Is there a new restaurant you’ve been waiting to try or an old favorite that you’ve been missing? Grab your family or a friend and get out to enjoy our wonderful local cuisine because Ann Arbor Restaurant week is here again! Typically, each restaurant offers a special fixed price menu of 1-3 course meals with a few offering 2 for 1 deals. Lunches are $15 and Dinners are $28. Participating establishments are listed below along with a link to their restaurant week menus and specials.
Calling all foodies and those who like a good value – Ann Arbor Restaurant Week begins this Sunday! If you didn’t get your fill of fantastic food over the holidays, you have one last chance without feeling the guilt. Local chefs are putting together special menus to highlight their best culinary skills during this week long celebration. Prices have remained the same as last year, with $12 lunches and $25 dinners. These fixed priced menus generally offer 3 course meals, with a choice of items, and a select few will be offering 2 for 1 deals. Here is a list of participants:
Downtown Ann Arbor Restaurants:
If you aren’t already planning on heading up north, as us Michiganders like to do, and are looking for some fun this Labor Day weekend, there are plenty of things happening in Ann Arbor and the greater Detroit area. From community fairs to performances to football, there is something going on for everyone.
Saturday, September 3
- University of Michigan Football vs. Western Michigan University. 3:30pm at The Big House, Downtown Ann Arbor.
- Eastern Michigan University Football vs. Howard University. 7pm at Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti.
- Saline Community Fair. 9am-late evening at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Fair rides, food, and fun with animals, tractor pulls, motocross, a parade, and much more.
- Old St. Patrick Labor Day Festival. Noon-11pm at 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd, Ann Arbor. Free event. Enjoy live music, a petting zoo, face painting, rock climbing wall, bungee jump, cake walk, Vegas tent, silent auction, Corvette car show, and much more. Pulled pork dinner on Saturday and Chicken dinner on Sunday.
- Detroit International Jazz Festival. Downtown Detroit. Free event. 5 stages of live music that showcases the best in Jazz, poetry slams, kids bop, and art. Saturday fireworks.
- Hamtramck Labor Day Festival. Downtown Hamtramck. Carnival rides, Art Fair, 5k race, live music, Canoe race in the street, parades, polka, food, pub crawl, and much more.
- Arts, Beats, & Eats Festival. Downtown Royal Oak. Featuring over 250 live performances including many big named musicians, over 70 restaurants showcasing their best food, a fine art show, puppet show & kid’s activities, and more.
Crossings of Ann Arbor Condos are located in the NW part of downtown Ann Arbor and are popular for their great location and affordable price. There is currently 1 condo listed for sale, 1 available for rent, 2 have sold so far this year, and 1 has been rented.
- $100,000. 800 square feet, 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Under Contract
Condo for Rent:
- $1100/month. 800 square feet, 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Under Contract
Next week is the start of one of Ann Arbor’s favorite annual events: The Ann Arbor Art Fairs. This is a fantastic time of year when artists from all over the country come together to showcase their best work and put on the area’s best art show. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs is actually a combination of 4 juried fairs, including the original Ann Arbor Street Fair, the State Street Area Art Fair, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, and Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair. These fairs have made the Top 10 Fairs list every year since 2004, and have received countless accolades. In its 52nd year, this year’s fairs promise to be at the top for 2011!
As the Ann Arbor Summer Festival winds down, the events heat up! Haven’t had a chance yet to visit downtown Ann Arbor and see what this fantastic cultural event has to offer? No worries, you still have a fun-filled week left to get down there and see what all of the excitement is about. Following is a schedule of events for the third and final of the festival. All events are at Top of the Park and free of charge (although donations are appreciated) unless otherwise noted.
2011 Ann Arbor Summer Festival Week 3
Entertainment Lineup and Supporting Activities
Saturday, July 2
5:00 PM Retreat: Capoeira
5:00 PM Hana Malhas
6:00 PM Joe Summers Gypsy Jazz Trio
7:00 PM The Rusty Wright Band
9:00 PM Thornetta Davis
10:30 PM After Dark with powdrblu
When: June 17 – July 10, 2011
Main Venues: Top of the Park at Ingalls Mall on Washington Street
Power Center for Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher
Hill Auditorium , 825 N. University
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University
Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival, a major cultural event in the Ann Arbor community, is here for its 28th season and promises entertainment for the whole family! This celebration features indoor and outdoor performances, with over 100 scheduled events including: music, dance, comedy, film, theater, circus, and street arts. Top of the Park, the most well known outdoor venue, hosts movies under the stars, After Dark late-night DJ series, Wind Down Wednesday wine tasting, and Kids Rock family concert series, just to name a few. Indoor venues vary and feature a variety of contemporary performing artists. There are also many off-site exhibitions and events. Following is a schedule of events for Week 2 of the festival. All events are at Top of the Park and free of charge (although donations are appreciated) unless otherwise noted.
Ann Arbor Condo Inventory & Sales Shrink
Inventory for the overall Ann Arbor Condo market continues to decline, and is down 3% when compared to last month. It is still in a buyer’s market with an 8 months supply of condos. 33% of units listed for sale are under contract with a buyer, which is down from 39% at the end of April. Sales for the past 12 months have also slightly decreased. The under $100k market has slipped into a buyer’s market for the first time in 2011, while the $100-200k entered a balanced market with a 6.8 months supply and is highly active with the number of condos under contract at 41%. The $300-400k and $400-500k market have remained basically unchanged over the last month. Once you get into the over $500k market, it is a complete buyer’s market with only 4 units selling in the last year and 0 over the $1M mark. The Ann Arbor rental market is very strong, as sellers are choosing to rent their units and are very successful with this. The month’s supply is at a very low 2.6.
Downtown Ann Arbor Condominiums offer a variety of urban living experiences and are a popular choice for many types of buyers. Like most Washtenaw County Real Estate, Downtown Ann Arbor condo values have decreased, but as with Ann Arbor homes, they appear to be on the rise once again. 2009 was a low for the total number of units sold, average sales price, and price per square foot. But, in 2010 we saw an increase of 71% in number of units sold, an increase of 11% in average sales price, and an increase of 5% in average price per square foot. So far in 2011, 15 condos have sold with an average sales price of $294,469 and average price per square foot of $229.35. The highest selling condo price was $540,000, $261.88/square foot, for an Ashley Mews brownstone with 2466 total square feet, 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. The lowest priced unit was a studio-style Riverhouse condo that closed for $67,000, $146.29/square foot, and had 458 square feet with 1 full bath. Continue reading
Downtown Ann Arbor Condos appeal to a variety of people, from young folks wanting to be close to the excitement, downtown professionals walking to work, and even retirees looking for luxury without the maintenance of a home. Downtown Ann Arbor offers an urban lifestyle with everything within walking distance: a wide array of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, music venues, shops and galleries, museums, and even downtown grocers. There are many styles of condos, including: lofts, brownstones, penthouses, townhomes, new construction, renovated historic buildings, high rise buildings, LEED certified, and basic apartment styles. Complexes include: