The Grosse Pointes contain some of the most remarkable original architecture in the Detroit Metro area. Following the booming auto industry at the beginning of the 20th century, this area of former ribbon farms transformed into grand estates with sweeping drives, shade trees, and homes designed by the likes of Albert Kahn (The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House) and Charles A. Platt (the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, née Russell A. Alger House). By the 1930s, the Pointes were a suburban Detroit community enclave of luxury and elegance. Today, the Pointes remain luxurious and community-oriented, and each has its own municipal park, pool, playground, and marina that hosts community events and provides water access along Lake St. Clair.
Lining Kercheval are most of the restaurants and shops that make up the central gathering spaces in the Pointes. Browse new book options for children and YA lovers alike at Coreander’s Children’s Bookshoppe, and sweeten the deal with treats from Sweeties Ice Cream and Candy. Take your new reads to Atwater Brewery for a quiet afternoon beer flight, or listen to live music and enjoy cocktails at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café. But definitely make time for dinner out, because these small cities offer some of the greatest culinary treats in the region. Dive into pasta perfection at Bucci or taste the ocean with sushi at Blufin. Savor Italian classics at generational neighborhood hotspot Da Edoardo, or American fare at the Bronze Door or Jumps.
The Pointes focus activity on their individual communities. Each Pointe has its own private park with community gathering spaces including pools, marinas, playgrounds, dog parks, and annual events like movie nights, camping, Halloween parties, Easter egg hunts, and Winterfest. But more than just parks, the Pointes offer incredible walking paths through neighborhoods that mark a historical era of opulence and luxury. Just consider the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, an iconic venue and event space that boasts tours of the grounds and a mansion that captures the most elegant art and architecture of the area. For the more aquatically minded, join the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club on Lake St. Clair to participate in regattas, or simply take advantage of the easy access to this wonderful lake from all five Pointes. For the social climbers, visit the Country Club of Detroit or the Lochmoor Country Club to find your new circle.
Just like the living and socializing in the Pointes, education is top notch. In fact, University Liggett School is the oldest secular private institution in the entire state, and has a reputation second to none. Other private options include the Grosse Pointe Academy and St. Paul Academy. But public school is an excellent option as well; Grosse Pointe area high schools rank in the top 10 in the state and reliably encourage high percentages of students to participate in AP and honors courses, as well as college education.
While you search for your home in the Pointes, consider staying at one of Detroit’s top notch hotels or unique boutique B&Bs. There’s no shortage of fantastic hotel experiences in Detroit; it just depends on what you consider fantastic. You can’t go wrong with the classic hotel/casino experience provided at the MGM Grand, or the polished, sleek modernity of the Shinola Hotel. For something a little more unique, try the Foundation, which makes its home in a classic Detroit firehouse, or discover your new Corktown home from the stylish Porter & Trumbull. For a more eclectic vibe, visit the Siren. And if your dream is to bask in historic luxury, try the Inn at 97 Winder or the Inn on Ferry Street. No matter what you’re looking for, Detroit has the hotel for you.
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