The Ann Arbor area has a thriving young professional crowd—and we aren’t surprised! Due to the nearby University of Michigan and our lively culture, upbeat nightlife, artsy venues, creative eateries and wonderful workplaces, A2 and its surrounding neighborhoods are ideal places for 20- and 30-somethings to call home.
If you’re planning on moving to Ann Arbor for our young professional scene or you’re planning to stay here after graduation, you might be wondering where exactly you should put down roots. The following neighborhoods, suburbs and areas in Ann Arbor are popular amongst young professionals for a variety of reasons—keep reading to find out why!
Walk Score: 47 | Bike Score: 62
Located in Ann Arbor’s southeast side, the 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 and young professional just starting out.
Plus, Darlington 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. There are also nearby freeways for an easy commute to downtown Ann Arbor.
Downtown Ann Arbor is the headquarters of culture, small business and local events in town, so it makes sense that the area would be incredibly popular for young professionals!
Bordered by the University of Michigan campus, West Park and Kerrytown, this neighborhood is perfect for those who want to be close to local businesses, great restaurants, local attractions and more. If you want to learn about everything you can do in this neighborhood, check out our guide to Spending a Day in Downtown Ann Arbor.
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Walk Score: 98 | Bike Score: 99
For young professionals, graduate students and other Ann Arbor locals looking for a balance of quiet life and exciting amenities, Germantown is practically perfect! Nestled between State and Main Streets, this lovely neighborhood is grounded in history and surrounded by incredible architecture.
While the homes tend to lean on the more expensive side, the majority of these historic beauties are multi-family homes. And the price is worth it when you consider all of the fantastic local attractions close by—like the gothic Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Hanover Square Park, Comet Coffee, The Original Cottage Inn, and a plethora of University landmarks like the Michigan Union and The Cube.
One of Ann Arbor’s most desirable and expensive neighborhoods, Lower 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 Ann Arbor locals.
With Burns Park Elementary right next door, both the park and the neighborhood are popular with local families. But because the amazing location puts you within a short distance of all the attractions in South Main—Michigan Stadium, Yost Ice Arena, Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex, and more—young professionals often find themselves in love with this area, too.
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Old West Side
Walk Score: 65 | Bike Score: 80
Most of Old West Side is located in a historic district, which serves to maintain the character and 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—perfect for those who want to utilize other forms of transportation for their daily commute.
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 of all ages!
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Walk Score: 69 | Bike Score: 86
South Main is a neighborhood centered around South Main Street, which goes from the heart of downtown Ann Arbor all the way down to Eisenhower Pkwy and Briarwood Mall. In the center of the neighborhood, you’ll be within walking distance of Pioneer High School to the west, Michigan Stadium to the north, and University of Michigan Golf Course to the east.
Perfect for those who love to stay active, South Main is packed full of sporting attractions like the Yost Ice Arena and the Crisler Center. And because of its close proximity to downtown, young professionals can enjoy all of the amazing central amenities while still basking in the quiet streets.
Did you fall in love with one of these neighborhoods?
Give us a call—we’d love to help you find your dream home! And if you aren’t in the market for buying just yet, Reinhart Realtors also has a fantastic property management department representing over 250 single-family homes, condos and apartments in the area. Click here for more information on our apartment search service!