Rochester Hills and Rochester are very popular for home buyers. Not only have the cities won awards for lifestyle living and schools, but they really do have a lot to offer.
If you are someone who would like to live in the downtown Rochester area, you will search for homes in 48307 and need to know that area is so popular, you may be paying $150-$250 per square foot to live there. Older homes as well as new builds can be found as the town is very slowly revitalizing. You can walk to the many restaurants, bars and retail shopping in a 5-20 minute walk for most of these homes.
The Paint Creek biking/walking trail passes through town across Rochester Rd/Main St. under the bridge just south of Romeo, north of University/Walton roads. You can find all types and sizes of homes along this trail.
Homes around The Village of Rochester Hills outdoor mall (Walton/Adams roads) and Oakland University generally run $250k – $450k depending on which sub you visit. There are also condominiums within 2 miles of the mall. The Village boasts upscale restaurants and retail with plenty of activities throughout the year.
Since the recovery, builders have been offering new homes all over the Rochester Hills/Oakland Township area ranging from $350k – $3M. Moceri, Bloomingdale, Pulte and Lombardo are some of the builders who are investing here.
If you would like to live near the large strip mall at the M-59 Expressway and Rochester Road, you will find a huge assortment of home prices as well as condos and apartments. There are car dealerships, restaurants, the courthouse, medical offices and grocery stores all within one square mile.
There are several communities with play parks, swimming pools, and tennis courts, so ask a Rochester Realtor for a list of active home sales. These range from $325k-$550k and usually have several homes on the market during the spring and summer. Be prepared to pay higher association fees to fund these amenities.
There are many golf communities in the Rochester area where you will find apartments, condos or single family homes. Some golf courses to search are Brookwood (south side of Tienken, east of Brewster) Pine Trace (north of South Blvd, east of Adams), Katke-Cousins (Oakland University), R&S Sharf (Adams, south of Butler Rd), Hampton (Barclay Circle, Rochester Rd), Westwynd (Adams, Gunn in Oak Twp), Blackheath (Rochester Rd north of downtown), Myth (Stoney Creek Rd, Oak Twp) and Stony Creek Metropark.
Large property lots, over 1 acre, are difficult to find in the city proper. However, Oakland Township is a newer residential area where just 20 years ago it was farmland. You may be able to find homes or property over one acre.
Rochester has schools of choice, but to get busing to a particular school, you will need to be in that school’s busing zone. Oakland Township also has Rochester schools. Rochester Hills has an additional school system called Avondale. To search for homes for a specific Rochester school, you can use the following attendance boundary maps online: https://www.rochester.k12.mi.us/pages/5055/attendance-maps
If you are looking for a “deal” here, you will be disappointed because properties are at premium prices. If you are looking to rent a home instead of buy, you can expect to pay about $1 per square foot and up.
Ruth Berklich is a Rochester Realtor with Keller Williams and can be reached at (248) 515-0703 or (248) 609-8000