Like its neighbors Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield is home to large homes on lush lots, often with access to lakefront amenities within neighborhoods.
More recently developed than other areas around it, West Bloomfield has a slightly newer feel, with roundabouts marking intersections, and subdivisions marking neighborhoods. The more planned feel of this suburb creates a structure less based on shared community activities and more on commercial design.
Strip malls are the center of commerce in this area, but don’t let that fool you. West Bloomfield is filled with upscale foods and goods in every new commercial development. Purchase freshly prepared foods and find the freshest produce at Plum Market, Whole Foods, several middle eastern groceries like Babylon or Ishtar, and even Russian groceries like New York International and Gold International. Some of the best restaurants in the metro area claim West Bloomfield as their home, including Prime 29, a classic steakhouse, and Shang-ri La, the most delicious dim sum eatery in the region. The Stage Deli The strip malls include far more than your basic Ulta or Five Below, featuring boutique clothing and gift shops like Ruby’s Balm, Hersh, and the Modern Art Design Studio.
West Bloomfield offers a vibrant array of parks and nature trails to keep even the most active person engaged. For the outdoor aficionado, check out the West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve. This natural wonder is home to the West Bloomfield Nature trail, a 6.8 mile meander through some of the most beautiful terrain in this part of Michigan. The linear park follows a series of lakes and offers idyllic waterfront views throughout. For the more adventurous type, explore the Treerunner Adventure Park, which offers not only an outdoor experience, but the opportunity to challenge yourself at three levels of difficulty over 45 different zipline courses with 250 obstacles across 14 aerial trails. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the Lily Pad Springs, especially during hot Michigan summers, dunking and splashing in the big splash bucket or sliding on one of four different water slides. Dogs and their people will appreciate the West Bloomfield Dog Park, which has three different play areas and is ADA accessible. Finally, enjoy access to a community gem in the West Bloomfield Township Public Library, which hosts summer reading events for children and adults alike, and is currently expanding their services. And don’t forget the other options for socializing and activity, like Knollwood Country Club, Tam-O-Shanter Country Club, or Shenandoah Country Club.
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 West Bloomfield, 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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