Center Street Grille in Northville Now Open!


Now open in Downtown Northville where the old Starting Gate Saloon used to be at 135 N. Center Street, the Center Street Grille (248-924-3135) is the latest offering from the people that brought us the Ironwood Grille and Barrio in Plymouth.  A family-friendly restaurant, the Center Street Grille menu  features pizzas, pastas, burgers, salads, seafood, steak, and sandwiches. Next time you are in town looking for a new casual option, this one could be worth a try. We’ll stop in soon to give it a try ourselves and report back!


Neighborhood Spotlight: Royal Crown Estates of Novi

Royal Crown Colonial
A new BAKE Real Estate Listing Coming Soon in Royal Crown Estates.  Photo: BAKE Real Estate

If you’re looking for a friendly neighborhood community feel, look no further than Royal Crown Estates in Novi. Neighborhood activities include pumpkin carving, a chili cook off, ice cream social…and that’s just in the Fall.  For those Spring & Summer nights of fun, take the kids in your life to the annual Easter egg hunt or enjoy leisurely walks around the community, which provides sidewalks!

And if these neighborhood activities aren’t enough, Royal Crown Estates is close to historic downtown Northville where you can discover a wide variety of shopping, restaurants, events (including live music in the Town Square), and historic Mill Race Village. For heavenly baked goods, try the popular Great Harvest Bread Co. located on Main St. And for a larger scale shopping experience, Twelve Oaks Mall, Fountain Walk, and Novi Town Center are all easy to access.

Irvine in Royal Crown Estates in Novi

Located between 9 and 10 Mile Roads off Taft Road with award-winning Northville public schools, locals call the area ‘No-Ville’ because of the Novi address with Northville schools. Resident children have the option to attend Thornton Creek Elementary, Hillside Middle, and Northville High School for public schooling with many other private options nearby.  The Novi Public Library and Novi Civic Center are also very convenient.

Royal Crown Estates comprises 287 homes built in the early and late 1990’s.  Floor plans are typically Colonials and Cape Cods ranging in size from 2,300 Sq. Ft. to 3,500 Sq. Ft, with 3-5 bedrooms. Some homes enjoy walkout lower levels while other have the privacy of backing to wooded common areas.

Here are some recent sales in Royal Crown Estates…

45736 White Pines Dr.    4BR 2.1BATH    $430,000    3,062 Sq. Ft.

45704 Irvine Dr.     4BR 3.1BATH   $430,000    3,097 Sq. Ft.

22691 Foxmoor Dr.    4BR 3.1BATH    $450,000    2,845 Sq. Ft.

45787 Irvine Dr.    4BR 3.1BATH     $485,000    3,077 Sq. Ft.

Remember to look for Bake Real Estate’s listing in Royal Crown coming soon!


Neighborhood Spotlight: Island Lake of Novi

Island Lake of Novi – Photo: BAKE Real Estate

Located in Novi north of 10 Mile Road along Wixom Road, you’ll discover the neighborhood of Island Lake.  Exemplifying resort living at its finest, Island Lake is a place where you can feel like you’re “up north” all week long. This recent development by Toll Brothers offers an impressive array of amenities around a 170 acre lake. It is truly a place you need to experience in order to appreciate. Many families relocating to Southeast Michigan from out of state or even out of the country find themselves instantly at home in Island Lake with a safe, “community” feel and plenty of social activities for every age.

One of the key reasons people choose Novi are the highly acclaimed Novi Public Schools. Novi is also convenient to private school options including Catholic Central and St. Catherine’s High Schools.  There are also a number of exceptional parks nearby, such as Kensington Metropark and Maybury State Park although you never have to go far with plenty of walking trails and paths within the Island Lake community itself!

Island Lake is also convenient for those of us who like to shop, dine, and have fun with nearby Twelve Oaks Mall, Fountain Walk and Novi Town Center .

Close by medical facilities include Providence Park Medical Center and Hospital.

Recently Sold by BAKE Real Estate! Grand Colonial with Finished Walk-Out Lower Level – Photo: BAKE Real Estate

Island Lake has more to offer than just location. Around the neighborhood, you’ll find luxury level accommodations with stately elevations, grand foyers, sun rooms, gourmet kitchens, and spa-like master suites. There are homes with walk-out finished lower levels, private pools, wine cellars, and more. While some homes offer waterfront views, others may have private, wooded rear yards or back to wide expansive common areas.  The homes range in size from approximately 3000 to 5000 sq. ft. (above grade) and comprise of both single family homes and condos.

At the center of it all you’ll find Island Lake’s “Boathouse” with amenities like a fitness center, pool, children’s pool, party room, sandy beach, volleyball court, tennis courts, day docks, and playground.

Island Lake Boat House – Photo: BAKE Real Estate

When you’re looking for your Island Lake home, Bake Real Estate can help! Some of our firm’s sales within Island Lake of Novi include:

49733 Leyland Circle, 5BR 6.5 Bath 4837 above-grade sq. ft.

25515 Hillsdale Dr. 4BR 3.5 Bath 3,611 above-grade sq. ft.

50678 Amesburg Dr.   4BR 3.5 bath   3,734 above-grade sq. ft.

All photos are the property of BAKE Real Estate and cannot be reproduced without permission.

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.