This Community Spotlight is #2 in the Grosse Pointe Series. Welcome to the City of Grosse Pointe!
Last month I focused on Grosse Pointe Park and all the community had to offer. The City of Grosse Pointe, arguably, has the most 'to do' with local conveniences which include multiple grocery stores, restaurants, shopping (both large national brands as well as boutiques), a hospital, and of course a downtown.
I have many friends, family, and clients who are interested in what the Grosse Pointe Communities have to offer, but don't really know where to learn more about it. So, here we go! Want to know more about the City of Grosse Pointe? Keep reading!
The City of Grosse Pointe is bordered by Grosse Pointe Park, Detroit, and Grosse Pointe Farms to the East. With all of the Grosse Pointes, Lake St. Clair borders the city which provides a serene backdrop to such a wonderful city.
Due to it's close proximity to Downtown Detroit, Grosse Pointe, along with the other four Grosse Pointe Communities, are extremely attractive to those who work in the city or who love spending time downtown for entertainment purposes. There are several easy ways to get downtown Detroit, by either taking Jefferson Ave, Kercheval Ave, Mack Ave, or I-94.
Housing & Population
According to the 2010 Census, the population of GP (Grosse Pointe) was just under 5,500. Out of the 2,236 households, 1,481 (more than half) are families. More than 75% of homes in Grosse Pointe are owner occupied. The medium household income (in 2017) was $95,887. The racial make-up of Grosse Pointe is 92.4% Caucasian, 2.6% African American, 1.1% Asian, and 2.2% Hispanic.
Grosse Pointe was classified as a city in 1880 and comprised mostly of homeowners who commuted from the city, farms, cottages, and lakefront mansions. Grosse Pointe has a great mix of both traditional Colonial homes as well as tudors. If you like old houses and charm, Grosse Pointe is full of it! As you get closer to Lake St. Clair, property values rise and there are several multi million dollar homes lining the lakefront of Lake St. Clair.
Housing prices in Grosse Pointe Park has steadily increased over the last ten years, and the average sale price in April 2019 was $388,000. With that being said, the inventory of homes available for sale in Grosse Pointe has steadily declined every year, with a slight increase in inventory this Spring, with last month having 25 homes available for sale.
Grosse Pointe has a large variety of entertainment options for all of its residents, regardless of age. With its downtown area known as 'The Village', you will find several restaurants, including Whiskey Six, a prohibition vibe with a vast variety of Whisky, Side Street Diner, a play on an old classic diner, T.N Thai Bistro, with a great sushi bar and asian cuisine, as well as Village Grill, a family-friendly staple equipped with an arcade to keep the kids entertained. There are also lots of casual dining spots, like Panera Bread, Which Wich, Koi Nu Asian, and TCBY. Some other unique places in 'The Village' include Old Pony, a 'hole in the wall' style cocktail bar, as well as Marais Market, an upscale market and cafe.
There is also some great shopping, including large national retailers like Loft, Moosejaw, Jos. A Bank, and Talbots, as well as local boutiques like Village Palm, Savvy Chic Boutique, El's Boutique, and Focus 313 Eyecare.
In addition to great restaurants and shopping, "The Village' also boasts some great conveniences, like two grocery stores (Kroger and Trader Joe's), a Pet store, CVS pharmacy, and other large retailers, like Verizon and Sanders Chocolate! One block over, you'll also find The Neighborhood Club, a great community and fitness center (equipped with a preschool!).
You can grab the free trolley, that runs up and down Kercheval every seven minutes. The Village hosts many family-friendly events, like 'painting the store fronts', an annual Christmas Tree lighting, live music, and art fairs throughout the summer.
Schools, Parks & Recreation
All five of the Grosse Pointe Communities have their own private resident-only parks. They are free (included in your property taxes) to residents and each resident gets a certain amount of guest passes allowed per year.
Neff Park is home to an outdoor swimming pool, a baby pool, a marina, fishing pier, a concession stand, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a playground, and picnic area.
There is a great park off of Neff Rd and St. Clair that is home to baseball fields, tennis, and platform tennis, as well as the Rotary Tot Lot. The 'Tot Lot' is geared towards younger children with age-appropriate playground equipment. Throughout the summer months, the local music company and sign-language company host a free "sing and sign" class for kids.
Grosse Pointe is in the Grosse Pointe Public School District, along with the four other Grosse Pointe Communities as well as a part of Harper Woods. Maire Elementary School is the only school in the GPPSS housed in Grosse Pointe. All GPP residents are zones for Grosse Pointe South High School.
Have you ever been interested in the Grosse Pointe Communities, but have no idea where to start or what is around the area? I would be happy to give you a tour of the community that I call home! If you're interested in moving to the City, let's connect and grab coffee at the local Starbucks!
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