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Ann Arbor, Local Yokel

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Missy Caulk TEAM

 So you want to move to Ann Arbor?

Did you know Ann Arbor is "25 miles surrounded by reality?"

Didn't think so, you have to live here a little while to know that little tid-bit.  You will find out soon enough when you live here.

Ann Arbor the only place in the United States with the name Ann Arbor. If you Google Ann Arbor, it knows what you are looking for. Pretty cool, huh?

Google opens in Ann Arbor


Speaking of Google.... Google opened their ad words division in Ann Arbor last year.

This is also where they are digitalizing the library of all the books allowed without copyright violations.



Huron River in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is known as "Tree town", with the city having over 50,000 trees lining the streets.

Nichols Arboretum, affectionally called "the Arb" is a park with over 123 acres. It is a fun place to visit and walk through in all the seasons, you can picnic with family and friends, sled in the summer, relax under a tree reading a book, jog or take an evening walk.

Many people who move away say the "Arb" is one of the things they miss the most.

It is operated by the University of Michigan and is open and free to everyone from sunrise to sunset.

A sign in a hall at U of M hospitalHow can I possibly tell you about Ann Arbor without talking about THE University of Michigan.  U of M. is the largest employer in Ann Arbor with over 30,000 people at the University and another 7500 at the Medical Complexes.

U of M Medical Hospitals AwardUniversity of Michigan Hospitals were awarded one of the best hospitals in 2007, by US News. The University of Michigan Health Systems includes Motts Children Hospital, Woman's Hospital, Alfred Taubman Health Center and the University hospitals.





You can see by the layout of my blog that we are big Michigan Football fans. We are the largest football stadium in college sports. It is called "the Big House". Nothing is more fun than a Saturday afternoon, watching a football game in the Big House and tailgating with friends. Read the history of the "Big House" here.

                         "The Big House"

My kids on game day

 Michigan Stadium






                                      My kids on "game day"



A move to Ann Arbor would not be complete with out knowing about all the fabulous Ann Arbor Restaurants. Every ethnic restaurant is available for your dining pleasure in Ann Arbor, but nothing as notable as Zingerman's.

Zingerman's was started in 1982 in Ann Arbor, and is one of the most popular places to eat. A true N.Y. Deli, you will stand in line to eat the best deli sandwich, and baked goods in the Mid-West. I had a client once who flew in from Chicago just to pick up sandwiches and eat. Zingermans has grown into a family of restaurants with different specialties. You can print off the menu to plan your meal.

Food and Wine magazine named Zingermans one of the top 25 food markets in 2004.

Domino's was started in Ann ArborDominos World Headquarters, was founded by Tom Monaghan. The headquarters in Ann Arbor was inspired by the great American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright and sits on 271 acres at the intersection of U.S. 23 and M-14.  It includes a petting farm, and a wonderful cafeteria called EBA, (everything but anchovies) During the Christmas season, there is a 2 million light display that you can drive through and enjoy in your warm car.

Other businesses located in Ann Arbor are Toyota, Google Ad-Words, NSF International. and Con Way. Borders Books is also located in Ann Arbor.

I welcome you to visit the Flickr pool of photos. It is a great way to experience Ann Arbor with over 10,000 photos.

The video is a 2 minute video that will give you a real view of Ann Arbor.



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Missy Caulk, Ann Arbor Realtor

Missy Caulk, Broker/Owner of Savvy Realty Group can be reached at 734-926-9797 or email: Missy@MissyCaulk.com

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Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Missy, great local info about Ann Arbor. I enjoyed reading your post. BTW, Florida Southern College has a large collection of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture here in Lakeland, FL.

Jun 28, 2008 05:12 AM
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com

Very cool...Dominos!  I liked your video at the end too Missy!

Jun 28, 2008 05:45 AM
Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt
Nice Localism. Always fun to find out what business started in an area.
Jun 28, 2008 05:52 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Missy - A terrific local post, I learned so much and the video was a great touch.

Jun 28, 2008 07:05 AM
Jeannette Neerpat
CondoDomain.com - Coral Springs, FL
e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate

Great post now I know more about Ann Arbor!

Jun 28, 2008 07:21 AM
Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals

What a great post Missy...Domino's headquarters huh? Very interesting!

Jun 28, 2008 07:43 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Missy, This is one  great post about Ann Arbor. I know very little about the Michigan expert for two important things. I grew up in Ohio and everyone knew of the football rivalry. The other thing I have come to know is You. So those are two cool things to know!

Jun 28, 2008 08:55 AM
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Missy, Wonderful picture you drew of Ann Arbor. I was surprised to hear Domino's was head quartered there.

The "Arb" sounds amazing!  I know where to head for a sledding adventure now....Looks like a beautiful place to call home.  Best of luck this week!

Jun 28, 2008 10:47 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Missy, I loved the information about Ann Arbor and the photos...and the video! I wish they were still giving localism features, this one would surely make my list.
Jun 28, 2008 11:43 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Thanks everyone, it is a cool city, so much to do if you watched the video. It is also known as A2 or ace duce by the young people.

Hey, I would love to meet everyone, so anytime you are in MIchigan look me up.

Jun 28, 2008 01:10 PM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

MISSY, Ann Arbor looks like a great place to live.  We have a wonderful arboretum here which I just visited for the first time this last weekend (it took me 11 years).  Had I realized it was FREE I probably would have went sooner.  I took some great pictures; now if I could get some time to write a post.

Jun 28, 2008 02:55 PM
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Missy - I want to know what brought you to Ann Arbor. It seems like a great place, so how did you find it.

Jun 28, 2008 03:26 PM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

I live in the state and have heard nothing but good things about Ann Arbor. Thanks for the info.

Jun 28, 2008 04:19 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Larry, at the time, my husband was a youth minister at U of M. for a campus outreach. He said I have skid marks all the way from the South up here. LOL

I do love it, so much to do, but "home" is still the south for me. But, if we move back to retire it will have to be where there is a college town, it is so much fun, and so many things to do.

Jun 29, 2008 01:39 AM
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Keller Williams Realty - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate

Missy,  great post for the local yokel and I love the first quote.  A2 is surrounded by reality but we love being just outside it a bit in our own little world.  Great intro to our great city.

Jun 29, 2008 02:13 AM
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

Missy what a wonderful job showcasing the wonders of Ann Arbor. Still to this day I have doctors and dentists in Ann Arbor some of the best. It's also one of my favorite places and has the best football team ever. I grew up around Flint, but used to visit Ann Arbor all the time.

Jun 29, 2008 06:22 AM
Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes

Missy - I've learned so much about Ann Arbor from you over the past year and yet this post gave me a renewed feeling of experiencing it - you are a great ambassador of your home town. Love seeing the kids from game day too.

Jun 29, 2008 11:12 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Cyndee, what's up? Back from camping, this week is a little easier, we can chat.

Heather, Yes Go Blue!!  Come visit anytime, your back in Michigan

Karen, I was going to use A2, there is so much to tell and it was getting a little long.

Jun 29, 2008 12:49 PM
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Missy, I'm glad I found this...what a great ambassador you are for your beloved Ann Arbor. Your photos and video were wonderful. I really knew nothing about Ann Arbor until I met you and now I feel like I know it well!
Jun 30, 2008 10:03 AM
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Missy, excellent post! Keep up the good work! Good luck with next weeks challenge!
Jun 30, 2008 12:10 PM