Northville and Northville Township

Northville and Northville Township

 

Northville, MI

Within Northville Township, population of 24,827, sits the city of Northville, a distinctive and affluent community of 6,384. This charming town boasts stately Victorian-era architecture, a quaint downtown, farmers markets, top-notch schools, and ready access to major freeways. You can enjoy Northville’s small town heritage and scenic richness while also being near to downtown Detroit, Ann Arbor, and the airport. Northville has it all! 

Location 

Northville is located on the western edge of the Detroit metro area in southeastern Michigan. Situated at the northern end of Northville Township, it straddles both Oakland and Wayne Counties.  

Northville Township lies entirely in Wayne County and surrounds the Wayne County portion of the City of Northville on the west, south, and east.  

Geography/Terrain 

Northville has a total area of 2.0 square miles, of which 0.50% is water. It sits at an altitude of 829 feet above sea level. The terrain of this area is primarily rolling hills and greenery. 

Northville Township has a total area of 16.6 square miles,16.5 square miles of which is land and 0.2 square miles of which is water.  

Distance to 3 Closest Major Cities 

Northville is about 30 minutes from downtown Detroit and 25 minutes (or 17miles) from downtown Ann Arbor. It is 41 miles southeast of Flint and 58 miles east of Lansing. The major thoroughfares of I-275 and M-14 are nearby. 

Jobs 

Northville's major employers are the Northville Downs Racetrack, Aisin worl Cop of America, Belanger Inc., Jack Doheny Supplies, and Maxion Wheels. Educational, health and social services provide 21.9% of the employment in the city; manufacturing provides 20.6%; professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services provide12.2%; and retail trade provides10.6%. The median household income in Northville City is $84,670 and in Northville Township is $101,761. The average per capita income is $46,424 in the city and $49,799 in the township. Over 50% of the community's households earn over $50,000 per year. The unemployment level in Northville is 1.7% and the average commute time is 23.7 minutes. 

Housing 

Northville is a highly desirable community with a wide range of classic and unique housing choices. In luxurious natural settings you can find delightful architectural diversity. Northville’s Historic District holds stately Victorian-era architecture, some of the homes dating back to the 1800’s. There are well-kept older homes built before the 1930s. In contrast, many houses in the township are relatively new, with over 75% of them having been built after 1970. 

It is currently a buyers market with many houses to choose from. There are multi-family complexes, single-family homes and condominium golf communities available. Home prices range from $200,000 to over a million, with most of homes between $300,000 and $600,000. The median price for a single-family home in the area is $283,000. 

   

Parks/Sports/Recreation/Golf 

Northville’s recreation department provides excellent facilities for a variety of age groups. Programs are offered for all ages and interests throughout the year. Popular activities include: basketball, softball, volleyball, golf, fitness, tennis, swimming soccer, lacrosse and baseball. The Northville Recreation Center at Hillside is equipped with an indoor swimming pool, two gymnasiums, several multi-purpose classrooms and fitness rooms. 

The township was planned specifically to preserve and protect open spaces, wooded lots and waterways. There are several parklands to enjoy all year round. Ford Park is a 3-acre facility with playing fields, lights, and pathways. Millennium Park is the newest park facility, and encompasses 28 acres with four ball diamonds, three soccer fields, a playground, and bike paths. Community Park is a 38-acre area park equipped with baseball and soccer fields. Henningsen Park is a quaint 3-acre neighborhood park with ball diamonds and soccer fields. Fish Hatchery Park was once a nationally registered fish hatchery facility. It covers 17 acres and its features include two ball diamonds, five tennis courts, a small pavilion and access to the Johnson Creek, a tributary of the Middle Rouge River. Maybury State Park covers almost 1,000 acres of mature forest, and provides opportunities for a range of outdoor activities. 

Northville has 5 golf courses that will provide a challenge for golfers at all skill levels. Bushwood, Salem Hills and Downing Farms are public courses in the area. Meadowbrook Country Club is a private18-hole course with an older traditional design. The Northville Hills Golf Club is a master planned golf community, which features fairway homes, estate homes, villas, as well as its championship 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. It has wide, rolling fairways lined with mature trees and enormous greens. The course is dotted with natural wetland areas and lakes. It is also the location of the annual Northville Chamber Golf Classic. 

Special Attractions/Events 

The city of Northville offers many special events such as the Annual Christmas Walk, and the Independence Day Parade. Other annual festivities include: the Victorian Festival, Art in the Sun Juried Art Show, State of the Community Luncheon, Taste of Northville Business Showcase, Grub Crawl, Fire and Ice Festival, Oktoberfest, Summer Carnival, and Hometown Holidays. These events annually draw more than 150,000 people to the Northville area. 

The downtown area boasts charming old-fashioned street lamps, specialty shops, galleries, theaters, restaurants, businesses, and preserved landmarks. Special attractions include the Northville Cider Mill, the Northville Downs Racetrack, Mill Race Historical Village, and a variety of art festivals. From May to October the Northville Chamber of Commerce hosts the Northville Farmers Market. The Market offers a wide variety of flowers, landscape material, fruit and vegetables, crafts and baked goods. 

One of the most popular places for residents and visitors to enjoy is the Mill Race Village. The Northville Historical Society has gathered historic buildings from the area and restored them into a living museum. Other favorite landmarks are the Northville Water Wheel and the Northville Well, which supplies fresh, spring water. 

Interesting Facts/Historic Buildings and Places 

Northville is the birthplace of Thom Knapp, a college basketball player for the Navy Midshipmen. 

The City was incorporated as a village in 1867 and as a city in 1955. Northville Township was established in 1898 and became a Charter Township in 1985. 

The City is part of the award winning Northville School District 

Prior to the development of Northville Downs in the mid 1940's, Northville boasted a racetrack. At the turn of the century the property was purchased at Center and Seven Mile Road for a private nine-hole golf course. A few years later a group of men began an "Athletic Park" on the site where harness racing occurred. Later, the Wayne County Fairgrounds were located here. 

There is a story that Northville’s Main Street used to be "paved" with leather scraps tossed out by shoemakers who operated businesses here early in the Nineteenth Century.