Thursday, November 30, 2017
By Victoria  Mona
City Spotlight: West Bloomfield

West Bloomfield got its name in 1833 when Bloomfield Township was divided into two portions. Today, West Bloomfield is renowned for the number, extent, and beauty of the lakes which heavily dot its land. Home to over 24 freshwater bodies, this makes West Bloomfield the “lake township” of Oakland County.

Two centuries ago, the township was also spotted with numerous apple orchards. In fact, the plentiful apple trees located on an island in one lake led to the naming of the body of water as Orchard Lake and the aforementioned island as Apple Island. Today, guests can take a pontoon boat ride to the island for a semi-guided tour every third weekend of May.   

Due to the prestigious history, esteemed school systems, and picturesque surroundings, West Bloomfield lakefront homes typically command a much higher price than its other Oakland County counterparts. West Bloomfield is also known for its extravagant homes which are scattered along lake edges, nestled behind country clubs, and prominently featured on main roads. 

The main shopping corridor of West Bloomfield is Orchard Lake Road, which runs North-South through the township. Many high-end boutiques, shops, and fine dining can be found along this main artery. 

West Bloomfield also caters to outdoors lovers with its many parks and recreation areas. During the last decade, the township acquired and converted an old railroad corridor and converted it into a 7-mile trail that readers through West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Keego Harbor, and Sylvan Lake. The 54-acre linear park extends from Sylvan Manor Park in the east to Haggerty Road in the west.  

With beauty and amenities abound, West Bloomfield is a great community to call home. If you’re thinking of making the move to West Bloomfield, MI, don’t delay in calling West Bloomfield’s top realtors, the Harrell Team.