Pleasant Ridge is located directly in between Ferndale and Royal Oak, along the Woodward corridor, which offers excellent mobility around the Detroit-metro area.
Named for a hardly noticeable ridge that once ran through this lush community, Pleasant Ridge has been one of the smallest cities in Michigan since its incorporation in 1927. Despite its small size, the community is tight-knit and accommodated well by public services.
This tiny town doesn’t have much in terms of restaurants or shops right in its barely 0.5 mile circumference, but that doesn’t stop it from being ideally situated for access to everything good in Ferndale, Royal Oak, and beyond. Imperial’s tacos are just as accessible as Boukie’s shawarma, but don’t let either keep you from enjoying the legendarily delicious breakfasts served at the Whistle Stop Diner. Stock up on bagels and schmears at New York Bagel and Deli, or dive into the prime prepared foods counter at Holiday Market. Whatever your eating pleasure, you’ll find it within 10 miles of this highly desirable piece of real estate.
Shop the curated boutique vibe in Ferndale’s Rust Belt Market, featuring dozens of local artists and their wares, ranging from coffee and cake to terrariums to one-of-a-kind jewelry. Or head east and enjoy the dozens of stores hosted by Somerset mall in its two-building campus joined by one of the longest glass skyways in the state. Or wander the downtown areas of Ferndale and Royal Oak to find your own unique gems.
Although you’ll likely head to Ferndale or Royal Oak for your shopping and dining needs, Pleasant Ridge boasts a community center like no other neighboring city. At this center of social activity, you can take classes like yoga, pilates, dance, and karate. Enjoy a dip in the outdoor community pool open all summer, or visit the wellness center to keep up on your weightlifting. For those with dogs, take a peek at the local dog park and enjoy socializing with your neighbors while letting your dog enjoy some off-leash time.
Pleasant Ridge is small enough that its students generally attend Ferndale schools. A slightly smaller district, Ferndale is prized for its diversity, ranking in the top 10% of schools in the state for this fact. Students in these schools will enjoy relatively small classes, with an average ratio of 19:1 students to teachers.
While you hunt for your new home, enjoy your nearby neighborhoods by staying at Hyatt Place Detroit/Royal Oak, just north of the Emagine theater on Main Street. Or venture a little further east to Hotel Royal Oak, located less than a mile from the vibrant downtown area filled with restaurants, shops, bars, and galleries. Home shoppers may enjoy these options, or any of the fabulous hotels located in downtown Detroit or Birmingham such as The Daxton, a modern adventure through art and food, boasting one of the most fabulous art collections in the area. For more traditional tastes, check into the Townsend, a Birmingham icon that still features afternoon tea on weekend days and serves American standards at the Rugby Grille. Detroit offers more hotel options, ranging from the boutique Shinola Hotel to the old favorite MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
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