A Brief Overview of Neighborhood Areas in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan is one of the most desirable communities in the Midwest. Whether you are relocating for work or just want to experience a great quality of life, each area of the city has its own unique draw for prospective residents.

Old Neighborhood - Ann Arbor, MI - Real Estate One Ann Arbor Matt Dejanovich


The southwestern area is filled with modest one and two story homes. One neighborhood, Dicken, is home to several small parks and a nature area that are perfect for young families to enjoy the great outdoors.

Among these parks is the popular Las Vegas Park with soccer fields and playgrounds. Also an option is the Greenview Park where dog walkers and picnickers tend to visit. Dicken Woods is a wooded area adjacent to an elementary school that offers abundant opportunities to explore and enjoy wildlife. Residents in this area send their students to Slauson for middle school and Pioneer for high school.


The southeastern area includes a wide variety of housing options. The neighborhood of Bryant Pattengill is named for the two elementary schools that service the area. Homes around Bryant offer some of the most affordable housing for families just starting out. The school in this area serves children in kindergarten through second grade. Pattengill has somewhat larger, more expensive homes. The elementary school here begins at third grade and ends at fifth. This mixture of housing styles also includes many multi-family units.


Neighborhoods in the center of the city are the first choice for those who want to be close to the University, and in some areas families and college students live in close proximity. In the lower eastern area of the central section is Burns Park elementary school. Houses in the historic Burns Park neighborhood are set on tree-lined streets and are within walking distance to the University of Michigan central campus. Students living in this area go to Tappan for middle school. However, the district splits them for high school, going to either Huron or Pioneer, depending on their address.


The northeastern area includes neighborhoods with some of the oldest homes in the city as well as areas with much newer construction. Northside is a very community-centered neighborhood. Many find this area appealing due to its close proximity to the Northern Campus for the University of Michigan, which includes the schools of art, music, and theater. Residents enjoy beautiful Northside Park year round. Younger students attend either Clague or Tappan middle schools and then matriculate to Skyline or Huron for high school.


The northwest area of town includes everything from large homes on rolling, wooded lots off of Newport Road in the Wines area to more traditional neighborhood settings like Haisley. This family friendly pocket is filled with Cape Cod and ranch style houses. Residents can enjoy a peaceful wooded environment by visiting the Miller Nature area or engage in a wide range of activities available at Veterans Memorial park, which includes multiple baseball diamonds, a swimming pool, and a nationally recognized skatepark. Middle school students attend either Slauson or Forsythe before graduating to Skyline High.

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