Sunday, May 31, 2009

Why Buy the Box?

Consider buying in bulk at the Ann Arbor Food Coop in Downtown Ann Arbor, Whole Foods Market or other grocery stores with bulk food sections. I don't need the box - just the stuff inside!

Open Sunday 1 - 3pm 1210 Newport Ann Arbor MI

Open Sunday May 31st 1 to 3pm
1210 Newport Road, Ann Arbor MI 48103
Offered for sale at $329,000

Hosted by Diane Byrne - 734-395-9130

Contemporary craftsman-style home on Ann Arbor's Westside close to downtown. Few homes built to this spec available in Ann Arbor at this price. Generous covered west-facing front porch. Quality Materials and maintenance throughout--Mahogany entrance door & interior trim, High Ceilings, Hardwood Floors, Soaring Modern Stone Fireplace, New Carpet, HUGE Open Daylight/Egress Lower Level has tons of Natural Light.

Beautiful East-facing Patio for entertaining & grilling, plus a Large Deck off of the breakfast area and family room. *Easy walk to Forsythe, Wines Elementary, Bird Hills Park, and the Huron River. One of a kind custom home.

  • 1726sqft 3 bedroom 2 bath, +1688sqft Daylight/Egress Lower Level
  • High Quality Materials Throughout
  • Generous, friendly font porch with porch swing
  • Well-lit Open Floorplan with elegant 9' Ceilings
  • New Carpet, hardwood floors -move in ready home.
  • Private Treed Yard
  • Large Deck off of breakfast area and family room
  • Acclaimed Ann Arbor schools - Wines, Forsythe, Pioneer & NEW Skyline High School!
  • Located on Ann Arbor's Westside, minutes to downtown Ann Arbor.
  • Near University of Michigan main campus and U of M Medical Center.
  • Full Daylight Basement w/9 foot ceilings - HUGE OPEN SPACE! Fantastic opportunity to double square footage.
  • One of a kind custom-built home. Few like this available in Ann Arbor--Don't Miss! MLS #2903744

Call Andy Piper Today at (734) 604-8242!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Take a break at the Cupcake Station

The Cupcake Station on a Saturday afternoon in Downtown Ann Arbor. Located at 120 East Liberty, the Cupcake Station is a good place to take a break from the action for something sweet. They cute and different. The cafe seating offers a nice perspective on Liberty street activity. Lots of people coming and going from the robot store too.
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Enjoy a “Taste of Ann Arbor” This Sunday

Downtown Ann Arbor will be hopping tomorrow, as the annual Taste of Ann Arbor draws food lovers, tourists, and hungry residents into the city streets. The outdoor festival will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor. Nearly thirty area restaurants and eateries will offer small tastes of their dining delights. Food tickets are fifty cents each, and can be purchased at the event.

This popular event is a great reason to head downtown- fit a workout in beforehand by riding or biking downtown from your Ann Arbor home or downtown Ann Arbor condo. There’s plenty of bike parking downtown, and it will save you from finding a parking spot for your car.

Taste of Ann Arbor is a melting pot of flavors from around the world- from fire crackle shrimp to watermelon soup to jumbo deep fried asparagus, you’re sure to find something (or 60 different somethings) to tempt your taste buds. This festival is a great way to sample foods from area restaurants without visiting each and every one. Stock up on tickets and enjoy a progressive meal from one end of Main Street to the other. You’ll find tastes from Greece, India, Cuba, Italy, the Middle East, and southern America.

Desserts will make a star appearance as well. Enjoy handmade chocolate treats from Schakolad, fried cheesecake from Tios, fried donut bread pudding from the Blue Tractor, and chocolate dipped strawberries from La Dolce Vita, among other sweet eats.

Live music will make the festivities feel like a party. The Main Stage at Main and Liberty will feature Tumbao Salsa from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., the Dave Sharp Quartet playing funk jazz from 1:25-2:55, and Chef Chis and the Rump Shakers (yes, you read that right) playing blues music from 3:30-5. The Williams Street Stage will feature big band music at 12, 2, and 4 p.m., and harmony by The Gel-Caps at 1 and 3 p.m. Kids can take a break from eating to be entertained at the Kid’s Area on Liberty Street from 11:30-4 p.m. with clowns, magic, animals and balloons.

Enjoy dining your way down Main Street at the Taste of Ann Arbor!

Image courtesy Flickr: keuynish

Monday, May 25, 2009

Plymouth Green Crossings photo tour

Photo tour Just posted - 45 photos of the new Plymouth Green Crossings condominium development in Northeast Ann Arbor. Plymouth Green Crossings photo tour Take a look at this unique luxury condominium development. Condos are available for lease for late June occupancy and are brand new.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ann Arbor Condos for Lease

New Ann Arbor condos and homes for lease are coming on the market
everyday. We recieve many requests from medical professionals and university students moving to Ann Arbor for help in finding a home or condo for rent. Most people are looking for clean, newer 2 bedroom 2 bath condominiums with in a few miles of the University of Michigan and are having trouble finding something good. Many people are also shopping for professionally managed condos and don't want to be in the student areas or in run down older houses.

Here are a few good condo developments to consider:
  1. Plymouth Green Crossings - New development in Northeast Ann Arbor offering 2 bedroom 2 bath condos with 1350 plus square feet. Contemporary, luxury floor plans with one car detached garages. These are the nicest new construction condos available in Ann Arbor now and there is lots of inventory available for June and later occupancy.
  2. Downtown Ann Arbor Condos - There is very little inventory available downtown. Ashley Terrace, is fully sold or leased. Liberty Lofts and Lofts 322 have an occasional available loft condo. Sloan Plaza a somewhat older but very nice luxury condominium building in a great close in location also has only occasional rentals available.
  3. Wellesley Gardens - located in Southeast Ann Arbor, Wellesley offers nice clean 2 bedrom 2 and 2 1/2 bath town homes and loft style flats. Wellesley also features a state of the art workout facility with a pool. These condos rent in the most sought after $1200 to $1400 price range. They also feature attached one car garages. Its just a 15 minute drive to the campus or U of M hospitals.
  4. Northside Ridge and Northside Glen located in Northeast Arbor, these developments are just a few years old and offer a location just a couple miles north of the U of M Hospitals and Downtown Ann Arbor. The Ridge offers 1 and 2 car attached 2 and 3 bedroom floorplans with a higher level of finishout. the Glen offers 2 bedroom 2 bath flats with 1 car detached garages. Rents range from $1100 to $2000.
We suggest you check out Craigslist as well, there are many by owner listings there. However, if you want to find a a great Ann Arbor area condo for lease quickly and with confidence that everything will go smoothly, we are up to speed on the condo inventory and can find the best place for your needs and budget without waisting a lot of time looking at the wrong things.

If you are looking to lease a condo and need immediate assistance - just contact Andy Piper at 734-604-8242.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend Festivities

Ann Arbor Offers Many Events to Enjoy this Weekend

Looking for something to do this holiday weekend? Ann Arbor is hopping, with parades, a classic car show, contra dancing, and a regatta, among other things. With so many events to choose from, you’re sure to find something that’s close to your Ann Arbor home. Celebrate the beautiful Michigan weekend by spending some time in the great outdoors- enjoying a bike ride, tossing a Frisbee around, or cheering on a parade.

Saturday May 23

Ann Arbor Neighborhood Memorial Day Parade
11 a.m. neighborhood parade for any child who wants decorate his or her bicycle, with the opening of the Forestbrooke neighborhood pool to the general public. Line up at 2609 Yost St. (at Eli Drive) in Ann Arbor.

Military memorabilia display and open house
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday through Monday, VFW Graf-O'Hara Post, 3230 S. Wagner Road, Lodi Township. Display features vintage military items.

1st Annual Classic Automobile Show
Ann Arbor City Club
Noon-6 p.m.
A show of vintage, classic, and collectible cars. Concessions. Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 995-0085, 426-5908, 662-3279.

Volunteer Stewardship Workday
Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Help native plants get established in the Lakewood Nature Area. City staffers will lead a short nature walk. Meet at Lakewood Elementary School parking lot off Gralake, 3 blocks south of Jackson. Free. 996-3266.

U/M Exhibit Museum Planetarium
Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (1:30 & 3:30 p.m. both days). Black Holes (12:30 p.m. Sat. only). Hubble Vision (2:30 p.m. both days). U/M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $4.75. 764-0478.

Savory Crepes Cooking Demo at Morgan & York
3-4 p.m.
With Morgan & York staffers. Tastings. Preceded at 2 p.m. by a talk on "Wine Regions of Southern France." Morgan & York, 1928 Packard. Free. 662-0798.

4th Saturday Contra Dance
Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance
8 p.m.
Dances to music by the Root Cellar Old Time String Band. No partner needed. Beginner lessons at 7:40 p.m. Preceded by a free open jam for string and other musicians, 3-6 p.m. 8 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $9. Dance: 730-6919. Open jam: 994-9307

Sunday, May 24
Sunday Bike Ride
Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society
9 a.m.
Bike ride with pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders. Meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431.

Dan Rice Memorial Regatta
U-M Sailing Club
10 a.m.
Watch club members race their zippy JY15 dinghies around Base Line Lake. Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd. Free. 426-4299.

25th Annual Memorial Day Observance
Arborcrest Memorial Park
2 p.m.
Annual tribute features speeches by local officeholders, veterans, and military officers and a bugle salute. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Arborcrest Memorial Park, 2521 Glazier Way. Free. 761-4572.

Ultimate Frisbee
Ann Arbor Ultimate
3 p.m.
Join a pickup game of this spirited team sport. Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free.

U/M Ballroom Dancers
8-10 p.m.
Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos and swing. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice. Michigan Union Ballroom. $3. 763-6984.

Monday, May 25
parades and Memorial Day observances

Ann Arbor: 10 to 10:15 a.m. parade of the Glacier Area Homeowners Association, along Frederick, Middleton, Bardstown, Windemere and Barrister streets, ends at Glacier Highlands Park.

Ypsilanti: Pancake breakfast and Memorial Day service, 8 to 11 a.m., Yankee Air Force Museum, Willow Run Airport. Entry off Beck Road. Breakfast is $5 for adults, $3 for children. Includes the Ypsilanti Community Band, astronaut Jack Lousma and Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Col. Washington Ross, and an 11 a.m. flyover. Details: 734-483-4030 or

Ypsilanti: 9 a.m. procession begins at Huron Street and Michigan Avenue, to Cross Street, North River Street, and then Highland Cemetery for a ceremony. Includes veterans, Scouts, marching bands, Gold Star Mothers, a 21-gun salute and flyover.

Milan: 9 a.m. parade at the American Legion, 44 Wabash St., along West Main Street to the Marble Memorial Park Cemetery.

Chelsea: 10 a.m. American Legion parade. Begins behind the police station on Middle Street to Main Street Park Street on East Street back to Middle Street to the Oak Grove Cemetery for a ceremony.

Plymouth: 7:30 a.m., parade starts at Harvey and Wing streets and features the Plymouth-Canton High School marching band and veterans. They will proceed to the new Memorial Park on Main Street downtown.

Saline: 10 a.m. parade at the fire station on Harris Street at Michigan Avenue. Goes to Monroe Street, then to the Oakwood Cemetery for a 10:30 a.m. service.

Ypsilanti Township: 1 p.m., Washtenaw County Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Ypsilanti Township Civic Center, 7200 Huron River Drive.

Memorial Day Picnic, Ann Arbor Style

Enjoy a holiday celebration on the lawn

With warm weather beckoning us out, and a long holiday weekend ahead, this is the perfect time to have a spring picnic. Enjoy fresh foods available at locally-owned stores around town. Ann Arbor boasts a variety of markets and corner grocery stores, offering shoppers an abundance of fine dining. Whether you’re celebrating the holiday weekend with a picnic in your Ann Arbor home’s backyard, or visiting one of the many Ann Arbor area parks, this simple menu will get your weekend off to a great start!

For an easy picnic menu, start with a fresh-baked baguette, available at Zingermans Bakehouse. While you’re there, pick up some magic brownies and a bag of the tastiest graham crackers you’ve ever eaten. These graham crackers would take s’mores to a whole new level!

Select some baby lettuce and a bundle of fresh basil from the Ann Arbor farmer’s market, and swing by Morgan and York for a bit of fresh feta cheese. While you’re there, browse their wine selection and pick up a bottle of bubbly for your picnic. Bonus: Morgan and York is offering free crepe making classes this month. A rotisserie chicken from Sparrow Meats in Kerrytown will round out your meal. Going meat-free? Hummus and roasted vegetables will make your meal special. Round up a bottle of quality ranch dress, or make your own.

For a special sweet treat for desert, visit Cake Nouveau in downtown Ann Arbor for one of their amazing cupcakes. White chocolate raspberry cupcake, anyone?

Tear the lettuce and basil into small bite-sized pieces, and place in a large bowl. De-bone the chicken and place the chicken (or vegetables), ranch dressing, and feta cheese into the bowl. Toss the salad together, then slice the baguettes, spread them with hummus, if you like, then fill the bread with a generous mixture of the chicken salad. This meal is easy to pack up and take to one of Ann Arbor’s many parks, or tastes just as nice enjoyed right in your own backyard.

Enjoy the fresh flavors of locally-grown food as you take a moment to relax and enjoy an afternoon in the sunshine.

Photo courtesy Flickr: Norma Desmond

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bike Trail Maps of Ann Arbor at

Open source geo data base OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world (including Ann Arbor!) which shows bike trails, paths or anythig you like!

The is a project to map bicycle routes all over the world whcih uses the OpenStreetMap API. Users can update and edit the maps like a Wiki.

Andy Allen created the open cycle map project as a hobby and works with the company Cloudmade to develop opencyclemap.

The open cycle map project is "just" another biew of the oopen street map project and takes the open street map data and puts a different view on it such as deemphazising roads and focusing on other features such as bike parking etc. The number of users of open cycle map is doubling every 5 months with over 49,000 kiloometers of cycle paths and routes mapped. future tasks for developers include hill shading, adding bike lanes and bus links and subjective routes such as favorable roads through areas.

If you are bicycling in Ann Arbor, check out the trails that are routed in OpenCycleMap and take the time to add your own data.

Bicycle Routes I noticed in Ann Arbor include the trails in Olsen Park and many in Northeast Ann Arbor, The border to border trail along the Huron River from Ypsilanti and trails along Baron Pond and Black Pond Woods.

If you want to add to this project you can input your data at openstreetmap.

Will be adding bike lanes and bus links and subjective routes. Also plans for routing for bikers.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Enjoying National Bike Month In Ann Arbor MI

National Bike Month

Enjoy the outdoors in spring by bicycling in Ann Arbor

May is National Bike Month, and what better way to celebrate than by hopping on your own two wheels (or one, if your choice of wheels, er, wheel, is a unicycle) and peddling around town. Ann Arbor has several excellent bike shops if you need to purchase a bike of your own. Craigslist and Ebay are good places to find used bikes. Check out these local Ann Arbor area bike shops:

Ann Arbor Cyclery, Packard Road:

Two Wheel Tango, two locations in town:

Campus Student Bike Shop, two locations:

Great Lakes Cycling and Fitness, Stadium Boulevard:

Wheels in Motion, Washtenaw Avenue:

Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society is a local organization promoting biking in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas. Check their website for maps of rides around town, as well as biking tips and upcoming events.

Enjoy the weather this week by joining other local cyclists for a ride through our beautiful city. Ride through parks filled with flowering trees, coast through neighborhoods and enjoy beautiful Ann Arbor real estate, and tour scenic back country roads.

There are a number of bicycle-related events in Ann Arbor this week, including a traffic skills class, a book discussion and numerous rides through and around town.

Sunday, May 17

Traffic Skills 101 Class

Course sponsored by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society. League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Course.

Monday, May 18

Back Roads Ramble

9 a.m.

A slow-paced ride, 12-35 miles (along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations. Meet at 960 Forest Rd. off Country Club Dr., Barton Hills. 734-761-2885, 734-663-5060.

Paved Roads Country Roads Ride

5 p.m.

Fast/, moderate-, and slow-paced training rides, 18-24 miles along country roads west of town. Meet at Royster Clark, 885 Parker Rd. at Pine Cross Lane just south of Jackson Rd. 734-426-5116.

Smoothie King Recovery Ride: Ann Arbor Velo Club

6 p.m.

Cyclists invited to join club members on this moderate-paced ride, 15-20 miles, down Huron River Drive to Dexter and back. Meet at Smoothie King, 222 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 827-2792.

The Civilized Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society

7 p.m.

Slow-paced ride, 12-18 miles, to Dexter, with a possible stop for ice cream. Wellington Park, Alice at Bruce St. (off Arborview from Miller). Free. 213-2908.

Tuesday, May 19

Huron River Ride

6 p.m.

A slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-40 miles to Dexter and back. Meet at Rudolf Steiner School, 1655 Newport. 734-662-0205, 734-761-6253.

Big Sky Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society

6 p.m.

Moderate-paced ride, 20-35 miles, along flat, relatively quiet picturesque roads south of Ann Arbor. Meet at York Baptist Church, 1220 Stony Creek Rd. at Platt. Free. 734-971-5763, 734-424-2802.

Wednesday, May 20

Superior Salem Dirt Road

9 a.m.

A slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads. Meet at Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gottfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd., 248-437-5067, 734-663-5060, 734-663-8960, 734-482-510.

West Side Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society

6 p.m.

Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile and slow-paced, 13-18 miles, rides to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Meet at Sweepster parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 734-426-5116 (longer ride), 734-665-4552, 734-761-2659 (shorter ride).

Washtenaw County Bike Rides: A Guide to Road Rides in and around Ann Arbor

7 p.m.

U/M Program in Society and Medicine director Joel Howell, an avid biker, discusses his new book. Signing. Shaman Drum Bookshop, 315 S. State. Free. 662-7407.

Thursday, May 21

Spring Unfolding Ride

10 a.m.

A beginner-friendly slow-paced ride of 10-15 miles around Ann Arbor neighborhoods to explore local gardens, parks, and cafes. Meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Rd., west side of Huron Pkwy., 971-5763, 663-5060

Thursday Evening Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

6:45 p.m.

Fast/moderate-paced 25-mile ride around northeast Ann Arbor that includes some good chances to improve your climbing skills. Meet at the Fuller Pool parking lot, Fuller Rd. Free. 996-9122.

Friday, May 22

Dexter DQ Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society

6 p.m.

Slow-paced 26-mile ride to the Dexter Dairy Queen for a snack. Meet at Abbot School, 2670 Sequoia Pkwy. (off Maple 1 block south of Miller). Free. 734-662-0205.

Saturday, May 23

Dexter Breakfast Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society

9 a.m.

Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30 to 80 miles) round-trip rides to the Dexter Bakery. A very popular ride. Also, at sunrise at Wheeler Park, "Sunrise Saturday Ride," a very slow-paced 22-mile ride (662-0205) to Dexter for breakfast. For information, call, 734996-4985.

Photo courtesy Flickr: by Wolfgang Staudt

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Plymouth Green Crossings- Great Alternative to Downtown Ann Arbor Condos

Ann Arbor Condominiums for Lease - Plymouth Green Crossings offer Great Alternative to Downtown Ann Arbor Condos.

Ann Arbor Condominiums for Lease - Plymouth Green Crossings North East Ann Arbor Loft Condos are now being offered for lease.

These beautiful new construction urban style contemporary loft condos are now being offered for lease at very reasonable - lease them now! - prices ranging from $1,500 to$2,300 per month and are a great alternative to Downtwon Ann Arbor Lofts and Condos.

Located at Plymouth and Green roads in Northeast Ann Arbor, Plymouth Green Crossings is a mixed use residential and retail development located 5 minutes to Downtown Ann Arbor, and Minutes from the University of Michigan Hospitals and U of M North Campus, Dominos Farms, Toyota, NSF, the EPA.

Plymouth Green Crossings consists of three buildings totalling 24,000 square feet of first floor retail -current tenants include Sweetwaters Cafe, Olga's Kitchen, Inkstop and Umi Sushi, with room for many more. Above there are 35 elevator accessible urban style lofts condominiums with private garages. There is a pad site waiting for a 3,000 square foot restaurant - someday.

Plymouth Green Crossings condos offer buyers an alternitive to expensive downtown loft condos;; two bedroom residences are larger in space and offered at a lower price than alternative as at Ashley Terrace, Liberty Lofts, Loft 322 and other downtown condo options.

For up to the minute details on these and other Loft condo rental opportunities contact Andy Piper at 734-604-8242.