What’s Old Is New Again

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you’ve been through the Forester Square Subdivision this past year you most likely saw quite a bit of construction going on.  Nestled nicely within the walkable neighborhood, one-family houses are being built in a style commonly referred to as “New Urbanism”.  The style is reminiscent of homes built in the “Golden Age” of Detroit.  It’s different from anything else in the City.


These two-story houses are positioned close to the sidewalks, which helps bring the neighborhood together.  The sidewalks provide easy access to the City’s Downtown and network of pathways, trails and parks.  The front and rear yards are smaller than what might be found on a typical lot, which many see as a benefit due to reduced lawn maintenance time and expense.


The most noticeable difference in this subdivision is the absence of front-facing driveways and garages.  In a deliberate effort to create curb appeal and connectivity, the garages are located behind the house and are easily accessed by a separate drive.

Houses are just under 2,000 square feet in size and most have a large front porch, conducive to interaction with friends and neighbors.  Most homes have open floor plans on the first floor with master bedrooms on the second floor.


Residents of Forester Square also have access to the spacious courtyard as well as the clubhouse and swimming pool.

So if you’re looking for a neighborhood with a little touch of historic character look no further than Forester Square located along Adams Road in Auburn Hills.