Royal Oak Real Estate Royal Oak is known for its downtown nightlife with live music, concerts, comedy shows, outdoor restaurants, and bars. Royal Oak visitors enjoy the pedestrian-friendly atmosphere and social interaction. When the weather is nice, the downtown area is busy with foot traffic, comparable to a miniature downtown Chicago Style environment. Visitors to downtown Royal Oak spend their days strolling on Main Street, Washington Street, and other downtown streets because of the unique features. Royal Oak Real Estate Market Centrally located between the northern suburbs and downtown Detroit, the Royal Oak real estate market offers the buzz of city life plus the added benefit of conveniences typically found only in a suburban setting. You can't talk about the city of Royal Oak without mentioning downtown Royal Oak. Royal Oak is known for its nightlife with live music, concerts, comedy shows, outdoor restaurants, and bars. More than 2400 individuals and organizations have established their businesses in Royal Oak. Home to an enormous amount of restaurants in Metro-Detroit, downtown Royal Oak's menu of eateries offers laid back cafes, chic bistros, traditional breweries, and upscale dining. Name it and you will probably find it; from subs to sushi, burgers to bisque, pizza to prime rib, cakes to creme brulee downtown Royal Oak MI can satisfy the most discriminating tastes. Royal Oak real estate has seen a tremendous amount of development over the past ten years as the city's downtown has been transformed into a trendy and urban-chic shopping, restaurant, and entertainment district. Royal Oak visitors enjoy the pedestrian-friendly atmosphere and social interaction. When the weather is nice, the downtown area is busy with foot traffic, comparable to a miniature downtown Chicago Style environment. Visitors to downtown Royal Oak spend their days strolling on Main Street, Washington Street, and other downtown streets because of the unique features including brick paving, street furniture, and an abundance of tree and flower plantings. The friendly atmosphere is felt among patrons of the four theaters, upscale restaurants, coffeehouses, art galleries, and one-of-a kind boutique shops. The downtown district has created a diverse, one-stop shopping district where customers can visit specialty retail shops. Later, visit one of the many restaurants featuring outdoor patios, and socialize over Starbucks coffee, or just have fun people watching. There is never a boring moment on Main Street. In 2003 construction began on a number of high-rise condo developments. These were the first of its kind. Some of the hottest developments have been Skylofts Royal Oak located on the corner of 5th and Main Street, Skylofts Market Square located on 11 mile road, just two blocks east of Main Street, and Main North Lofts located on the east side of Main Street, just north of 11 mile road. The majority are condo lofts with retail and office space on the lower levels. They range in price from $200,000 to upwards of $900,000. The addition of these condos brought more of an upscale environment to downtown Royal Oak. Royal Oak Population The city of Royal Oak population hovers around 60,000 people and a little less than 29,000 families, according to the latest census conducted. Royal Oak Architecture Royal Oak home architecture styles range from sprawling brick ranches, bungalows, old world Victorian charmers, high rise condos, & loft style condos overlooking downtown. On the north side of town many houses are newer traditional colonials, and even some unique custom designed homes. The past couple years there have been more foreclosures in Royal Oak. Investors are starting to buy distressed bank owned homes for very reasonable prices as more homeowners go through the foreclosure process in Royal Oak. Royal Oak Community Health Care Residents from Royal Oak and surrounding communities can receive top quality health care from William Beaumont Hospital, the primary health care facility and largest employer in the Royal Oak real estate area with over 7500 employees. Other large employers in Royal Oak include Metaldyne, Consumers Energy and DTE. Royal Oak Public Schools The Royal Oak School district has downsized as of recently. The two high schools combined into what is now called Royal Oak High School and the two middle schools were combined into Royal Oak Middle School. Students in the district consistently score well in the MEAP, and the high school students ACT Score Composites are higher than both the state and national averages. Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools is a designated Schools-of-Choice district. Those seeking a higher education have the option of attending Oakland Community College , located in the heart of downtown Royal Oak on Lincoln Avenue. Approximately 6,000 students attend day, evening and weekend classes to upgrade job skills, complete associate degrees, earn transfer credits to universities, and for personal enrichment. Students from Royal Oak and surrounding school systems also have the option of attending the Oakland Technical Center in Royal Oak for advanced technical training and career exploration. Students may attend one of several parochial schools including St. Dennis, St. Mary Elementary, and St. Paul Lutheran (preschool through eighth grade). Shrine of the Little Flower provides instruction for preschool through sixth grade, and Shrine High School and Academy for grades 7-12. Royal Oak Amenities & Recreation Downtown Royal Oak features a wide assortment of nightlife amenities and venues, including The Royal Oak Music Theatre and The Landmark Main Art Theatre. The many restaurants range in fair from take-out sandwiches to high end establishments specializing in cuisines like Italian, Belgian, Nepali, and others. Varieties of pubs are also available and include dance clubs, upscale breweries, sports bars, and rooftop bars. The focal point of the year is the Woodward Dream Cruise. Cars cruise Woodward Avenue for an entire weekend showing off the best of the best for auto enthusiasts. During the summer, downtown Royal Oak is host to hordes of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the metro Detroit area. On Wednesday nights Main Street is often lined with Harley-Davidsons, whereas Thursday night the streets are filled with sport bikes. Children and adults of all ages enjoy an excursion to the Detroit Zoo, conveniently located in Royal Oak at the intersections of Interstate 696, Woodward Avenue and Ten Mile Road. The freshest in-season produce can be found at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, located at 316 E 11 Mile Rd (just 2 blocks east of Main Street). A legacy since 1927, the market sells only food products that Michigan farmers grow themselves. Royal Oak Michigan Historical Facts In 1819, Michigan Gov. Lewis Cass and several companions set out on an exploration of Michigan territory. They wanted to disprove land surveyors claims that the territory was swampy and uninhabitable. The beginning of their journey seemed to support those claims until they reached a desirable area of higher ground near the intersections of Main, Rochester and Crooks Roads. Here they encountered a stately oak tree with a trunk considerably wider than most other oaks. Its large branches reminded Territorial Governor Lewis Cass of the Royal Oak tree within which King Charles II of England hid to escape the Roundheads following the Battle of Worcester. Cass and his companions christened the tree, the "Royal Oak", and so Royal Oak received its name. Accounts by early residents describe the area as covered with enormous oak, beech, maple, basswood, linden, elm, hickory, tulip, black and white ash, black walnut and butternut trees. Royal Oak is often called the "City of Trees." As early as 1895, when Royal Oak was incorporated as a small village, there were only a few hundred residents. From 1900 to 1910 the population grew to over 1,000. By the time Royal Oak was incorporated as a city in 1921, the population had exploded to over 6,000. This was due mainly to new jobs created by the booming auto industry. The development of the super highway, Woodward Avenue, led to even greater population expansion. The image of Royal Oak has changed in the last ten years. Originally thought of as a party town catering to just a young lifestyle, now residents of all ages are enjoying all the benefits the city has to offer. Today Royal Oak brings statewide entertainment appealing to all with the Detroit Zoo, the renowned Royal Oak Music Theatre, the Main Art Theatre, Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, and the many unique shops, cafes, and restaurants which line the streets of the downtown area.