Ann Arbor is an amazing place to call home!
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This beautiful cosmopolitan city has so much to offer -- no matter what your place in life. Students, educators, businessmen and women, growing families and retirees have all made a home here, and are happy they did.
But don't just trust our opinion:
Click here to see top national rankings
about Ann Arbor including:
--Best Small U.S. City for College Students -- 2012
-- Best Digital City -- 2012
-- America's Greatest Main Streets recognition -- 2012
-- Top Ten U.S. Cities for Well Being -- 2012
--Smartest Big Cities -- 2011
--Best Cities to find a job -- 2011
25 Best Cities for Active Retirement -- 2011
Walk-Friendly Community -- 2011
-- 10 Best Cities to Raise a Family, #2 -- 2010
-- CNN's Best Places to Live, #46 -- 2010
-- Forbes' America's Most Livable Cities, #4 -- 2010
-- Top College Sports Towns -- #1 -- 2010
-- Best Cities for Families, #4 -- 2010
---Best Main Street -- 2009
-- Best Place to Raise Your Kids -- 2009
-- #1 College Sports Town in America -- 2009
-- Healthiest Hometown -- 2008
-- One of America's Best Small Cities -- 2008
-- 4th Smartest City -- 2008
-- Best Place for Business and Careers -- 2008
--One of the 50 Greenest Cities...and more!
Located in Southeast Michigan, Ann Arbor is just 45 miles west of Detroit and 35 miles north of the Ohio border. Some very historic and fast-growing towns surround the city. A pleasant drive along country roads in an any direction will lead to one inviting town after another. Brighton, Bridgewater, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan and Saline and more are all within 30 minutes of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area.
Founded in 1824 by John Allen and Elisha Rumsey, tradition holds that Ann Arbor was named after John's wife, Ann, and for the local stands of trees found here. It's growth began through businesses such as tanneries, mills and a general store. Ann Arbor's growth took off in 1837 when it won the bid for the site of the University of Michigan. In 1839 the railroad came through. The 20th century saw a change from a manufacturing focus to one of service and technology, which continues today. Ann Arbor encompasses 28 square miles of beautiful land.
There are 147 city parks in Ann Arbor! The beautiful Huron River winds its way through the city, bolstering nature's prominent place in Ann Arbor's lifestyle.This city was green long before it was "in." We pride ourselves on the fact that there is natural beauty and outdoor recreation to be enjoyed everywhere in the city, not just in a few centrally located spots. The local government site has created dozens of pages describing many of the parks and outlining the abundant seasonal activities offered there. They've also created a great map with all the parks -- check it out here.
Though not part of Ann Arbor proper, there are many additional parks and nature preserves that are part of Washtenaw County. Washtenaw County online provides an exceptional map and information here.
Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, one of the country's top Universities. It shapes the composition of the city's economy, population and cultural awareness. The expansive campus is centrally located, so many of our neighborhoods are within a short walk or drive. Known for its dedication to academic excellence, Ann Arbor also boasts Concordia University, Cleary University, Washtenaw Community College and nearby Eastern Michigan University.
Ann Arbor's elementary and high school education programs are also excellent. We're known for the high standards of our curriculums and teachers as well as the academic achievement and well-rounded growth of our students. Arborweb offers a map of all school locations, brief descriptions of each school and links to their individual websites. Check out Ann Arbor's new Skyline High School!
A cosmopolitan downtown area is the perfect example of Ann Arbor's unified diversity, with resaurants and shops from a myriad of countries and backgrounds. Rain or shine, the streets are bustling with energy and fun seasonal activities draw crowds. Check out these distinctive downtown neighborhoods:
Eat, drink and be merry! This directive was never so easily followed as here in Ann Arbor, where the eclectic mix and culinary skills of dozens of cultural restaurants provide a delightful microcosm of the world's best cuisine. The Ann Arbor Area convention has a great tool for finding the type of cuisine and location you're looking for.
South University Area
You'll never be bored in Ann Arbor. There are dozens of annual fairs, festivals and events that are as diverse as they are enjoyable. Click here for detailed information.
Ann Arbor is the art aficionado's dream. Home to the Ann Arbor Art Fair, hundreds of thousands of visitors spend four days each July combing downtown streets to take part in for separate, concurring fairs. The Original Art Fair -- started in 1960 -- is still going strong!
For year 'round appreciation, there are dozens of galleries across the city. Arborweb does it again, providing links to every gallery in Ann Arbor along with detailed information for each one.
For more detailed local descriptions and information, visit the websites below:
MLive: Local Michigan news, including Ann Arbor and eight other communities
AnnArbor.com: The Ann Arbor News online
Arborweb: Everything you want to know, and more!
Ann Arbor Spark: Plug into info on Ann Arbor and local businesses
Ann Arbor Chronicle: Community-minded daily local news site
Concentrate: Ann Arbor's newest online magazine
Washtenaw Web: Guide to Washtenaw County, MI
Check our local links page for more valuable sites to check out!
Metro Area Major Private Sector Employers
Ford Motor Company
Borders Group, Inc.
Univ. Microfilms Int'l
General Motors Corp.
Bell and Howell
American Int'l Pharmaceutical
Gelman Sciences, Inc.
Major Ann Arbor Employers
University of Michigan
Univ. of Michgan Hospitals and Health Centers
St. Joseph Mercy Health System
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Borders Group, Inc.
City of Ann Arbor
Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Ann Arbor News
Ann Arbor Observer
Colleges and Universities
University of Michigan
Eastern Michigan University
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Real Estate Tips
Buyers Remorse >What Can Go Wrong
Real estate transactions are very complex, and difficulties can arise. One common form of interference can come in the innocent guise of helpful advice from family and friends.
When you buy your first home, you want the best advice you can get. You want to show the house to friends and relatives before you commit. They will probably tell you about all of the things that went wrong during their own transactions so you can avoid the same mistakes. These people all have good intentions, but too much advice can put you into a state of high anxiety.
If you are buying your home with the help of a professional real estate agent, your agent will know how to make sure that any minor upsets do not turn into major problems. A real estate agent's expertise is based on formal training and experience in many real estate transactions. Their reputation is on the line with each sale, so they are highly motivated to make your purchase or sale go as smoothly as possible. When you are dealing with a professional real estate agent, you can worry about what might go wrong if you wish, but you don't have to!
Real Estate Trivia
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Made up of 17 islands in Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach is the "American Riviera" and famous for its tropical beauty.
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