Pakwaan Fine Indian Cuisine Opening Soon in Downtown Plymouth

Opening next week in downtown Plymouth, Pakwaan Fine Indian Cuisine at 447 Forest Avenue! Patrick and I stopped by today and saw the menu, met the owner, Sunny, a nice man who hails from Shalimar, a very successful Indian restaurant in Ann Arbor.  The place is looking good and it will seat a lot of people comfortably.  They will open next week and we will be there!
Does anybody remember when there was a purple building on Forest which housed a Chinese Restaurant named “Dinersty”?  Rewind even further…who remembers Cloverdale?  That’s where my grandpa took me to get “Nutty Buddies”, my parents and I would go to the drive through to get Chocolate Almond ice cream and milk and I would hang out with my tween friends (shout out to Juliet Scott) in the 70’s and 80’s and have ice cream floats and play Centipede and Pac Man before visiting various shops in town (shout out to Fred Hill). If you never visited Cloverdale or just want to revisit the memories, you can see the soda fountain which is now located inside of the Plymouth Historical Museum!
To date, the location on Forest has been most successful as Cloverdale’s.  I really doubt anything can top Cloverdale’s.  There have been several unsuccessful restaurant attempts in the post Cloverdale space, including Panache, Bamboo, 1999 Tavern and I’m not sure if that’s everything.  Let’s hope the location is going to work for it’s new occupant. Plymouth has become an entertainment and dining destination – with Forest Ave. showing a lot of activity with Barrio, Little Bangkok, Extreme Pizza, and EG Nicks.
I cannot remember in my lifetime an Indian restaurant in Plymouth – this will be a first.  We are looking forward to Pakwaan’s opening in Downtown Plymouth!
447 Forest Ave, Plymouth MI 48170

Bento 39 in Novi

Before our careers in real estate, Patrick and I were expatriates living in Hiroshima, Japan for 3 years. That’s even where I gave birth to our son. We loved living there, absorbing a culture that is so foreign, yet technologically advanced. One of my favorite aspects of living there was the food. I love seafood and interesting dishes – Japan has lots of both. The food is overall very healthy. One of the traditional everyday meals in Japan is the Bento Box meal. It is a meal prepared either at home or for takeout that comes in a box with compartments, each holding a different food item, so you get a balanced meal all within the box. The food in a bento is typically minimally processed and items such as rice, pickled vegetables and a protein are standard.

This leads me to Bento 39, a small restaurant in a strip mall on Novi Road in Novi, Michigan. It is called Bento 39 because in Japanese, the numbers 3 and 9 sound like “Thank You” so the owners named it Bento Thank You. Japanese like to take English words and incorporate them into Japanese so this time they are doing the opposite.

Anyway, I was so excited when I found this shop a few months ago. They have a relatively small menu of about 12 bento dishes and every day there is a daily special. Sometimes I can read the special in Japanese if it has enough of the words I still remember…but you can ask them. You can either dine in or take out.

I am so happy I can get a healthy bento box now of traditional Japanese food at Bento 39.

22200 Novi Road, Novi 48375, Telephone: (248) 344-0896.

Ann Gage, REALTOR®, Joins BAKE Real Estate

Ann Gage, REALTOR®

We are pleased to announce that Ann Gage has joined Bake Real Estate.  Ann is a 27-year resident of Northville/Salem Township area where she and her husband built their custom country estate and raised their 2 sons. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Economics, an active leader at Northville’s Our Lady of Victory, and an advocate for the Developmentally Disabled/Special Needs community.

Prior to joining Bake Real Estate, Ann established a 30-year corporate career where she honed her incredible gifts for effective negotiating, tenacious attention to detail, and financial & marketing prowess. Integrity and honesty are the cornerstones to her success.

Ann’s intrinsic desire to use these strengths to balance the needs and desires of buyers and sellers, alike, makes her a natural Real Estate Professional. Ann can be reached at 248-982-9880 or via email

Welcome aboard Ann!

BAKE Real Estate: an Independent Brokerage with Historical Roots in Plymouth and Northville returns under the Stewardship of a New Generation

bake real estate logo

Yesterday marked the creation of BAKE Real Estate in my hometown of Plymouth. Many of you locals know of Robert Bake REALTORS, which my dad established in 1967. BAKE is BACK!  We are happy to keep the real estate tradition alive.  Our new office is located at the corner of Penniman and Harvey (908 Penniman) and kitty corner from the new Post Office.  Nearly 50 years ago, the following ad appeared in Plymouth and our commitment holds as true today as it did then:

BAKE Real Estate
BAKE Real Estate 908 Penniman Avenue, Plymouth MI 47170

Northville Holiday Lighted Parade Friday November 21st 6:30pm

lighted parade If you can’t beat winter, then may as well join in and embrace it! Northville has unique parades through the downtown including the Victorian Festival and the upcoming Holiday Lighted Parade, which kicks off the holiday season with music, merriment and warm drinks amidst the hometown Americana atmosphere of Historic Downtown.  Fun for all ages, this year, the parade will be Friday, November 21st at 6:30pm.

NCC parade flyer

Just Sold! 1628 Gloucester: 3 Bedroom New England Village Ranch in the City of Plymouth

We are pleased to announce the completed closing of our listing at 1628 Gloucester.  This charming City of Plymouth brick ranch with attached 2 car garage can be found deep within the New England Village area of Plymouth.  The home offers hardwood floors throughout most of the entry level including bedrooms. The Master Bedroom has a separate entrance to a full bathroom with dual vanity sinks. The partially finished lower level is equipped with a full bath and provides additional living and storage space. The rear yard is fully fenced and features a deck with access from the Family Room. Updates include a new roof in 2010.  Located within walking distance to downtown events, shopping, and restaurants, you are also located conveniently close to M-14 while enjoying a quiet and peaceful neighborhood atmosphere.

For more information about buying or selling a home in Plymouth and Northville, visit us at or simply contact Carrie,  Associate Broker, at (734) 788-2398 –, Patrick,  Associate Broker,at  (734) 272-8375 –, or Stephanie, REALTOR, at (734) 620-4536 –

Salem Township Farm Stands

pumpkinsOne thing I love about Salem Township just West of Plymouth & Northville are the random farm stands where one can stop and pick up fresh eggs, pumpkins, fresh produce & the like. Today, on my way back from the filming for a spectacular Spring 2015 listing…I happened upon this one, where I picked up some of the season’s finest fresh tomatoes, garlic, pears and a dozen fresh eggs.

Parents of small children take note, as this farm stand features a kids’  play area with bales of hay, a bouncy house, and other play equipment.  It was located on North Territorial just West of the bend in the road where Joy Road crosses.  There were even some farmer types that stopped their big pickup trucks to grab large bags of deer feed (broken carrots) for their upcoming hunting trips. Gotta love Salem Township Country Living!

VIDEO: Just Listed! 540 Orchard Drive in the City of Northville – 4 Bedroom, 3.2 Bath Colonial Recently Expanded and Renovated Throughout

Just listed: Elegantly appointed, present day living with the vintage charm and appeal of a classic American small town . Meticulously transformed in 2011 by the current owners, the completed home now enjoys 3,472 sq. ft. of finished living space on 3 floors. The features and upgrades are many, including an Open Concept Kitchen and Family Room, Stainless Steel appliances, Quartz Countertops, Shaker Style Cabinetry, Hardwood Floors, Covered Front & Rear Porches, Generous Rear Yard space, custom woodwork, reclaimed pillars & built-ins abound, 2 ½ Car garage with Walk-up Bonus Room, First Floor in-law Suite – this home offers the consummate blend old house warmth and new house comfort. Located on a tree-lined street within easy walking distance to downtown Northville’s parks, shops, entertainment, events, and restaurants.

For more information about this home, please visit our Plymouth and Northville Real Estate homepage at or simply contact Carrie,  Associate Broker, at (734) 788-2398 –, Patrick,  Associate Broker,at  (734) 272-8375 –, or Stephanie, REALTOR, at (734) 620-4536 –

Just Sold! 18790 Grande Vista in Northville – 4 Bedroom, 3.1 Bath Colonial with Walkout Lower Level

DSC04521Just sold to one of our clients, Grande Vista is located off 7 Mile just west of Beck Road. An intimate community of recently built homes at one of the highest elevations in Northville, you can see for miles across the Township and beyond. The home itself offers 4000 square feet above grade with 4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths and is completely move-in ready with the pre-requisite hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, open concept floor plan, rear deck, and walk-out lower level.  The only thing you could add is a finished basement to take advantage of the added square footage and walk-out feature. The new owners are very excited!

For more information about buying a home in the Plymouth or Northville area, please visit us at or simply contact Carrie,  Associate Broker, at (734) 788-2398 –, Patrick,  Associate Broker,at  (734) 272-8375 –, or Stephanie, REALTOR, at (734) 620-4536 –

Just Listed! 9759 Abi Court, Plymouth: 4 Bed, 3.2 Bath Cape on 1.3 Wooded and Pastoral Acres!


Just listed: Privacy and natural beauty define life in Abi Estates, a quiet and peaceful community of individualized homes known for large lots and mature trees. Abi Court is a 2002 built Cape Cod set amidst a wooded and award-winning re-landscaped 1.3 acre parcel on a private court. As you approach the home along a rising drive, you’ll be welcomed by a wide covered front porch with prerequisite swing for enjoying summer breezes and the stunning view. Premier amenities, materials, and craftsmanship abound in this 4 bedroom, 3.2 bathroom home: arched doorways and windows, hardwood flooring, kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, butcher block island/breakfast bar, breakfast nook and 2 way gas fireplace, sumptuous library with granite, built-in desk & cabinetry, walkout lower level with stone gas fireplace, wet bar with granite, fitness room, wine cellar, ½ round copper gutters, generator, low Salem Township taxes with Plymouth Canton schools and mailing, a variety of trees, perennials & birds to enjoy along with a classic & luxurious home minutes from M-14 and Downtown Plymouth. Come home to your stay-cation!

For more information about this home, please visit our Plymouth and Northville Real Estate homepage at or simply contact Carrie,  Associate Broker, at (734) 788-2398 –, Patrick,  Associate Broker,at  (734) 272-8375 –, or Stephanie, REALTOR, at (734) 620-4536 –



Just Sold! 173 North Harvey in Downtown Plymouth: 5 Bedroom, 3 Bath Updated and Expanded Colonial

173 North Harvey

Fall Festival is over and we are pleased to announce that 173 N. Harvey has been sold. This downtown Plymouth home exudes the charm and historical warmth of an older home complemented with the modern conveniences of a newer, updated, and expanded house.  Inside, you’ll discover an Open Concept Island Kitchen, Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Countertops, Maple Cabinetry, Family Room with Fireplace, Banquette seating and walk-in Pantry, Master Bedroom suite with marble bath, and even a 2nd Floor Laundry. Premium exterior materials include James Hardie siding, JELD-WEN windows (except for a single vintage leaded glass window off the Pine floor foyer), and dimensional shingle roof. Further updates include new AC 2012, new garage in 2010 with stairs to attic storage, 8’ x 9’ doors, concrete driveway 2009. This home captures the glow and patina of time through its wood floors, grand foyer, enclosed front porch, and substantial door, window and base moldings, while enjoying all the functionality and modern amenities of new construction. Complete and move-in ready – Plymouth’s Downtown, Schools, Parks, Events, Shopping, and Restaurants all await your arrival. See a virtual tour of North Harvey at our homepage.


Just Listed! 690 Ross – Updated 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Ranch in the City of Plymouth

Plymouth Ranch Home

On the corner of Dewey and Ross in the City of Plymouth just a few blocks from Kellogg Park, is 690 Ross, a brick ranch with adorable manicured landscaping & completely renovated in 2005-06.  With 3 bedrooms on the main level, an attached 2 ½ car garage with breezeway/mudroom, updated eat-in cherry kitchen, dining room, two full baths, hardwood flooring in kitchen, dining and living room and a new dimensional tear-off roof in 2008, this home is ready to enjoy. One will also appreciate the finished basement with vented glass block windows offering an extra 928 sq. ft. of living space and then plentiful storage & laundry rooms, to boot. A private paver patio in the rear overlooks a spacious rear yard & sprinkler system keeps the grass green. Front paver patio leading to a custom door beneath a covered front porch to welcome your guests. Extra details also included such as blown-in insulation, window treatments, ceiling fans, dimmers, lights in all closets, exterior motion sensor lighting, new paint, hardwired smoke detectors, vinyl replacement windows. This is the midcentury ranch updated to today’s century of Downtown Plymouth living!

Hardwood Floors

For more information about this home, please visit our Plymouth and Northville Real Estate homepage at or simply contact Carrie,  Associate Broker, at (734) 788-2398 –, Patrick,  Associate Broker,at  (734) 272-8375 –, or Stephanie, REALTOR, at (734) 620-4536 –