The Lakes are the perfect combination of serenity and proximity anyone could ask for. Less than an hour away from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport or downtown Detroit, the Lakes are a lush retreat, an oasis of peace and breathtaking views that can make even the most stressful day melt into a sunset.
Foodies rejoice at the newly opened gastronomic venues in this area. Celebrate sustainability, history, and delicious farm to table cuisine at The Sylvan Table, an elevated culinary paradise set inside a 300 year old renovated barn. Or enjoy steaks and seafood in a classic European style on the waterfront at A Matter Of Taste, a restaurant and event space providing gourmet take out and catering services. For those who prefer more of a local bar vibe, try Fork ‘n’ Pint, serving up local brews and classic bar food with a modern spin. Or if you want to go to the beach, visit the Beach Tiki Bar and Boil for a crab boil that can’t be beat. Shopping is a little sparser this far north of the Detroit Metro area, but the Lakes are within easy reach of the Bloomfield Square Shopping Center area, home to Costco, Ulta, Target, and plenty of other resources.
Living in the Lakes is less about being seen and more about doing the seeing. Primary activities are generally outside, ranging from golf at any one of a dozen local courses to Kensington Metro Park outings to the annual Orchard Lake Art Fair. Those with dogs may enjoy the Lake Orion dog park, which has separate areas for older and younger dogs, as well as lake access for swimming (only dogs, not people). People seeking a community closer to home may enjoy one of a number of local clubs, including the Indianwood Golf and Country Club, Wyndgate Country Club, or Paint Creek Country Club, as well as the Pontiac Yacht Club. Winter activities are abundant as well, with the Lakes only a short drive from Alpine Valley Ski Resort and Pine Knob, a premier lower Michigan skiing, ice fishing, and snowshoeing destination.
From the Lakes, education opportunities are best in West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Hills. West Bloomfield schools are second to none in the area. Consistently ranked in the top 10% of schools in the state for educational quality, teaching conditions, and diversity, West Bloomfield Schools prepare children for success, no matter their concerns. The district offers not only AP options for high school students, but also an accelerated program for advanced students identified throughout their schooling experience. Prestigious private schools like the Roeper Institute, Detroit Country Day, and Cranbrook are also easily within reach. For the more religiously minded, other private options include Frankel Academy, Notre Dame Preparatory School, and St. Mary’s Preparatory School.
While you look for your new home in the Lakes, consider staying at one of the many comfortable chain hotels in the area like the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, or Home2 Suites by Hilton. More boutique options are available in closeby Birmingham, like The Daxton, a modern adventure through art and food, boasting one of the most fabulous art collections in the area. Or 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.
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