Southfield, MI

Overview

One of Detroit's inner-ring suburbs, Southfield blends a distinctly urban atmosphere with the spacious feeling of a rural area. The city holds a place as one of the most important commercial centers in Lower Michigan, and its large business complex brings in conferences year round. Downtown Detroit lies just 15 miles to the southeast, making Southfield a viable option for commuting professionals.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Southfield has a restaurant for every taste, from classic Italian to spicy Thai food, usually at mid-range to high-end prices. Unusually for the Midwest, the city also features a proliferation of soul-food restaurants. Many restaurants are located on either side of the John C. Lodge Freeway. Local professionals conduct business dinners at the upscale Bacco Ristorante , which serves classic Italian fare. Start with the Polipo, a crispy octopus appetizer, and move on to a bowl of house-made strozzapreti pasta made with just the right touch of truffle oil. For a more casual meal, check out Beans & Cornbread , a soul-food spot formerly known as Southern Nosh. Locals rave about the Cajun corn, the collard greens and the vegetarian sloppy Joe sandwiches. Sip a glass of organic Frey wine, and indulge in a dish of mean green pesto mac at Sweet Lorraine's Cafe & Bar , a Zagat Guide favorite headed by Chef Lorraine Platman. Don't worry if you have dietary restrictions — the restaurant offers plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The suburban vibe in Southfield does not lend itself well to a rocking nightlife scene, but a few local establishments offer residents the opportunity for a low-key evening. Visit SideBar on Northwestern Highway for a cheap drink in an intimate environment or curl up with a pipe on the cozy couches at Burn Hookah Bar.

History & Culture

Originally a stretch of flat fields on the far edges of Detroit, Southfield received its first permanent settlers in 1823. The area grew slowly in the 1800s and experienced a population boom in the 1950s, as white residents moved out of the industry-heavy neighborhoods closer to downtown Detroit. By 2010, however, the majority of Southfield residents were African American. Modern Southfield hosts a limited cultural scene, but a few annual events, such as the Potters Market and the Memorial Day Ceremony, keep locals entertained. For theater, many residents head east to the Stagecrafters Baldwin Theater or the Go Comedy Improv Theatre. Southfield itself does not house any museums, but the neighborhood is located within a short drive of numerous world-class options, including the Holocaust Memorial Center, the Franklin Historical Museum and the Holden Museum of Living Reptiles.

Transportation

Southfield covers a large stretch of land, making cars the most viable way to get around. Residents have access to a limited number of bike lanes, but the city maintains a network of asphalt bike paths that offer safe cycling and walking. You aren't likely to find a cab on the street, but several cab companies provide service for residents who call in advance. Alternatively, use Uber to find a ride around Southfield or the Detroit metro area. Several SMART bus lines run through Southfield, including the 851, which transports residents into downtown Detroit. Drivers in Southfield enjoy an abundance of free street parking in residential areas and near local businesses. Keep in mind that city ordinances prohibit street parking between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Getting out of town takes minutes on Interstate 696 or Highway 10, which run through the center of town.

Cost

The overall cost of living in Southfield comes in higher than the Detroit average due to increased housing costs. Rental properties in Southfield average $751 per month. Daily prices for goods and services sit about even with Detroit; a beer in the neighborhood costs about $5 per pint, and a one-way bus ride into downtown Detroit costs $2. Southfield gas prices tend to run about 9 percent lower than the national average.

Shopping

Like many Detroit suburbs, Southfield features a variety of national chains, and locals shop at stores such as Best Buy and DSW. Most shopping outlets are located along Telegraph and Greenfield roads, though a few sit just north of the neighborhood along Southfield Freeway. If you're into high-end shopping, head to nearby Bloomfield Hills. Michigan brides love the kind and welcoming employees at Ashley and Alexandria's Bridal Salon on Franklin Road, where you can sip on a glass of champagne and peruse the latest in bridal couture. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly shopping trip, check out the gently used merchandise at Encore Upscale Resale. The store features a well-organized collection of designer goods, so you can score a high-end handbag without breaking the bank. Mr. Alan's Elite on 10 Mile Road carries the newest athletic shoes, along with a wide selection of urban-chic clothing for men and women. Kroger and Sam's Club are a short drive away and offer all your basic grocery items. For a local neighborhood market with all of your favorite Korean imports visit Kagopa Asian Market on Southfield Road. Stop by the butcher counter at Plum Hollow Super Market for homemade sausage and fresh meats. During the summer and early fall, residents buy fresh vegetables and locally raised meat at the Southfield Farmers Market.

Parks

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1 Neighborhoods in Southfield, MI

  • Southfield Downtown

    Downtown Southfield sits just 20 miles north of Detroit along the Lodge Freeway. This suburb provides a home to a diverse population of well-educated residents who enjoy a mix of cultural destinations and outdoor public spaces perfect for hiking and a variety of other activities. Upscale housing and shopping make this a premier neighborhood for residents who want to live outside the big city while still enjoying a large selection of amenities.

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