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Reflections and Top 20 Blog Posts in 2015

by The Jamey Kramer Group

As we reflect on 2015, we feel thankful for all that we have experienced in the past year. The towns of Novi, Northville, and South Lyon are the ones we serve and are among the top places to live in all of Michigan. We love having the opportunity to highlight what makes these towns so amazing. From their historic backgrounds, unique dining experiences, impactful organizations, and creative and fun activities for the whole family, we love having the chance to share them with you here on our blog.

When we at Jamey Kramer Group consider what stands out in 2015, we know that without a doubt, it has been the gift of being able to walk alongside so many different families and individuals as they have either sold or bought a home. We consider it our privilege to have the opportunity to walk beside each individual in these vital decisions. It is one of our favorite things to be able to see new homeowners’ faces as they are handed the keys to their new home.

We also love being your reference for real estate questions and concerns. Going through the process of buying or selling a house can be a daunting, and we want you to know that you do not have to do it alone. That is why we share our expertise on our blog with different tips to help you in the buying or selling process.  

As a way of honoring 2015, we thought we would take a moment to share our most visited posts on our blog. Here are the top 20 according to Google Analytics:

20. Best Local Places to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Northville and Novi, Michigan

19. Novi, Michigan – The Origin of Its Mysterious Name

18. New Year’s Eve Events in Novi and Northville, Michigan

17. Halloween Events in Northville and South Lyon

16. Where to Go on Valentine’s Day in Novi, Michigan 

15. Upcoming Events in Northville, Michigan November 2015

14. Upcoming Northville, Michigan Events for October 2015

13. New Year’s Eve in Northville and Novi, Michigan

12. Everything You Need to Know About Halloween In Northville, Michigan

11. Is Novi, Michigan A Safe Place to Live?

10. Trick-or-Treating in Novi and Northville, Michigan

 9.  Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Northville and Novi, Michigan

8. Is Northville, Michigan a Good Place to Live?

7.  How Many Snow Days are Michigan Schools Allowed

6. Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day in Northville and Novi, Michigan

5. Easter Brunches in Northville and Novi, Michigan 2015

4. Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Novi and Northville, Michigan

3. Easter Egg Hunts In Novi and Northville, Michigan 2015

2. Thanksgiving in Northville and Novi, Michigan

1. Easter Brunches in Novi and Northville, Michigan


Take Away

While reading through this list of the top 20 blog posts, we are reminded again of what amazing places Northville, Novi, and South Lyon are to live in. We are grateful to serve such extraordinary communities.

We would like to take this opportunity to express a special thank you to all the people that we had the privilege of working with. We are looking forward to another amazing year and would like to wish you the best in 2016.


Halloween Events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon

by The Jamey Kramer Group

With fall’s brilliant bright yellow, red, and orange leaves, it is hard to find a better spot to be than in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan. When you take some time to walk the streets of these amazing towns, you will see what wonderful places they are to live in.  

The days leading to Halloween are the perfect time to experience these family-friendly cities.  All week long, there will be Halloween events that you won’t want to miss that include fun activities and events for the whole family. All you need to do is make sure you have your costume and get ready for a great time.

Halloween events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon include:

Northville Halloween Happening

Skeletons Are Alive

  • Month of October

If you haven’t had the chance to walk the streets of Northville this month, you are in for a surprise. There are over 100 skeletons scattered throughout Downtown Northville. To make sure you don’t miss any, please see the Skeleton map.

South Lyon Halloween Event

Downtown Trick-or-Treating

  • October 28
  • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume and come to trick-or-treat in Downtown South Lyon on Wednesday, October 28th. The event will run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The streets will be shut down from the Pontiac Trail to the railroad tracks to Reynold Sweet Parkway. Look for the pumpkin sign in the business window for all participating businesses. For more information, please see South Lyon’s website.

Novi Halloween Events

Spook-Tacular Luncheon

  • October 30
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Meadowbrook Activity Center
  • 25075 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48375

All seniors ages 55 and older are invited on Halloween to visit the Meadowbrook Activity Center in Novi. Starting at 12:00 pm, all will have the opportunity to put on their best costume, enjoy lunch, and listen to live entertainment by Michael Krieger. The cost for the event is $7.00 for residents and $8.50 for non-residents. For ticket availability and more information, please see Spook-Tacular Luncheon.

 Spooky Skate

  • October 31
  • 3:00 pm – 4:50 pm
  • The Novi Ice Arena
  • 42400 Nick Lidstrom Drive, Novi, MI 48375

The Novi Ice Arena will be hosting the special Halloween event, Spooky Skate, on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 4:50 pm. This event is open to the public. Admission is $1.00 for costumed skaters and skate rental is available for $3.00.

For more information, please see: Spooky Skate.

October 31st – Traditional Trick–or-Treating Hours

There is nothing like Halloween without some traditional trick-or-treating. Here are the trick-or-treat hours for Northville, Novi, and South Lyon. Please be sure to confirm the trick-or-treating times with your city as they are subject to change.

  • Northville: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Note: that the streets in the Historic District will be closed from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
  • Novi: Recommended trick-or-treating hours are 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • South Lyon: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Take Away

Whatever way you decide to celebrate this fall, we hope you have a great experience. While visiting Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, you will see they are places filled with amazing people. Each city offers unique opportunities, and each one is a perfect place to settle down and raise your family.

If you would like to take a close look at moving to Northville, Novi, or South Lyon, please give our office a call. We would be honored to help you find your next home.


It's The Great Pumpkinfest South Lyon

by The Jamey Kramer Group

A South Lyon Weekend Event You Won't Want To Miss

South Lyon Pumpkinfest Friday Thru Sunday

This weekend marks the 31st hosting of South Lyon's annual fall festival, The Pumpkinfest.  Started in the 1980s by Dean Parker, the Pumkinfest is a weekend of family fun for people of all ages.  Among the activities scheduled are a 5K Run, Parade, Arts & Crafts Show, Farmer's Market, Beer Tent with Live Entertainment, and a visit from Paws of the Detroit Tigers.  There will also be a Scarecrow Contest and the ever popular Ultimate Air Dogs Show.  Check the Pumpkinfest website for more information.

South Lyon High School

  • Football v Northville.....................................................Friday............................................7:00 pm
  • Girls CC @ MSU Invite................................................Friday.................................................TBD
  • Tennis @ Howell...........................................................Saturday........................................8:30 am
  • Golf @ Northville..........................................................Saturday.......................................8:30 am

South Lyon East High School

  • Football v Livonia Stevenson.......................................Friday.............................................7:00 pm
  • Girls CC @ MSU Invite...............................................Friday..................................................TBD
  • JV Soccer @ Farmington............................................. Friday.............................................5:30 pm
  • V Soccer @ Farmington............................................... Friday.............................................7:00 pm
  • Volleyball @ Bay City Western Invite............. ............Saturday..........................................9:00 am

Why Visit or Buy Real Estate in South Lyon?

As recently as April of this year the Detroit Free Press in an article about the housing market stated, "With its quality schools, close proximity to I-96 and U.S.-23, and relative affordability, South Lyon has emerged as perhaps the hottest area in southeast Michigan for new home construction."

If you are thinking about buying or selling  South Lyon real estate or Lyon Township real estate or property, give us a call at (248) 348-7200 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move. 


South Lyon, MI Summer Events 2015

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Looking for some fun family friendly events?

Not sure what to do on a Friday night?

The City of South Lyon is offering some great events this summer that the entire family will enjoy. From movies in the park on Friday evenings to the Labor Day Bridge Walk, there is something for all ages. Be sure to take out your calendar so that don’t miss a thing.

Movies in the Park

  • Saturday, July 18th - Paddington
  • Movie Begins at Dusk (between 9pm and 9:30pm)
  • McHattie Park
  • 400 Dorothy Street, South Lyon, MI
  • Saturday, August 15th - Big Hero 6
  • Movie Begins at Dusk (between 9pm and 9:30pm)
  • McHattie Park
  • 300 Dorothy Street, South Lyon, MI

This summer, bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and your family to McHattie Park in South Lyon, Michigan to enjoy a movie in the park. The City of South Lyon coats a 24’ inflatable screen for your viewing pleasure. All the movies are either rated G or PG.

If there is inclement weather, check the city’s website and/or the city’s sign.

Concerts in the Park

  • Every Friday Through August 28th
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • MaHattie Park Gazebo
  • 400 Dorothy Street, South Lyon, MI

All summer long, you will be able to enjoy concerts in the park on Friday evenings at MaHattie Park Gazebo in South Lyon. Here is the schedule for the summer’s upcoming events according to the City of South Lyon:

  • July 10th - The Whiskey Charmers, a country/Americana band from Detroit
  • July 17th - Rich Eddies Oldies, favorites from the 50’s and 60’s.
  • July 24th - Saline Fiddlers, famous fiddle group.
  • July 31st - Royal Garden Trio, gypsy jazz trop.
  • August 14th - Pete Fetters, blues
  • August 21st - Stella, a female American Roots band
  • August 28th - The Invasion, a British rock n’ roll band.

If there is inclement weather, please check the city’s website for more information.

Heritage Day

  • Saturday, July 18th
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • The Witch’s Hat Depot
  • 300 Dorothy Street, South Lyon, MI

Saturday, July 18th is the First Annual Heritage Day at the Depot in South Lyon. This will be a day for the whole family. There will be trunk sales, freight house sales, a BBQ Dinner served by Operation Injured Soldiers, dance studio presentations, a softball challenge, an art show, senior center events, and more.

According to the City of South Lyon website, if you are interested in participating in the trunk show or would like to have a booth, email the South Lyon Historical Society at or call (248) 437-9929 and leave a message.

Labor Day Bridge Walk

  • September 7th
  • Starts at 8:30 am
  • McHattie Park 
  • 400 Dorothy Street, South Lyon, MI

Mark your calendars for the Labor Day Bridge Walk. This bridge walk is held in conjunction with the 58th Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk and Labor Day Community Walks all throughout the state.

Enjoy this classic Michigan event with the whole family. To register, please go to: South Lyon Recreation Authority.

Take Away

There are a number of exciting events planned for the summer of 2015 in South Lyon, Michigan. Whether you choose to attend one or all, you can enjoy the wonderful community of South Lyon.

If you have been interested in looking for a house in South Lyon, please give our office a call. We would be honored to help you find your dream home.


Northville and South Lyon, Michigan Weekend Events

by The Jamey Kramer Group

The weather forecast is reporting that this coming weekend is going to be beautiful in Northville and South Lyon, Michigan. Spring weather is finally here with temperatures forecast to be in the mid-70s with mostly to partly cloudy skies. This is the type of weather we have all been waiting for. Make sure you take full advantage of this weekend by checking out the following events.

Weekend Events for Northville and South Lyon

South Lyon’s Ladies Night Out

  • April 30, 2015
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Downtown South Lyon

While according to we won’t be enjoying the sunny weather until Friday, the weekend begins tonight with Ladies Night Out in Downtown South Lyon. South Lyon has a charming downtown and tonight is a perfect time to get out for a night of sales and specials.

According to the Hometownlife, when you visit each of the participating businesses, you will be able to enter for a chance to win a gift basket valued at $250.

Here is a list of the participating business:

  • Co. Reutter Salon & Menagerie - 116 N. Lafayette, Suite A
  • The Corner Cafe - 101 S. Lafayette
  • Divine Power Yoga - 105 N. Lafayette, Suite 100
  • Flooring Your Way & More - 116 N. Lafayette, Suite B
  • Glazy Days - 101 S. Lafayette
  • Grande Trunke Home - 105 N. Lafayette
  • Lake Street Tavern - 127 E. Lake
  • Lyon Book Den - 116 E. Lake
  • Modelle 227 - 110 S. Wells
  • Polish Pottery & Beyond - 131 N. Lafayette
  • The South Lyon Hotel - 201 N. Lafayette
  • Scrooge & Barley - 336 S. Lafayette
  • South Lyon Resale Shoppe - 120 E. Lake
  • Tracey Hill Photography - 125 W. Lake

For more information, please call Marilyn Smith at 248-437-9642 or Cheryl Wickham at 248-437-5055.

First Friday Experience

  • May 1, 2015
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Downtown Northville’s Art Galleries, Shops, and Restaurants

One great way to experience the city of Northville, Michigan is to participate in their monthly First Friday Experience. On the first Friday of every month, shops stay open late and serve refreshments, the galleries showcase special exhibits, and special deals are offered to the First Friday shoppers.

According to the City of Northville’s website, the following are some of the participating galleries,

Dancing Eye Gallery

  • 101 N. Center
  • (248) 449-7086
  • Website

Northville Art House

  • 215 W. Cady
  • (248) 344-0497
  • Website

Northville Gallery

  • 123 E. Main
  • (248) 465-9630

Starring "The Gallery"

  • 118 W. Main
  • (248) 347-1642
  • Website

Tiffany Art Glass

  • 121 E. Main (2nd floor)
  • (248) 349-2777
  • Website

The Urban Pearl

  • 120 East Main
  • 248-773-7390
  • Website

Derby Daze

  • May 2, 2015
  • 12:00 pm- 7:00 pm
  • Northville Downs
  • 301 S. Center Street, Northville
  • Free Event
  • Ages: 18 and up only

Dr. Don from 99.5 WYCD will be hosting this Saturday’s Derby Daze. According to the City of Northville’s website, the Derby Daze is the best Kentucky Derby party on the infield at the Northville Downs.

Wear your favorite hat, drink a Mint Julep, listen to live music, and don’t forget to place your bets on your favorite horse.


Whatever you chose to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy the beautiful weather coming your way.

Are you looking for something to do in the Novi area this weekend? Please check out Weekend Events in Novi, Michigan April-May 2015.



Annual Guide to Gardening in the Northville, Novi, and South Lyon Area

by The Jamey Kramer Group

First impressions are important. They set a tone, good or bad. The curb appeal of your home sets a tone. Whether or not you are trying to attract a buyer, these gardening tips will tell you what you need to know to set a fantastic tone for your home’s curb appeal.

You will find tips on when and what to plant, how to care for your yard during the winter, and so much more. Every month is tailored specifically for the Northville, Novi, and South Lyon area.

Your Annual Gardening Guide

January Gardening Tips

When you visit the article above, you will not only find gardening tips, but you will also find tips for winter lawn care, heavy snow, and protecting your landscape during winter months. You will even see information on how to recycle your Christmas tree.

February Gardening Tips

Gardening in February means thinking of spring. You will learn that you can start some flowers indoors in the month of February. Find out more by visiting the article above.

March Gardening Tips

As the temperatures get warmer there is a lot to get done in the garden. Your March check list should include items like dividing perennials, vegetable planting, and how to take care of your lawn.

April Gardening Tips

Find out when you should plant your favorite vegetables this spring and how The Old Farmer’s Almanac recommends caring for any dead spots in your grass.

May Gardening Tips

This article provides you with what you need to know to boost your home’s curb appeal. You will find ideas from planting flowers to add some color, adding mulch near your trees, and much more.

June Gardening Tips

Not sure how short to cut your grass or how much to water your plants? As the temperatures get warmer, don’t miss out on tips and tricks to keep your yard looking fantastic.

July Gardening Tips

In this July article, we dive deep into tips and tricks on keeping your lawn looking gorgeous even when you have watering restrictions in your area.

August Gardening Tips

August is the time to start thinking fall and for planning your fall garden. This article is full of tips like when to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials, and what flowers will add a special touch while also being low maintenance.

September Gardening Tips

In this article, you will find 11 tips on how to prepare your landscape for fall. These tips cover everything from planting spring bulbs to lawn care and much more.

October Gardening Tips

October in Michigan means a fall clean up, more planting, harvesting, and even more gardening tips. Don’t miss out on these important tips by visiting this article.

November Gardening Tips

Make sure your garden, lawn, and landscape are ready for the long winter months. Check out this article and add these 10 to-dos to your gardening check list.

December Gardening Tips

This article has helpful tips including:

  • Christmas Tree Tips - From selecting to care for your Christmas Tree
  • Snow and Ice Tips
  • Backyard Gardening Maintenance Tips


From protecting your lawn in the cold winter months to tips on watering your lawn in the summer’s heat, this annual guide has been prepared for the Northville, Novi and South Lyon area. Knowing what to do each month will help you on your way to creating an attractive landscape and garden that will make your home’s curb appeal sparkle.


If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, but do not want to grow them yourself, make sure to check out the any of the Farmer’s Markets in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon.



Farmer's Markets in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking to buy local fruits and vegetables this spring and summer?

There are many great things about fresh local fruits and vegetables. There is a pride that comes with buying local, and for some reason, the food always tastes better.

Since spring is here, we wanted to take some time to share where the local farmer’s markets are, when they will be open, and how to get there. In the Novi, Northville, and South Lyon area, we are very fortunate to have three local farmer's markets.

Our Local Farmer’s Markets

Novi Winter Farmer’s Market

  • April 4th and April 18th, 2015
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI

Due to popular demand, the Novi Farmer’s Market was extended all winter long. These next two dates, April 4th and April 18th are the last of the Winter Farmer’s Market.

This winter market showcases Michigan made products and Michigan grown food. This Saturday and on the 18th, you will find food, decor, and unique gifts.

Novi All Season Market

  • Saturdays, May 2nd - October 24th 2015
  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI
  • Wednesdays, June 17 - October 21st
  • 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • MSU Tollgate Education Center and Farm
  • 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI

It’s time to mark the Novi All Season Market’s opening day on your calendars. Make sure to like The Novi Farmer’s Market on Facebook for updates, tips, recipes and much more.

There are two locations and two options for your farmer market needs this year. Make sure to check them both out this summer.

The Northville Farmer’s Market

  • Thursday, May 7th - October 29th, 2015
  • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Northville Downs Parking Lot
  • Northwest Corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon Rd., Northville, MI

In only one month, the Northville Farmer’s Market will open. This farmer’s market boats over 75 stalls of Michigan grown and Michigan made products. These products include bread, local honey, flowering shrubs, produce, jewelry, crafters, furniture, vegetables, seasonal berries, and much more.

From 9:00 am to 12:00 pm there will be master gardeners on site and starting in June, chefs will be at the market starting at 10:00 am.

The South Lyon Farmer’s Market

  • Saturday, May 2nd - October 24th, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Parking lot on the northwest corner of Pontiac Trail and Liberty Sweet
  • Direct adjacent to Sweetwater Bar and Grill
  • Across the street from the Post Office

Buy directly from the people who grow your fruits and vegetables. Learn how they were grown and different cooking methods at the South Lyon Farmer’s Market.


The great thing about living in the Novi, Northville, and South Lyon areas is that there are great opportunities with three different farmer’s markets that provide local produce and products.

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