Berkley Michigan Planning For The Future!

Berkley is already a dynamic city and its planning commission is taking steps to make its future even brighter by creating and implementing a plan to make its downtown area more attractive and vibrant. A  downtown has an impact on property values throughout a city, not just the downtown. Over time it is reasonable to expect home property values will hold and increase due to the proposed changes to the city’s zoning requirements.

Berkley is a city in southern Oakland county adjacent to Royal Oak to the east and north and Huntington Woods to the south.  It is bounded by Eleven Mile Road on the south, Woodward Ave. on the east, Greenfield Road on the west and Webster Road on the north. Per Wikipedia “Berkley, as of the 2010 census, the total population was 14,970.”

The median household income of a family in Berkey, Michigan is $70,625, whereas the average for the U.S. is $53,482. The current unemployment rate in Berkley is 3.3%.

A vibrant downtown has a positive impact on housing values throughout the city and is a major reason the planning commission is stepping up to keep downtown Berkley a destination location to shop and entertain.  This is why the city is proposing a Design Overlay District ordinance.

Per the ordinance, “this Article provides for a Design Overlay District that is intended to permit the proper regulation of Zoning Districts by adding special considerations in addition to those of the base Zoning Districts that fall within the boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority.”

“The Downtown Design Overlay District is being established to enhance the quality and compatibility of development, to establish consistent architectural and design guidelines, and to encourage the most appropriate use of land as detailed in the Downtown Berkley Design Guidelines. The District is deemed necessary to enhance the aesthetic and visual character of lands adjacent to the two main
commercial corridors in Downtown Berkley.”

Realtor Paul Banicki covers the housing market in the community of Berkley and surrounding communities including Royal Oa and also is actively involved in promoting the sport of lacrosse in the community. He has run boys and girls middle school lacrosse clinics through Berkley’s Parks and Rec and is starting a boys middle school travel lacrosse program in the community. If you know of someone who would love to learn the “fastest sport on two feet” get in touch with Paul and if you just happen to be interested in buying or selling a home, that is also fine. 

Per U.S. News Berkley High school was the 52nd best high school in Michigan and 1,520 in National Rankings .  Given the number of schools it is ranked against both, are certainly above average.  Here is a link that provides some quick facts about the school district with a few highlighted below.

96% BHS Graduation Rate 7 years in a row named Best Community for Music Education 92% of People would recommend Berkley School District (2018 Survey Data)
Only high school in Michigan to offer Calculus III & Syracuse University Freshman Writing Class 72% of 8th/7th graders taking at least 1 high school course (on average) 14.5% Juniors & Seniors attending Oakland Schools Technical Campus

If you seek a beautiful community, you found it.

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