Mar 13, 2018 Model Home Centers

Wayne's hottest areas to build in southeast Michigan

We are excited to continue our blog series where we dig into the hottest areas to build across four of the five states we build in: Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Michigan. Next up on the list is beautiful southeast Michigan!

Known for its friendly people, stunning scenery — especially its abundant lakes — and beloved sports teams, Michigan is a highly desirable place to live and raise a family, for many reasons. Southeastern Michigan in particular has a lot to offer, across a whole host of neighborhoods where Wayne works and builds homes.

We spoke with Julie Zermeno, our Hartland Model Center sales manager, to get the inside scoop on what spots in southeastern Michigan are the hottest real estate opportunities right now, as well as the general rundown of some of the most desirable places to live in the region.

Julie told us that current hot areas in Michigan include South Lyon in Oakland County, Washtenaw County, and Pinckney (Pinckney is a village in Putnam Township, Livingston County). There are several lakefront homesites in those regions in particular that are seeing quite a bit of interest!

The Detroit Free Press compiled a list of Top Places to Live in Michigan, and we’ve outlined the most in-demand places to live among neighborhoods we build in; if you’re interested in building with Wayne in a beloved southeastern Michigan community, one of these might be your perfect fit!

Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County

Ann Arbor Public Schools is on Michigan’s Reward School List, and according to, has some of the best schools in the state, so if your kids are school-age, there’s no better place. Love eating out? There are more restaurants per resident in Ann Arbor than any other US city. You’ll definitely want to check out Zingerman’s, a world renowned restaurant and deli with incredible customer service and delicious food. On top of the fabulous restaurant selection, Ann Arbor’s arts scene is nothing to sneeze at, either! And if your family loves to get outside, you’ll love this city: it boasts lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation, and the Huron River runs right through the city.

Birmingham, Oakland County

Also boasting a placement on Michigan’s Reward School List, Birmingham offers high-quality education from preschool to college. It’s smaller — only 20,000 residents — so it offers a small-town feel while also providing easy access to Michigan’s main business hubs in Detroit and Pontiac. The town offers more than 20 parks for your recreation needs, and a vibrant arts scene as well.

Scio Township, Washtenaw County

Located just west of Ann Arbor, making the city and all it has to offer just a short drive away. Scio also provides a small town feel while offering a lot more than your average small town. It has highly ranked schools, lots of parks and nature preserves that show off the natural beauty of the region, and the town’s leadership places a strong emphasis on preserving natural lands for generations to come.

Troy, Oakland County

The Troy School District is one of the highest ranked districts in the state and the country, and it’s also on Michigan’s Reward School List. Troy is the largest city in Oakland County, and also boasts a thriving business community thanks to its status as having one of the lowest tax rates in the county too. It offers more than 900 acres of parks and open space, a state of the art community center, a beautiful community pool, and plenty of opportunities for enjoying Michigan’s beautiful summers.

Novi, Oakland County

Novi provides a strong environment for small and medium sized businesses to thrive. It also has schools on Michigan’s Reward School List, a whole host of cultural and community events year round, and it’s just a short jaunt to Detroit.

Rochester Hills, Oakland County

This well educated and involved community of 70,000 enjoys a whole slew of community amenities and resources, including ample outdoor space and parks, beautiful recreational facilities and centers, a full service library, and a robust trail system.

Saline, Washtenaw County

Saline has the charm of a small town but the resources and community events of a major metro area. There are parks, recreation centers, major community events, a district library, top-notch schools, museums, walking paths, retail shops… what doesn’t Saline offer?

Northville, Wayne County

This historic small town provides first-rate schools and city services, a bustling and vibrant business district, and lots of trails and parks for staying engaged and active year-round. It also has a uniquely historical flair, with multiple historical sites and historical buildings downtown.

Rochester, Oakland County

Rochester offers its residents the highest quality municipal services, and boasts schools that are also on the Michigan Reward School List. The town offers several fully developed natural parks, ball fields, and a large network of recreational trailways.

If you appreciate friendly neighborhoods, beautiful lakefront views and high quality schools, southeastern Michigan might just be the perfect place for you and your family to build your dream home!

Give us a call when you’re ready to talk about your future waterfront home in southeastern Michigan!

About is a custom homebuilder in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, and West Virginia (see all Model Home Centers). We offer nearly 50 fully customizable floorplans and a team dedicated to providing the best experience in the home building industry. For more information, Ask Julie by Live Chat or call us at (866) 253-6807.

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