Monday, August 4, 2008

Detroit Neighborhoods: East English Village

This week, we go back to the "Eastside" to another old, beautiful, and historical neighborhood: East English Village.

Bordered by Outer Drive on the east, Cadieux on the West, Harper and on the north, and mack on the south, East English Village began as five ribbon farms in the early 1800s; the farms were owned by the Little, Rivard, Fournier, and Tremble families. Eventually, the area was called Hamtramck Township, and then Grosse Pointe Township; although the area was still mostly rural. By the early 20th century, the area was developing into a residential community, and by around 1925 most of the area had been developed into individual homes.

 The unique characteristics of many of the homes in East English Village are the result of the homeowners actually hiring their own custom designers, instead of a "subdivision-type" sameness. Then as now, most of the homeowners were professionals, civil servants, and business owners. The name "East English Village" was formalized in the early 1990s.

Today, purchasers of homes along the beautiful tree-lined streets of in East English village after 1997 are eligible for the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Tax Abatement which could reduce the annual property tax bill by up to 33%. To find out more about living in East English Village, check the website of the East English Village Homeowners Association.

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