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Chelsea, Michigan is a vibrant, inviting community.
Here's why it's such a great place to live:

Chelsea Clocktower
Chelsea Clocktower


Chelsea was founded in the year 1820, and the railroad built a station here in 1850. Life here is an interesting mixture of modern amenities and yesteryear's charm. The old clocktower has been the quintessential Chelsea landmark for 101 years. It currently houses the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and other offices, and is adjacent to a complex that offers restaurants and shops as well as a courtyard.

Chelsea District Library
Chelsea District Library


Quiet neighborhoods and beautiful, charming homes are just around the corner from the main drag and all that it has to offer: restaurants, shops,the Purple Rose Theatre and much more. Chelsea has grown and blossomed in these last few years.

Downtown Chelsea
Downtown Chelsea

The local retailers have formed a group called the Retail Advisory Council. They work together to promote events that draw people to the downtown area during the different seasons of the year. Visit www.chelseafestivals.com for more information about the Chelsea SummerFest; Sights and Sounds on Thursday Nights, which features live, open air concerts and musicians while the weather is good; Oktoberfest: and the Hometown Holidays and Lights Parade. Other entertainment venues include both the Chelsea Community Fair and the Chelsea Farmers Market.

Purple Rose Theater
Purple Rose Theater

The Purple Rose Theatre was founded in 1991 by notable actor Jeff Daniels who is a native of Chelsea. It features original plays in a setting from the past, when the stage was the focal point of entertainment. The theater was originally a bus garage, but was refurbished over the years. The Purple Rose offers reasonably priced tickets to original plays year 'round, as well as classes and apprenticeship programs. It is a rose in Chelsea's bouquet of entertainment!

kayaking in Chelsea
Elizabeth and her husband Bruce kayaking in Chelsea.

You can also get in touch with the great outdoors in Chelsea. Minutes from Downtown Chelsea you will find numerous inland lakes offering several water sports or you can enjoy the deluxe nature package at the Waterloo Recreation Area, which is the largest State of Michigan park in the Lower Peninsula. Spanning more than 20,000 acres, the park boasts 11 lakes, 47 miles of hiking trails, 3 rustic cabins, a riding stable and numerous equestrian trails. 

Chelsea offers the perfect blend of quiet living, culture and outdoor adventure!


Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce
522 S. Main Street, Suite 200
Phone: (734) 475-1145
Fax: (734) 475-6102
E-mail: chamber@chelseaweb.com
Web: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce
Offers brochures, maps and Chelsea area business information. Relocation packages for newcomers available. 

Chelsea District Library
500 Washington, Building 400 (temporary location)
221 S. Main Street (permanent location)
Phone: (734) 475-8732
Hours: School year - Mon-Thur 10am-9pm. Fri 10am-6pm. Sat 10am-5pm.
Summer hours - Mon-Thur 10am-8pm. Fri 10am-6pm. Sat 10am-3pm.
Web: Chelsea Library 

Chelsea Downtown Development Authority
305 S. Main Street
Phone: (734) 475-1909/(734) 475-5959 

Village of Chelsea
305 S. Main Street
Phone: (734) 475-1771 

Historical Information
Chelsea Depot Museum
125 Jackson Street
Phone: (734) 475-8971/(734) 475-7047
Hours: Sat 1pm-3pm or by appointment
Historical museum housing Chelsea memorabilia. 

Chelsea Historical Society
P.O. Box 117
Phone: (734) 475-7047 

Preservation Chelsea
138 E. Middle Street
Phone: (734) 475-7396 

Local Media
All are members of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Ann Arbor News
340 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor, (734) 994-6985
Daily newspaper featuring, news, calendar listings, classifieds and more. 

Ann Arbor Observer
201 Catherine, Ann Arbor, (734) 769-3175
Monthly magazine offering news, entertainment information, calendar listings and more. 

Chelsea Standard
20750 Old US 12, (734) 475-1371
Local weekly published every Thursday featuring news, calendar listings, classifieds and more. 

Local News Network
9730 Beeman, (734) 475-2230 

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Are you considering taking out hazard insurance on a property before you actually take title? It may be a good idea!

Even though you are not yet the owner of record, as the buyer, you have an insurable interest in a property the moment that you and the seller execute the sales agreement. As a matter of practice, however, buyers do not usually take out insurance until the papers change hands, and it should not be necessary if the agreement of sale is properly executed.

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