Northville Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Northville, a town of about 6,000 people, is part of both Oakland and Wayne counties. Known for its natural beauty, the town has several nicknames: Hamlet of the Hills, Switzerland of Wayne County and “the Ville.” The first settlers arrived in 1825, and Northville was officially incorporated as a city in 1955. Northville grew significantly during the Victorian era, which is evident by its numerous Queen Anne style homes. Every September, the Victorian Festival commemorates the town’s Victorian-era heritage.

Manufacturing took root in Northville during the early twentieth century when Henry Ford’s Northville Valve Plant began operations in 1919. Until 1981, the plant made valves for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury automobiles.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Middle-class and affluent, professional, families, active empty-nesters. Northville straddles Wayne and Oakland counties.


Median sale price of just over $300,000. Historic homes fetch a pretty penny near downtown; subdivisions feature homes with modern amenities and custom design.


Rural and quaint, small-town feel. Close proximity to Detroit. Lots of natural beauty. Perfect for walking, jogging and biking. Good local restaurants and casual pubs.

You'll Love

The small-town feel, rural lifestyle, charming downtown, historic Mill pond, beautiful parks, good schools, friendly vibe.

Perfect For

Raising a family, retirement, active lifestyle, supporting local businesses, nearby restaurants and pubs.

Around the Area

Key attractions include the Marquis Theater, which stages a children’s theater; and Northville Downs, which opened in 1994 as Michigan’s first harness-racing track. The historic Mill Race Village opened in 1972, and it comprises the Cady Inn, which was an Underground Railroad stop; the Yerkes House, built in Victorian style; the Hunter House, a Greek Revival design; and more. Fun events consist of Art in the Sun, a downtown summer art fair; the Northville Grub Crawl, during which participants can sample fare from local restaurants; and Fire and Ice, a January event which hosts a chili and salsa cookoff and an ice carving contest. A farmers’ market is open from May to October.

Maybury State Park provides visitors with nearly 1,000 acres of meadow and forest. The Tipping Point Theatre offers professional-quality theatrical productions to area residents, and Parmenter’s Cider Mill uses Michigan apples in an array of concoctions.

Northville Public Schools operates one highly-ranked high school, two middle schools and six elementary schools. Several private schools are also located in Northville.



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