If you are looking to escape city life and enjoy a relaxed Midwestern town, consider living in Keego Harbor, Michigan. This historic town is the perfect blend of resort-feel and small community. Did we mention it’s located right on the shores of two large lakes? Michigan is home to thousands of miles of freshwater shoreline and you’ll have your own little piece of paradise in Keego Harbor. The name “Keego” actually comes from a Native American language and means “Big Fish.”
This hidden gem became a city in 1955, after being populated by wealthy Detroit residents that wanted a lakefront property. The residential community began to grow after gaining a trolley stop on the line that ran from Detroit to Pontiac. Today, you’ll find comfortable apartments to rent in this quaint Michigan town. In Keego Harbor, you’ll be able to enjoy water sports, public parks, top-rated schools, and affordable living options. Check out these five great reasons why you should live in Keego, Harbor Michigan:
- Life is Better at the Lake
Located on the shores of two lakes, Cass Lake and Sylvan Lake, Keego Harbor is home to two public beach access points and a boat launch. Cass Lake is one of metro Detroit’s largest lakes, at 1280 acres. Dollar Lake is also connected via a small canal. Dollar Lake is a no wake zone, so you can enjoy it.
In the early 1800s, prominent Detroit residents bought land along Cass Lake to build vacation homes. Since Keego Harbor, MI was originally intended to be a resort area, you can live like you’re on vacation every summer. Today, the Keego Harbor community is made up of original cottage homes and luxurious apartments. That’s right, lake season is all year round. Nothing feels better than splashing into cool lake water in the heat of summer, but Cass Lake is also a popular ice fishing location.
Cass Lake is Oakland County’s largest all sports lake. Enjoy recreational lake activities, such as boating, water skiing, sailing and fishing. Pontiac Yacht Club also offers a private launch on a less populated section of Cass Lake. If you want to enjoy the lake but stay close to land, Dodge #4 State Park includes a mile of shoreline for summer and winter water activities. Explore the great outdoors on a hiking trail or find the perfect picnic spot.
- Excellent Education
Keego Harbor is a part of the West Bloomfield School District, which serves over 5,500 students from West Bloomfield Township. Schools in the district have received state and national awards and have all been named National Exemplary Schools. Many people move to Oakland County for quality schools. Rest assured knowing your children, or future children, will get a top education in Keego Harbor. The school district offers nearly a dozen programs for students with individualized needs.
West Bloomfield School District boasts a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for success. The district is committed to educating students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers and great communicators. In fact, West Bloomfield High School was named the 14th Most Challenging High School in Michigan by Washington Post in 2014. Your children will be well-prepared for higher education. Student achievement is among the highest in the state and 97 percent of students go on to college.
- A Sense of Community
The population of Keego Harbor is just 2,970. Although it is the third-smallest city by land area in Michigan, there is plenty to do and see. Activities help to build a sense of community and the city puts on many events to bring residents together. Keego Harbor Parks and Recreation supports the parks and hosts community events for residents.
The Big Fish Festival is one of Keego Harbor’s largest events, combining entertainment and local businesses. The weekend-long event is filled with classic cars, food, and dancing. Residents can also enjoy an Annual Skate Night, when everyone is invited out for an evening of skating and other family-friendly activities.
Keego Harbor is home to many businesses and welcomes business owners. There are plenty of restaurants and shops in downtown Keego Harbor. You’ll never run out of new food to try with diverse options like Meditteranean, Chinese, Indonesian and Mexican restaurants. There’s plenty of classic American comfort food available as well.
- Affordable Apartments
Luxury meets affordability at Cass Lake Front Apartments. Strategically located right off Cass Lake Road, you’ll enjoy peace and quiet while just minutes away from downtown Keego Harbor and walking distance from lake access. You’ll seriously be across the road from the lake. All one and two bedroom apartments include granite countertops, fully-equipped kitchens, outdoor patios and extra storage. As an added bonus, water, snow removal and trash pickup are included in your rent. The Cass Lake Front Apartments complex is the perfect place for you and your family to call home.
You won’t feel cooped up in your apartment, as the complex offers management-hosted appreciation events and comfortable outdoor areas. Other amenities include 24-hour on-call maintenance, personal storage lockers, online resident portal system, covered carport parking, on-site laundry facilities and eco-friendly A/C units.
Cass Lake Front Apartments are incredibly pet-friendly, yes – even large dogs or multiple pets! The complex is walking distance from several dog parks and waste stations are provided on-site. The large landscaped lot with mature trees allows for scenic dog-walking areas.
- Easy Commute to Big Cities
The city of Keego Harbor is located within Oakland County, which is Michigan’s second largest county. Oakland County is home to over a million people and ranks among the ten highest income counties in the United States. Known as “automation alley”, Oakland County is home to major employers, including General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. There are also large public universities. Keego Harbor offers a small-town feel while conveniently located near larger cities and necessities.
Keego Harbor is close to Telegraph Road, which connects you to I-696. From there, you can get anywhere in Detroit. Travelling to Detroit from Keego Harbor is a breeze with train and bus options. Keego Harbor is also within an hour’s drive of Ann Arbor and Flint, Michigan. You’ll have access to concert venues, sports, and prominent museums located in Detroit. Enjoy some of the cultural benefits of a large city, while living in the tight-knit, smaller community of Keego Harbor.
There are plenty of things to do on a day trip to Detroit. Immerse yourself in midwestern history at the Henry Ford Museum. Check out the Detroit Institute of Arts to view artwork from around the world. Belle Isle park is home to an aquarium, conservatory, nature center and plenty of outdoor space. Explore the Detroit Zoo, home to more than 200 species of animals. Learn how Detroit got the nickname, “Hitsville USA” at the Motown Museum.
It’s easy to see why Keego Harbor’s city motto is “Heart of the Lakes.” With close proximity to several area lakes, there is always something to do outdoors. The town boasts renowned schools, strong local businesses and safe neighborhoods. See for yourself why settlers made the Keego Harbor area their home in the early 1800s. If you’re ready to start a new life in Keego Harbor, check out Cass Lake Front Apartments. Enjoy a luxurious lakefront lifestyle at affordable costs. With one and two bedroom apartments available, Cass Lake Front Apartments offer accommodations perfect for young couples and families.