5 Best Neighborhoods to Live in Ann Arbor, MI

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Clever Real Estate

October 20th, 2021
Updated October 20th, 2021


If you’re thinking of moving to Ann Arbor, MI due to its great schools and good jobs, where should you think about living? Which neighborhoods are best for families or those who want to walk everywhere? Our top five neighborhoods list gives you a good starting point.

5 Best Neighborhoods to Live in Ann Arbor, MI in 2019

Ann Arbor, Michigan is a great city known for excellent schools, strong job growth, and plenty of outdoor space. The population has been growing in the past ten years, which has driven up housing prices.

The median home value in Ann Arbor is $381,200 and it rose 9.3% last year. The city has a low crime rate, making it safe for its college students and families. If you’re thinking about relocating to Ann Arbor, or moving within the city, here are the top five neighborhoods that you should put on your list.

Based upon what you’re looking for in a house and neighborhood, one of these will be the best place for you. Work with an experienced, local realtor to help pick your perfect spot.

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Old West Side

Also called Allmendinger Heights, this historic district overlaps with downtown Ann Arbor. You can walk down tree-lined streets, past many local businesses to Allmendinger Park.

Homes have an average listing price of $527,000, even though many are smaller Cape Cod-style home. Homes are situated on wide lots with mature trees and date from the 1920s to 1950s.

The neighborhood is served by Eberwhite Elementary School, which rates 8/10, Slauson Middle School, also an 8/10, and Pioneer High School, which rates 9/10.

Burns Park

Burns Park features tree-lined streets and old homes around historic Burns Park. The park has year-round activities for the whole family including softball, tennis, basketball, playground, and a sledding hill. The eastern part of the neighborhood overlaps some of the Huron Hills Golf Course.

Home prices in this area range from $500,000 to over $1 million, and they sell quickly. They average just a month on the market.

Burns Park Elementary rates 8/10. Students from this area attend Tappan Middle School, which also ranks 8/10, and then feed into Pioneer High School or Huron High School.


North of the Huron River, Northside has some of the oldest homes in the city. You can visit the Cedar Bend Nature Area, play in Northside Park, and golf at Leslie Park. This is a lively area, with many college students who attend the nearby North Campus of the University of Michigan.

The area has seen rapid development in recent years, with a new $146 million condo development which began building in 2018 and other mixed-use developments planned. The neighborhood went through a rough patch, and this is part of its comeback. Because parts of the area are still up-and-coming you’ll want to work with a local real estate agent who really knows the neighborhood to help select a home.

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If you live in the Allen neighborhood, which is on the southeast side of Ann Arbor, your children will have access to several top-rated schools, from Burns Park Elementary to Huron High School. Residents in this area have access to the Buhr Park outdoor pool and the large Mary Beth Doyle’s Park for outdoor activities.

Median listing prices for homes in this area are $225,000.

South Main

This is an extremely walkable part of the city where you’ll find Michigan Stadium, the University of Michigan golf course, and Yost ice arena. The area is sandwiched between Allmendinger Heights and Burns Park.

Home prices are similar to those of its neighboring areas, and it will be difficult to find a property for less than $500,000.

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