If you have a relocation to Livonia Michigan then I can tell you first hand that you will love it. I myself lived there 23 years and absolutely enjoyed it. It is a very safe community and have good schools. Over all the years I never witnessed or heard of on going major crimes. Like all cities you have the random crime now and then. A robbery here or a domestic dispute that once every five years or so may be a murder. Over the 23 years I lived there I had a car broken into once and my house egged on Devil’s night. Never heard of any major crimes or anything in the neighborhood either. So if you are looking for a community that you can walk around in at night without fear of being mugged, or letting your children outside without fear of gunshots the City of Livonia is a great place to live.
What is really nice about moving to Livonia is the centralized location in Metro Detroit. It is almost centrally located. It is a half an hour to Downtown Detroit or half an hour to Ann Arbor via I-96 or M-14. You can catch a play at the Fisher Theatre or a ball game at Comerica Park and be back home in no time. Whether you are going downriver and work at Ford Motor Company you can go I-96 to Southfield Rd and be there in under 20 minutes if traffic is normal. Metro Detroit has a great highway system and road grid that you can get almost anywhere even if the main route is closed down. We do not have the traffic like LA, NY, Chicago, or Atlanta. Our travel times to and from work are much shorter simply because we do not have the grid lock. Livonia is a fairly large city that has a major road grid on the mile. So every mile there is a major road that runs north – south or east – west. I-275 and I-96 expressways cut through the city too.
Livonia all about location, location. You are just a few minutes from Northville and Plymouth’s ole time downtowns. You can get to several major malls in under 20 minutes if you love shopping. 12 Oaks Mall in Novi is one of the area’s premier shopping areas, but Livonia has it’s own Laurel Park Place Mall. Also nearby is Fairlane Town Center, Westland Mall, or Briarwood Mall. You will find a drug store on just about every corner. Livonia has many shopping areas with many of the major national chain stores in the city. You will find Home Depot, Sears, Walmart and many more throughout the city. The city is not lacking for any specific type of store. It is the same way with banks, dentists, doctors, and chiropractors.
One the western edge of Livonia you will find what I call restaurant row. Between 5 Mile and 9 Mile Rd you will probably find over 40 restaurants of all tastes from Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Irish, fancy steak houses and more. Some are mom and pop restaurants in the city others are national chains. You will find great bakeries, plenty of grocery stories that cater to many different ethnic groups (large and small). As far as I am concerned you can find anything within a short drive of the city.
I would call Livonia a well laid out city. The industrial/commercial part of the city lies along I-96 and I-275. Most of the homes are what I call average homes. Yes there is a good portion of the city that is 3 bedroom, 1+ bathroom, basement, 2 car garages, brick ranches great for starting off in life or for retirees that want no stairs. Much of the city was built from the 1950’s to 1990’s. There are many colonials, ranches, and split level homes with some bungalows and contemporary homes. There may be a few large homes but most of them range in the 1000 to 2500 square foot range. There are no lakes or lake homes in Livonia.
If you are looking for a safe community, with good schools in a central location then Livonia may be the place for you. I have been a Michigan relocation agent for over 16 years now. I know our local areas well and can help you find the home and community that fits you and your families wants and needs. My job is to make your move easier. Feel free to give me a call or email me. My cell is (248) 310-6239 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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