Downtown Detroit Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Downtown Detroit is characterized by a network of revitalizing neighborhoods covering 7.2 square miles, including Downtown, Midtown, Woodbridge, Corktown, Rivertown, Eastern Market and Lafayette Park. These areas have been on the receiving end of the lion's share of reinvestment dollars flowing into the city, and offer the urbanite a range of opportunities to set down roots and help write the next chapter of Detroit’s renaissance.

The new QLine rail will connect Downtown, Midtown and New Center along Woodward. Would-be Detroiters with kids face challenges when it comes to finding quality schools, but organizations like Excellent Schools Detroit offer support and resources to families.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Diverse, affluent, middle-class, struggling, professionals, students, artisans and more. Lovers of culture and urban life. A rapidly-changing urban area.


Competitive—quality housing options move fast. Luxury condos, historic homes, fixer-uppers and walkable communities.


Urban, easy access to art and culture, enjoying some of the region's finest dining and nightlife, major employers, world-class architecture, walking, bicycling, independent retail.

You'll Love

The city, the Detroit River, the art and culture, the history and architecture, unique stores, hot new restaurants and bars, Riverwalk, walking or biking to work and school.

Perfect For

Urban pioneers, empty nesters, people who want to be a part of recreating a great city.

Around the Area

Downtown has seen massive reinvestment in recent years, with many new residents, rehabbed mid-and-high rise apartment buildings, condos and lofts and new restaurants and offices. This is thanks in large part to investment from Dan Gilbert's Rock Ventures. Major employers include Compuware, Rock Ventures/Quicken Loans, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, General Motors and DTE Energy. Attractions include the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, The Gem and Fox theaters and Campus Martius Park. Annual events like the Detroit International Jazz Festival, Detroit International Auto Show and Detroit Marathon draw hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Midtown is the darling of Detroit's resurgence. Anchored by the city's educational, medical and cultural center, recent years have seen unprecedented reinvestment. Midtown is home to the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Michigan Science Center, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Regular events include Noel Night at Christmas time, ArtX and Dlectricity.

Historic Woodbridge is registered on the National Register of Historic Places and features leafy streets lined with Victorian homes. The neighborhood features a diverse mix of races and incomes. Local attractions include the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, the Woodbridge Pub, several parks and a community garden.

Corktown is Detroit's historic Irish neighborhood and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Restaurant development along Michigan Avenue, including Slow's BBQ, Sugar House cocktail bar, Gold Cash Gold restaurant, Astro Coffee and Mercury Burger Bar have led to a resurgence in the area. New and historic single family homes fill Corktown, and events include Detroit’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and the annual Tour de Troit bike ride, which launches in Roosevelt park near the Michigan Central Station.

Rivertown is a developing strip of land between Jefferson Avenue and the Detroit River on the near east side of downtown to Belle Isle. The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has led redevelopment of the riverfront featuring pathways, public spaces with bike rentals, a carousel and ecological restoration. Housing options range from affordable to luxury high- and mid-rise apartments and condominiums.

Eastern Market dates back to 1891 and has continuously provided produce and meat from farmers and producers in Michigan, Ohio and Ontario. The organization is undertaking an ambitious redevelopment plan for the area that will work to modernize processing facilities and develop moderate and high-end housing,  while preserving the authenticity and grit of a working food district.

Lafayette Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was constructed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Designed by famous architect Mies van der Rohe and landscape architect Alfred Caldwell, the unique district features glass-and-steel modernist condominiums surrounded by lush greenery.



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