Offering both access to rural and city life, West Ann Arbor is a pleasant residential area home to the city’s largest park.
Why Residents Love Living Here: Residents love the variety of options available, including neighborhood conveniences and downtown attractions in addition to beautiful parks and acreage.
West Ann Arbor encompasses a large region extending west from the heart of downtown near University of Michigan’s football stadium, which is easily accessible to residents. You will find a mix of city conveniences, residential neighborhoods and rural land in this expansive region. West Ann Arbor hosts many shops and restaurants, specifically along West Stadium Boulevard, which is home to the Westgate Shopping Center and Maple Village. A few favorite local restaurants in this area include Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Seva, Chelas, and The Songbird Cafe. Neighborhoods near the heart of downtown feature some of the city’s most charming historic homes, situated along tree-lined streets. West Ann Arbor also hosts a number of newer, thoughtfully designed subdivisions with large contemporary homes.
There is an abundance of parks and green space for West Ann Arbor residents to enjoy, including Lakewood Nature Area, Dolph Nature Area and Veterans Park, which is home to the Veterans Memorial Park Pool & Ice Arena. Ann Arbor’s largest park, Bird Hills Nature Center, is an undeveloped 161-acre natural area with five different trailheads for hikers to explore. Barton Pond and Huron River are situated to the north, providing endless opportunities for fishing and boating. West Ann Arbor is home to the West Ann Arbor Health Center and a number of automotive and financial companies, providing a variety of employment opportunities for residents. The region contains more urban developments near downtown, with more residential communities in the central area west of I-94, and scenic rural farmland further to the west. I-94 runs through the northern portion of West Ann Arbor, connecting residents to nearby cities to the west and east, including Detroit.
West Ann Arbor Neighborhoods Include:
OLD WEST SIDE
The Old West Side is a historic neighborhood situated just west of Main Street, offering easy access to all the city has to offer while remaining distinctive in its charm and aesthetic. The neighborhood hosts some of the city’s most historic homes varying in styles, including mansard, Queen Anne, Romanesque villas, colonial, Georgian revival, Gothic cottages and Italian bracket, most of which were built between 1850 and 1925. The Old West Side is recognized as a “streetscape” district, defined by its exceptional street appearance and overall atmosphere, and was the first in the nation to receive this designation.
Situated northwest of downtown and adjacent to the popular Kerrytown district, Water Hill is a beautiful neighborhood established in the early 1900s. It features an array of homes ranging in size, style and value, from affordable options to larger properties with extensive modern upgrades. Water Hill residents enjoy access to the restaurants, boutiques and markets along Main Street and in Kerrytown, plus a variety of outdoor recreation areas. Most notably, Bird Hills Nature Area, Bluffs Park and a variety of parks along the Huron River are within reach.
Situated just west of the University of Michigan football stadium, Dicken is a large neighborhood featuring tree-lined streets with fairly modest single- and two-story homes. The area includes Dicken Woods Nature Area, Las Vegas Park, Greenview Nature Area, and several schools.
Situated just 10 minutes from downtown, the Uplands is a picturesque, well-designed community surrounded by natural beauty. Homes in the Uplands range in size, style and value, all of which are situated along tree-lined streets with sidewalks. Residents may access a variety of parks and green space, most notably, the Scio Woods Preserve, a 91-acre preserve with wetlands, dense woodlands and maintained hiking trails.
Hosting some of the most charming, historic homes in the city, Eberwhite is a vibrant and centrally located neighborhood just west of downtown Ann Arbor. The land that now hosts Eberwhite was once the property of Eber White, an early settler in the area. The neighborhood centers on the scenic and popular Eberwhite Woods, a beloved park filled with trees, wildflowers and well-maintained walking trails. Residents of Eberwhite enjoy convenient access to downtown and the University of Michigan football stadium, which are both within walking distance.
The highly sought-after Allmendinger Heights is a small enclave a few blocks west of the University of Michigan football stadium. Homes in Allmendinger Heights range in age and style, including Arts & Crafts, Tudors, and Cape Cods, many of which have been beautifully restored while maintaining original period features. Residents may easily travel along the neighborhood’s shaded tree-lined streets to access the activity in downtown. Allmendinger Heights also hosts a community park, Allmendinger Park, which has baseball fields, an open grass field and a tennis court.
Situated 10 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Arbor Pointe is a beautiful, thoughtfully developed subdivision with a wide selection of one-and-a-half and two-story contemporary homes. Residents of Arbor Pointe may easily access the city via I-94, which is less than a mile away, in addition to the scenic Scio Township. The neighborhood is adjacent to Jackson Road, which hosts a number of conveniences and attractions.
Haisley is a desirable neighborhood situated northwest of Central Ann Arbor. While the neighborhood has an array of housing options, it is best known for its collection of beautiful Cape Cod and colonial homes. Streets in Haisley are lined with a thick canopy of mature trees, providing shade and natural beauty for residents. Haisley is home to the Miller Nature Area, a 22-acre area with hiking trails adorned with some of the biggest elm trees in the city. The neighborhood also hosts Veterans Memorial Park, which features an outdoor swimming pool, a year-round indoor skating rink, baseball and softball diamonds, and a fitness center.
Situated just west of the city’s beltway, Lakewood is a unique community taking its name from the sister lakes and the forest that surrounds them. Lakewood residents enjoy convenient access to I-94, US-23 and M-14, yet enjoy the secluded, natural setting that this area offers. Many homes in Lakewood take full advantage of the neighborhood’s naturally hilly landscape, and home styles include traditional Tudors, Cape Cods, ranches and colonials. Lakewood is home to Dolph Nature Area and Lakewood Nature Area, providing several acres of lush forest, hiking trails and two bodies of water for fishing, kayaking and canoeing.
NEWPORT CREEK & WALNUT RIDGE
Located along the southern bank of the Huron River, Newport Creek and Walnut Ridge are two desirable, secluded communities hosting an abundance of luxury homes. Executive homes are situated on expansive lots, enjoying surrounding green foliage and proximity to Ann Arbor and surrounding cities via I-94 and US-23. Residents enjoy convenient access to common areas, such as forested walking trails and sidewalks, plus the nearby Bird Hills Nature Area and the Huron River for boating and fishing.
THE POLO FIELDS
The Polo Fields is an upscale golf and country club community with three distinct residential areas, The Fairways at The Polo Fields, The Preserves at The Polo Fields, and The Gallery at The Polo Fields. The Polo Fields features a variety of luxury homes, many of which overlook the well-maintained greenway dotted with foliage and water features. All homeowners may become members of The Polo Fields Golf & Country Club, which features a clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course, dining facilities, a fitness center and a resort-style pool.
Located just west of Main Street Ann Arbor, Wildwood enjoys access to some of the city’s best attractions. Wildwood hosts a variety of homes varying in size, age and style, including many classic brick ranches, 1.5-story Cape Cods, and an abundance of updated historic homes. Residents enjoy access to lush parks and nature areas, including the 4.5-acre Maryfield Wildwood Park, which hosts sports courts, a playground, plenty of green and wooded space, and a baseball diamond. The 22-acre Miller Nature Area is just north of Wildwood, offering additional walking and hiking trails.