America's Best Suburbs
Birmingham, Michigan, population just over 21,000, is 20 miles north of revitalized Detroit and has most of what one could ask of a suburb – attractive homes with a variety of architecture from the town’s historic past to the modern present, a downtown area with tasteful shopping and good food, twenty parks with nature trails winding through woods that change with the seasons, plus tennis courts, golf courses, playgrounds, picnic areas, and, because Michigan outdoor folk like to make the most of their snow, sledding and snowboarding hills.
And along with all that, the schools are good. Very good.
The Niche scoring system ranks Birmingham Public Schools #4 of the 548 Best School Districts in Michigan. The District runs eight elementary schools, each of those also hosting a half-day preschool program, plus the town has two middle schools, and two high schools, both of the latter – Seaholm High and Groves High – scoring an overall A+ with Niche. Recently, the U.S. Department of Education designated Seaholm an Exemplary High-Performing National Blue Ribbon School for 2018-2019.
In addition to their academic performances and the community service they volunteer for, Seaholm’s nearly 1,000 students participate in 33 varsity sports programs. The Girl’s Cross Country Team won the 2018 State Championship, while the Boy’s Tennis Team won the 2018 Tennis Regional. The Girl’s Volleyball Team was also victorious, winning the 2018 League Championship. And, Seaholm’s Varsity Football team captured the 2018 Oakland County AA Championship.
When it’s time for college, the larger percentage of Seaholm and Groves graduates try to stay close to home. And with good reason. The University of Michigan in nearby Ann Arbor (44 mi.) is ranked by Niche as #1 of 672 Public Universities in America, and #1 of 1,542 colleges with the best student life. Tuition for in-state students is $16,225. Out-of-state is $51,377. The acceptance rate for its 29,000+ undergraduates from 50 states and 128 countries was 26%.
As to the local economy, nearby Detroit, long known as The Motor City, has had an economic turnaround based not on cars, which have been increasingly manufactured overseas to the detriment of Detroit’s bottom line, but rather is based on digital science. Detroit is now one of the fastest-growing cities for information technology and computer research in the United States. A significant vote of confidence is that Microsoft is locating its Michigan Microsoft Technology Center in downtown Detroit.
We at The LCP Group are also confident that technology growth in Detroit will continue. With our immigration know-how and portfolio of EB-5 properties (e.g. our investment in the Marriott Hotel in Livonia, a prime Michigan location between Detroit and Ann Arbor), The LCP Group is positioned to aid foreign-born technology professionals and entrepreneurs with information regarding employment, relocation, and venture capital opportunities in the area.
For cultural attractions, those in Detroit are but a half-hour drive from Birmingham. The Detroit Institute of Arts houses one of America’s most significant art collections. Leonard Slatkin conducts the Grammy-winning Detroit Symphony. And there are always touring productions of Broadway shows and rock concerts to take in, as well as Lions and Tigers football and baseball.
The median price of homes currently listed in Birmingham, according to Zillow, is $502,700. Home prices there rose 8.2% in 2018, and Zillow predicts they will rise another 3.0% in 2019. For home shoppers with thoughts about a college community, the median price of a house in Ann Arbor is $369,000.
The LCP Groupwould be pleased to work with EB-5 investors in exploring Birmingham and the Detroit area for their new American home.