If you have never been to Novi Michigan you may be wondering what the city is like. As a local realtor let me explain what the community is like. It is a great community located in the southwestern part of Oakland County. If you are considering the city and have to drive downtown Detroit. It is between 29 and 40 minutes to drive downtown and about a 40 minute drive to the airport. Some Metro Detroit home buyers live in Novi when one person in the family works in Ann Arbor or Lansing and the other works in Troy, Auburn Hills, or on the east side. It is a good halfway point.
Novi is a great community with excellent schools. Some home buyers will pick the city just because of the schools. As you know if you buy in a community with low crime and good schools it is likely that the home values will continue to go up. Simply because people want their children in good schools. It is the same way with corporate rentals. International corporations tend to put their employees in communities with good schools and low crime. Many of the overseas auto supply corporations that send employees to America chose Novi as one of the cities that have employees rent in. If that is not a recommendation I do not know what is. They choose Novi because of it’s location, good schools, and low crime.
Novi homes and Novi Condos
Let’s talk about homes in Novi. You are not going to find a lot of bungalows in Novi. The main two home styles are going to be ranches and colonials. Of course there are tri-levels, cape cods, quad-levels, contemporary homes, and bi-levels. If you did not know Novi is a desirable community for buyers of all ages. You will find starter ranches in the east side of Novi. Some of the ranches have no basements and are on slabs. You will also find smaller colonials in the 1500 square foot range. Novi home prices even in the low end are in the high $200,000. Very close to $300,000 in 2021. Then as you head west in the city you will find bigger and bigger homes. Some are well over a million dollars. Some in the multi million dollar range. There are even a few gated subdivisions. Novi is not a community where you are going to find low priced homes.
There are many different styles of Novi condominiums. There are apartment complexes that have been converted over to condos. There are detached condos, and there are newer condominiums of all sizes. There are even brownstone looking condominiums. The prices and monthly association fees vary widely.
Is Novi safe
Novi is a very safe city. Novi has a great police force and fire department that works hard to protect the citizens and their property. In 2019 they had 70 police officers according to one website. In 2018 Novi Michigan was named the 18th safest city in Michigan according to safewise.
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.54
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.12
Total crime: 4.84% violent, 95.16% property
According to another website Novi is 62% safer than other US cities. With a crime rate for both violent and property crime combined of 9 per 1,000 residents, the crime rate in Novi is one of the lower rates in America among communities of all sizes. A person’s chance of becoming a victim of crime in Novi is one in 106. I know that sounds high but that includes all sorts of small crimes including vandalism and even car breakins. Yes Novi is a safe community for you and your family to buy a home or condo in.
So if you asked me if I would buy a home in Novi I would say absolutely yes without any hesitation. It is a nice community whether you have a family, or you are a retiree, or a single person.
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If you are looking to sell or buy a home in Novi give me a call 248-310-6239. I am one of Novi’s top realtors. A 21 year experienced full time agent that is a strong negotiator. I will make your move easier.