Bloomfield Hills a small, elegant city surrounded by
Bloomfield Township and the city of Birmingham.
As the settings in print and on the screen for novels like
Harold Robbins' THE BETSEY and Arthur Hailey's WHEELS, these suburbs have achieved
The city is comprised almost entirely of single family
residential homes found on estate-size lots off winding, country-like roads. Some are
graciously secluded behind ivied walls and lush landscaping. Many are situated on lots
large enough for caretaker or in-law cottages, terraced gardens and ponds, private tennis
courts swimming pools and platform
Bloomfield Hills is the location of the Bloomfield Open
Hunt Club which has hosted horse shows for more than 50 years. It has been the training
site for the Michigan Olympic Equestrian Team. Over 500 horses from around the world
compete in the Motor City Horse Show making it one of the largest on the circuit.
Downtown Bloomfield Hills appears rather unassuming with a
couple of gas stations and a plain office building. But, just a few miles away is the
premier shopping district in Michigan, The Somerset Collection.
Though Bloomfield Hills Public Schools' students achieve
very well, it is the presence of several outstanding private schools with a tradition of
academic excellence which makes education a very big issue in the community. Well known
private schools in the community include Academy of the Sacred Heart, Detroit Country Day
and the Roeper School for Gifted Students.
The Cranbrook Schools have a campus of lower, upper and
collegiate schools with acres of both natural and maintained landscape including woods of
magnificent fir trees and manicured gardens. The campus buildings and the sculptured works
of Swedish artist Carl Milles draw thousands of visitors each year. There are tours
available of the formal gardens and the residence of the Booth family (who were the
founders of Cranbrook) and the Saarinen House named for the famous artistic family who
first lived there.
Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum is a showcase for a
permanent collection as well as for faculty and student art. There is also a Science
Museum. A nature center and conservatory are part of the science facility.
Christ Church Cranbrook, Episcopal, is part of the complex. It is
visited and enjoyed for its beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. There is a
carillon on the commons in front of the building. From time to time there are scheduled
concerts of bell music played by visiting, nationally acclaimed carilloners. At special
church seasons there are appropriate concerts given within the edifice.
Nationally known Oakland Hills Country Club has hosted PGA
playoffs and was the site of the 1996 U.S. Open. If one fantastic club isn't enough there
are several others: Birmingham Country Club, Bloomfield Hills Country Club, Forest Lake
Country Club and Wabeek Country Club.
Bloomfield Township, too, has beautiful and expensive
homes, but there are also many subdivisions with houses on large lots in the $200,000
price range. There are 17 lakes in the township - ranging from pond-size bodies of water
to those which accommodate small boats and subdivision beaches.
Bloomfield Township has no designated downtown. but there
are several nice shopping areas.