Fort Gratiot Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

There is no fort in Fort Gratiot. The military garrison that protected the Port Huron area and the St. Clair River from the British during the war of 1812 was in the village of Fort Gratiot. The village, in the area of the Blue Water Bridge, was absorbed by what is now the city of Port Huron.

The township doesn’t have a fort, but it does have the stores and malls that make it the retail heart of the Blue Water Area. Fort Gratiot is where St. Clair and Sanilac counties go to shop. Birchwood Mall, anchored by Target, Macy’s, JC Penney and Carson’s, started the boom when it opened in 1991. Big-name retailers from Gander Mountain to Best Buy followed, making Fort Gratiot’s M-25 commercial strip the liveliest place in the region. Everyone’s favorite national restaurants moved in, joining landmark locally owned eateries for a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

The quiet neighborhoods are great places to raise children, which may be why Fort Gratiot has above average numbers of families with children.

Market

Away from the retail corridor, 55 percent of the land is Fort Gratiot is occupied by single-family detached homes. Many are in larger subdivisions like the quaintly gas-lit Old Farm neighborhood off North River Road and newer Shorewood Forest subdivision that has won awards for protecting the unique ecosystems near Lake Huron as well as smaller neighborhoods throughout the township.

Lifestyle

When they’re not working, Fort Gratiot residents like to play. Fort Gratiot is home to a lakefront county park perfect for picnicking and swimming, as well as the beaches at Lakeport State Park.

You'll Love

Beyond offering shoppers and diners plenty of choices, the bustling retail development helps to keep tax rates low, allowing Fort Gratiot to offer big-city amenities while levying rural township taxes on homeowners.

Perfect For

Shopping, dining out, raising a family, outdoor activities, including kayaking, swimming and fishing.

Around the Area

Away from the retail corridor, 55 percent of the land is Fort Gratiot is occupied by single-family detached homes. Many are in larger subdivisions like the quaintly gas-lit Old Farm neighborhood off North River Road and newer Shorewood Forest subdivision that has won awards for protecting the unique ecosystems near Lake Huron as well as smaller neighborhoods throughout the township. The quiet neighborhoods are great places to raise children, which may be why Fort Gratiot has above average numbers of families with children. They attend schools such as Thomas Edison Elementary School and Fort Gratiot Middle School, among the best performing in the county. Fort Gratiot also has among the largest numbers of college graduates in the area and above-average household incomes.

Job growth in the township is mainly in the retail and service sectors, followed closely by job in knowledge-based industries and in health care.

When they’re not working, Fort Gratiot residents like to play. The township has a nice collection of parks and trails — including a brand new dog park and a pond just for racing remote-control sailboats. Bordered by the Black River, residents have easy access to the Island Loop National Water Trail for kayaking and canoeing. Township citizens also have access to city of Port Huron recreation programs, parks and beaches at city-resident rates. Fort Gratiot is home to a lakefront county park perfect for picnicking and swimming, as well as the beaches at Lakeport State Park.

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