8.7 out of 10

Rivertown

Ranked 1st best neighborhood in Detroit
42.3368110325687 -83.0216896036025
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Childcare
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Schools
Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"City Living with Some Great Benefits"

This is an excellent part of town with so many great benefits! First and foremost you are right on the river with great access, excellent views, and some homes that overlook it for the perfect blend. You may pay a bit more to live here, but it's well worth the investment.

You won't find many houses here as it's mostly condos or apartments, but that's to be expected in a city area. This is truly city living and that's what draws people from all over to this area. If you want to be right in the center of things then this is the place to go. You will never be lacking for things to do or places to go.

Right outside your door you will find some of the best restaurants, bars, clubs, and a great overall nightlife. You can find some really fun festivals here in the warmer months and you are always in the center of the action. Perhaps not a part of town for families with young children, this appeals to those that want to be busy with a fun filled social calendar--and you will never be let down!

There's a bit of everything here in terms of accessibility, convenience with stores and restaurants nearby, and of course the water right there in your backyard. If you want true city living and are willing to pay for it, then this is by far the best choice within the city. You will have no problem getting around, you'll feel safe, and you'll get to enjoy all of the wonderful things that Detroit is known for. A great pick!
Pros
  • So Much to Do and See Nearby
  • Right Near the Water
  • In the Center of True City Living
  • A ton of nice bars, clubs, and restaurants packed in a small area
  • The Detroit Riverwalk
  • The Ren Cen is right there
  • Great Selection of Restaurants, Bars and Clubs
  • Plenty of Activities
Cons
  • Can Get a Bit Noisy
  • Traffic Can Get Bad
  • Not a lot of residential areas, but some condos and apartments
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Rivertown – Perfect if You Don’t Want a Yard"

Rivertown is the perfect place for working professionals, retirees and students, who are just too busy with work or their personal lives to enjoy a home with a yard. This area is a haven for the condo-lover and anyone who is always looking for something exciting to do.

Rivertown borders the Detroit River and puts you right in the middle of the action. It is quite possibly the trendiest area in the city, comparable to the vibe that SoHo in New York City has to offer. Expensive boutiques, fantastic restaurants with award-winning cuisine and overpriced, but very cool places to enjoy a cocktail can be found in abundance here.

You will have easy access to the many events at Joe Louis Arena, the Renaissance Center and you’ll have a front row seat to riverfront activities such as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Jazz Festival and fireworks over the river.

Public transportation is available, or you have easy access to highways if you commute out of the city for work. If you don’t have a family, or simply do not want the upkeep of yard work and house repairs, this is a great area to explore.
Pros
  • Plenty of Activities
  • Great Selection of Restaurants, Bars and Clubs
  • The Detroit Riverwalk
Cons
  • Horrible Traffic
  • Lack of Houses
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Upscale Detroit"

The Rivertown neighborhood in Detroit is bordered by the river – and is just across the water from Belle Isle Park and from Canada across the border. This neighborhood is home to the city’s marina near the MacArthur Bridge, and to the high rise and upscale condominiums at Harbortown. It is one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city, features some of the lowest crime, and gives some of the most scenic views of the downtown area, of the neighbor Canada to the north, and of the water stretched out in front of it.

Rivertown is touched by a stretch of Interstate 375 and is the ending point of the major thoroughfare Gratiot, also known as M-3. The immediate surrounding area is one of the most happening in the city, and supplies the largest collection of dining and entertainment options. A number of festivals and events are within the Rivertown neighborhood, or just outside within walking distance. These include: the North American International Auto Show, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Motor City Pride parade, River Days and the Detroit Free Press Marathon. It is an upscale neighborhood that attracts tourists and residents alike, and one that represents some of the best that the city and the state has to offer.
Pros
  • A ton of nice bars, clubs, and restaurants packed in a small area
  • The Ren Cen is right there
Cons
  • Not a lot of residential areas, but some condos and apartments
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Not much neighborhood area, but a very lively part of town"

This is an awesome part of downtown Detroit. There are so many nice bars, clubs and restaurants down here that it is unbelievable. And the crazy thing is most of these nice places are housed in buildings with less than impressive exteriors. It's like they are hidden jewels waiting to be found.

One of my favorite little spots down here is a club/restaurant/bar called They Say. I have been here several times and I love the classy, upscale sophisticated partronage you get to mingle with. Drinks are a bit pricey in here but overall it's a great place to go.

The whole area is just nice, especially when the weather breaks. You have Chene Park down here and the Detroit Riverwalk. The Renaissance Center is right there as well. This is a highly developed area of downtown and more construction is underway.

There are great schools around here, like the downtown branch of Detroit Mercy, King High School, and the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences.

There is busing along East Jefferson for residents of the area who need it to get back and forth. The Medical Center part of town is not far away as far as hospitals either. And course you are right downtown. Just a great lively place with all sorts of things going on, and it's all right by the river.
Pros
  • A ton of nice bars, clubs, and restaurants packed in a small area
  • The Detroit Riverwalk
  • The Ren Cen is right there
Cons
  • Not a lot of residential areas, but some condos and apartments
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

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