Won’t You be my Neighbor?

. September 6, 2016.

Ann Arbor has layers: family neighborhoods, thriving downtown and restaurant scenes, superb liveability, and many interesting cultural opportunities. The vibrant neighborhoods of Ann Arbor all offer different features. Below we have put together a brief list of Ann Arbor neighborhoods arranged in alpha order by elementary school district to introduce you.


A quiet, more affordable family-friendly neighborhood  in northwest Ann Arbor. It includes Hollywood park and is adjacent both an ALDI grocery store and the high-end Plum Market.


This is a quiet neighborhood in southeast Ann Arbor located behind Cobblestone Farm. A big plus to this location is how close it is to Buhr park with its zero-entry tot pool as well as an ice skating rink.


This neighborhood is a mix of fraternity houses and increasinly luxurious single family homes. It is adjacent to the beautiful Nichols Arboretum.


Typically referred to as the Old West Side this neighborhood northwest of downtown and includes beautiful character homes. It includes family homes, smaller apartment complexes, and student rentals as well as West Park’s beautiful grounds.


This neighborhood takes its name from the two elementary schools joined together to serve the two neighborhoods in the south of Ann Arbor. Bryant offers some of the city’s least expensive housing options and Pattengill is composed of a mix of homes and apartment complex options off Packard.

Burns Park

Considered by many one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Ann Arbor, it abuts University of Michigan (UM) campus and downtown. It features a beautiful park and historic school.


Located in northeast Pittsfield Township this neighborhood features a rural-feel and lovely, affordable homes.


West side family neighborhood with Dicken Woods, a nature area behind the elementary school. This neighborhood also features several other small parks such as Mushroom Park with its tree-shaded playground.


Located northeast of downtown, the Eberwhite neighborhood mainly features beautiful homes built in the mid-1900s. The Eberwhite woods are a preserved nature area with lovely trails located adjacent to the elementary school.


This is a friendly neighborhood of ranches and small homes located close to Veterans Memorial Park, the new skatepark, and other nature areas. It also includes newer developments in Scio Township.


King is known for its ethnic diversity and treelined side streets in northeast Ann Arbor. It also includes many major apartment and condominium complexes.


Lakewood takes its name from the woods surrounding First and Second Sister Lakes in Dolph Park. The neighborhood stretches along the northwest side of Ann Arbor up to Zeeb road where it includes several newer subdivisions in Scio Township.


This neighborhood is south of Scio Church Road and includes a lovely variety of split-level and colonial homes and even some more rural properties in Lodi Township. Several of the subdivisions include small parks for play.


Located in the city’s northeast and features a very ethnically diverse neighborhood. Due to its close proximity to University of Michigan’s North Campus it features many student families.


This is a great, affordable neighborhood in the southern part of the city that includes the Colonial Square Cooperative. The beautiful Scarlett-Mitchell Nature Area is located here and features pond-side hiking.


Some of the city’s oldest homes, including one that was used in the Underground Railroad, lie in this eclectic neighborhood in north Ann Arbor. You will find families enjoying the lovely boardwalk trail along Argo Pond.


Pittsfield Village Condominiums are the major feature of this neighborhood along with several older, affordable subdivisions along Carpenter Road.


Thurston takes in the area north of UM North Campus and includes the historic hamlet of Dixboro. The neighborhood also features the convenience of being located near the shops at both Traver Village and Plymouth Road Mall.


This vibrant area includes the neighborhoods more commonly called Sunset and Water Hill. Beautiful, established homes enjoy easy access to the Bird Hills Nature Area and other parks. It even features the neighborhood sponsored annual Water Hill Music Festival each spring.

Get to know your neighbors

Of course the most important part of a neighborhood is the people that live there. Because of the high turnover rate due to the nature of University programs it can be easy to skip connecting with your neighbors while living in Ann Arbor, but don’t! In addition to the good old-fashioned ways of getting to know the neighbors, another great way to connect with your neighbors is the Nextdoor website or email listservs that neighborhoods have set up. Many of the neighborhoods in Ann Arbor have a vibrant community that extends online where there are forums to discuss topics like resolving a rogue skunk issue, curb alerts for free items, or recent crime warnings. For however long you are in Ann Arbor, we are happy you came and are staying!