First In, Last Out
Painful as it is, foreclosure can also start a new chapter. Sarah and John McCallum bought a foreclosed home on Springbrook in 2001. The yellow house was in bad shape, but after $40,000 worth of renovations it's been their home ever since. Sometimes "you get lucky," Sarah says. Her street is filling with young families, including a few whose homes were fixed up with help from Habitat for Humanity.
While the bargain house on Rosedale was being gutted in June, a sale was pending on Ward's former house. With three bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths and a large garage, it was listed for $109,900.
Despite such turnover there's also a growing sense of community, with locals organizing a farmers market each Tuesday evening at Buhr Park (see Events). And then there's the annual Burgers on Bellwood event, a neighborhood party that Jeff Irwin and his wife, Kathryn Loomis, have held for six or seven years.
They moved to East Ann Arbor right after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2000, living first in a condo in Pittsfield Village, and then, as their family grew, buying a home with more room for entertaining. "We circled a weekend on the calendar ... and got to know our new neighbors," says Irwin, who's now a state representative in Lansing. They make it an annual tradition, barbecuing burgers from Knights Market, about forty-five pounds worth this year.