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    Colony Park Apartments
    21890 Colony Park Cir, Southfield
    • 1 Bedroom
      $885
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    (248) 419-1043 ext. 12
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    Weatherstone Townhomes
    29900 Franklin Rd, Southfield
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,695
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,705
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    (248) 213-6462 ext. 17
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    Country Corner
    30300 Southfield Rd, Southfield
    • 1 Bedroom
      $855
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $985
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,425
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    (248) 647-6100
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    Cambridge Square
    27435 Greenfield Rd, Southfield
    • 1 Bedroom
      $730
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $825
    (855) 811-2928
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    Providence Tower
    16300 W 9 Mile Rd, Southfield Downtown
    • Studio
      $585
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    • 1 Bedroom
      $649
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $749
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    (248) 557-8100
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    20210 Westhampton Ave
    20210 Westhampton Ave, Southfield
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $850
    (248) 284-4100
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    12 North
    25701 W 12 Mile Rd, Southfield
    • Studio
      $595
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    • 1 Bedroom
      $695
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $895
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    (248) 356-2700
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    21835 Midway Ave
    21835 Midway Ave, Southfield
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,500
    (248) 817-2095
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    Chateau Riviera Apartments
    22316 LA Seine St, Southfield
    • 1 Bedroom
      $730
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $860
    (248) 569-4070
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    Park Lane Apartments
    23344 Park Place Dr, Southfield
    • 1 Bedroom
      $895
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,055
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    (888) 705-2670
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    21345 Inkster Rd
    21345 Inkster Rd, Farmington Hills
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $800
    (248) 243-6648
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    25978 Franklin Pointe Dr.
    25978 Franklin Pointe Dr., Southfield
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,250
    (248) 409-2689
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    Franklin Hills Apts & Townhomes
    29025 Franklin Hills Dr, Southfield
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $720
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,040
    (248) 355-5123
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    Towers Of Southfield
    20875 Lahser Rd, Southfield
    • 1 Bedroom
      $599
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $694
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    (248) 356-3650
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    26823 W Carnegie Park Dr # 77
    26823 W Carnegie Park Dr # 77, Southfield
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,300
    (248) 855-8110
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    Philamer Apartments
    3272 Greenfield Road, Royal Oak
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $3,599
    (313) 528-0362
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    Franklin Terrace
    26962 Franklin Rd, Southfield
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,725
    (248) 274-1085
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    Village Green on Franklin Apartments
    27525 Franklin Rd, Southfield
    • 1 Bedroom
      $850
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $950
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    (888) 340-1412
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    23756 Philip drive
    23756 Philip drive, Southfield
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,600
    (248) 817-2095
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    Knob in the Woods
    20800 Knob Woods Dr, Southfield
    • 1 Bedroom
      $765
    (248) 353-0586
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First off, Southfield is home to the Southfield Town Center, a giant office complex encompassing over 2 million square feet of office space, including a hotel and conference center. This building houses the headquarters of many local and global businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and foreign consulates. Actually, its office space is larger than all of Detroit’s central business district, so it draws a lot of diversity and commercial attention to the city. And that’s only the beginning.

The People of Southfield: Michigan isn’t really known for its racial diversity, so Southfield is a bit of a rarity in that it’s a blend of different cultures and races, not just a majority white population. Most of its people are middle-aged white collar families, about a quarter of them with children under 18.

A Mixed Bag of School Choices: In Southfield, there are a moderate number of college students who attend eight nearby colleges, including the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.

To Do: Most of Southfield’s recreation includes its 780 acres of parks, nature preserves, and hiking trails. It has all your typical suburban amenities, such as community centers, golf courses, and sports facilities. Like most of Metro-Detroit, shopping and commerce is mainly found within malls and big-box stores.

Getting Around: Southfield is served by the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) which operates a handful of inter-city and local buses. The majority of Southfieldians drive, as Metro Detroit is a pretty car-friendly place. Traffic on the freeways can be a pain at rush hour though, so beware!

Southfield Living

Now that you’re a little more familiar with Southfield’s atmosphere, let’s get more specific about living here. One of the city’s big draws is its home-y, suburban feel combined with its proximity to everything, both in and outside of town. Almost half of its population rents, which means options, options, options!

What to Expect: Southfield is unique in that it has many different types of housing available, from luxury high-rise condos to cozy apartments or single-family homes. Of course, detached houses are the most common, but large apartment complexes are also plentiful, with town houses and smaller apartment buildings available, as well. Many of these are priced very modestly for the area. Most one or two bedroom apartments run in the $600-800 range, depending on size and quality. Smaller houses run just over $1,000, though may go as low as $700 or $800 in some places. Larger, nicer rental houses of all styles, many located on tree-lined streets with spacious yards, tend to be in the mid to high 1000s.

Extras and Fees: When renting a stand-alone house, don’t expect to find any utilities included, though if you’re looking for an apartment, you may be able to score some included with a little bit of searching. Both houses and apartments will have appliances included and hook-ups for a washer and dryer (if they’re not included), though that may vary depending on the quality of the apartment. Pets are negotiable in most places, often with a fee, and parking (lot or garage) is often included, as well.

Southfield is full of tight-knit little communities, many with their own neighborhood organizations. The area can range from quaint and suburban grids of residences to more spacious, rural homes on wide lots, and even urban-feeling luxury high-rise apartments. Southfield is a gathering place for businesses offering a variety of perks from its Metro Detroit location to the comforts of home. Still not sure if it’s the place for you? Well, why not check it out for yourself?

-By Kera Zacuto

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