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Whether buying or selling a home in West Bloomfield Michigan, the beauty of rolling hills and prestigious homes are certainly impressive. With much to offer, it is no wonder that West Bloomfield was ranked #37 in Money Magazine’s Top 100 Best Places to Live for 2012! West Bloomfield was founded in 1833 when Bloomfield Township was divided in two ~ the western portion became West Bloomfield Township. Originally, primarily a farming community, West Bloomfield’s population grew rapidly beginning in the 1960’s through the early 2000’s, with many of the residents moving northwest from the Detroit suburbs of Oak Park and Southfield. Today, the population of West Bloomfield is just under 67,000. It is known to have a very diverse population, with a variety of ethnic groups. 

The West Bloomfield landscape is dotted with many lakes, gorgeous mature trees, hills, and ravines. Sometimes it’s referred to as the “lake township of Oakland County”. Impressive, stately homes line the winding streets. West Bloomfield has no designated downtown but the main artery of West Bloomfield’s economy is Orchard Lake Road, which runs north and south through the heart of the township. On either side is major shopping, many diverse restaurants, and an abundance of small malls, boutique shops, and business offices.

Offered to West Bloomfield residents is a 426-acre park system with more 250 programs and outdoor recreational activities throughout the year. You can enjoy the West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve. This 162-acre site was the first in Michigan to receive recognition as an Urban Wildlife Sanctuary from the National Institute for Urban Wildlife. Perhaps your passion is playing golf. Buy a West Bloomfield home right off the Knollwood Country Club and walk to your next tee off!

If you are thinking of buying a West Bloomfield home on one of the many lakes, you certainly will find private lakes and all sports lakes to accommodate your love of water and boating. There is also the West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center for the swimmers in your family.

Information on West Bloomfield

West Bloomfield Township information:
4550 Walnut Lake Rd. |  West Bloomfield, MI 48323 | Phone: 248-451-4800 |
Township Website

Where is West Bloomfield?

West Bloomfield is technically a Township within Oakland County in Southeast Michigan. This highly populated area surrounding Detroit and Ann Arbor is about two hours from Lake Erie and about an hour and a half to Lake Huron. West Bloomfield covers a land area of 31.16 square miles. The township borders Farmington Hills, Commerce Township, Waterford Township, Bloomfield Township, Orchard Lake Village, Keego Harbor, and Sylvan Lake. Nestled within West Bloomfield Township are dozens of beautiful lakes, small ponds, creeks, and rivers. Many homes and estates within the West Bloomfield area are located along the waterfront of some of the more popular lakes such as Orchard Lake, Pine Lake, Walnut Lake, Cass Lake, Upper Straits Lake, and Middle Straits Lake.

Ann Arbor is less than an hour from West Bloomfield and Detroit is about 40 min. Farmington Hills is the closest largest town at the intersection of Interstate 275 and I-96. Although close to some of the larger communities and cities within Michigan, West Bloomfield is set apart in a quieter and more tight-knit community. Many of the homes and neighborhoods are set on large acreages with gorgeous estates and country cottages.

West Bloomfield is considered a Charter Township which is a form of organized government within the state of Michigan. The term charter is defined as a Township granted a charter allowing it certain rights and responsibilities. Currently, there’s 131 Charter Township’s within the state of Michigan and should a Township prefer to incorporate themselves, so long as they have 2000 residents or more, they may apply for Municipal Corporation. 

Beautiful rolling hills, lush landscape, and crystal blue waters of the lakes give West Bloomfield a unique design and style that draws residents and tourists here annually. More people every day are moving to the West Bloomfield area and with the abundance of country clubs, golf courses, trails and biking options, no wonder that so many have chosen to make West Bloomfield their home.

The West Bloomfield area is perfect for the outdoorsy type as well as those that love the view and the atmosphere surrounding the rolling Hills and lush green valleys. If you’re looking to make this area your permanent home or maybe looking for a second home in the West Bloomfield Township area, please contact me anytime or start your online search here first. I know the real estate market and have the experience and service to help you with all your real estate needs. I  enjoy living here, playing here, working here, and would love finding a new home for you and your family.

Popular West Bloomfield Neighborhoods

Birchwood Park

This collection of 188 homes feature comfortably sized properties, 3 to 4-bedroom layouts with 2+ bathrooms and all have full basements. Read More…

Bloomfield Pines

This community has been noted as one of the best places to live in the state. This high-end subdivision offers luxury and custom homes built between the 1996 and 2009. Read More…

Chelsea Park

Chelsea Park is a large subdivision split into two smaller subdivisions of The Hills of Chelsea Park and The Glenns of Chelsea Park. Read More…

Franklin Valley

This collection of 227 homes was built out in eight different phases between 1958 and 1964. The subdivision features both one and two-story homes and some have daylight basements. Read More…

Franklin Corners

This collection of 121 homes were primarily built in the mid-1960’s. These homes are consists of ranches, colonials, and tri-levels. Read More…

Greenpointe Condos

They consist of two separate phases built in 1987 and 1988 with a total of 438 units. With both colonial and ranch designs and a peacefully wooded complex, Read More…

Kimberly North

Kimberley North is a subdivision consisting of 257 homes built in the early 1960s, located north of West 14 Mile Road and east of Orchard Lake Road, Read More…

Lagoons of West Bloomfield

The Lagoons of West Bloomfield is a detached condominium community featuring 109 condos just off Halsted and Pontiac Trail Read More…

Long Lake Estates

The majority of these homes were built between the late 1970s and late 1980s and sit on about a third to half of an acre. Home sizes range between 2200 ft.² and 5000 ft.² Read More…

Maple Creek

This collection of 271 homes offers a wide range of designs and layouts from 4 to 7 bedrooms and 2 1/2 to 6 bathrooms, some with full walkout basements and brick or a combination of brick and wood exteriors. Read More…

Maplewoods North

Homes in this community are roughly 2700 to 4400 ft.² featuring four or five bedrooms, 2 1/2 or more bathrooms, and either two or three-car garages. Read More…

Mission Springs on Darb Lake

This collection of about 60 homes sit on private cul-de-sac streets with the main entrance off Willow Road and access points from Hidden Lake Drive and Birch Lane. Read More…

Moon Lake Condos

These condominiums were built in 1973 and feature an attached garage, two-story layout, and two or three-bedroom floor plans, two to three bathrooms, and all are around 1500 ft.². Read More…

North Potomac Green

Construction of the homes started in 1968 and was completed in early 1974, and features predominately two-story designs, with colonial and tutor architecture. Read More…

Pebble Creek Condos

Pebble Creek I features 205 units; Pebble Creek II features 138 units; Pebble Creek III features 125 units. There are three different associations with each phase that manages the dues and homeowners within each community. Read More…

Pine Lake Estates

 Most of the homes were built between 1960 and 1969. The community stretches across Long Lake Road with about 30 homes north of the road boarding Pine Lake. Read More…

Potomac Green

This subdivision consists of 190 homes built in the mid-to-late 1960s. The majority of the homes are 2-story with Colonial design, 2 car attached garages. Read More…

Simsbury Condos

This collection of 173 condominiums features a gated entrance and is located in the heart of West Bloomfield. Read More…

Stonebridge

This elegant subdivision between Farmington Rd and Drake Rd., features large brick homes with 4-5 bedrooms and 2+ bathrooms. Read More…

Wyndham Pointe

This collection of 188 homes sits east of the subdivisions of Maple Place Villas and Walnut Creek Estates. Read More…

School Districts Serving West Bloomfield

The primary school district serving the township is the West Bloomfield School District. There are a total of seven school districts which serve various portions of West Bloomfield:

West Bloomfield School District
5810 Commerce Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48324
Phone (248) 865-6420
West Bloomfield Boundary Map
Farmington Public Schools
32500 Shiawassee Road
Farmington, MI 48336
Phone (248) 489-3356
Farmington Hills SD Boundary Map
Walled Lake Consolidated School District
850 Ladd Rd. Bldg D
Walled Lake, MI 48390
Phone: (248) 956-2000
Walled Lake Boundary Maps
Waterford Public Schools
501 N. Cass Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
Phone (248) 682-7800
Waterford/West Bloomfield Street boundaries
Pontiac School District
47200 Woodward Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48342
Phone (248) 451-6800
Pontiac School Boundaries
Bloomfield Hills Schools
4175 Andover Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Phone (248) 341-5400
Google map of all Bloomfield Schools
Birmingham Public Schools 
550 West Merrill Street
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone (248) 203-3000
Birmingham District Map 

 

 

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West Bloomfield Golf

Shenandoah Country ClubDesigned by Jerry Matthews this course has rolling terrain and is a highlight for Michigan golfers. 
5600 Walnut Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48323 – (248) 683-6363

Bay Pointe Golf Club Built in 1966, this public course offers a beautiful 18 hole course that is over 6000 yards.
4001 Haggerty Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48323 – (248) 360-0600

Tam O’Shanter Country ClubPremier Club 7,000 yards and a par 72. Home to some of the best tournaments in Michigan.
5051 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48323 – (248) 855-1900

Knollwood Country Club 18-hole course open to all players
5050 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield, Michigan 48322
Oakland County – (248) 855-1800

Twin Beach Country ClubEstablished in 1930, this course is home to the unique 9 holes made into 18 holes through a “second set of tees and 3 double greens.” 
7625 Glascott Rd
West Bloomfield, Michigan 48323
Oakland County – (248) 363-3335

Major Lakes in West Bloomfield

Bloomfield Lake 5.6 acres
Brookfield Lake 4 to 5 acres
Cass Lake 1,280 acres, 123 ft. max. depth
largest lake in Oakland CountyCross Lake 7.3 acres
Darb Lake 16.5 acres
Flanders Lake 9.6 acres
Fox Lake 6.2 acres
Green Lake 166 acres, 65 ft. depth
Hammond Lake 85 acres
Lake Marion 6 acres
Middle Straits Lake 171 acres, 55 ft. depth
Mirror Lake 11 acres, 25 ft. depth
Moon Lake 3.7 acres
Morris Lake 15 acres
Orchard Lake 788 acres, 110ft. depth ­Public Access
Pine Lake 395 acres, 90 ft. depth
Pleasant Lake 41
Rockwell Lake 2.7 acres
Scotch Lake 9.3 acres
Simpson Lake 13.2 acres
Union Lake 465 acres, 102 ft. depth
Upper Straits Lake 323 acres, 96 ft. depth
Walnut Lake 232 acres, 101 ft. depth
West Bloomfield Lake 12 acres
Woodpecker Lake 16 acre

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West Bloomfield Parks

 

West Bloomfield is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream with over 15 parks and recreational facilities, dog parks, hiking trails, and exploratory centers. There’s probably something for everyone and every age. Here’s a great breakdown of our parks, what they offer, and a map to find them.

Bloomer Park – 7581 Richardson Rd. – open at 8:00 AM to dusk. The former State Park located in the west-central portion of West Bloomfield Township. It has trails in the Red Pine protected Woodland, seasonal restrooms, basketball courts, benches, fishing, a rental Pavilion, picnic areas, and playground equipment for ages 5 – 12.

Bloomfield Knolls – 1750 Henbert – open 8:00 AM to dusk. This 2-acre neighborhood park features playground equipment, basketball courts, benches and a picnic area.

Westbloomfield parksWest Bloomfield Dog Park – 5911 Halsted Rd. – open daily, year-round from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM except for Wednesdays from 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM for maintenance. 4 acres a fenced in area is divided into three sections. One is ADA accessible, one is for all dogs, and one for small bags up to 25 pounds. Registration is required by the city.

Drake Sports Park – 1601 Drake Rd. – open 8:00 AM to dusk. This large park features meeting rooms, vending machines, five tennis courts, a skate park, restrooms, paved trail system with benches, three lighted softball fields, for new pickleball courts, three soccer fields, and to ADA-compliant playgrounds for ages 2-5 and 5-12.

Keith Sports Park – 2750 Keith Rd. – open 8:00 AM to dusk. Adjacent to the Keith Elementary School, this park includes seasonal restrooms, trails, benches, two tennis courts, a rental Pavilion, picnic areas, three softball fields and a soccer or multipurpose field. The playground equipment at the Keith Elementary School may also be used.

Marshbank Park – 2805 Hiller Rd. – open 8:00 AM to dusk. This popular park is known for summer concert series, family camp outs, trick-or-treat trails, and children’s concerts. It’s one of the largest in the city and includes the Marshbank Lodge, which is a year-round shelter building, the Overlook, a seasonal restroom building with an attached porch overlooking Cass Lake, and a central maintenance facility. It features accessible playgrounds, ball fields, soccer and multipurpose fields, sand volleyball courts, several rentable shelters, sledding hills, picnic areas, trails, canoe and kayak launch, and a fishing pier. Canoes, kayaks, and boards are also available to rent from May 1 through September 30, Fridays through Sundays from 2 PM to 8 PM.

Sylvan Manor Park – 2294 Woodrow Wilson – open 8:00 AM to dusk. This neighborhood park serves as the eastern trailhead to the West Bloomfield Trail and the West trailhead for the Clinton River Trail. It includes basketball courts, a battlefield, picnic area with benches, and ADA-compliant playground equipment.

Farms

Karner Farm – 5911 Halsted Rd. – 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM closed on Wednesdays from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM for maintenance. This historic Farmstead covers 33 acres and offers community gardens, a dog park, a barn, and extensive wetlands.

Schulak Farm – 6889 West Maple Rd. – open 8:00 AM to dusk. This farm features rentable party rooms and meeting venues complete with on-site house and barn, children’s gardens and rain gardens. It makes a beautiful place for a wedding or family reunion.

Nature Preserves and Trails

West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve – 4655 Arrowhead Rd. – open 8:00 AM to dusk. Nestled just south of the Pontiac trail in the middle of West Bloomfield Township along the West Bloomfield trail is the preserve. This was the first preserve in Michigan to receive recognition as the Urban Wildlife Sanctuary from the National Institute for Urban Wildlife. It covers over 162 acres with over 100 species of birds, as well as whitetail deer, coyote, Mink, and the red fox. With large oak and hickory trees towering next to beautiful blooming dogwoods, this is one of the most peaceful places in the township. It features benches, seasonal restrooms, picnic areas, unpaved and paved trails, interpretive signs, nature programs, and wetlands with overlook.

The West Bloomfield Trail the East trailhead is located at the Sylvan Manor Park at 2294 Woodrow Wilson with the central trailhead at the West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve. This 64 acre linear park meanders for nearly 7 miles through the township, around Orchard Lake Village, Keego Harbor, and Sylvan Lake. It is often used for biking, nature walks, and cross country skiing.

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