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From vintage bungalows to lush estates to high-end condominiums, the greater Birmingham-Bloomfield community offers homeowners a rich variety of options for setting down roots and enjoying life.

Birmingham has a well-earned reputation as one of the most walkable cities in Michigan, with a downtown humming with cultural amenities, dining adventures and retail shopping experiences in close proximity to several neighborhoods.

Residences located within a few blocks of downtown afford homeowners a chance to live close enough to the excitement generated by the city’s lively core while maintaining a residential feel to their neighborhoods.

“The downtown Birmingham area is one of the nicest in Michigan,” said Chris McLogan, of Max Broock Realtors. “Birmingham is known for being a great walkable community. A lot of neighborhoods within Birmingham are close to downtown.”

“I live and work in Birmingham. I’m an associate broker with Max Broock. We cover all of Oakland County and beyond. It’s a very high-end area within Michigan. As a broker, I really target more in the Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township area. That’s probably the top of the list in Oakland County,” he said.

McLogan said much of his brokerage business is Birmingham-based, with occasional forays into nearby Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Beverly Hills, Franklin and Bingham Farms.

“All the cities and villages in the area consider Birmingham as their downtown area. They’re farther away, but only by a few minutes.”

McLogan said many of the homes closest to downtown are older homes on smaller lots, placed relatively closely together and featuring detached garages.

One area, informally known as the “Walk to Town” area because the neighborhood has no official name, is located within six to eight blocks of downtown. Homes in this area, many of which have been updated and renovated, sell for between $600,000 to around $2 million.

A little farther out, near the western edge of the downtown district, is the Quarton Lake neighborhood, which features its namesake, a small lake.

McLogan describes Quarton Lake as a topographical highlight that provides a peaceful ambience and a pleasant aesthetic but that is not intended for boating, swimming or other recreational uses.

“There are some great walking paths around the lake,” he said. “As you get into the Quarton Lake neighborhood, there are larger homes on larger lots.”

Most properties in the Quarton Lake area range from about $400,000 to several million dollars. McLogan estimated average prices at between $800,000 and $1.2 million.

The Quarton Lake neighborhood is located west of Woodward Avenue, a main thoroughfare that runs through Oakland County and extends as far south as Detroit and north to Pontiac.

Houses situated on its heavily wooded lots are set far apart, so there is less of a “subdivision” feel, McLogan said. Houses have living space that range from about 2,000 to 8,000 square feet; the average size is from 3,000 to 4,000 square feet.

To the east side of Woodward Avenue is the Poppleton Park neighborhood of Birmingham. McLogan said most of these home fall into the “moderately mid-range prices” category, with a majority in the $500,000 to $700,000 range, along with a few in the $300,000 range and some that hit or even top the $1 million mark.

Pembroke Park is a neighborhood that was established in the 1950s and the housing stock there reflects those early beginnings. McLogan said this area, just east of Poppleton Park, offers mostly bungalows.

“There are some ranch houses, too,” he said. Prices range from $200,000 to $400,000.

“The 1940s and 1950s was a huge building era in Birmingham,” McLogan said. “What people have done is kept the character and charm of Birmingham and renovated the insides.”

Many homes throughout the city have been updated with modern features and open floor plans.

“Now, people want that open concept with the kitchen open to the family room,” he said.

Pembroke Park is also the site of a trend in tear-downs, wherein small, older houses have been razed and replaced with two-story homes that sell for between $500,000 and $600,000, he said.

“Birmingham has also gone through a new building phase in the last 15 years. Builders found it became more cost effective to tear down and build something new,” McLogan said.

The new houses on these lots offer between 2,400 and 5,000 square feet of living space.

Many are traditional Colonials, he said.

“Some styles are kind of a Cape Cod feel, like the East Coast, with shingled, wood shake exteriors,” he said. “It still fits into the traditional part of the old homes.”

Birmingham also offers several multi-family and duplex home options.

“We have a really strong luxury condominium community in downtown Birmingham,” he said, reeling off names such as The Willits, the 250 Martin Street building, the Greenleaf Building and The Dakota.

“There are several brand new ones being built,” he said, adding that many of the aforementioned developments feature $1 million-plus price tags.

Despite the area’s pricey, upscale neighborhoods, McLogan said the area is welcoming and friendly.

“The people are just wonderful. It’s so family-friendly and so walk-able, and pet friendly. We have good parks and they’re all strategically placed so all the neighborhoods have at least one or two parks. It’s such a family-oriented community.”

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