4.7 out of 10

Springwells

Ranked 17th best neighborhood in Detroit
42.3060946506822 -83.1307491268228
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3/5
2yrs+

"Great Potential and Hope for the Future"

So the truth about this neighborhood is that it's all across the board. There are pockets of the area that have nice homes and are well kept. Then you will find others just the opposite where there are abandoned homes in need of help and streets to match that predicament.

There are some that are seeing the potential that this area has and there is talk of revitalization. Though it has happened it has been slow to start and so there is a need for more overall. The nice homes may be present but there needs to be more of a positive spin to make this a desirable area in the future.

You won't want for anything in terms of amenities. You have some good restaurants nearby, you have plenty of stores, and since this is a rather large neighborhood you are covered in terms of what you need in terms of convenience. You have access to major roads and to public transporation. Though you have that accessibility handy you also will find that the traffic and noise is far enough removed that it won't bother you.

The bottom line here is that there is in fact great potential. You can enjoy some of the nice parts and be hopeful that this sort of thing outweighs the bad in the future. It's not really a high crime area, but just that the not so desirable areas of town are just not kept up properly. So there is great hope for the future that revitalization will take over an area that could use a bit of help.
Pros
  • Potential for Revitalization Efforts
  • Some Good Parts of Town
  • Close to Many Amenities
  • Plenty of public transportation along West Vernor
  • I-75 and I-94 close by
  • Easy access to highways
Cons
  • Needs More of a Sense of Community
  • Some Parts Are Run Down and Need Improvements
  • Some poor, run down streets within the neighborhood
  • Mediocre school district
  • Not the friendlist community
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Springwells – Hit or Miss"

It is sad when you have a neighborhood with a lot of potential that looks as though it is only a matter of time before it fits in Detroit’s list of rundown and abandoned areas. Springwells is the type of place you can walk down a street and get a cozy feeling for a minute, as a few houses have nicely manicured landscaping and just look well-kept. Then, a couple steps later, you hit a stream of homes with garbage everywhere, lawn overgrown and a solid feeling that nobody cares. It is really a shame.

Whether you work in the city or the suburbs, you have easy access to I-94 and I-75, but public transportation also runs down West Vernor Highway. You will also find a ton of restaurants and shops along this road including Las Brias Restaurant and Los Altos Restaurant. If you are craving something sweet, rumor has it that Family Treats on Springwells makes the best milkshakes around.

As of now, it is not a bad place to find affordable housing, but the diversity in upkeep of housing and streets in general leaves you wondering if this isn’t the next neighborhood to check off the list of livable conditions.
Pros
  • Easy access to highways
  • Plenty of public transportation along West Vernor
Cons
  • Not the friendlist community
  • Mediocre school district
  • Some poor, run down streets within the neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
2yrs+

"Springwells - quiet and peaceful"

Just off of the Dix Highway and Fort Street, the Springwells neighborhood of Detroit is bounded on one side by Waterman Street and by Woodmere Street on the other. It is a community that is older than many other neighborhoods in the immediate area, and features many housing opportunities in the Springwells Village Townhomes. The neighborhood has a more suburban feel that many surrounding areas, and the older population has kept noise down, crime slightly lower than average, and incomes a little higher than average.

Home in the area are just as prone to foreclosure and low values as other homes in Detroit, but the openings are less dilapidated and more livable. It is an area just outside of the heart of the city, and one that is developing a number of small business, building projects and housing opportunities. Springwells isn’t your typical Detroit neighborhood, and this has been a positive over time for many residents. It can be a good place to retire for some around the city, or a place to find a quiet break from the mostly young population, from the busy downtown area or from the crime of the areas farther downtown.
Pros
  • I-75 and I-94 close by
  • Plenty of public transportation along West Vernor
Cons
  • Some poor, run down streets within the neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Ok in some areas, but most of it is a bit run down"

My friend's dad worked in this part of town. It's a neighborhood a few miles from the River Rouge area. It's actually considered part of Southwest Detroit, so you have a considerable Latino presence down here in the way of shops and residents.

The whole place could use some revitalization, like some major project or new development built somewhere around here in order to stimulate the local economy. This neighborhood actually encompasses a large area in terms of square miles, so some parts are better than others. Some streets have homes that appear to be in good shape, while others feature boarded up and abandoned eyesores. The streets are relatively clean in some places, and littered with refuse in others. It seems like the locals can sniff out a visitor, and their demeanor when they stare at you is not a friendly one.

Due to the area covering a few square miles, there are an abundance of public transit stops and retail stores around. Most of these places can be found along West Vernor Highway. This streets cuts right through the neighborhood, and has many Latino themed shops and stores. There is also a public library on West Vernor, and a few public schools scattered throughout the neighborhood. As far as major freeways, I-75 and I-94 are both very close by for traveling and commuting to other parts of the city and suburbs.
Pros
  • I-75 and I-94 close by
  • Plenty of public transportation along West Vernor
Cons
  • Some poor, run down streets within the neighborhood
  • Locals give off an unfriendly vibe to visitors
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

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