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Old 02-10-2010, 12:34 PM
 
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My fiance and I are looking to buy a house in FH. THe house is located at 11 and Middlebelt, the neighborhood near Mercy High School.

My Family is trying to freak us out telling us it's an unsafe area and in 5 years it'll be worse. I'm wondering if this is true. We like diversity but it's true that as a white couple we probably don't want to live in Detroit.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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From what I know based on people who lived there, Farmington Hills is generally upper middle class and very nice. I don't know, but from google earth, I can see Farmington Hills has quite a few apartment complexes, and apartment complexes always a have more crime than single family home areas. So that maybe a possible issue.
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Farmington Hills is not dangerous at all.
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
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From what I know based on people who lived there, Farmington Hills is generally upper middle class and very nice. I don't know, but from google earth, I can see Farmington Hills has quite a few apartment complexes, and apartment complexes always a have more crime than single family home areas. So that maybe a possible issue.

I'm sorry but this has to be the most ignorant post I have read. Just because there are apartments there it will have higher crime. The past decade the city has been half the national average in crime.
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:12 PM
 
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I'm sorry but this has to be the most ignorant post I have read. Just because there are apartments there it will have higher crime. The past decade the city has been half the national average in crime.
I didn't mean it like that at all. Sorry if it came off that way. I was only suggesting that maybe someone elses perception might have been because of that.

I know in a very general sense (not specifically Farmington Hills) that apartment complexes even in very nice suburbs can sometimes attract a few individuals that may make a bad impression on residents by a few isolated incidents. It was not slam at all on Farmington Hills or anywhere else.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Worthington, OH
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My fiance and I are looking to buy a house in FH. THe house is located at 11 and Middlebelt, the neighborhood near Mercy High School.

My Family is trying to freak us out telling us it's an unsafe area and in 5 years it'll be worse. I'm wondering if this is true. We like diversity but it's true that as a white couple we probably don't want to live in Detroit.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
First of all let me say that anyone who has told you that Farmington Hills is dangerous is absolutley absent of any intelligence. I lived on Halstead and 13 mile Rd for several years. It is a upper middle class suburb with a very noticeable law enforcement presence. Farmington Hills is made up of primarily empty nesters, with a spattering of young professionals.

I will say that once you travel east of Farmington, you will notice a considerable difference in the neighborhoods. But for someone to say that a suburb made up of 300-500K+ homes is "dangerous" is just silly. It backs up to Novi, West Bloomfield, and Bloomfield Hills which are 3 of the wealthiest areas in Michigan. Getting accurate information is sometimes difficult on these forums, people like to bash something based on something they have "heard".

Novi, Farmington Hills and Northville were growing tremendously before the national recession hit, and they will be the first housing markets to retrieve their values once Michigan is on the road to recovery. People not from Michigan often group the suburbs as a extension of Detroit, and therefore take the stigma with it. If i was still working in Northville, I would haven't moved from the area, but now I travel across the country. Good luck with your decision!
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