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6 Things to Know Before Moving to Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a fantastic place to live! Like any place, it’s got its ups and downs, but overall, we think it’s pretty great—and we’re hardly the only ones who think so. In fact, names it the #2 Best City to Live in America, and Livability ranked it #1 in 2018!

But before you start packing your bags and searching homes for sale, here are a few things to know about moving to Ann Arbor.

There’s Always Something Happening

downtown ann arbor

Ann Arbor is known for its charming Downtown, its art and book culture, and its fantastic festivals. We’re talking farmers markets, food festivals and restaurant weeks, beer and wine tastings to seasonal celebrations. Even if you’re just strolling Downtown and exploring its neat little shops and restaurants, you’ll find plenty of entertainment around every corner.

The Parks are Amazing

mountain biking and other recreational activities in ann arbor

If you love to get outside, Ann Arbor’s the place for you! Not only does the city have a nationally recognized waterway—the Huron River—it’s also got hundreds of acres of beautiful parks, miles of trails, and a near-endless list of amenities and recreational opportunities. There’s hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, fishing, hunting, camping, kayaking, outdoor sports… and so much more.

It’s a Quick Skip to Detroit

detroit baseball field

Whether you want to catch a pro sports game or a flight out of the country, you’re not much of a drive away. As Michigan’s capital and a major national city, Detroit has a lot to offer… and it’s just a short drive from Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor is a College Town

university of michigan students

Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan… and that’s kind of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, there are college sporting events, plus lots of art and culture. There’s a youthful, fun vibe to town, and plenty of local businesses to support student interest and activity. On the other hand, it does mean that football weekends can get a little rowdy and move-in week… well, just be prepared for some traffic.

Winter is Coming

snowy winter landscape

One thing you definitely want to know before moving to A2… winter is a real thing around here. Cold, dreary grey days without sunshine, lots of snow… You’ve got to expect it and learn to live with it. If winter’s not your thing, well… Ann Arbor’s got a lot of it. But if you’re a fan of cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice hockey, or ice fishing, you’ll be right at home here!

The Public Schools are Top-Notch

happy school students

Some of the best schools in the state can be found in Washtenaw County—that is, in Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities. Not only do these districts offer a huge variety of educational programs, their proximity to the University of Michigan means plenty of opportunities for dual enrollment, college credit, and continuing education.

Ready to Make Your Move to Ann Arbor?

Are you thinking of relocating to or buying a home in Ann Arbor, MI? Then it’s time to contact the Missy Caulk Team. We’re here to help you explore the area, discover its unique communities, and find the perfect home for you.


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