Milford Homes & Real Estate Milford real estate continues to grow in popularity and is considered a desirable community in which to live. The area has managed to keep its small town charm and friendliness, but at the same time has emerged as an upcoming suburban area to Detroit. Milford Real Estate Market The Milford real estate market continues to grow in popularity and is considered a desirable community in which to live. The area has managed to keep its small town charm and friendliness, but at the same time has emerged as an upcoming suburban area to Detroit. Within the diverse range of real estate in Milford includes the increasingly elusive homes with acreage. Many homeowners seek Milford, for an opportunity to house a horse or two. The minimum land requirement is 1 � acres to have a horse here. Milford downtown homes display original Victorian style architecture. The tree-shaded streets are picturesque and the community contains many century old homes, especially along Liberty Street and Commerce Road. This town is known for celebrating winter with the display by local merchants of unique ice sculptures outside the shops along Main Street. Milford is a community that takes pride in its heritage and history. A walk through the beautiful downtown area, located within the Village limits is an enjoyable experience as you browse the quaint shops and restaurants. Milford is located within close proximity to three major highways, I-96, M-59, and US-23 making easy access to surrounding communities and work. The Township of Milford is located eighteen miles west of Pontiac and thirty miles north east of Ann Arbor. Milford Township is home to 15,915 residents and is noted for its peace and tranquility and country atmosphere. Milford Village is 2.5 square miles nestled in southwest Oakland County and carries a population of approximately 6,300 people. The Village still serves as the central business district for approximately 25,000 people in the surrounding areas. The thriving downtown district draws visitors from communities such as Ann Arbor and Dearborn, while retaining its small-town charm. Milford Historical Facts The first settlers were the families of Elizur and Stanley Ruggles. The Ruggles came to the Michigan Territory in 1831 and looked for a mill site. They traveled through the wilderness of lower Michigan in their hunt for a site with adequate water power to operate a mill. Their selection was a spot in Milford where the Huron River and Pettibone Creek intersect. By this time it was close to winter and they decided to go back to New York and wait out the winter. The following spring they came back with their families to Milford and acquired their home and mill sites. There is a spot near where the Ruggles established their houses and mills where pedestrians could ford the river easily. Thus it was that this combination of words-mill and ford-gave the township its name. The location was slightly downstream where there was a gorgeous valley where bear, deer, wild turkey, berries and lots of fish were found. Later this locatioin was rated as having the finest water power potential in the state. In 1869, the settlers of Milford decided to incorporate the village of Milford out of the township territory. Two square miles in the township thus became the incorporated village of Milford. In the early years of Milford the method of announcing a fire and sounding the alarm was by ringing the bell at the Baptist Church. The council voted and paid one dollar to the first person to ring a fire alarm provided that person continued to ring the bell for at least 15 minutes. The Baptist Church's bell was also used to announce deaths and the hour of the day. Three strokes signified the death of a man; six strokes signified a woman's death. Milford Schools Milford is part of the Huron Valley School District with three elementary schools and one middle school located within the Village. Milford Amenities The Village of Milford boasts six parks within its boundaries with numerous amenities. Central Park, located on the banks of the Huron River, is a favorite with the children and teens who enjoy the playscape, basketball courts, tennis court, volleyball court, and ice rink. Fairgrounds Park is adjacent to the Senior Center for easy access to a picnic area and shuffleboard courts. Milford's Hubbell Pond Park is the site of the new YMCA and Library, with plans on the drawing board for a fishing pier, canoe launch, and trail system.