Metro Detroit


December 08, 2020


Featured in a piece by earlier this month, the project is expected to start in the spring, with 4+ phases to be built over 10 years.

The bulk of the project will feature Del Webb product, which caters to the 55+ “Active Adult” crowd and will consist of detached ranch condos on 35′ to 55′ lots; with some surrounding the lake, and the rest in close proximity. “Resort-style amenities” will include a beach area; a dock for fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding; an indoor pool; a fitness center; pickleball courts; walking paths; a community garden; an event lawn; and gazebos and benches to enjoy the surrounding views.

Additionally, Pulte Homes is expected to build-out several other sections of the development, offering roughly 95 single-family homes, and 120+ townhomes.


We spoke with a VP at Pulte, who advised us that the neighborhood is still at least a year out from pre-sales. Due to the current volatility of material prices, labor costs, etc., they still can’t estimate a price range for the various product lines, but stay tuned…


Where there’s underutilized land in metro Detroit, PulteGroup will find it. Like winter is coming, so are new homes in Milford.

The vacant parcel on the northeast corner of Milford Road & Pontiac Trail is currently zoned retail-ish. The “applicant” is requesting a change for “mixed-use” with 5 retail-ish buildings + 175 multi-family units in 18 buildings. See the concept plan for The Crossings here.

The vacant “Milford Sand & Gravel” parcel on the southwest corner of Milford Road & Maple Road is zoned for all kinds of silly things. The “applicant” is requesting a change to planned unit development (PUD) for 887 total units on the 335 acres. See the concept plan for Kensington Ridge here.


The I-96 corridor, just west of the Twelve Oaks mall traffic exit is one of those areas just ripe for more development. Not too far west, with plenty of land and existing trees (#DevelopersHateOldTreesButPromiseToReplace).

It’s underdeveloped on purpose, probably, which is one of the reasons the Milford area can be so appealing for many new home buyers. New homes – close to civilization – with nature. The best of both worlds. Closer than Brighton, all the nature.

Also one of the reasons current residents who already removed their old trees will probably oppose the development because of things like removing old trees. And more traffic.

Ahh, public hearings…but we get it, sprawl can be tough to swallow for some.

The Milford area offers a good mix of easy freeway access, more natural open space, a cute little downtownKensington Metropark, and good Huron-Valley Schools. Which is why it’s on PulteGroup’s radar, one of only a handful of national home builders actually developing parcels in metro Detroit. To put it in perspective, our Las Vegas partner has over 25 national home builders competing for dirt, sand, whatever…


As we write this in December 2020, a number of planning commission meetings and public hearings are scheduled for early 2021. Our best guess is they’ll cross all the T’s and dot all the I’s and start moving dirt in late 2021.

Stay tuned for updates as we stay on top of this! We are especially excited about Kensington Ridge and Del Webb, satisfying the needs of empty-nesters looking for small new construction ranch homes – without the long commute.

Lou Bitove & Jeff Bortnick, owners of The New Home Experts®, have more than 35 years combined experience in real estate, much of that with builders like Pulte Homes & Toll Brothers.  They also provide market research for area builders, developers and national firms.  If you’re considering a new home, remember: the builders rep represents the builder, not you.  Work with the only local agents in Metro Detroit to specialize in new homes, for free, and save money in the process – ask us how!

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