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About Royal Oak

Overview

Both a hipster and business professional place of residence, Royal Oak is known for its vibrant nightlife, active events calendar, accessibility and, mainly, its real estate desirability. Storybook-style homes dot the tree-lined residential streets. These houses vary in size from bungalow to mini-mansion, and yoga studios, coffee shops and specialty boutiques populate the downtown area. Amtrak also services Royal Oak, running directly through the downtown area.

Royal Oak occupies a prime location, sandwiched between the largely trafficked Woodward Avenue and Interstate 75. Additionally, Interstate 696 runs along the south border of the city. Within the larger area known as Metro Detroit, Royal Oak rests centrally.

Restaurants and Nightlife

You can find practically any type of cuisine at any price point in the city of Royal Oak. Simply walk down Main Street or Washington and you're likely to find at least half a dozen tempting options.

Ronin, at 4th Street and S. Lafayette, attracts sushi lovers near and far. This chic, swanky Japanese fusion restaurant has both a traditional sushi menu and a "kitchen" menu that offers patrons less traditional main entrées. A consistent customer favorite, though, is the Mountain Dew roll. Not at all similar to the high-caffeine beverage, one Yelp reviewer favorably describes this roll as "basically a bunch of deep fried stuff that's squished and rolled." Ronin's Kobe sliders also top the customer favorite list.

If you find yourself in Royal Oak early in the day, stop by Cafe Muse for an unforgettable brunch. Though the restaurant serves lunch and dinner, brunch is the restaurant's true highlight, Cafe Muse regulars salivate over the exotic mushroom scramble with Boursin cheese and truffle oil. The stuffed French toast also earns high marks.

At night, locals enjoy going out for drinks at any one of the downtown bars or restaurants that stay open late. Monk Beer Abbey has not only an impressive selection of beers on tap but a killer menu as well. According to one Yelp reviewer, the duck frites are "the Holy Grail of French fries." The mussels dish also receives high marks.

Just up the street from the Royal Oak Amtrak station, you find the Royal Oak Music Theatre. This former vaudeville theater, which opened in 1928, puts on nightly shows and is wildly popular among neighborhood folks and patrons who come from further afar.

History and Culture

Royal Oak was officially recognized as a city in 1921. In the last part of the 20th century, Royal Oak experienced exponential population and city development growth as a result of its location, vibrant culture and reputation as a safe community.

No museums exist in Royal Oak, but a town over, in Bloomfield Hills, you can find the nationally recognized Cranbrook Institute of Science and the Cranbrook Art Museum. Both institutions merit the 20-minute drive down Woodward.

Royal Oak maintains a vibrant art scene. It hosts the annual Arts, Beats and Eats festival, which features local artists, music and food, as well as a yearly beer fest. Both events take place downtown. Many Royal Oak high schools present craft shows around the holidays each year as well.

Transportation

Detroit is known as the Motor City for a reason, and its Royal Oak suburb is no different. Nearly everyone in the city owns at least one car. The only people who don't are those without a license. Otherwise, you need wheels to navigate this expansive area.

Because everyone owns a car, and residents don't need to utilize a taxi service, hailing a cab is difficult. If you must, though, call ahead. Uber does serve the Royal Oak area.

Two less popular transportation options include bus and train. Amtrak runs through Royal Oak, usually delivering riders from distant cities. SMART buses also serve the area but its routes are not extensive. Like Amtrak, SMART runs primarily intercity rather than within one city.

Parking is abundant in Royal Oak: on side streets, at meters, in lots and in parking structures. Side street parking is free, while metered parking costs around $2 for two hours, and lots and structures vary in price per hour. Finding a spot is easy, but local police monitor meters and lots closely and will most likely ticket you, even if you're only a minute over.

Folks looking to relocate within Metro Detroit desire Royal Oak because of its proximity to major expressways and main roads, including I-75, I-696, Woodward Avenue and Telegraph.

You can walk areas within Royal Oak with safety and ease, but traversing the entire city requires a car. Bicycling is an option, but cyclists do not have their own street lanes, nor are drivers in this area comfortable sharing the road with those on two wheels. The city is designed and built for four-wheel commuters.

Cost

Royal Oak rent exceeds Detroit rent. For a one-bedroom apartment, Royal Oak residents pay approximately $900 to $1,200 per month.

Local bars charge approximately $4 to $5 for a pint of beer, and gas prices in the area hover about four percent lower than the national average.

Shopping

You can do the most shopping damage on either Main Street or Washington in Royal Oak. These two popular streets run parallel to one another, and boast more boutiques and specialty shops than anywhere else in the city. The shops comprise an eclectic mix of vintage apparel, home goods, luxury furniture, high-end fashion, designer jewelry, stationary and more.

Head to Tootie and Tallulah's, a gift shop that sits on Coolidge Highway, for interesting finds. Shoppers love the large selection of consignment art, as well as the special Fair Trade collection of repurposed gifts.

For something a little more contemporary, walk over a street to Scout. This little shop sells candles, ornaments, throw pillows, vases, salt and pepper shakers, beautifully illustrated books and other oddities. The shop features a distinctively modern, artsy feel that is both colorful and minimalist. For that hard-to-buy-for person, this shop should definitely be on your radar.

Royal Oak's main grocery stores include Holiday Market, near I-696, Dearborn Market and Trader Joe's, both across the street from one another on Woodward Avenue, Hollywood Market and several Krogers stores. Every Saturday in downtown Royal Oak, local farmers congregate at Civic Center, just south of Main Street on 11 Mile Road, to sell their fresh produce and prepared items at Royal Oak's weekly farmers' market. The market is well attended and has ample parking for market-goers.

Parks

Parks are omnipresent in Royal Oak, varying in size from smaller than an acre to nearly ten acres. Many feature play structures, swing sets, sand boxes, picnic tables, walking paths and grassy areas. The larger parks boast tennis and basketball courts and some, baseball fields. Kenwood Park ranks as one of the larger parks, at 8.89 acres. Children enjoy the playground, courts and ball field at this park, while parents and young adults enjoy its open fields for relaxing.

All Royal Oak parks are free to enjoy and most offer enjoyment for children. The many park sidewalks also offer suitable routes for dog walking.

Royal Oak's website maintains an up-to-date calendar of ongoing events. You can always find something happening in and around the city, be it a symphony performance at a local middle school or a guided nature walk. Every year the city hosts annual events, including Royal Oak in Bloom, where local vendors sell a varied and impressive selection of flowers and the Clay, Glass and Metal Show, a juried festival featuring the work of over 100 nationally recognized artists.

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