This past weekend while over in the Ann Arbor and Detroit area, I stopped to take a look at a New Urbanism Community known as Cherry Hill Village in Canton. I was fortunate enough to have been there four years ago when they were half way done with phase one Now with two phases completed and phase three underway, along with the commercial downtown partly done, I was able to see how it influenced the community.
Many of the homes have a traditional historic neighborhood type appearance with garage spaces accessible by an alley way in the rear of the building.
The housing types and styles vary from place to place. I was surprised to see pedestrian corridors with houses facing the interior instead of the exterior.
The three homes with the white fence are show/spec homes that give buyers an idea of three of the 27 available floor plans. They range in size from 4,300 to 2,300 square feet and have attached garages in the rear of the property. They however do not have much in the way of a yard, but are within shouting distance of one of the many open common areas or parks.
Each home has a historic appearance, but all are less than 5 years old. Additionally, very few of them are vacant and those for sale sell quickly. Plat/association restrictions prevent any two of the estate homes that are side by side from looking like each other.
This is one of the few that had an open house. Unlike many new homes, the floor plan of this one was not as open as one might expect.
This one was also for sale and had a similar floor plan as the one above. It however was a block from the retail sections. The realtor was asking $374,900.
These townhouses are across the street from the one above. They all have garage space in the back.
The downtown element also has a pedestrian historic feel. It does not appear to be as successful as one might expect. The signs advertise a coffee house and a pizza place. But closer inspection shows that both sites are vacant.
The Cold Stone around the corner was open and busy on a cold Sunday afternoon. The lamps are also set up to burn natural gas instead of an electric light bulb.
The developer built mixed use (retail on the first floors, residential on the upper floors) along the two major streets. Four years ago, this intersection was nothing but a farm field.
One of the more successful aspects of this development was a theater. According to the sandwich advertising board in the front, they have several events at various times during the week.