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Things To Do In August In Washtenaw County

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Summer is nearing an end. Good thing there is plenty of things to do in Washtenaw County for August to take advantage of the warmth and weather. Cities from Ypsilanti, Chelsea, Ann Arbor and Dexter are full of fun things to do. 

 

The Ton-Up | Ypsilanti

August 11, 12 – 7 p.m. | Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery  

The Ton-Up is a motorcycle and music festival. This year is the tenth time this festival has came to Ypsilanti. This one-day event will bring vintage and custom motorcycles, scooters and mopeds to local music.. 

 

Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival | Dexter

August 12 – 17 | Monument Park

This is an outdoor event where local and out of town artists paint outside over the course of a long 4 day weekend. Afterwards, you are able to view and purchase artwork in the Tent Gallery. 

 

Ann Arbor Blues Festival | Ann Arbor

August 16 – 18 | Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds

Since 1969, Blues lovers from all over came to the Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds to sing and dance to Blues. This year is no different. Come re-live the blues glory days at this legendary event. Buy your tickets in advance. 

 

DIYpsi | Ypsilanti

August 24 – 25 | Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery

DIYpsi is a famous art fair that takes place in, you may have guessed, Ypsilanti- once each summer and winter. Crafters sell handmade items of all kinds. Come out to support local vendors that make food, gifts, toys, and unique items. This year’s summer event features more than 90 vendors at ABC Microbrewery! 

Ann Arbor Triathlon | Dexter

August 3, 7:30 a.m. | Pinckney Recreation Area  

The Ann Arbor Triathlon is not for the weak. Participants do all three- running, biking and swimming. Starting at Halfmoon Lake in Pinckney State Recreation Area, you’ll swim the waters of Halfmoon, bike the country roads of the surrounding rural area, then run the 5-mile Poto Trail course to complete the challenge.

Ann Arbor Pride  I Ann Arbor

August 3rd 9 a.m. - August 4th 6 p.m.

Ann Arbor Pride has been promoting equality for LGBTQ for decades now. The event also donates all proceeds to the Jim Toy Community Center. The celebrations will take place in Kerrytown and will include food, music, fun, colorful clothing, and of course, pride. This year is the 25th anniversary, so special events will take place. 

Saline’s Summerfest | Saline

August 9 – 10 | Downtown Saline

Returning to the streets of Downtown Saline this month, Saline’s Summerfest is a hometown celebration like none other. In 2019, the event promises even more activities, attractions and amusements, but with all the local flare we’ve come to love.

 

Chelsea Community Fair | Chelsea

August 20 – 24 | Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

The Chelsea Community Fair is a beloved festival hat includes a rodeo, multiple tractor pulls, livestock competitions and auctions, demolition derbies, a local merchant tent, and more.

 

YpsiFest | Ypsilanti

August 23 – 25 | Riverside Park

In 2019, the Ypsilanti Heritage, Arts, and Entertainment Festival will be bigger and better than ever before. Over the course of three days, you can enjoy live trivia in the entertainment tent, daily helicopter rides, a kids’ area with bounce houses, pony rides and games, a classic car show, the Rubber Ducky Race, a BBQ competition and more.

 

Saline Community Fair | Saline

August 28 – September 1 | Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

Every year, the Saline Community Fair brings together the community to celebrate Saline’s favorite activities, local vendors and organizations. This year’s event will feature tractor pulls, carnival rides, racing and derbies, rodeo presentations, livestock and animal competitions and so much more.

 

 



 

Tom Stachler is a licensed Broker and Builder marketing homes and properties in the Ann Arbor Michigan area.  Also search for properties, houses, and condos for sale in Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Milan and the Ypsilanti real estate markets.  Check out the handy Links for realty related information and and MLS inventory access above. 

July Things To Do In Ann Arbor and Surrounding Areas

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Summer time in Washtenaw County is filled with lots of activities for families, friends, and children to partake in. We've rounded up some of the best activities during July 2019 that take place in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Chelsea.

 

 

Fourth of July Parade (July 4)

A long standing tradition is to enjoy  the Fourth of July in downtown Ann Arbor. The 27th annual 4th of July Parade hosted by the Ann Arbor starts at 10 a.m. The parade begins at the intersection of State and William streets. 

Chill by the pool in Ann Arbor (any day)

If you’re looking to cool down in water,  the city of Ann Arbor operates three outdoor pools: Buhr Park Outdoor Pool (2751 Packard Road), Fuller Park Pool (1519 Fuller Road) and Veterans Memorial Park Outdoor Pool (150 Jackson Ave.). You can Find Rates Here.

Rolling Sculpture Car Show (July 14)

For a Woodward Cruise-type of event, downtown Ann Arbor for the annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show is the event to attend. Last year’s show featured more than 300 exotic, antique, classic and concept cars.

The show is free to attend. Visit the city's website for more information.

The Ann Arbor News file photo

2017 Summer Beer Festival (July 21-22)

For local beer lovers, you can try samplings from more than 100 Michigan breweries, in addition to hearing live music at the annual Summer Beer Festival on July 21 and 22 in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park.

This is one of four of Michigan Brewers Guild's festivals. For more information on the festival, or to purchase tickets, click the link.

Ann Arbor Art Fairs (July 20-23)

During one of the most popular events of the summer, the streets of downtown Ann Arbor are expected to be packed for one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the nation during the Ann Arbor Art Fairs.

Original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of sidewalk sales can be found during the annual event, which features four different art fairs from artists across the globe. This year's festival takes place from July 20 through 23. For more information, check out our blog on the event here.

Chelsea Sounds and Sights Festival (July 27-29)

Live music fills the streets of downtown Chelsea from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday, beginning June 8 through Aug. 17 during the Chelsea Sounds and Sights Festival.

The festival also features a weekend festival featuring live music, art, a car show, entertainment for children and more from July 27 through 29. For more information, visit the festival's website.

 

This Week In June At Top Of The Park

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Top Of The Park

A favorite Ann Arbor summertime tradition is here this week and next full of free live music, in addition to kids activities, outdoor movies and more.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival, now in its 36th season, announced its 2019 Top of the Park music lineup running June 14 through July 7, with outdoor concerts six nights a week starting at 5 p.m. Below is this weeks events.

June 25 - Tuesday

5 p.m. Dave Boutette & Kristi Lynn Davis

6 p.m. Mark Lavengood Band

7:00 p.m. Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful

8:15 p.m. Madcat Midnight Blues Journey

June 26 - Wednesday

5 p.m. Room 1078

6 p.m. Emily Slomovits & Billy King

7:00 p.m. F.U.B.A.R.

8:30 p.m. Cold Tone Harvest

June 27 - Thursday

5 p.m. The Cloudbuilders

6 p.m. Dede & The Dream

7 p.m. Honey Monsoon

8:30 p.m. Anna Burch

June 28 - Friday

5 p.m. Alexis Lombre Trio

6 p.m. Andy Adamson Quintet

7 p.m. Liquid Monk

8:30 p.m. Shake Steady

10:15 p.m. Funkwagon

June 29 - Saturday

5 p.m. Ki5

6 p.m. Dani Darling

7 p.m. Vespre

8:30 p.m. Nique Love Rhodes & The NLR Experience

10:15 p.m. Paddlebots

June 30 - Sunday

5 p.m. Ari Graine

6 p.m. Grace Elizabeth Lee

7 p.m. KidsRock: Falu’s Bazaar

8:30 p.m. Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet

Movies

  • Tuesday, June 25 - Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  • Wednesday, June 26 - Arrival
  • Thursday, June 27 - Black Panther
  • Sunday, June 30 - Field of Dreams

Ann Arbor Art Fair

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

In just a couple weeks downtown Ann Arbor will be transformed into one of the largest displays of art work in Michigan. The streets will be lined with artists and merchants from various platforms and different genres of expression. You will be engulfed in colors, sights, sounds and the display of imagination from all over the world.

 

It’s the place to be Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21, 2019, when the city will transform into an art lover’s paradise, where visitors and locals alike will enjoy original works of art, street performances, live music, fabulous restaurants, culinary treats and a variety of sidewalk sales and boutique shopping. It's all part of the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

 

Some photos of artists below for a small taste of what's to come this July in Ann Arbor. 

Stop by for local sale, food trucks, live music, and art. Streets will be blocked off and the map of activities and parking is below.

 

 

Washtenaw Housing Market Update 2019

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Watch an update of the 2019 1st Quarter Michigan housing market in Washtenaw County by Real Estate One Family of Companies’ President of Brokerage Services, Dan Elsea. He recaps the market and gives thoughts on the next quarter and upcoming year for the real estate market in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Ypsilanti and all of Washtenaw County. 

 

 

Tom Stachler is a licensed Broker and Builder marketing homes and properties in the Ann Arbor Michigan area.  Also search for properties, houses, and condos for sale in Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Milan and the Ypsilanti real estate markets.  Check out the handy Links for realty related information and and MLS inventory access above. 

Washtenaw May Events

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Ann Arbor Things to Do in May

 

When the sun and warmth comes out in Michigan, there are lots of things to do in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, and Milan. We have rounded up some special events that you can partake in to enjoy the outside and have fun. Check back to our website for more current events and things to do in the Washtenaw area.

 

 

The Color Run 5K Ypsilanti

Saturday, May 11th

Depot Town

5 East Cross St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

 

The happiest 5K under the sun is back and better than ever! The Color Run 5K in Ypsilanti is untimed and the perfect outdoor activity for everyone, from seasoned athletes to first time runners. At each kilometer mark, runners are doused in colorful powder, ending at the finish line festival, an explosion of color with fun prizes and lots of celebration. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled event that can be ran, walked, or even danced!

 

Rock the District

Saturday, May 11

Corner of Maynard St & E William St

 

Join the fun at the corner of Maynard and East William to kick-off summer with a free outdoor concert. Located in downtown Ann Arbor, Rock the District brings the community together through live music. This year's featured acts include The Motet, Ragbirds, and Syd Burnham.

 

Water Lantern Festival

Saturday, May 18th

Milan Beach

16339 Cone Rd. Milan MI 48160

 

Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you'll witness the magic of the lanterns as they light up the water. As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with the launch of the lanterns onto the water as we Light The Water together. Watch your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. It's a night that you'll never forget.



 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market

Saturday, May 18  - Sunday, May 19 2019

Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103

 

Since 1968, The Ann Arbor Antiques Market will continue its tradition as a mainstay in the field of antiques and select collectibles. For 48 years the Ann Arbor Antiques Market has been committed to bringing a quality antique market to this area. We continue to be grateful for. our wonderful dealers and dedicated public who continue to partner with us, making 50 years possible. Quality Antiques, Jewelry, Paintings, Mid- century, Industrial design, Vintage, Folk art, Re-purposed and more.

Ann Arbor Flower Day

Sunday, May 26th

Kerrytown Market

315 Detroit St Ann Arbor MI 48104

 

Ann Arbor Farmers Market growers will offer a premium variety of flowers, plants, bulbs, seeds, seedlings and herbs at a great value. There will also be food trucks, live music, backyard beekeeping tips, gardening how-to advice, kids activities and tons of fun! This is an event for the whole family.

 

Milan Community Fair

Friday, May 31st

Wilson Park

147 Wabash St. Milan, MI 48160

 

The 70th annual Milan Community Fair and Fireworks is here! This annual event is a celebration of the community and an area favorite, with live music, fireworks, and so much more all weekend. There’s something here for the whole family, from live entertainment to free kids crafts, carnival games and delicious fair food. This fun weekend packed full of events is a must for your May to-do list.

 

Tom Stachler is a licensed Broker and Builder marketing homes and properties in the Ann Arbor Michigan area.  Also search for properties, houses, and condos for sale in Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Milan and the Ypsilanti real estate markets.  Check out the handy Links for realty related information and and MLS inventory access above. 

 

Ypsilanti's Best Restaraunts

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

There are many great places to eat in Washtenaw County. For this post, we wanted to highlight the Ypsilanti restaurants. Check back to find highlights for Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, and other surrounding area places to eat, lounge, and have a great time.

Beezy’s Cafe

A quaint eatery with a motto of ‘simple, honest food,’ Beezy’s Cafe is the place to go for some good homemade, original eats. A colorful interior, complete with sunny yellow walls and exposed brick adorned with eclectic art, is welcoming to guests. The menu is made up of sandwiches on freshly baked bread, salads with house-made dressing, and comforting made-from-scratch soup.

Beezy’s Cafe, 20 N Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 485 9625

Bill’s Drive-In

Bill’s Drive-In is hard to miss with its bright yellow exterior. A seasonal no-frills joint, Bill’s is iconic fixture on Ypsilanti’s dining scene, delighting guests with its tasty hot dog eats. There is no menu at Bill’s, just tasty hot dogs with a variety of toppings like chili. Bill’s is also known for their root beer. While the menu may be small, the flavors definitely are not.

Bill’s Drive-In, 1292 E Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 485 2831

 

Bomber Restaurant

Featured on the Food Network's 'Top Five Over Indulgences' for its Bomber Breakfast, you know that plate has got to be a hefty portion of deliciousness and that's right. It's one pound of ham, bacon, or sausage, and four eggs plus one pound of breakfast potatoes. The Bomber Restaurant is an aviation themed, mom-and-pop diner. For those who are not quite that hungry, the menu has an array of Home-style eats.

Bomber Restaurant, 306 E Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 482 0550

Bona Sera

Bona Sera is a charming restaurant specializing in eclectic global cuisine with Italian and Southern influences. The inviting interior features lofty ceilings, exposed brickwork often adorned with local art, and large picture windows allowing the light to flood in during the day. Bona Sera offers a host of seasonal comfort dishes that are sure to suit many tastes.

Bona Sera, 200 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 340 6335

Café Ollie

Located in Depot Town, the historic district in Ypsilanti, Café Ollie is a wonderful café adorned with bright colors and art-filled walls. The Rubenesque sandwich with house-made corned beef, stout-simmered sauerkraut, Swiss, and Thousand Island dressing and the Yardbirds On Fire mac ‘n’ cheese with Buffalo chicken and blue cheese are two enticing choices. They have delicious vegetarian options available as well.

Cafe Ollie, 42 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 482 8050

Casablanca

Casablanca serves up delicious and authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean delicacies, and features an inviting interior decorated with Moroccan touches, adding to the wonderful culinary experience. The menu includes a variety of options with highlights being the bistilla, or layers of chicken and spicy omelet stuffing topped with fried almonds flavored with orange blossom water, powdered sugar plus cinnamon; and the vegetable tagine for those guests wanting something meat-free. Wash it all down with a refreshing Moroccan mint tea.

Casablanca, 2333 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 961 7825

 

Dom Bakeries

Dom Bakeries is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. A family-owned and operated bakeshop, Fea and Ly Chov purchased this bakery in 1996. Using only the best ingredients, the bakery’s selection is endless with an array of sweet goodness, including custard-filled long johns, maple-glazed cinnamon rolls, and the ever-popular apple fritter.

Dom Bakeries, 1305 Washtenaw Rd, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 485 3175

Hana Korean Restaurant

Hana Korean is the place to dine if your craving calls for some home-style Korean fare bursting with incredible flavors. The menu has vegetarian recipes such as the ya chae chap chae, or sweet potato noodles stir-fried with vegetables, and the chae sig deanjahng jikae, which is tofu and vegetable soup with bean sauce flavoring and rice. You’ll also find kanpoongki, or fried chicken wings in garlic sauce; kimchi jakae, or kimchi soup with pork and tofu; and kalbi, or traditional Korean BBQ beef short ribs.

Hana Korean Restaurant, 1346 E Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 483 2455

Red Rock Downtown Barbecue

Red Rock Downtown Barbecue is a great place to enjoy refreshing drinks and tasty eats. The relaxed feel of the interior is further enhanced by the exposed brickwork and use of dark woods throughout. The restaurant’s menu features everything from sandwiches to mac ‘n’ cheese and much more. The bar offers 20 beers on tap, ensuring that you’ll find something to complement the meal. Red Rock also has happy hour twice a day every day.

Red Rock Downtown Barbecue, 207 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 340 2381

Sidetrack Bar & Grill

Sidetrack Bar and Grill is a railroad-themed pub located in Depot Town. This happening establishment is always hopping with folks just looking to have some fun with friends and family and have a great night out on the town. The interior is warm with exposed brick, dark wood, and several taxidermied animals on the walls. As for the food, there are plenty of sharable plates, handcrafted, juicy burgers, sandwiches, and entrées like Yankee pot roast.

Sidetrack Bar & Grill, 56 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI, USA, +1 734 483 1490

 

Tom Stachler is a licensed Ann Arbor area real estate agent and broker also working real estate home and condo sales in the Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Ypsilanti, Milan and many of the surrounding markets in both Washtenaw and Livingston County.  Please click on the inventory or MLS search tab above for the latest residentialincome and commercial realty property listings for sale.  

Coming Soon ALL Brick Home on 5 Acres

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

COMING SOON - All Brick Modern Home

You will love the higher ceilings, columns and updated trim on this Quality built Ranch with Glazed cabinets and Granite Kitchen surround by the all Brick Exterior with Limestone Keyways .  Sprawling basement with pre cast engineering for super strong foundation prepped for finishing including plumbing for a bathroom with a couple egress windows.  Home is energy efficient with GeoThermal Furnace and Hot water holding tanks.

Also there is extra space to add to this finished square footage in the Walk up attic that is partially finished for use as a 4th bedroom or playroom/study?  Located on 5 acres that back to woods, this home also sports a finished 3.5 Car garage with insulated doors. A concrete and brick patio and also small out building for storage or play house.

Easy access to Plank road and US 23 for commuter friendly location. 

  • High Efficient GeoThermal Heating and Cooling
  • Extra space in walk up Attic
  • High quality finishes and Trim throughout
  • Granite Counters
  • Out Building
  • 5 Acre Parcel
  • Easy access to US-23 for commuters

Call 734.996.0000 to Be Put On Our First To View - Check back for Walk Thru HD Video and Updated Photos

To See the Full Listing Click Here

Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County Market Update for January 2019

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Market Update - Watch the Video

An interesting update from the Real Estate One President Dan Elsea on the housing market

 

Tom Stachler is a licensed Realtor Broker selling homes in the Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti and Dexter areas markets.  Feel free to reach out if you are looking to purchase or view homes in these areas and also including Milan and Chelsea markets or most of Washtenaw County.  Looking for Homes or condos for sale ?  Check out the Links above left or the helpful real estate resource links above and to the right.  

Extreme Cold Weather Safety Tips

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

How to Keep Warm in Your Home

 

 
 
  • Have your furnace inspected before cold weather arrives. Inspect the heat exchanger for cracks, install a new air filter, and check the thermostat to see if it’s working properly.
  • Inspect fireplaces, and chimneys before using, and make sure they are clean.
  • Keep drapes and blinds closed, unless windows are in direct sunlight.
  • Put up storm windows, or install sheet plastic window insulation kits on the inside of windows.
  • Cover or remove any window air conditioners.
  • Insulate electrical outlets and switches on exterior walls with foam seals available at home centers.
  • Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside of your house.
  • Repair or replace weather stripping and areas around doors and windows.
  • Run ceiling fans on low in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to circulate warm air around the house.
  • Put draft snakes on window sills, between window frames, and against doors- anything with openings.
  • If you heat with propane or fuel oil, make sure the tank is full.
  • If you heat with wood or coal, have plenty of fuel on hand.

House surrounded by snow

How to Stay Safe in an Ice or Snow Storm

 
 
  • Stockpile nonperishable food and water.
  • Refill prescription medications in advance of storm.
  • Fill car with gas. Have a snow brush in the vehicle. 
  • Charge cell phones fully.
  • Have flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods, and a manual can opener on hand.
  • A portable generator can come in handy if the lights go out, but take precautions to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning when using.
  • Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and the batteries powering them will last.
  • Have a working fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies.
  • A chain saw can come in handy for removing broken limbs after an ice storm.

Tom Stachler is a Michigan licensed real estate Broker and Builder working in the Ann Arbor, Saline and Dexter Real Estate markets.  Please refer to the helpful Links above for more information about Buying or selling real estate, homes and condos when searching for one of the area's best real estate brokers. 

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