New subdivision, North Oaks, breaks ground in Ann Arbor

Earth is moving at one of the largest development projects in Ann Arbor this summer. Workers have begun construction on the North Oaks of Ann Arbor subdivision.

The North Oaks of Ann Arbor development calls for nearly 500 new homes on the north side of Ann Arbor over the next decade. Toll Brothers s redeveloping 109 acres of former farmland at the intersection of Nixon and Dhu Varren roads into a sub division of townhomes, carriage houses, and green spaces. Toll Brothers plans to keep 42 of the 109 acres as forest/green space when everything is built out.

"It flows really well with what is up there already," says Jeff Brainard, assistant vice president of the Michigan Division of Toll Brothers.

The development is divided into two sections bisected by Dhu Varren. The north parcel will constitute 208 carriage houses where the living quarters will be above the garage. The south parcel will be made up of 264 townhouses.

The carriage houses will be about 1,900 square feet each with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Prices for them will start in the upper $200,000. The townhouses will be about 2,200 square feet with either three or four bedrooms each. Those are priced in the upper $300,000s.

Brainard points out that the master plan calls for a combination of dense housing and some commercial development. Toll Brothers is planning to remove the commercial aspect and focus on creating a medium-density of housing.

"We are also at half the density of what we could build there according to the city's master plan," Brainard says.

Source: Jeff Brainard, assistant vice president of the Michigan Division of Toll Brothers
Writer: Jon Zemke

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