If you have ever wondered if Ann Arbor was more than a small, pretty town anchored by the University of Michigan, a recent article by Tom Walsh in the Detroit Free Press set the record straight. Far more than being the temporary academic home for 41,000 students, the town’s permanent residents include big names in business, industry, and politics as well as education. In addition, the economy of Ann Arbor is becoming ever more diverse, so it can attract the type of young talent that passes through the University.
So who lives here, making it, in Walsh’s words, a ”power center”? As noted in our recent blog, Ann Arbor Is Becoming Michigan’s Center of Power, corporate executives from the car companies, noted political figures, and other business notables call Ann Arbor home. Though Ann Arbor is still the liberal bastion it has always been, academia and the corporate world interact so much now that the city is viewed as welcoming to a more diverse group of residents. Even the Republican candidate for governor and the Republican State Chairman make their homes in the city. In the past, these folks would have made Grosse Pointe or Bloomfield Hills their home base, but great freeway access has made Ann Arbor a viable lifestyle choice. And why not? As we have noted in our past blogs, Ann Arbor offers:
· Attractive housing choices at all price points
· A lively cultural scene… galleries, restaurants, cafes
· A park-like setting that will not change as future development plans include a commitment to keep green space a part of the mix
· A stable economy that, despite some belt-tightening, offers good city service to residents
Like most of Michigan, Ann Arbor works hard to keep and attract young talent – but the lifestyle features noted above make the city attractive. It is far more than a bedroom suburb of Detroit, as many people both live and work here. Education may still be the biggest employer in the area, but there is a concerted effort to promote technology transfer. Ann Arbor is home to several big technology centers and many biotech and technology startups, so both those who prefer a larger more corporate environment or a more intimate work setting can find an attractive work environment.
Ann Arbor is not just another pretty college town. Whether you are well established in your career or fresh out of school, Ann Arbor can offer you a great life. Martin Bouma – your Ann Arbor expert – can help you find the perfect piece of Ann Arbor real estate. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, the Bouma Group can answer any questions you have about real estate in Ann Arbor. Thinking of settling down in Washtenaw County, Saline, or a specific Ann Arbor neighborhood? Call the Bouma Group today! And don’t forget to check out our Condo Hotline – we know the Ann Arbor condominium market better than anyone!