Good for: That Royal Oak charm at the Royal Oak Township price
Head over to Joy Rd (exit 9), drive west toward Telegraph, and check out this bungalow neighborhood bordering Rouge Park. With the city of Detroit sprucing up its parks from millions in grant money, this could be a solid bet. Dearborn is close by to the south, and Southfield to the north, with Telegraph Rd just a few blocks away.
Good for: The growing family on a budget
Full disclosure: I’m partial to Russell Woods because this is the neighborhood I grew up in. Still, for those of you watching the price increases in Boston-Edison and the 7 Mile/Livernois neighborhoods (Sherwood Forest, Green Acres, University District), you can split the difference with this 1930s/1940s colonial neighborhood, close to New Center, University of Detroit Mercy, the Davison Freeway, and I-96. (And the scenic route of taking Livernois Ave to Ferndale ain’t a bad jaunt, either.)
Good for: The mid-century enthusiast
Who doesn't love a good midcentury pad? If you head over to Beaverland St between Frisbee St and Seven Mile Rd, you’ll find no shortage of them. There’s a mix of homes here: ranches, bungalows, split-level, all tucked away from busier thoroughfares like Eight Mile, Seven Mile, Lahser Rd, Telegraph, and Grand River Ave. (Really, if you’re looking for a small place, Parkland, Berg-Lahser, and other neighborhoods along the Detroit-Redford border are worth a try.)
Good for: Those with really, really high M-1 (excuse us, 'QLINE') hopes
Yes, that Highland Park. And before you go typing that dismissive comment, Mr. I’ve Lived in Detroit For 50 Years And Still Call it the Cass Corridor, I’m fully aware Highland Park is a separate city and not a Detroit neighborhood. Here’s the thing about HP, though: before Galapagos said it was moving here, insiders have always known that its historic neighborhoods -- specifically, the state-named streets near MacGregor Library, and Pilgrim, Puritan, Moss, and Eason streets (architect Leonard Willeke, who designed several Ford properties not named Albert Kahn, had a home here that’s still occupied) -- can’t be beat. Let’s hope the activity in Palmer Park and the North End moves toward the center.