high crime rate, but downtown is pretty nice. In the nicer suburbs, safety is pretty much a given.

What else are you looking for?
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Michissippi
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If you will be earning a good income, which I'm guessing you would, then Farmington Hills is a great location for your workplace. It's a solid middle class to upper middle class suburb with numerous houses that would be valued at over $400,000 with a few $1 million houses tucked away here and there (see Howard Road). The smaller city of Farmington is surrounded by Farmington Hills, but for all intents and purposes you can think of it as one city. The schools are also very good.

Property values and economic class tend to increase as you move North and West. The four square miles in the southeast of the city, bordered by Orchard Lake Road, Inkster, 10 Mile Road, and 8 Mile Road aren't the greatest area but still pretty good as far as lower class housing goes.

To the South is Livonia, which is a merely middle class suburb and part of Wayne County (the county that hosts Detroit).

To the East is Southfield which suffered a white flight decades ago and is predominantly black now.

To the West is Novi which is similar to Farmington Hills though perhaps a little more upscale.

To the North is West Bloomfield which is upper middle class and upper class. To the Northwest is Walled Lake and Commerce Township which are now pretty much upper middle class and home to the areas "Lakes District".

Did you know that this area is home to a great many lakes surrounded by McMansions? Commerce Township, West Bloomfield, and the wealthy Bloomfield Hills (northeast of Farmington) have many lakes. Most people from other states probably think that the entire area is a slum, but in reality you can find miles and miles (and even more miles) of upper class areas in the northernwestern suburbs. In fact, Oakland County has historically been one of the nation's wealthiest counties.
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