Central Ann Arbor is a vibrant area with art galleries and shops, restaurants and bars, historic homes and the University of Michigan campus.
Why Residents Love Living Here: There is no shortage of things to do in Central Ann Arbor, from sporting events to nightlife, yet the city maintains a connected, friendly feel. Residents also love the mixture of historic and newer properties available in the area, many of which are within walking distance to downtown Ann Arbor.
Residents and visitors alike head to downtown Ann Arbor to access some of the city’s best options for dining, entertainment, art and history. Central Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan campus, which includes its football stadium nicknamed “The Big House,” the University of Michigan Hospital, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, and more. The university brings a young, college town feel to the city, especially during football season. Central Ann Arbor is also home to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, plus the Michigan Theater and The State Theatre, two historic theaters still in operation. The city hosts a variety of art galleries and organizations, including the Ann Arbor Art Center, a non-profit art center dedicated to supporting the arts in Ann Arbor with exhibits, classes and events.
Central Ann Arbor has a variety of neighborhoods surrounding the downtown area, filled with a combination of both restored historic properties and brand new homes. Residents living here may easily access the city’s center for events, dining and more. Some of the city’s most renowned restaurants include Zingerman's Delicatessen, Jolly Pumpkin Café and Brewery, Knight’s Steakhouse, Spencer, Miss Kim, and Mani Osteria and Bar. The eastern edge of Central Ann Arbor also hosts a number of neighborhood conveniences, such as grocery stores, shops, restaurants and more. The region has plenty of parks and green space accessible for residents, including Nichols Arboretum, Buhr Park, Mary Beth Doyle Park, Huron Hills Golf Course, and the University of Michigan Golf Course.
Central Ann Arbor Neighborhoods Include:
Considered one of the most beloved and centrally located neighborhoods in the city, Burns Park is a desirable neighborhood in Central Ann Arbor comprised of tree-canopied streets and beautiful older homes. Activity centers on the 15-acre Burns Park, which hosts five tennis courts, a basketball court, playground equipment, walking paths and Burns Park School. Burns Park is a friendly, community-oriented neighborhood allowing convenient access to the city’s best attractions, including downtown Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan Campus and Nichols Arboretum.
Bordering the 1,000-acre Nichols Arboretum, Geddes Heights is a quaint enclave on a wooded natural area sloping down towards the Huron River. The neighborhood features a variety of luxury homes atop sizeable lots covered in mature landscaping. Many of the homes in north Geddes Heights were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s while the slopes along the river feature a number of newer custom-built homes. Geddes Heights is within walking distance of downtown Ann Arbor, providing the best of both cosmopolitan life and outdoor recreation at Nichols Arboretum.
Situated just north of downtown, Kerrytown is a charming and vibrant neighborhood offering a unique blend of both residential and business. Centering around Kerrytown Market & Shops, Kerrytown is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, bars and attractions, including the year-round Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market. This historic area is rich with culture and activity, yet outdoor recreation is close at hand — as some of the city’s best parks are within 1 mile of most homes in Kerrytown. The neighborhood offers a mix of housing options, from smaller affordable homes to luxury properties.
ANN ARBOR HILLS
Centrally located just southeast of downtown Ann Arbor, this neighborhood is desirable for its collection of luxury homes, central location and beautiful natural setting. Along tree-lined streets, luxury homes in Ann Arbor Hills range from remodeled historic homes built in the 1930s and traditional homes to new construction properties and mid-century modern homes. Residents of Ann Arbor Hills are within walking distance of downtown, the University of Michigan, Nichols Arboretum, Huron Hills Golf Course, Gallup Park, and the Ann Arbor Racquet Club.
ASHLEY MEWS CONDOS
Situated in the heart of downtown, Ashley Mews Condos is a condominium complex comprised of 54 units built between 2002 and 2003. Featuring a variety of floor plans and amenities, these condos were built to resemble the traditional brownstones of Boston. Features of Ashley Mews Condos include hardwood flooring, solid wood cabinetry, secure attached underground parking, granite countertops, and more. Some units also have fireplaces, private balconies and bay windows.
Technically located within the Burns Park neighborhood, Ives Woods is a desirable upscale community with stately homes. This small enclave features quiet tree-lined streets with large estate properties ranging in style, including Tudor, contemporary, colonial, Cape Cod and ranch. Residents of Ives Woods are not far from Burns Park and the neighboring Burns Park Elementary, which are both within walking distance.
OLD FOURTH WARD
Located directly north of Main Street Ann Arbor adjacent to Kerrytown, Old Fourth Ward is a desirable historic neighborhood in the heart of activity. Considered one of the first residential areas in the city, Old Fourth Ward is home to a number of historic homes, buildings and churches. The neighborhood is especially popular amongst University of Michigan students and faculty due to its proximity to campus and downtown. Lined with a variety of homes both old and new, the streets of Old Fourth Ward are shaded under a mature canopy of trees.
TOWER PLAZA CONDOS
Tower Plaza Condominium is a 26-floor building with individually owned condominiums. Measuring at 267 feet, Tower Plaza is the tallest building in Ann Arbor. The complex is popular amongst students and their investment-minded parents for its central location near campus and potential for a return on investment. Tower Plaza units range in size, from 383-square-foot studios to 694-square-foot one-bedroom condos. Amenities include 24-hour security and concierge service, full-service laundry service, and a full-time maintenance and cleaning staff.