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Bask in Breathtaking Views during the Magical Mystery Tour Bike Ride

The 3rd Annual Magical Mystery Tour bike ride is taking place this Saturday, September 27th.   It will start at Rolling Hills County Park. Participants can choose from a 100 or 50 km ride through the countryside and incorporating the Tecumseh to Adrian Kiwanis bike trail.

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Professional bicycle mechanics supplied by Two Wheel Tango will make any necessary bike adjustments and provide support for riders. Bagels, fruit, and coffee will be provided at registration. During the ride, there will be clean rest stops and nutrition stations offering protein bars, fruit, and water. Lunch will be sandwiches (including vegetarian), salads, and fresh sides.

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This is a charity ride presented by Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor-Morning Edition.  All proceeds will be used to help programs in Washtenaw County.

For more information, or to register for the ride, visit their website.

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5 Places in Ann Arbor to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day

Did you know that today is Mexican Independence Day and National Guacamole Day?  Get into the spirit with delicious Mexican food. Below are 5 of the best Mexican restaurants in Ann Arbor.

Chela’s

Chela's tacos
Isalita

Isalita Guacamole

 

Sabor Latino

Sabor Latino
Taqueria La Fiesta

Taqueria La Fiesta
Tmaz Taqueria

TMAZ

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Spacious Hilltop Home in Matthaei Farm Neighborhood

Featured Listing
This week we are featuring Nicki Noel and Tracey Roy’s listing – 5220 Pheasant Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

5220 Pheasant Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Contemporary with traditional elements.

5220 Pheasant Court - DenQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
Great home for entertaining. The layout creates a wonderful flow from kitchen to dining room to great room. Spacious three leveled deck for entertaining and relaxing, overlooking the Big Valley pond in Matthaei Farm.

5220 Pheasant Court - KitchenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Home is located in Superior Township (township taxes) with Ann Arbor Schools. The 20 acres of protected common areas afford homeowners nature trails that wind along Fleming Creek and three nature ponds.

5220 Pheasant Court - Formal DiningQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Upgrades include refinished kitchen and dining room hardwood floors, attic insulation and attic fan, re-surfacing of driveway, 2 water heaters, and deck maintenance.

5220 Pheasant Court - Master Bedroom
5220 Pheasant Court - MasterQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
There is a club/pond house with large stone fireplace, kitchen and bathrooms. Adjacent to the clubhouse are tennis courts and a swimming pond. Hiking trails.

5220 Pheasant Court - Lower Level

Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
This home sits on a hilltop overlooking one of the ponds in the Matthaei Farm neighborhood. The pond below has a sandy beach and picnic area. The home is situated amongst mature trees, wildlife and affords the owner beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

5220 Pheasant Court - BackQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
From the home you can see wildlife. Deer have been seen in the front yard, wild turkeys in the backyard and even an occasional red fox has crossed the property.

5220 Pheasant Court - DeckQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
The home has been well maintained and upgraded throughout the years to maintain its appearance and comfort.

For more information about 5220 Pheasant Court, Ann Arbor, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Nicki Noel or Tracey Roy.

Are you looking for homes for sale in Ann Arbor, MI ?

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Starting Your Rental Search in the Ann Arbor Area

Whether you are moving because of a job transfer, a personal relationship, or for a fresh start, it can be an overwhelming process. Before you spend lots of time online looking at numerous websites for a house, apartment, or other rental property ask yourself these questions first.

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How soon do you need to move in?
Rentals move quickly in the Ann Arbor area. It is recommended that you start looking around 60 days before you need you need to move. If you are looking for a campus rental they usually rent out about a year in advance. Don’t wait to enlist the help of an expert.

How many bedrooms and bathrooms would you like?
Along with location and square footage, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms can have an impact on the price of rental units.

What is your desired price range?
Supply and demand have significantly increased the average rental rate in Ann Arbor. Properties that rent for less than $1000.00/month are in especially short supply.

Can you be flexible about location?
If you are willing to expand your search area you may have more options. Popular Ann Arbor neighborhoods, such as Kerrytown and the Old West Side are a rare find.

Pet
Do you have pets?
Many rentals do not allow pets. If pets are welcome, they are usually limited in the number, size and breed. Make sure you disclose any pets you have before showing appointments are requested.

How is your credit?
Resolve any outstanding credit issues now because you can assume it will be checked by the landlord or leasing company.

Length of lease?
One year leases are standard for the area. Short-term leases are difficult to find but may be available in our represented apartment communities. We also have partnered with Extended Stay hotels in the area and can even pass along our discounted special rates.

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Do you have special needs?
If you can’t live without a dishwasher, in-home laundry, covered parking, a particular floor level, outdoor space or something else, please be sure to let us know so we can tailor our search for you.

Scheduling showings.
Occupied single-family homes and condos typically require 24-48 hours’ notice to see because the current tenants have to approve the showing. Many apartment communities have model units that can be shown during leasing office hours

After answering all the questions above you are now ready to begin your search. Our professional property management team will take the worry and hassle out of finding the perfect rental home. We have access to every rental property currently listed and can make finding a rental hassle-free experience.

Contact one of our experienced residential property managers to begin making your move by calling (734)669-4100.

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Student Move-In Impacts Ann Arbor Traffic

Thousands of students will move into University of Michigan’s from 6 a.m. on Thursday, August 28 through 11 p.m. on Friday, August 29. While move-in is incredibly exciting for students, it also has a huge impact on Ann Arbor traffic patterns. It leads to road closures and changes in parking. The synopsis bellow will show you which area to avoid.

Road Closed Sign
Streets impacted by U of M move in:
• Thompson – one way northbound from Packard to East Madison
• Madison – one way eastbound from Thompson to South State
• Observatory – one way southbound from East Ann to Geddes and meters will be bagged
• East Washington – one way westbound from Fletcher to South State
• Maynard – from Jefferson to East William meters will be bagged
• East University – between Hill and Willard meters will be bagged
• Church Street – between Hill and Willard meters will be bagged
• North University Court – meters will be bagged
• Oxford – parking reserved for move-in from Hill to Geddes
• Washington Heights – closed from Observatory to East Medical Center Drive
• East Ann – one way eastbound from Zina Pitcher Place to Observatory

This map illustrates the the city’s road and lane closures.

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Fun For All at 3 Ann Arbor Area Events

Whether you are interested in music, art, or a demolition derby there will be plenty of fun for everyone at these Ann Arbor area events.
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NashBash
If you’re a music lover, you won’t want to miss the 8th Annual NashBash. The free event mixes Nashville and Ann Arbor musical talent. Catch all the tunes tonight, Thursday August 21, music starts at 5pm at the Farmers Market area in Kerrytown. In addition to a great line up of artists there will also be a beer garden, BBQ, and the Ann Arbor Artisans Market.

Click here for more information

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Chelsea Community Fair
Looking for fun? The 77th annual Chelsea Community Fair has entertainment for everyone. Favorites include the always popular demolition derby and tractor pulls, horse shows, livestock judging, crafts, agriculture and art exhibits, midway games, rides and much more. New this year Mini-Mod Tractors have been added to Friday Night’s Tractor Pull. The tractors will be running V-8 Small Blocks (up to 375 ci) with small tires and weighing no more than 1800 lbs. These tractors are guaranteed to be fast and very entertaining.

Click here for more information

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DIYpsi Indie Art Fair
The fourth summer installment of DIYpsi Indie Art Fair is taking place this weekend at the Corner Brewery . DIYpsi is a handmade art fair that features the best indie artists in our region. Bring your appetite, and get ready for some incredible food and craft beer while you shop. Find unique hand crafted gifts while contributing to the local economy and supporting the arts. The fair takes place Saturday August 23 from 11am-11pm and Sunday August 24 from 12pm-6pm.

Click here for more information

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Lake Forest

In our Neighborhood Spotlight we are exploring and unveiling a feature neighborhood in Washtenaw County. This week we are focusing on the Lake Forest neighborhood in Ann Arbor.

Lake Forest is a lovely community that has the beauty and charm of the country side and quick access to the cosmopolitan aspects of Washtenaw County.

The neighborhood has activities for all ages with a nearby park, walking paths, and golf course. This is a wonderful, quiet and well-kept area with a strong sense of community.

Other Neighborhood Spotlights:
Ann Arbor Hills & Geddes Heights
Arbor Pointe & Country French Estates
Newport Creek, Walnut Ridge & Laurentide

 

Are you searching for a home in Ann Arbor?

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Enjoy Sun and Fun this Weekend in Washtenaw County

Sounds and Sights 2014
The annual Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival is returning to historic Chelsea, Michigan. The two-day, three-night event runs Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, July 26. The revelries include live music and social tent, kids’ entertainment and activities, a classic car show, pet parade, and more. All performances and activities are held in downtown Chelsea.

In addition to music and entertainment this year the indie art market will be back and better than ever. According to the Chelsea Standard the 2014 artist line-up will featuring cool, hip and affordable art from emerging artists and craft persons. Street artists will demonstrate techniques in clay, glass, spray paint, jewelry making, painting, and wood for event attendees.

Click here for a full schedule of events.
County Farm
Do you have a flower lover in your family? Join naturalist Shawn Severance, for an exploration of garden, field and forest habitats County Farm and learn about many of the summer wildflowers found in the park.  Meet up in Ann Arbor at the Platt road entrance of the County Farm at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.

Click here for more information.

Beer fest
The oldest of the Michigan Brewers Guild’s four annual festivals, the Summer Beer Festival returns July 25-26 to Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park in historic Depot Town. It features approximately 800 different beers from more than 80 Michigan craft breweries. Food will be available for purchase inside the festival, and guests will enjoy live music from a variety of Michigan bands.

Click here for a the complete beer list and more information about the event

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Ann Arbor Art Fair Returns for the 45th Year

In less than 24 hours over 500,000 visitors from across the globe will make the journey to downtown Ann Arbor to experience for the 45th Ann Arbor Art Fair. The art fair will be held Wednesday July 16 to Friday July 18, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday July 19, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. throughout the streets of downtown Ann Arbor.

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The Summer Art Fair has 375 exhibiting artist booths, art demonstrations and features special guests including the Carr Center Artist-in-Training program and the Gallery U Boutique, an art therapy and vocational training program from Therapeutic Rehab/Universal Institute.  There will also be cooling misting stations located on State Street.

 

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Getting Around
The best way to get around the fair is to take a shuttle. Shuttles are reasonably priced at just $1.50 each way, or $3.00 for a round trip. Students in grades K-12 and Fare Deal cardholders ride for $.75. Holders of Senior and A-Ride identification cards issued by TheRide, and children five years of age and younger, ride free.

 

For Locals
While Ann Arborites may feel frustrated by the increased traffic and trouble parking there are still many things we can appreciate. For locals the art fair provides important economic benefits to the city. A recent economic impact study conducted by the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Ann Arbor Art Fair was second only to the University of Michigan for visitor recognition with July being the month Ann Arbor saw the most visitors.

Downtown Ann Arbor Art Fair

Art Fair App
For those who are looking to navigate the fair there is an app for that. A free iPhone application includes an interactive map of the fair (with geo-location, so users can see their current location in relationship to specific artists), with information about local businesses; AAAF events; the trolley; food; information booths; music stages; parking; and a comprehensive list of artists, with sample images of their work.

Click here for a full lineup of performances and events.

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Nifty 50 Anniversary Party at Orchard Hills Athletic Club

When summer temperatures heat up in Ann Arbor, cool off by going for a swim at the Orchard Hills Athletic Club.

This Sunday, June 22, is your chance to make a splash as the Orchard Hills Athletic Club (OHAC) celebrates its 50 year Anniversary. The celebration goes from 5 – 10 p.m. and is a great opportunity of have fun with friends while enjoying a BBQ dinner.

Nifty 50 Orchard Hills

Located in Northeast Ann Arbor, Orchard Hills Athletic Club has two pools for members to enjoy, the OHAC and the Dolfin pool. The OHAC pool has a roped-off shallow area for younger kids, an in-pool basketball goal, a 10-foot water slide, shaded picnic tables, a grass volleyball court, and shuffleboard. The Dolfin pool includes a diving board, covered patio seating area, picnic tables and grill, and at least one lap swim always available.

These pools have a variety of programs that have led to a long tradition of developing and training young swimmers, divers, and synchronized swimmers. For 2014, they have introduced evening water aerobics and drop-in water polo classes at the Dolfin pool.

To learn more about Orchard Hills Athletic Club visit www.ohacpool.org.

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