2019 Plymouth Art in the Park – A Local Summer Favorite on July 12-14th, 2019 in the City of Plymouth!

It’s that time of year again, where the artists move in and showcase their talents to people that come from all over Metro-Detroit and beyond. Art in the Park is July 12-14th, 2019!

Come one, come all, to enjoy Plymouth’s Art in the Park!

For more information on the event, transportation, maps & sponsors, visit their website by clicking here.

2018 Real Estate Market – Year in Review and look back at where we were 25 years ago!

Looking back at 2018, the real estate season started off strongly after a fairly mild winter but things gradually settled down in our area depending on where you were in Plymouth or Northville, City of Township. In general, the city markets did better as people continue to be drawn to walkable downtowns and all that they offer in terms of lifestyle while a broad range of issues influenced many buyers and sellers including the following:

  • Rising prices and limited supply making it especially competitive for first time buyers.
  • Increasing interest rates, which although historically low, were a deterrent to some buyers
  • Stock market volatility
  • Availability of new construction homes
  • Automotive industry changes

The local economy remains quite strong as new businesses continues to appear and new real estate development goes on and up – residential and commercial. Plymouth and Northville, City and Township have seen similar trends in terms of value last year. The City markets saw a slight uptick while the Townships were fairly flat.  Even when you factor in new construction values, the City’s of Plymouth and Northville have limited supply and an extremely diverse housing stock ranging widely in size, age, desirability, and price. So statistics can require a lot of interpretation but overall the trend is up.

In the Townships, Plymouth is fairly stable with only a slight decrease in Sales Price by  Square Foot ratio. Northville Township is also fairly even where new construction is an added competitive factor for resale homes especially in the upper price ranges.  Homes that haven’t been updated are having an especially difficult time selling and tend to linger longer on the market.  Buyers today have the added influence from HGTV and social media so what was desirable 10-20 years ago, never-mind 30-40 years ago, becomes quickly dated and obsolete.  So choose your designs, materials, and finishes wisely when building or updating and your home should withstand the test of time in terms of value.

To put things in historical perspective, here’s Robert Bake’s Holiday Bulletin from 25 year ago:

Robert Bake Realtors Holiday Bulletin 1994

Below are the charts showing each area’s 10 Year trend of Sales Price by Square Foot Ratio.  The average prices shows a similar trend. Overall, after 10 years of upward movement, the positive trend has begun to ease.

Plymouth Township:

Township of Ply dollar per sqft

Northville Township:

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City of Plymouth:

City of Ply dollar per sqft

City of Northville:

City of NV dollar per sqft

Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina is now open in Downtown Plymouth!

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The new Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina in downtown Plymouth is now open where the Box Bar used to be.  Located at 777 West Ann Arbor Trail right across the street from Kellogg Park – we now have another great thin crust pizza, pasta, and salad option for lunch in DTP! The contemporary interior with sky high ceilings and tall windows on 2 sides really makes the place feel spacious and light.  Welcome to Plymouth!

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2019 Plymouth Ice Festival

The 2019 Plymouth Ice Festival is coming the weekend of January 11th through 13th in Downtown Plymouth centered around Kellogg Park. You’ll be able to see amazing ice sculptures throughout downtown – plenty of fun for the whole family.  Seeing the festival after dark is something that you should try if you haven’t already.  Here are some photos from past years when they had an ice bonfire that lit up the night sky. For more information, go to www.plymouthicefestival.com.

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The Ice Festival is one of several street festivals in Downtown Plymouth that take place throughout the year. The area is very walkable with plenty of parks, shops, restaurants, and entertainment – along with plenty of parking. Plymouth also has beautiful residential tree-lined streets with lots of gorgeous historic homes making it one of the area’s prettiest and most walkable small towns. plymouthicefestival-penn-patrickwong

My Little Paris Cafe and Bookstore in Downtown Northville

 

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My Little Paris Cafe and Bookstore in Downtown Northville

Having a bookstore in the city center is something everyone likes.  Then combine it with a cafe that serves crepes and you’ve got the ingredients for a destination!  My Little Paris Cafe and Bistro in downtown Northville is a definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Formerly the Next Chapter Bookstore and Bistro at 141 E. Main Street, this gorgeous brick building is in the heart of the historic downtown and makes an ideal place for a comfortable book store and sidewalk cafe.


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The restoration project in 2009

 

This weekend in Plymouth: 2018 Fall Festival, Pancake Breakfast, Spaghetti Dinner, Chicken Barbeque – Sept 7-9, 2018!

20120908_103518It’s that time of year again!  The kids are back in school and the smell of barbeque smoke drifts through downtown Plymouth as the annual Fall Festival is here.  September 7-9, 2018 will be non-stop pancakes, spaghetti, and barbecue chicken along with carnival rides  for all ages, midway games, concerts, and attractions for everyone.

Downtown streets are closed off and for one weekend, downtown Plymouth is transformed into a local fair with all the pre-requisites.  This is of one of our favorites festivals in Plymouth – good fun for the whole family and another great reason the area continues to thrive.  For more information, go to: http://www.plymouthfallfestival.com/

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Independence Day Parades: Plymouth Starts at 9am, Northville starts at 10am

For more information about the Plymouth 4th of July Good Morning USA Parade, click here.

For more information about the Northville Independence Day Parade, click below:

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Craft Beer, Food Trucks, and Games! Tapped in the Ville for 2018 is coming June 23rd!

tappedinthevilleNorthville’s annual Tapped in the ‘Ville beer festival features some of the best local, state and regional brews.  Food Trucks will be on site as well as live entertainment and a cornhole tournament

Plymouth and Northville Real Estate Values – 2017 Continues the Trend

The Super Bowl and Olympics are over, Spring Training has begun and that means only one thing: Real Estate Season is here! Buyers and Sellers are emerging from their winter hibernation and preparing and planning their next move.

Our markets of Plymouth and Northville, both City and Township, remain strong and steady. The charts are fairly self-explanatory and locals know how intense the market is around us. The City of Plymouth continues to increase in value as the downtown area flourishes with busy shops, restaurants, and events.  The City of Northville has also seen significant increases in value.  The Townships of both Plymouth and Northville have also shown steady price increases in addition to growing new development activity – especially in Northville Township. The lack of inventory as shown below illustrates that in an area where there is limited opportunity for new development, the price of existing homes will appreciate in a strong market.

 

 

2017 Plymouth Art in the Park – A Local Summer Favorite on July 7-9th, 2017 in the City of Plymouth!

It’s that time of year again, where the artists move in and showcase their talents to people that come from all over Metro-Detroit and beyond. Art in the Park is July 7, 8, and 9th!

Come one, come all, to enjoy Plymouth’s Art in the Park!

For more information on the event, transportation, maps & sponsors, visit their website by clicking here.

Northville Arts & Acts Festival This Weekend: June 16th to 18th, 2017

The Northville Art House shines a spotlight on the imagination, art, talent and cultural diversity of artists throughout the region when the annual Arts and Acts Festival returns for the sixth consecutive year June 16-18 in historic downtown Northville. The Festival includes the 29th annual juried fine art show Art in the Sun, featuring over 70 talented artists;  the Sandbox Play Festival produced by Tipping Point Theatre; the Short on Words Literary Contest; musical entertainment featuring some of metro Detroit’s top musicians; Children’s Activities; the Northville Art House Chalk Festival; our new Young Artist Juried Art Fair; and a large variety of festival food and drink.

Friday, June 16:         3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Saturday, June 17:     10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 18:        10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Main and Center Streets, downtown Northville, Michigan

For more information, click here.

 

 

College for Creative Studies establishing Art and Design Programs at the Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex (PARC)

It’s an exciting time for Plymouth with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) of Detroit establishing programs at the Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex (PARC).  This morning, we met with representatives from the College and discussed their plans going forward.  With the support of the Margaret Dunning Foundation, CCS plans to provide pre-college, college credit, continuing education, and other art and design related programs within the PARC facility.  CCS is one of the world’s premier art and design institutions with an especially well regarded Transportation Design program with graduates working in automotive design studios around the world.

Look for more information about CCS programs at the PARC over the next few months including at Art in the Park.