Jeff Wyatt

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Jeff Wyatt

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A Real Estate Broker based in Detroit, MI

 
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Restaurants

Restaurants

Jeff Wyatt - Real Estate Broker

Detroit’s foodie scene is excellent, and is probably best known for its acclaimed American restaurants. Cliff Bell’s is a local favorite, with great American food and live jazz music that embodies Detroit’s “Motown” spirit. Another popular downtown restaurant is the 24 Grille, which is open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The city also has a variety of other cuisines besides American, however. There are French, Italian, and Chinese restaurants, which should be expected, but also more exotic flavors like Ethiopian, Brazilian, and Moroccan too, which shows the diversity of the food you can get here.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Of the top 20 most populated U.S. cities (which Detroit ranks 18th), Detroit is the cheapest to rent an apartment in with a median rent of $690 in 2010. This is far less than the national average of $950, and is especially inexpensive compared to other Midwestern cities: Chicago’s median rent is $998, Columbus is $881, Milwaukee is $813, Minneapolis is $1,002, and Cincinnati is $733. It’s a great time to rent in Detroit right now, especially considering that of all the vacant housing units on the market, there are three times as many renting properties available than properties for sale.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Detroit has a thriving local and international nightlife. Detroit is one of the few cities in the country that offers access to another country (Canada) just minutes away. Many residents head to Windsor, a city in southern Ontario that’s just five miles from Detroit, and spend their night, or weekend, there. If you want to stay local, you can’t go wrong here either -- the city is home to four major professional sports franchises. It also has the second largest theater district in the U.S. The city’s excellent concert venues carry on the rich musical history of the city. The list goes on, but no matter what you choose to do, whether in the U.S. or over the border, you will always have activities to plan your weekend around.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Most people don’t know that Detroit has three border crossings with Canada, including the busiest crossing in the entire country (Ambassador Bridge). It’s just a few minutes drive from Detroit’s downtown area to Canada. Lake St. Clair is also a short drive away from the city, and is beautiful in the spring and summer. To commute to work, 85% of Detroiters drive a car every day. 8% take public transportation, which is double the national average. Public transit is available through buses, people movers, a commuter rail, and Amtrak.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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According to the MyApartmentMap rental data, apartment prices in this area are clustered in the $700 range for the average two bedroom apartment: $733 for Allen Park, $744 for Trenton, $747 for Southgate, $773 for Lincoln Park. Taylor is right in the thick of this group, as it costs $740 for the average two bedroom apartment here. For a one bedroom place, the average is $578, and $840 for a three bedroom.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Malek Al Kabob, Mykonos, Lahacienda. These strange sounding words are actually the names of three of the best restaurants in Taylor. Malek Al Kabob serves some of the best Middle Eastern food around. Mykonos has excellent gyros, pita, and other Greek dishes. Lahacienda is the go-to Mexican eatery for burritos and enchiladas. You should also make a reservation at Pia’s for the pizza, or the O’Samurai Japanese Steakhouse for great sushi and steak. There are a number of great places around here, with both familiar cuisine as well as foreign delicacies that you probably haven’t heard of, but will love.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The majority of Inkster’s public schools are run by the Inkster Public Schools district, although there are a few other districts with jurisdiction in the city, most notably the Wayne-Westland Community Schools district. The main middle schools that students attend are Tomlinson and Blanchette, and the main high school that students go to is Inkster High School. For private schools, the Peterson-Warren Academy enrolls students PK-12.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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There are definitely closer communities to Detroit, but at 21 miles Inkster still isn’t very far away. The commute is a half hour on Interstate 94, although the drive can take longer in traffic. If you live here, you will probably drive a vehicle, as 93.5% of the residents do. Only 2% take public transportation. The average commute time to work (one way) for residents is 27 minutes, which is higher than the Michigan average (24 minutes) and national average (26 minutes).

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The crime rate in St. Clair Shores is one of the lowest in the Detroit metropolitan area. The violent crime rate here is 52% less than the national average, and 58% lower than the Michigan state average. The property crime rate here is lower than the U.S. average by 41% and lower than Michigan’s average by 37%. The chance of being affected by a violent crime here is only 3 per one thousand residents, and 18 per 1,000 for property crime.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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St. Clair Shores offers plenty of fun places to go and activities to participate in. Once a week in July and August there are special events at Veterans Memorial Park, including movie screenings, “music on the lake” concerts, and giveaways. There are eleven public parks in St. Clair Shores, including one dog park. And, to stay true to its name, St. Clair Shores offers two beaches for the public to enjoy.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Renting in Redford is relatively cheap when compared with prices in neighboring communities. The average cost of a two bedroom apartment here is $792, which is cheaper than the same property in Inkster ($833), Garden City ($853), Farmington ($875), Livonia ($924), and Southfield ($944). The price of a property in Redford drops to $550 for the average one bedroom apartment, and rises to $909 for the average three bedroom apartment.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The Redford Union School District and South Redford School District represent the public schools in Redford -- there are ten elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Additionally, Pearson Secondary Learning Center is considered a public school and teaches grades K-12. There are also three private schools: the St. Valentine School, St. Robert Bellarmine, and Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran School.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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One of the greatest parts of living in Royal Oak is enjoying the culture. Downtown is home to venues like the Royal Oak Music Theatre and Landmark Main Art Theatre. Tim Allen, who used the city as the setting for his famous show “Home Improvement,” was a regular at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. The city also has a number of clubs, sports bars, breweries, and roof bars. Additionally, the famous Arts, Beats, and Eats festival is held here every Labor Day weekend, featuring an art exhibition, food court, concerts featuring local and national acts, and activities such as tire tossing and arts & crafts.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Royal Oak used to offer commuter rail service to downtown Detroit, but since that ended in 1983, public transportation use has dwindled. Although efforts have attempted to revive the commuter rail, the only options available now are the Amtrak passenger rail system and bus transit via the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation. Only 1% of residents use public transit to get to work every day -- 92% drive a vehicle.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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If you were renting in the Detroit metropolitan area based on which suburb had the best Asian food, then Madison Heights would be your choice. The Thuy Trang Restaurant has some of the best Vietnamese around, and Thang Long Thai has excellent Thai. For a Filipino dish, check out the New Lutong Pinoy, and for Vietnamese, either the Pho Hang or Que Quong Restaurant. For top-notch sushi, make a reservation at Edamame Sushi. Dim Sum can be found at Chao Zhou, Japanese cuisine is the flavor of the Fuji Japanese Buffet, and for middle-eastern Asian dishes, go to the Indo Pak Restaurant for Indian and Pakistani food. And, of course, if you don’t like Asian, the city is home to other great restaurants, but it sure helps if you do.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Madison Heights sits 14 miles north of Detroit. The two cities are connected by Interstate 75, a commute which usually takes around 20 minutes, but can be much longer in rush hour traffic. An overwhelming 95% of the city’s residents drive a vehicle to work, as there are virtually no public transit services offered to the area. The average commute to work (one way) for a resident here is 25 minutes.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Warren has an abundance of fun ways to spend your night in Michigan’s third largest city. If you want to see the latest blockbuster, Cinemark Movies 16 has you covered. If you want to dance, the De’Fusion Lounge will play music all night. For a drink or two, head to Kuhnhenn Brewing, Teddy’s Tavern, and the appropriately named Tipsy McStaggers. For a different experience, go to The Ritz, home of pudding wrestling. If you can’t find anything in town, Detroit is just a few minutes away.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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In Warren, take your dog out for a stroll at the Anne Fracassa Memorial Dog Park, which provides a full acre of land for your pup to explore. If you want to buy your pet food, a toy, or any other necessity you could think of, there is a Pet Supplies Plus, Petco, and the K-9 Specialties Obedience & Show Supplies. To get your pet treated, veterinarians can be found at the Warren Woods Veterinary Hospital or the All About Animals Rescue. Or, if you want to clean or style your pets, go to Elite Dog Grooming or the American School of Dog Grooming. There are plenty of amenities here for every animal lover and their pet.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Southgate Parks & Recreation Department offers access nine neighborhood parks and two community parks. In the spring, the city hosts annual ice shows at the end of March and early April. Then, in the summer, the city hosts Concerts in the Park at Homer Howard Park. For the kids, the city offers open skate sessions in the summer, fall, and winter. There are a number of great places available to take the family, exercise and jog, host an event or party, or volunteer to help the community.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The public schools in Southgate are part of the Southgate Community School District. There are six public elementary schools, two public middle schools, and one public high school. Grade levels here are split up differently than in traditional schools. One middle school (Gerisch) hosts students from 6th to 7th grade, then the other (Davidson), has students from 8th to 9th grade. Then, the Southgate Anderson High School is home to students from 10th grade until they graduate in 12th. There are also six private schools in Southgate.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There are a variety of apartments for anyone looking to rent here -- from studio spaces to three bedrooms. The cost of a studio apartment in Oak Park is $450 on average, and from there prices increase. $616 for the average one bedroom, $884 for two, and $1049 for three. This is how Oak park measures up to neighboring cities, using the average prices for two bedroom apartments -- Ferndale ($783), Madison Heights ($816), Huntington Woods ($872), Southfield ($944), and Royal Oak ($958).

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The crime rate in Oak Park is slightly higher than the national average, yet is lower than the Michigan state average. The violent crime rate here is 13% higher than the U.S. average, but 2% lower than Michigan’s average. The chance of falling victim to a violent crime here is 1 in 160. The property crime rate in Oak Park is considerably higher -- one out of every 30 residents is affected by property crime every year. The safest part of Oak Park is Kipling St and Lincoln St.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Wyandotte is a little further from Detroit than other suburbs, although it is definitely still close (the two cities’ centers are 13 miles apart via Interstate 75). 95% of residents here drive a vehicle to work, .1% take public transit, and 2.5% take another form of transportation, such as biking. The average time it takes someone who lives here to get to work (one way) is 26 minutes, which is the same as the national average.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Jeff Wyatt - Real Estate Broker

Wyandotte is home to a variety of restaurants, especially in its Downtown and Downriver neighborhoods. There, you can enjoy delicious Thai dishes at Coastal Thai, home-cooked breakfast and brunch at Nanna’s Kitchen, authentic Italian at Michaelangelo’s Italian Bistro or Gregorio’s Italian Restaurant, a Polish dinner at the Polonus Restaurant, or a traditional American meal at the Sports A 50’s Bar & Grill. These are just a few of the many excellent eateries in Wyandotte.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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In Lincoln Park, the public can enjoy access to recreational amenities in any of the city’s 19 parks, or almost six square miles of open space total. One of the best parks is the Council Point Park, which is 27 acres and has two baseball/softball fields, an inline skating rink, two soccer fields, a pavilion, a playscape, and a 1.9 mile long walking path. The other parks offer similar amenities to the residents. It should also be noted that the city has a community center and ice arena.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Jeff Wyatt - Real Estate Broker

According to the MyApartmentMap rental data for the area, the average two bedroom apartment here costs $773. This price is slightly expensive, although not by much, when you stack it up against other neighboring cities in the area. From low to high the costs of the average two bedroom place in other cities are as follows: River Rouge ($650), Wyandotte ($677), Allen Park ($733), Southgate ($747), and Melvindale ($876). The cost of a one bedroom place here averages $552, and a three bdrm averages $880.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The school district for the area is Dearborn Public Schools, which runs 34 schools in the city, including three major high schools. Dearborn High School is ranked in the top 50 public schools in the state, and received an above average 7 out of 10 on Great Schools. There are also two universities in the area, the University of Michigan--Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College. UM Dearborn features an undergraduate engineering program that’s ranked in the top 10 in the country.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Amtrak services Dearborn three times a day, with service to anywhere from Chicago to Detroit. They are also provided bus service by the Detroit Department of Transportation and the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation. However, only 1% of residents take public transportation to work. Nearly 94% of them drive a vehicle to work, which shouldn’t be surprising considering the city is home to the world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Crime has been a problem in Hamtramck in recent years. In 2010, the overall crime risk here was 3x the national average. Crimes that were especially prevalent were motor vehicle thefts (nearly 7x worse than the U.S. average), assault (4x worse), and robbery (3.5x worse). Of course, some neighborhoods are safer than others. The areas of Casmere St, Moran St, Lumpkin St, and Caniff St have lower reports of crime than other neighborhoods.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Hamtramck is just six miles north of Detroit, which is only a ten minute drive on Interstate 75. 88% of residents drive to work every day, 3.46% take public transportation, and nearly 7% take another form of transit, such as biking. Despite the city’s close proximity to Detroit, the average commute time for a resident to go to work (one way) is 28 minutes.

 

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