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Experience Music, Dance, Theater, and Comedy at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival

A community tradition, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is returning for its 33rd season.  The Summer Festival includes two concurrent programs, one indoor and one outdoor, at various venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor.

While 90% of the over 100 events are free to the public this post will highlight the Mainstage, ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, theater, and comedy.

Flip FabriQue’s Catch Me! (Attrape-Moi)

Flip-FabriQue-Tile3-370x230Saturday, June 6, at 8 pm and Sunday June 12, at 3:00pm at the Power center
High flying, fearless, and fun, these young artist-athletes astound audiences with adrenaline pumping feats of cutting edge nouveau cirque, dazzling in a crowd-pleasing spectacle of extreme acrobatics, dramatic turns on trampoline wall, and inventive parkour. This is a virtuoso display of athleticism and showmanship for the whole family.


Gregory Alan Isakov and The Ghost Orchestra with poet Andrea Gibson
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Wednesday, June 15, at 8:00PM at the Power Center
Gregory Alan Isakov crafts stunning compositions that tell a story of miles and landscapes, captivating and haunting his listeners. With nods to Leonard Cohen and Andrew Bird, his lush arrangements lend themselves to a fuller sound, and he will be accompanied by his band, as well as a mini-symphonic ensemble. This is a rare opportunity to see a unique performance with one of indie folk’s most admired new singer/songwriters.


Bebel Gilberto
Saturday, June 18, at  8:00PM at the Power Center
Brazil’s beloved Bebel Gilberto arrives at the traditions of bossa nova and samba and innovates on them, weaving sultry pop and soft electronica influences into her sophisticated sound. She has been at the forefront of Bossa 2.0, working with superstar producers like Mario Caldato, Jr. and Mark Ronson. Elegant and ethereal, her music will make you feel like you’re sipping caipirinhas on a yacht overlooking the beaches of Ipanema at sunset.


Michael Franti & Spearhead SoulRocker Tour
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Tuesday, June 21, at 8:00PM at the Hill Auditorium
Capturing an irresistibly bright and uplifting sound, musical pioneer and humanitarian Michael Franti’s globally conscious reggae pop anthems are spreading some much appreciated positivity worldwide. He’s known for his lyrical activism and powerful performances spanning hip hop, reggae, rock, and spoken word. Inspired by his calling to create positive change, he asks us to celebrate life, dance joyfully, and raise consciousness.


Gregory Porter

gregory-porter 5Wednesday, June 22, at 8:00PM at the Power Center
Warm, soulful baritone and Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter’s beautifully spiritual voice thrills audiences as he explores the rhythmic phrasings of jazz, the passion of R&B, the soul of gospel, and the immediacy of the blues. Charismatic, uplifting, and assured, this is modern jazz’s biggest star, and for good reason.
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Sunday, June 26, at 7:30PM at Power Center
For twenty incredible years, world-famous Sierra Madre trumpeter and bandleader Jesús Alemañy and his orchestra have been Cuba’s musical ambassadors, sharing their authentic yet innovative, danceable, and joyous sounds with the world. Fiery and passionate, they specialize in sizzling dance tunes full of swaggering horn charts and skillful polyrhythms that recall vintage big band son, traditional rumba, cha-cha, danzón, and pa’ca ritmo. These Grammy-nominated all-stars enjoy experimenting with world fusion, yet always embrace island authenticity—and will leave you smiling.


Jane Lynch: See Jane Sing!
jane-Lynch-Featured-image 7Wednesday, June 29, at 8:00PM at the Power Center 
You’ve loved her as Sue Sylvester singing like Madonna on Glee. Now, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch combines her talents in an uproarious night of live musical comedy. Joining her onstage will be Glee musical arranger Tim Davis and the fiery redhead Kate Flannery of The Office. You’ll be in stitches with her American Songbook, which includes selections from The Brady Bunch, Fiddler on the Roof, and Nicki Minaj. Recommended for mature audiences.


Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
bruce hornsby 8Thursday June 30, at 8:00PM at the Power Center
Bruce Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s two-and-a-half decade recording career. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is” became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, and Pat Metheny.


Mayer Hawthorne 
Mayer Hawthorne Friday, July 1, at 8:00PM at the Power Center
Singer Mayer Hawthorne has an incredible ear for what makes music soulful. “Flashy but classy” and always stylish in a fine suit, he’s a sensation onstage. A hometown hero, he soaked up Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Shuggie Otis, Hall and Oates, and hip hop producer J Dilla spinning DJ sets at The Firefly and The Blind Pig. Now this deeply talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer has moved to LA, sold millions of albums, helped Pharrell win a Grammy for best producer, and become neo-soul royalty.


The Capitol Steps
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Monday, July 4, at 4pm at the Power Center
Monday, July 4, at 7pm at the Power Center
Perfectly timed for an election year, America’s foremost political satirists make their annual Fourth of July appearance at the festival! Putting the mock in democracy, these former Congressional staffers poke fun at both sides of the aisle with up-to-the-minute song parodies like “Deleter of the Facts” and “If There Were No Rich Men.” If you are sick of hearing about Ted Cruz, Bill Cosby, and Brian Williams, you’ve come to the wrong place.


One Man Circus (L’homme Cirque)
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Wednesday, August 24, at 6:30pm at Burns Park
Thursday, August 25, at 6:30pm at Burns Park
Friday, August 26, at 6:30pm at Burns Park
Saturday, August 27, at 6:30pm at Burns Park
Sunday, August 28, at 6:30pm at Burns Park
Enter the magical world of David Dimitri. Lauded “Lord of the Wire” by New York Times, this world famous high wire dancer and veteran of Cirque du Soleil and Big Apple Circus epitomizes innovation as he alone performs an entire circus. Creating what he calls “a unique magic” in the intimate setting of a tent in Burns Park, his L’homme Cirque balances dramatic feats like high wire flips and a human cannon launch with humor, poetry, and serenades on the accordion.

Interested in the entire Mainstage experience? Try the Festival Sampler, which lets you create your own individualized series and take advantage of early buying discounts when you purchase three or more shows through May 28.
For more information on purchasing tickets to any of these shows visit www.a2sf.org

Reinhart is proud to a be sponsor of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Photo and Story Source: Ann Arbor Summer Festival

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Work with the Leader

The spring market is heating up and experience is “king” in achieving a great result. Having a dominant share of the closed transactions means you won’t find a Realtor with more knowledge or experience with every kind of transaction than Reinhart.


Sellers benefit from proven pricing strategies and marketing plans. Buyers find a larger inventory and more experience winning multiple-offer situations.

Why take a chance on the biggest investment of your life? Work with those who’ve seen it all and do more of it every day. For sound advice and help creating your real estate plan, contact us today.

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Luxurious Condo in Brighton

This week we are featuring Megan Crosbie’s listing – 9089 Lake Dominion Drive, Brighton, MI 48114

9089 Lake Dominion Drive - Brighton

Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
This luxurious end-unit condominium is located in Lake Dominion.

9089 Lake Dominion Drive - DenQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
The first floor  features high ceilings and gorgeous hardwood floors. The high-end kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and upgraded cabinets.

9089 Lake Dominion Drive - Kitchen

Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Completely updated in the last few years, this energy efficient unit features extra insulation, LED recessed lighting, and first floor laundry.
9089 Lake Dominion Drive - Dinning AreaQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
The stunning walkout lower level is a great space for entertaining with a bar, separate family room/rec room, fireplace, bathroom and plenty of storage space.
9089 Lake Dominion Drive - MasterQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Relax on the covered back deck and enjoy the beautiful landscaping.
9089 Lake Dominion Drive - Master BathQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
There is access to Lake Dominion for canoeing, an abundance of wildlife and the convenience of being within walking distance to downtown.
9089 Lake Dominion Drive - DeckQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
The spacious master suite has vaulted ceilings and  a large walk-in closet. The adjoining master bathroom features a standing shower, tub, dual sinks and  granite counter tops.
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For more information about 9089 Lake Dominion Drive, Brighton, MI 48114 or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Megan Crosbie  at 734-645-4296.

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Private 15 Acre Ranch Home in Grass Lake

FeaturedFriListing_2016This week we are featuring Nora Hamouda – 1685 South Francisco Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240
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Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
This bright ranch has a full, finished walk-out basement and sits on a peaceful 15 acres.

1685 S. Francisco - Great Room

Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?
The home has a 68’ by 42’ pole barn with electricity and skylights. There are also vaulted ceilings in all the main level bedrooms.
1685 S. Francisco - Kitchen

Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
There are homes nearby, but it still has a completely private feel.
1685 S. Francisco - Bedroom
Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
The home has been well-maintained and has lots of storage. Recently new carpet has been installed in the basement.

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Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
The house has beautiful views of farm land, grassland, and trees.

1685 S. Francisco - Backyard

Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
Few homes on the market have a pole barn this size. Extra bedrooms and the living room in the basement double the living area of the home.

1685 S. Francisco - Pole Barn

Q. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
The second deck accommodates above-ground pool. Besides the attached two car garage, the house also has a detached two car garage.
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Q. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
The property would accommodate a horse. There are multiple lean-to sheds, a greenhouse and water spigots outside.
For more information about 8835 Hidden Woods Drive, Dexter, MI, or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Nora Hamouda 734-255-0339.

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Ann Arbor Named One of the 10 Top U.S. Places for 2016

AARP, a nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, named Ann Arbor one of the 10 Top U.S. Places for 2016. The top ten list aims to help people find places in America to visit.

Main Street Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is on the list with American Samoa; Seaside, Florida; San Antonio, Texas and others because of its diversity of attractions. The article mentions the restored 19th-century brick storefronts, restaurants, boutiques, and upscale bars as reasons to visit. It also mentions the various outdoor adventures that Ann Arbor offers visitors.

Click here for the full list of U.S. Places for 2016.

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5 Key Strategies to Buying a Home in Ann Arbor

Many people feel that spring is the best time to buy or sell a home, and it is due to this belief that the market heats up this time of year. If you have strong desire to a buy a home in spring, here are key things you need to know.


Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Serious homebuyers need to consult a lender before they go to open houses. Funding allows buyers to go forward with knowledge of exactly how much money they have to spend. Pre-approval means the lender has checked your credit and verified your documentation to approve a specific loan amount.

To be pre-approved you will need to provide documentation including your social security number, employment verification, good credit, proof of income, and more.

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Hire a Realtor

For most people buying a home is the biggest financial decision of their entire life. The best source of information about your local real estate market is a Realtor. They have the expertise and know the nuances of the local market. This means they can answer questions you have about trends, taxes, and which areas where you can get the most for your budget.

In the search for your dream home you are going to need assistance. Realtors have local connections. A well connected Realtor will be able to refer you to trustworthy home inspectors, home staggers, interior designers, lenders and more.


Set a Timetable
Once you have found a Realtor, it is important establish a timeline for when you want or need to be in a house. This is especially true if there is a looming deadline such as relocation or the start of a school year. Often times the house buying process takes more time than a new buyer might anticipate. Those with a less stringent time frame may spend more time looking at properties than buyers on a tight deadline.

Be Open to Compromise
The internet has made it easier than ever to peruse for sale homes. While the availability of access is a good thing it has also increased expectations for the features of a house.

While you might want an open layout or a three car garage it is important to be realistic. For example if you want to live in the Burns Park neighborhood in Ann Arbor you will not be able to find a house if your budget is only $100K. This doesn’t mean your Realtor can’t find you a home in your price range. It just means you might have to adjust your expectations.

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Be Speedy
It isn’t an easy time to be looking for a home in a hot market. For sale inventories continue to be a challenge for most price ranges and areas, particularly in the City of Ann Arbor.

If your price range is $250,000 or under you will feel even more frustration going into this spring than last as there are there are 36% fewer homes to choose from. With inventories so low, there is just not enough product on the shelf. Low inventories have pushed the average price per square foot up 10%. Going forward the inventory shortage in the under $250,000 range might continue through the spring.
Low inventory tends to lead to multiple offers and houses sitting fewer days on the market. This means in a hot real estate market if a home meets your major requirements you need to be ready to act quickly before someone else does.

Ann Arbor Residential

After getting pre-approval, finding a Realtor and putting in an offer the most important thing you can do is be patient. Frequently buyers will feel defeated after losing out on a house. Don’t give up or get angry. Remember your new home is just around the corner.

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Charles Reinhart Realtors Win Achievement Award at Global Real Estate Event

On a recent trip to Miami, Charles Reinhart Realtors / Real Estate One & Family of Companies took home the prestigious prestigious Member Achievement Award presented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE). Leading RE is global community of more than 500 high quality independent real estate firms.

The award was presented at the network’s Annual Awards Gala February 25 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The event was part of LeadingRE’s Conference Week, which has attracted a distinguished audience of nearly 2,500 real estate professionals from 25 countries.

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Left to right Pat Riley, Dan Elsea, Marsha Volchoff, Diane Howard, Susan Kellam, Sanaa Kaddis, Leslie Smith

Charles Reinhart Realtors / Real Estate One & Family of Companies was presented the Award of Excellence for Incoming Conversion Rate. This award is presented to the member firm with the highest incoming conversion rate for their company-size category, based on closed transactions resulting from client referrals received from other affiliates.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the outstanding firms that earned one of our prestigious Member Achievement Awards,” said LeadingRE President and CEO Pam O’Connor. “To earn distinction among the top global firms in the world reflects an extraordinary commitment to performance and excellence.”

Charles Reinhart Realtors / Real Estate One & Family of Companies is the Ann Arbor area representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com), the largest network of premier locally-branded firms in more than 50 countries producing over one million annual home sale transactions. As a member of LeadingRE, Charles Reinhart Realtors / Real Estate One & Family of Companies provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in any market.

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Pristine Two Story in Dexter

FeaturedFriListing_2016This week we are featuring Pia Crum’s listing – 8835 Hidden Woods Drive, Dexter, MI, 48130  8835 Hidden Woods Drive

Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
This is a modern two story home with an open floor plan.8835 Hidden Woods Drive - Entry

Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
This home is just a five minute walk to Hudson Mills Metropark and is just a 6 mile bike ride from Dexter.8835 Hidden Woods Dr - Dining Room
Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Upgrades include new lower level bamboo floors, a Trex deck, new well pump, and a generator hook up.

8835 Hidden Woods Drive - Kitchen

Q. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Residents in this neighborhood enjoy the 14 acres of shared home owners association land for walking, BBQs, and sports.

8835 Hidden Woods Drive - Bedroom

Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
You will be able to relax and enjoy nature with .75 acres private line of trees along the backyard.8835 Hidden Woods Drive - lower level office

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
You can watch 4th of July fireworks from your front yard.
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For more information about 8835 Hidden Woods Drive, Dexter, MI, or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Pia Crum at 734-680-6235.

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7 Incredible March Events in Ann Arbor Area

March is known for the start of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and March Madness. While the improved weather and holidays are exciting, you also won’t want to miss all the local activities that the Ann Arbor area has to offer.


Michigan Ability Partners will host the third annual TasteFest event on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at Washtenaw Community College from 5:00 – 8:00pm.  TasteFest 2016 will consist of a sample tasting of many fine restaurants and a silent auction. Enjoy an evening of tasting, music, and celebration.

Proceeds benefit Michigan Ability Partners (MAP) which helps veterans and individuals with disabilities in need of employment services and affordable housing.  Last year, MAP assisted over 1100 people in finding housing or employment.

Click here to learn more 

Chelsea Maple Festival

Maple Syrup Festival
Spring in Michigan means it’s time to celebrate this year’s bounty of maple syrup that is sure to find its way to your breakfast table. The festival started in 2012 and has grown in popularity each year. Come celebrate from March 12 – March 20.

Events include a pancake breakfast at the American Legion, and guided tours with educational tree tapping demonstrations at The Discovery Center. A select group of Chelsea restaurants also feature handcrafted maple dishes and beverages. The Chelsea Alehouse features a local maple craft beer each year and hosts a pancake breakfast to benefit The Big 400. Maple dining specials are served at The Common Grill and Cleary’s Pub.

Click here to learn more 


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The Saline Craft Show
The Saline Craft Show returns March 12th from 8:00am – 3:30 pm. This year’s show will highlight spring indoor and outdoor decor and fashions. The crafters’ displays embody skills and reflect respect for both the materials used and the processes. The handcrafted products feature original designs that can enhance the beauty of the buyer’s environment whether used in the home, garden or personally.

The Saline Schools Craft Shows are juried craft shows to ensure show visitors and shoppers of receiving the highest quality, one-of-a-kind and limited edition work.  The show features crafters from 14 states and is one of the top craft shows in Michigan.

Click here to learn more

Gamers for Giving
Gamers for Giving is a competitive gaming tournament and LAN party that helps generate resources for the initiatives of Gamers Outreach – such as building portable gaming carts for children in hospitals. This non-stop gaming marathon will take place within Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center during the weekend of March 12th & 13th.

Click here to learn more

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Ann Arbor Film Festival
The Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF)is returning for the 54th year Tuesday, March 15- Sunday, March 20.  The AAFF is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year’s festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, narrative, hybrid and performance based works.

Click here to learn more

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Ypsilanti Comic Con

Don’t miss the first annual Ypsilanti Comic Con. Tickets are only $2 at the door, and the event will be packed with over 25 vendors with books, action figures, and more. This event will take place on March 19 from 10am-3:30pm at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church.

Click here to learn more  

Ladies Night Out Saline

Ladies Night Out – A Chocolate Affair

Saline downtown business owners and Saline Main Street invite the ladies of Saline and neighboring communities the chance to enjoy a ladies night out. Shop, dine or just stroll through Saline’s charming downtown area for an evening you won’t forget.

This Ladies Night Out takes place March 24 at 4:00 pm–9:00 pm and celebrates everything chocolate.  You will pick up your empty candy box along with a map of all the Ladies Night Out participating locations and then stroll downtown Saline to fill your box. Bring your sweet tooth and your friends and join in the fun of Ladies Night Out—A Chocolate Affair.

Click here to learn more


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Stylish and Sophisticated Travis Pointe Condo


This week we are featuring Barbara Eichmuller’s listing – 3018 Cross Creek Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
3018 Cross Creek Court - Ann Arbor

Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Two story brick and wood contemporary designed by Bill Farrand. The monthly association dues cover the exterior maintenance

3018 Cross Creek Court

Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?
Main floor has beautiful ebony 5” plank flooring and a custom kitchen with an abundance of storage. Lower level is an entertainer’s dream with full bar, refrigerator and room for guests to gather.

3018 Cross Creek Court - Kitchen

Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
One of twelve exclusive condominium homes on quiet cul-de-sac located on the fairway of Hole #4 at Travis Pointe Country Club.

3018 Cross Creek Court - Dining Room

Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Recent updates include new lighting, central vacuum and electrical panel. The master suite was remodeled in 2012 complete with a Kohler steam shower, large walk-in closet and private deck.

3018 Cross Creek Court - Game Area

Q. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
The Travis Pointe community has a year round resort atmosphere and open spaces where homeowners can safely bicycle, walk the dog or go for a run.

For those who join the Travis Pointe Country Club they can take advantage of its championship golf course, four-season athletic facilities, oversized indoor and outdoor pools plus outdoor clay tennis courts and hard-surface indoor courts.3018 Cross Creek Court - Bedroom

Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
The house has wonderful views of the woods on fairway number 4.

3018 Cross Creek Court - Bar

Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
It is a wonderful opportunity to live at Travis Pointe at an affordable price point.
At less than $200/sf it is priced to sell.

3018 Cross Creek Court - Theater Room

Q. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
Travis Pointe will be hosting the 2016 Volvik LPGA Golf Tournament over Memorial Weekend.

3018 Cross Creek Court - Back

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
Theater room is perfect for screening movies. Click here to view an aerial tour of the home.

3018 Cross Creek Court - Yard

For more information about 3018 Cross Creek Court, Ann Arbor, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Barbara Eichmuller at 734-645-9054.

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