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7 reasons why new homes in Ann Arbor are selling fast

By: Casey Nesterowich for Toll Brothers
: From arts and culture to year-round recreation, Ann Arbor is an enticing city for those looking for a new place to call home.

Michigan is full of many inviting cities to call home, and if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect community, consider the smart, culturally-vibrant city of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live because of its seamless blend of world-class educational opportunities, culture and the arts, eclectic shopping and dining, and year-round recreation that offers something for every season. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder it is one of the hottest spots in the region for new home buyers.

Take one national luxury home builder’s word for it. “From recent graduates and young families, to move-up buyers and retirees, the city’s ability to offer something for everyone makes Ann Arbor a perfect destination for a place to call home,” said Sean Thomas, project manager at Toll Brothers, which builds sought-after luxury communities in Michigan and 20 other markets nationwide. “There’s a mix of the beautiful outdoors and country setting, with a vibrant downtown that has a lot of culture and great restaurants.”

When an exceptional property in Ann Arbor became available, it was an easy decision for them to make, Thomas explained. Toll Brothers remained focused on Ann Arbor, where the company has had nearly 20 years of success. Here are seven reasons why your family should consider living in Ann Arbor, too.

Central location with character

Best known for being the hometown to University of Michigan’s world-renowned, 3,200-acre campus, Ann Arbor is more than meets the eye. Located just 45 miles west of Detroit, the city is a place for all walks of life and has the national recognition to prove it. This year, Ann Arbor was awarded as a top city to live in America by a variety of publications, scoring high grades on a range of factors including cost of living, public schools, safety, housing, diversity and more.

Exceptional education options

Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan — the #1 public university in America and its 44,000 students and 30,000 employees, but it’s more than just a college town. The city has highly acclaimed public and private school options for children of all ages. “One of the reasons our buyers with young families are choosing Ann Arbor is because of the schools,” said Pauline Izrailov, lead sales manager for Toll Brothers’ newest Ann Arbor community, Trailwoods of Ann Arbor.

Confidently plan your move knowing there are many school options available within Ann Arbor’s community. In fact, all of Ann Arbor’s schools rank higher than average, including Pioneer High School, which ranked eighth best high school in Michigan, followed by Skyline High School, ranked as 15th best high school. Superb private schools are available, too, including Greenhills and Emerson Schools.

While there are dozens of places to study or take classes in the community, Toll Brothers’ team of experts will help you customize your home’s design to ensure you’ll have a peaceful spot to live in that provides inspiration for you and your loved ones. “We carefully select features in our homes to provide families with the tools to foster good habits, like a study for dedicated homework times, and drop zones in mud rooms to promote family organization,” Izrailov added.

Easy to get around

The city of Ann Arbor is notorious for being an advocate of public transportation because of the positive environmental impacts. An array of convenient public transportation options are available to residents, including the Amtrak train (which can take you to and from the nearby city of Dearborn, as well as Chicago and beyond); easy-to-use bus routes; car share programs; and the ArborBike bike share program, known to be the nation’s most affordable system that continues to build new bike paths on a regular basis. Easy access to US-23, M-14 and I-94 makes it simple to get around the rest of the state, and you’re only a 30-minute commute to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The Campus of the University of Michigan Law The renowned University of Michigan campus has everything from legacy sports to state-of-the-art museums.

University of Michigan campus and resources

From sports to research to medicine, the University of Michigan has a 200-year-long tradition of excellence that Ann Arbor residents can take advantage of. Catch a Big Ten football game at “The Big House,” the largest stadium in the United States; take a tour at one of several renowned museums; or partake in one of the campus’ many events throughout the year. A little-known fact? The University of Michigan is the birthplace of the Peace Corps, and the school remains one of the top volunteer-producing universities in the country, making it easy for the whole community to get involved. Another perk? You’ll feel safe knowing that you’re right next to University of Michigan’s world-renowned medical system.

Low township taxes

If you head west of Ann Arbor’s downtown, you’ll find Scio Township, where many new housing communities are being built, including Toll Brothers’ and Ann Arbor’s newest single-family community Trailwoods of Ann Arbor. The benefit to moving a bit further from downtown? You’ll still have a peaceful, country-like setting with an Ann Arbor mailing address and great schools, with lower tax rates than the city.

City water and sewer services

Ann Arbor has been awarded with high caliber-tasting water  for several years now. And in the wake of recent news, it’s understandable that people are more concerned than ever about their own water quality, said the city of Ann Arbor. The city’s tap water is tested nearly 150,000 times a year to ensure it is a safe and reliable source of water for all homeowners. In fact, refilling a 16-ounce water bottle from the tap costs less than one penny, according to the Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant. Not to mention, mortgage lenders offer better rates to homeowners with city water and sewers.

: During warmer months, the Huron River is perfect for fishing, kayaking or canoeing.

Nearby recreational activities

Ann Arbor has more than 150 beautiful nature trails and parks for you to explore, but in case you want to stick close to home, the brand new Trailwoods of Ann Arbor housing community features its own nature trails and sidewalks, allowing you a relaxing outdoors experience just a few steps from your front door. Head to the north side of town to enjoy the Huron River, which is perfect for fishing, kayaking or canoeing in the warmer months. Don’t miss the area’s several prestigious private and semi-private golf courses, either.

Thinking of moving to Ann Arbor? Speak to a Toll Brothers representative today about the benefits of living in this vibrant city.