When you do decide to move, it can be hard to decide where to settle down. That’s why we rounded up some of the hottest neighborhoods in the Ann Arbor area, all of which are fantastic places to live. No matter who you are or what you’re looking for, there’s a home waiting for you.
Please note that these are just a few examples of Ann Arbor’s thriving and amazing neighborhoods. For a larger list of local neighborhoods, visit our communities page.
For the Foodie — Downtown
Downtown Ann Arbor is the headquarters of culture, small business and local events in town, so it makes sense that the area would be home to some of the best restaurants in the area—like the Fleetwood Diner, Vinology, and Sava’s!
Bordered by the University of Michigan campus, West Park and Kerrytown, this neighborhood isn’t just for people who are really into great food. It’s also suited for families, shoppers, students, socialites and anyone who likes to spend time outside.
Located off of Jackson Road, west of Interstate 94, Lakewood is a beautiful subdivision surrounded by trees and lovingly designed homes. And even though this quaint slice of serenity feels away from it all, it’s just a short distance from a plethora of entertainment opportunities like the Westgate Shopping Center, the Quality-16 Movie Theater, and downtown.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love strolling along the tree-lined streets and exploring Dolph Park, a 57-acre nature area with woods and nature trails. And we can’t forget Sister and Second Sister Lakes, where this quiet neighborhood got its name!
Located on Ann Arbor’s southeast side, Darlington Subdivision features modest homes in a beautiful, mature setting. Comprised mainly of bungalow and Cape Cod-style homes at an affordable price range, Darlington is a wonderful neighborhood for the first-time homebuyer.
Plus, it isn’t too far away from the hustle and bustle of the city! Just a short distance away is the Arborland Center, Whole Foods and a variety of restaurants. And there are nearby freeways for an easy commute to downtown Ann Arbor.
For those of us who love the small-town vibe, getting to know your neighbors, and becoming a “regular” at a local business—the tight-knit community of Eberwhite is the place to be. Plus, since downtown is right next door, you won’t even need to hop in a car or a bus to enjoy everything the city has to offer! Eberwhite is the perfect place for those who don’t like to venture very far from home, since you’ll have everything you’ll ever need in one convenient and incredible location.
Throughout this area, you’ll find a variety of well-maintained homes that will appeal to all ages and demographics. And if it’s a good school that’s on your list of “must-haves,” Eberwhite Elementary School is one of the highest-rated and most desirable schools in Ann Arbor.
If you like to be ahead of the curve, the hidden gem of Ann Arbor Woods is definitely for you! Situated next to both Buhr Park and County Farm Park, this slept-on neighborhood features all sorts of recreation. And the proximity to downtown means you’ll never be too far from the action.
Most of the homes in this area were built in the 1950s and ‘60s, but have been outfitted with all of our favorite modern amenities and are settled along tree-lined, hilly streets. And the best part? The average home price for this area has been going down significantly in the past few years—so make sure to get in before everyone else discovers how amazing Ann Arbor Woods is!
But Kerrytown isn’t just a center for delectable restaurants and amazing shops, it’s also home to the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, several art studios and galleries, and the iconic Kerrytown Concert House where you can see interesting shows all year long.
One of Ann Arbor’s most desirable and expensive neighborhoods, Burns Park is composed of beautiful old homes set around the historic Burns Park. The neighborhood itself used to be the County Fair Grounds and now serves as a community destination for students, kids, parents, and everyone who calls Ann Arbor home.
If you’re someone who loves sports and anything else active, the South Main neighborhood is practically perfect for you! This area is centered around South Main Street, which runs from the heart of downtown Ann Arbor all the way down to Eisenhower Parkway and Briarwood Mall.
Located on the northeast side of Ann Arbor, the Foxfire subdivision is off of Dhu Varren, between Nixon and Pontiac Trail. Just minutes from the University of Michigan’s north campus, medical center and downtown Ann Arbor conveniences, it’s a great place for those who still want to enjoy city life without living in the middle of it.
Plus, the healthy economic state, natural areas, amazing school system and fantastic home options make this neighborhood perfect for families of any shape and size.
Just northeast of downtown Ann Arbor, this lush neighborhood is centered around West Park itself. The expansive community space offers acres of greenery, family fun and some of the most beautiful oak trees in town.
The park also offers a historic archway entry and a bandshell for fair weather concerts which puts residents at the heart of the local, outdoor music scene! And, because of this area’s proximity to the Ann Arbor Civic Theater, a plethora of cultural shows and performances are just a short distance away.
Most of the Old West Side is located in a historic district which serves to maintain the character and the architecture of the neighborhood. The north side of the neighborhood overlaps with downtown Ann Arbor and the south end puts you within walking distance of Allmendinger Park and Michigan Stadium!
But inside the borders of Old West Side, you’ll also find plenty of charm, gorgeous homes and tree-lined streets as well as local businesses and attractions for residents, families and children of all ages.