Posted by on July 1, 2011 in Architecture - 8 Comments

University District – Detroit, Michigan

Detroit University District 18004 Wildemere

Boston-Edison and Indian Village may get all the press, but Detroit’s University District is as gorgeous and unique as any neighborhood you’ll find within the city limits. Named for its close proximity to the University of Detroit, the neighborhood is located one mile west of Woodward and bounded by 7 Mile to the north, McNichols to the south, Livernois to the west, and the Detroit Golf Club to the east.

The district’s approximately 1,200 single family homes feature a wide variety of building styles, including English Tudor, Romanesque, Italianate, Spanish Mission, French Provincial, Queen Anne, Georgian, Federalist and Art Moderne, with Tudor being the dominant style. The vast majority of this district’s homes were built during a couple of the most golden ages of American home building, 1925 to 1930, and 1937 to 1941; back when building costs were low and old-world craftsmanship was plentiful, or so we’re told. All we know for sure is that they just don’t make ’em like this anymore. Sigh. ~I♥DM

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Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.


  1. Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for this. Many of these are near my grandmothers old house and this brings back so many memories. 

  2. Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:34 am

    You’re welcome, Lori! Thanks for reading!

  3. Posted July 30, 2012 at 4:34 am

    My pleasure, Lori. Thanks for reading!!

  4. Barbara Bommarito
    Posted August 11, 2014 at 6:45 am

    It’s a pleasure to see my neighborhood get this recognition. I’ve lived here forty-seven years; I’m still here by choice.

  5. Posted August 11, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Thanks for reading, Barbara. The University District is definitely one of Detroit’s most under-rated neighborhoods 😀

  6. Martha Cuneo
    Posted August 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    My husaband and I lived at 18225 Oak Drive from 1963 until 2001 and owned the house for two years more after that. Our children grew up in that house, and all of us loved its beauty and character. However, 3600 sq.ft. is a lot of house and it became more than the two of us could care for properly.

    It was – and still is – a beautiful neighborhood. I am in Detroit several times a month for social reasons because all of my best friends still live there – two in the University District.

    The age of my living cohort is the seventies to the mid-nineties. Each of us had a profession, raised a family, and loved Detroit. In our separate ways, we saw some of the future we live in and tried to prevent what has happened, or at least to mitigate it. When we are gone, our way of looking at Detroit will be lost forever.

    But we had a ball while it lasted!!!!

  7. Bruce M Beamon
    Posted April 23, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    THANKS for this article , my family lived here from 1969 to 1986 . What fond memories I have as well walking to Hampton schools nearly a mile because we lived in the most southern portion north of 6 mile rd with my sibling especially in the fall season with all the colored leaves and the beautiful architecture each different from the one before, these were also the days when several of my friends and neighbors built hockey rinks in there backyards were we would play in the winter, what a FINE area it was / may still be, by the way I’m STILL not to far from there there now in another one of Detroits underrated thriving neighborhoods ( Greenacres ) in my opinion just as nice but on smaller scale

  8. Posted May 23, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks for reading ILDM, Bruce! Lovely memories of a lovely neighborhood 🙂

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