Posted by Gabby Purpura in Detroit, Home Building Industry

Updated June 2024

Whether you’re relocating to the great state of Michigan or you are looking at new homes in one of the Detroit or Ann Arbor suburbs, there are plenty of wonderful places to live, experiences to add to your bucket list, and beloved local characteristics within each neighborhood.

We collected a few of our favorite highlights and the best places to live in Michigan. Learn why M/I Homes chooses these Metro Detroit suburbs for our new home communities.

About Metro Detroit

What Does Metro Detroit Cover?

Metro Detroit spans everything from Saline to Washington, Michigan.

View a map of the Detroit area to see the various suburbs we build in and their proximity to Downtown Detroit.

Downtown Detroit

Is There a Strong Real Estate Market in Michigan?

Like many other cities since 2020, Detroit and its surrounding suburbs have enjoyed a strong housing market.

A common misconception is that there are only places to rent in the Metro Detroit suburbs—not so! There are plenty of affordable homes for sale and financial options to buy instead of rent. Learn about the benefits of buying vs. renting.

What Are the Best Places to Live in Michigan?

M/I Homes hand-picks our locations to ensure we're building in the best suburbs outside of Detroit and Ann Arbor:

New Home Community in Northville, MI

Strong school districts, safe neighborhoods, a centrally located address, and affordable homes with enough space for everyone are all important considerations for families when choosing which area to call home.

School Districts such as Northville, Brighton, South Lyon, Plymouth, Canton, and others are highly esteemed for a number of factors, including graduation rates, diversity, advanced courses, and college preparation.

What Is Michigan Known For?

This Michigan hub spanning several cities is known for its industry giants such as Ford Motor Company, its wonderful college opportunities such as University of Michigan, its stunning outdoor recreation, and so much more.

College Students Walking to Class

Detroit itself is most commonly known for being the birthplace of the modern automobile, being the location where the Motown sound was created, and its professional sports.

Things to Do in Michigan

Savvy homebuyers know that the adage “location, location, location” doesn’t merely apply to a home’s address, but also to the opportunities for careers, adventure, and enriched lifestyle surrounding the home!

If you’re considering moving to the Metro Detroit area you’ll be pleased to hear about the seemingly endless list of things to do for any interest, and you’ll quickly discover how much there is to learn about this Michigan city and its monumental development over the years.

Detroit Culture

Immerse yourself in history, culture, and arts at the various museums and historic monuments located throughout Detroit. Visit Detroit even has a 3-day art tour weekend itinerary to follow for the best experience!

Michigan’s Great Outdoors

You’ve heard the slogan “Pure Michigan,” but you may not truly grasp what all you’re in for until you embrace Michigan’s outdoor jewels: from fishing to dog sledding to stargazing and so much more.


Before you write off this midwestern state as a place to escape from during winters, learn about winter sports, winter events, and all the ways to take in nature even during the cold and snowy months!

Sports in Detroit

Sports fans are most assuredly already in touch with the teams in Detroit. Enjoy hockey, baseball, basketball, and football schedules with Detroit’s professional sports teams, and take advantage of the many other beloved sports found in Detroit as well.

Culinary Highlights Throughout Metro Detroit

From fine dining to easy eats and everything in between, you’ll never run out of restaurants to try in Detroit.

There are plenty of longstanding, tried-and-true spots locals will recommend, but new and exciting restaurants are popping up all the time, too.

Finally, you just can’t really experience Michigan without Detroit-style pizza!

Detroit-Style Pizza

Detroit’s Music Venues

When you’re craving live music, Detroit doesn’t disappoint there either. From classical music in grand, historic theaters to eclectic bands in smaller settings to big-name headliners in big outdoor spaces, there are so many great concert venues to check out.

Looking for a super unique spot to try? Explore Deluxx Fluxx and give yourself a visual and musical experience like you’ve never had before!

Making the Move to Michigan

Choosing the right hometown for you is a huge deal, and we’re here to make the move as easy as possible on you.

In addition to choosing the best possible locations, our Detroit homes provide peace of mind simply not found elsewhere, with our construction quality, 10-Year Transferable Structural Warranty, modern home designs, and so much more. Learn more about M/I Homes difference.

New Home Community in Clarkston, MI

Contact me for more information about opportunities to live in the perfect new home for you in Michigan’s best places to live!


Gabby Purpura
Gabby Purpura


Internet Sales Manager for M/I Homes – Detroit, plays an integral role in supporting customers through their home buying journey. Her passion for home design and her experience as a sales associate helps her create personal relationships with every customer to help them build and buy their forever home with M/I Homes.

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