Downtown Brighton Michigan Top 10 Reasons Why I Love It / Things to Do

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By: Christina Ehli, Keller Williams Realty, 1005 E. Grand River Ave, Brighton, Mi 48116

I not only sell houses in Brighton, Michigan, but I live here as well, and can really appreciate all that downtown Brighton Michigan has to offer. 

These are the top 10 reasons why I love downtown Brighton, MI:

Free and Ample ParkingThere is free parallel parking along Main Street and Grand River Ave. There are also plenty of free parking lots in downtown – including the one at City Hall (Brighton City parking lot) which is close to the Imagination Station.  

Imagination Station –  The kiddies will love to slide, climb, crawl and more at this huge 10,000 sq. ft. wooden playground.   Adults, guardians and parents will love that there is only one entrance/exit making it easier to watch the little ones. Please see photo below.

Imagination Station Brighton Michigan

 

Flowers- The beautiful and bountiful hanging flower baskets seen not just in downtown Brighton but up and down Grand River as you head out of the downtown area.   Please see photo below.

downtown Brighton Michigan

 Restaurants – There is a wide variety of restaurants in downtown Brighton including Japanese – Sagano, Italian – Ciao Amici and Buon Gusto, Stout Irish Pub, Bagger Dave’s Burgers and so many more that it is worthy of another blog post.  There are several restaurants where you can sit and eat outside.

Mill Pond – This is a great place to stroll, watch the waterfowl including geese and ducks – usually with baby ducklings and goslings – or just sit and relax.  You can take the boardwalk all the way from the Mill Pond to Grand River Ave near the Border Cantina Mexican restaurant – about one mile each way.  Along the way you can stop and admire the large turtles, otters and more aquatic life.  Please see photos below.

Mill Pond Downtown Brighton Michigan

 

Mill Pond Downtown Brighton Michigan Ducks

 Stores & shops – Like restaurants there are a wide variety of stores and shops here in downtown Brighton, MI including a running store – Elite Feet, a bridal store – the White Dress, and a nature store – Wildernest.  Please see photo below.

 Stores in downtown Brighton Michigan

 Sidewalks and paths – Throughout downtown Brighton and the Brighton area you will see lots of sidewalks and paths for walking, biking , pushing a stroller etc.  This helps to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Events – There is always something going on in downtown Brighton Michigan.  From the Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Fest next weekend – September 7 and September 8 , 2012 - to concerts and art in the park, farmers market, holiday parades and more.

Dessert – A trip to downtown Brighton, Mi would not be complete without stopping at the Yum Yum Tree or Jack’s Custard for a special treat.

Real Estate – As a real estate agent I love the housing available for my buyers in the downtown Brighton, MI and surrounding areas.  There is affordable housing within walking distance of downtown Brighton. There is a great mix of homes from starter homes to historic homes available.  You can find lakefront homes available for sale on Brighton Lake.  Click here to search for homes for sale in the downtown Brighton, Michigan real estate market.  http://www.brightonsold.com/search/  

Also, please feel free to read my blog post regarding one of the subdivisions near downtown Brighton: 

OakRidge Subdivision

BONUS (reason #11):  Downtown Brighton, Michigan is close to I-96 and US 23 Expressways making for an easy commute.  It is close to Island Lake State Park, Kensington, Hudson Mills and Huron Meadows Metroparks and my favorite Brighton Rec State Park.  Please read my latest blog post regarding Brighton Rec State Park where you can camp, swim, mountain bike, hike and ride a horse among other things.

For more information on downtown Brighton Michigan please visit: www.downtownbrighton.com

 
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Paula McDonald
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I love the feel of a "small town".  Spent many summers in Michigan.  Sure would love to be there right now.  We are having epic heat here with no end in sight.  I could use a cool Michigan evening.

August 31, 2012 03:28 PM
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Christina Ehli
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Paula, thank you for your comment.  Actually it got as high as 94 today in Michigan!  However, yes, it is cooling off in the evenings here.  I'm glad you had the pleasure of summering in Michigan.  Yes, I would call Brighton "small town" - very friendly and community oriented.

August 31, 2012 05:00 PM
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Kristin Hamilton
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Hi Paula,

Great photos and what a lovely area you live and work in. Thanks for sharing and have a great holiday.

September 03, 2012 12:46 PM
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Christina Ehli
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Kristin, thank you so much for your kind words.  I am very fortunate to live and work here in Brighton, Michigan.

September 04, 2012 05:33 AM
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Sandy Acevedo
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Hi Christina, great localism post and really nice photos. It shows your passion for the area.

September 05, 2012 01:08 PM
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Juniper Cooper
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Hi Christina,

 

        When I saw the hanging flowers. My jaw drop with a WOW! I really love flowers and it's a good thing that you have a free flower's every morning to smell. How I love the smell of fresh flowers in the morning. It's really beautiful. Your community is really nice. The place was clean and there's a lot of fresh flowers everywhere. Thanks for sharign this wonderful post. And thank you for such a refresher. Take care!

 

Best of luck with all your listings,

 

September 05, 2012 01:29 PM
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Christina, Nice job highlighting what Brighton has to offer!

September 05, 2012 02:56 PM
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Christina Ehli
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Sandy, thank you so much for reading my post on downtown Brighton, Michigan and kind words.

Juniper, yes, the flowers are so beautiful and makes the beautiful town of Brighton really stand out when you drive through or visit. I appreciate your taking the time to read it.

Liz and Bill, impressive words coming from the both of you.  Thank you!

September 05, 2012 05:46 PM
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Debbie Cook
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Great Post - Super Pictures - Terrific Information - You made the area come alive.  Good for a localism post.

September 05, 2012 07:41 PM
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Brian Kuhns
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Thanks for sharing some of the great things you enjoy about Brighton. My kids would love the 10,000 sq ft playground! 

September 06, 2012 05:24 AM
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Looks like a pretty cool place!  That's a huge playground!!                                                                                    

September 06, 2012 06:14 AM
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Christina Ehli
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Debbie - Thank you so much!  Yes, I love downtown Brighton Michigan and everytime I drive, walk, run through it, no matter what time of day, there are always lots of people enjoying it. 

Brian and Christiansen Team - We are very lucky to have such a great playground here for the kids.  The kids love to fish off the boardwalk into the Mill Pond and feed the ducks too. Thank you for reading my post and commenting on it.

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