This Community Spotlight, and the next four, will be highlighting all that the Grosse Pointe Communities have to offer!
I wanted to specifically target all five of the Grosse Pointes because, truthfully, before I moved to the area myself, there was little I knew about the area. Grosse Pointe is sometimes referred as 'the bubble', and it can be difficult to learn about the area when you're not fully immersed in it everyday.
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 start to learn more about it. So, here we go! I will highlight each community to give you a brief overview on what they all offer!
Grosse Pointe Park is located directly next to Detroit and therefore makes it closest of the five Grosse Pointes to downtown Detroit. Depending on where you live in GPP (Grosse Pointe Park), you can get downtown Detroit in 10 minutes! Grosse Pointe Park borders Detroit on its North and West side (specifically bordering the Jefferson Chalmers area as well as East English Village, Curbed Detroit's winner for 'up and coming neighborhood'!) It also borders Grosse Pointe City on its East Side, and it is a waterfront city of Lake St. Clair.
Due to it's close proximity to Downtown Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park, 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.
Housing & Population
According to the 2010 Census, the population of GPP was a little over 11,000. 35% of households had children under the age of 18 and the median age of a GPP resident is 41.
The houses in Grosse Pointe Park are the oldest of the five communities, and many are nearing 100 years old. If you like old houses and charm, Grosse Pointe is full of it! Most homes in Grosse Pointe Park consist of brick colonials and tudors styles, with very little inventory of single story homes. Grosse Pointe Park offers a wide array of duplex and rental homes on the Western border, as well as an area called 'cabbage patch' that includes several blocks of dense multi-family homes. As you get closer to Lake St. Clair, property values rise and there are several multi million dollar homes near the lakefront.
Housing prices in Grosse Pointe Park has steadily increased over the last ten years, and the median sale price in February 2019 was $386,000. With that being said, the inventory of homes available for sale in Grosse Pointe Park has steadily declined every year, with last month having 47 homes available for sale.
Grosse Pointe Park, personally, has a vast variety of entertainment options for all of its residents, regardless of age. With a downtown area known as 'the Park', you will find several restaurants, including Atwater Brewery that is housed in an old church, Red Crown which is an old converted Gas Station, as well as a wine bar, an Italian restaurant, a Mediterranean restaurant, an English bakery, and the most adorable little ice cream and candy shop.
The street is lined with cafe lights and has music playing throughout. You can grab the free trolley, that runs up and down Kercheval every seven minutes. You can also head over to Charlevoix Street, where you will find a few more restaurants, like The Charlevoix, and bars, like Howlers & Growlers.
Throughout the summer, head down to Kercheval after 6pm and listen to live music, shop various vendors, and enjoy beer & wine. They also offer kids activities, like music classes and art! In the Winter, they host a Winter Fest with various local artisans to grab great holiday gifts, live music, and warming stations with bonfires and s'mores.
The city also hosts a farmers market from June to September with fresh fruit and produce.
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.
Windmill Pointe Park is home to an Olympic size swimming pool, a wading pool, a marina, fishing pier, a concession stand, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a playground, and picnic area. There is also a banquet center that can be rented out for parties and showers.
Patterson Park has a boardwalk, a splash pad for kids, bocce ball court, putting green, a nature trail, and an exercise course. In the winter, it is home to an ice rink.
In addition to the parks, Grosse Pointe Park also has a fitness center for its residents as well as a movie theatre that shows first-run movies.
Grosse Pointe Park is in the Grosse Pointe Public School District, along with the four other Grosse Pointe Communities as well as a part of Harper Woods. Two elementary schools, Trombley & Defer as well as one middle school, Pierce, calls itself home in Grosse Pointe Park. 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 Park, let's connect and grab coffee at one of their great establishments, like Cornwall Bakery!
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