Love 19th century Midwestern America? The Old West Side may be for you. This neighborhood is comprised of about 2,000 homes that mimic the environment, streetscape and architecture of the Midwest in the 1800s. The neighborhood itself is often referred to as “Old German Town” or “Cabbage Town” and there’s such a sense of pride in preserving The Old West Side that it’s protected through an Ann Arbor Historic Preservation Ordinance.
An ideal location for family and single living, the Old West Side is within walking distance of the city center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is a vibrant city built around the University of Michigan. The weather has four distinct seasons with recreational activities for residents to enjoy all year round. There are opportunities for lucrative employment, education with a host of art and antique stores, good restaurants, a variety of churches, in a growing environment with a great future.
Homes in Old West Side
Homes vary in size and architecture, the styles range from Romanesque, Georgian Revival, Italian villas, Gothic styles to New England colonials. Old West Side became a designated historic site in 1972, the majority of homes being built between 1850-1925, with stucco exteriors, brick or wooden frames, set back from curbs on attractive streets lined with mature trees. Although many homes have been fully updated, there are some available for clients who enjoy renovating and creating their own space. The median price range for homes in the area varies from $180,000 to $250,000, making this a very affordable place to live.
Education and Employment
Living in this Old West Side, you will be close to the University of Michigan, known for its outstanding research, medical center, high levels of technology and liberal arts program. In this neighborhood there are many award winning public schools. Pioneer High School won the medal for being one of the nation’s best high schools in 2010, Eberwhite Elementary and Slauson Middle School are both known for their quality education.
The University of Michigan is the major employer in Ann Arbor. However, career opportunities abound in the region. Some national head offices are a short distance from Old West Side, among these are Dominoes Pizza, Flint Ink Corporation, the world’s largest ink manufacturer and Av Fuel, that supplies aviation fuel and services throughout the Unites States of America. Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company is the second largest employer in the city. There are a number of high tech and research organizations, these are natural spin offs from the University of Michigan’s graduates and programs.
Recreation, Restaurants and Religion
Ann Arbor boasts 157 municipal parks, some of these are large recreational areas, others are small intimate gardens, many on the shores of Lake Huron. There is access to boating, canoeing golfing and swimming during the summer months. In winter, many skating rinks are open for all ages. The theaters host interesting plays and musical concerts. Historical museums, libraries and bookstores are open all year round for browsing.
There are 70 restaurants in Old West Side, some are old, others are new eating places, both types offer food delectable to the palate. You will have many options to choose from, depending on your spending ability and taste buds.
Regardless of your religious preferences, you will find a place to worship in Old West Side. Mainstream religions like the United Methodist and Lutherans, also informal religions like the Unitarian Church, extend open invitations to attend their services.
Shopping in Old West Side
The Old West Side Farmers Market is open on Thursdays from June till September each year. This is well known for its fresh food, fruit and vegetables. In addition, there are many supermarkets, specialized grocery stores and delicatessens for your shopping pleasure. Household and clothing shops are readily available in large malls and stores, many with brand name items for sale. Art and antiques are sold in small appealing stores in the business district. Garden, Hobby and Flower shops are scattered throughout the area.
Old West Side has old world charm with new world opportunities and amenities. This is a great place to live. An agent will help you find the home of your dreams, in this unique neighborhood.
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