Brighton/Howell Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Bookended by quaint downtown Brighton and downtown Howell, this community offers easy access to Ann Arbor and the I-96 corridor. The Brighton/Howell area is home to some of the region's fastest-growing newer residential areas, alongside stable 1970s-era subdivisions. Homes are available at an array of price points competitive with nearby Ann Arbor and western Oakland County. The town is served by two highly-ranked school districts, Howell Community Schools and Brighton Area Schools. An array of private and parochial options also serve the community.

The communities were settled in the early 1830s and include several reminders of that history, such as the Lyon School Building built in 1885. The Brighton Area Historical Society offers resources to those interested in learning about the community's history, while the Howell Area Historical Society offers regular tours of the 1886 Ann Arbor Railway Station, which handled both freight and passengers between Toledo, Ohio and Frankfort, Michigan until 1951.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

A range of middle-class and affluent, professionals, families and older residents. Nature lovers and rural enthusiasts.


A range of home prices and styles, high-growth area, price-points competitive with similar homes in neighboring communities.


Rural-to-suburban, relaxed, plenty of history, connected to nature, country feel, rustic and casual.

You'll Love

The architecture, easy access to lakes, parks, forest and walking trails. Nearby freeways connect this area to more shopping and conveniences.

Perfect For

The history, the rural countryside, good schools, casual pubs and eateries, easy access to Ann Arbor.

Around the Area

Downtown Brighton offers a quaint, historic shopping and dining experience including boutiques, art galleries, a coffee shop, a brewery, several restaurants and a weekly farmers' market during the summer. A series of 19 permanent sculptures add interest to the downtown. An annual summer fIne art and acoustic music festival is one of many events sponsored by the Brighton Downtown Development Authority.

Downtown Howell features historic architecture including Italianate and Victorian facades and Gothic churches. The town's shining architectural star is the Richardsonian Romanesque Courthouse. Attractions include the rehabilitated historic Howell Theater, built in 1929; the Howell Bowl-E-Drome, a family-owned and operated bowling alley that has been in continuous operation since 1946; and the Howell Opera House, a three-story Victorian structure. The Opera House underwent a 2006 restoration of the first floor by the Livingston Arts Council, and limited productions are ongoing. The town also features several pubs and a brewery.

Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will love skiing at nearby Mt. Brighton Ski Area and hiking, biking and paddling at Brighton Recreation Area, Island Lake Recreation Area and Huron Meadows Metropark.



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