If you are moving to West Bloomfield or South Eastern Michigan then you should look at the Oakland County area. It is only a 30 -45 minute ride to downtown and shorter to Chrysler, or Ford headquarters. West Bloomfield is a beautiful community with rolling hills and well designed communities. West Bloomfield is an area of plentiful entertainment, filled with a variety of restaurants, shopping and the best recreational facilities in Oakland County, Michigan, including a private country club on the shore of Orchard Lake. As of 2008, West Bloomfield Township was ranked the 8th highest income city in the United States with a population of at least 50,000.
The township is a multi-cultural city with many different cultures that have blended together to make a great city. You can get almost any type of ethnic food and there are so many different types of place to worship.
West Bloomfield is what I would call a "safe" community. The media plays up "Detroit crimes and Detroit's problems" but that is totally different from West Bloomfield. You can safely walk the streets of West Bloomfield at night. You don't have to worry about getting shot, or having your car stolen. Sure there is random crime but you can safely go the store, or go out to eat at any time of the day or night. For more detailed info on West Bloomfield crime statistics google "West Bloomfield crime statistics"
West Bloomfield Real Estate
West Bloomfield real estate is mainly colonial homes. Most of the homes built after the 1970's were colonials. I'm not saying there are not farm houses, bungalows, ranches, or split level homes. There are, but not in the quanity of colonial style homes.
West Bloomfield real estate ranges in age from the 1920 to homes that were built this year. The size of homes range from 700 square foot lake cottages to eleborate estates over 9000 square feet in size. There is every shape and style of real estate for you to look at.
There are quite a few West Bloomfield condominium complexes. Many of the condos are built closer to the main road. West Bloomfield condos range from 700 square feet to over 3000 square foot. Those most of them range between 1000-2000 square feet. When you list your home it pays to stage your West Bloomfield home
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West Bloomfield Lake homes
West Bloomfield Township is sometimes referred to as the "lake township of Oakland County being heavily dotted with small pond sized lakes and medium-sized lakes. the township has a total area of 31.2 square miles of which 3.9 square miles of the township (12.49%) is water. West Bloomfield has 24 lakes that cover 1858.7 acres. So there are plenty of West Bloomfield lake front homes to chose from.
West Bloomfield Lake front real estate varies from small 1920 lake cottages to large luxury lake front mansions costing several million dollars. West Bloomfield lake front properties command a higher price that surrounding cities lake properties because of the school system. Many of the old lakefront cottages have been torn down and re-built. So many of West Bloomfield lakes have a higher concentration of newer and bigger lake front homes.
Here is a list of West Bloomfield Lakes. Bloomfield Lake, Brookfield Lake, Cass Lake, Cross Lake, Darb Lake, Flanders Lake, Fox Lake, Green Lake, Hammond Lake, Lake Marion, Middle Straits Lake, Mirror Lake, Moon Lake, Morris Lake, Orchard Lake, Pine Lake, Pleasant Lake, Rockwell Lake, Scotch Lake, Simpson Lake, Union Lake, Upper Straits Lake, Walnut Lake, Woodpecker Lake. Some of these lakes do not entirely lie in West Bloomfield. Some are only partially in the township.
West Bloomfield Demographics
Based on the 2000 census data, median age for residents in West Bloomfield Township, MI is 42.4 (this is older than average age in the US.
The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.17.
West Bloomfield is known for its large Jewish populations. It is home to the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, several Jewish schools such as the Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit and the Frankel Jewish Academy, and to the museum of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan.
West Bloomfield Schools
Most of the cities children go to West Bloomfield School system but there are a few areas where the children do go to Walled Lake or Pontiac Schools
West Bloomfield Library
The West Bloomfield Township Public Library has been named one of 10 recipients of the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries. The annual award, made by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) since 1994, recognizes institutions (5 libraries and 5 museums) for outstanding social, educational, environmental, or economic contributions to their communities
West Bloomfield Weather
The average snowfall in West Bloomfield is about 40 inches a year. So many people when moving to West Bloomfield or Southeastern Michigan are worried about the winters. Sure we get snow, but it is not overwhelming that you have to stay inside all the time. West Bloomfield Township doesn't have much in the way of natural disasters. No Hurricanes, little flooding, and only one tornado in the last 35 years. The township was struck by an ice storm on March 2, 1976 and again on March 14, 1997 (the worst in state history). A tornado struck on March 20, 1976, killing one person, damaging and/or destroying ninety five residences. This tornado was largely responsible for the initiation of the tornado warning system in Oakland County.
West Bloomfield Lakes
The major lakes in West Bloomfield are:
Bloomfield Lake 5.6 acres
Brookfield Lake 4 to 5 acres
Cass Lake 1,280 acres, 123 ft. max. depth largest lake in Oakland County Public access
Cross Lake 7.3 acres
Darb Lake 16.5 acres
Flanders Lake 9.6 acres
Fox Lake 6.2 acres
Green Lake 166 acres, 65 ft. depth electric motors only
Hammond Lake 85 acres
Lake Marion 6 acres
Middle Straits Lake 171 acres, 55 ft. depth
Mirror Lake 11 acres, 25 ft. depth
Moon Lake 3.7 acres
Morris Lake 15 acres
Orchard Lake 788 acres, 110ft. depth Public Access
Pine Lake 395 acres, 90 ft. depth
Pleasant Lake 41
Rockwell Lake 2.7 acres
Scotch Lake 9.3 acres
Simpson Lake 13.2 acres
Union Lake 465 acres, 102 ft. depth
Upper Straits Lake 323 acres, 96 ft. depth
Walnut Lake 232 acres, 101 ft. depth
West Bloomfield Lake 12 acres
Woodpecker Lake 16 acres
West Bloomfield Recreation
West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation www.westbloomfieldparks.org Maintains 516 acres of parkland in addition to using a portion of the 99 acre civic center and the new recreation community center at the civic center campus. These are: Bloomer Park, 7581 Richardson Road, is a 36 acre park on Middle Straits Lake,featuring a picnic area, grills, picnic shelter, nature trails, large accessible playscape, boat launch, cross country skiing, restrooms, drinking water, and a storage facility.
Some of the other parks are Bloomfield Knolls, Civic Center Park, West Bloomfield Community Sports Park, Drake Community Sports Park, Karner Farm, Marshbank Park, Schulak Farm, Sylvan Manor Park, West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve, West Bloomfield Trail Network, West Bloomfield Recreation Community Center,The West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center
These parks have everything from baseball diamonds, tennis courts, nature trails, off lease dog areas, and much more. Click on the park link above to get more indepth information
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So you are thinking of moving to West Bloomfield and you are wondering how safe West Bloomfield is and how safe the communities around are. As a local West Bloomfield realtor I can tell you that West Bloomfield is a very safe community. They say West Bloomfield is safer than the majority of cities, towns, and villages in America (77%) and also has a lower crime rate than 78% of the communities in Michigan.
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West Bloomfield has a large and good police force. You are not going to get carjacked going into a gas station in West Bloomfield. You are not going to get mugged or robbed when going for a walk in your neighborhood. 72% of the people say there is a strong police presence in the township.
One website gave the city an A+ grade. The A+ grade means the rate of crime is much lower than the average US city. West Bloomfield is in the 93rd percentile for safety, meaning 7% of cities are safer and 93% of cities are more dangerous.
You have a one in 1491 chance of being a victim of violent crime in West Bloomfield, whereas the averages in Michigan is one in 229.
Whether you are going shopping or going to a park you won't have the fear of getting robbed or molested. Things that you see happening on the news in Central Park in New York is not going to happen in West Bloomfield. Yes, occassionally you have home break ins but you don't have home invasions.
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