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Blocks of tree-canopied streets and well-tended classic old homes set around a historic park and school--as well as its location near both U-M's campus and downtown--make Burns Park one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods.

Northeast of the park, the shady streets climb the gentle slopes of the area known as Ives Woods, which has one of the highest median household incomes in Ann Arbor. Even higher in income is the area north of Washtenaw, where eclectic homes on large, wooded lots, including some recent construction, dot the streets stretching east toward Huron Pkwy.

Burns Park includes the South University business district, home to the 18-story, 240-unit University Towers apartments-ugly to some, but home to Madonna back in the day. After it was built in the 1960s the city slapped a height limit on the area that lasted forty years. When it was finally lifted in the mid-2000s, developers quickly responded with new luxury student high-rises, including the ten-story Zaragon Place on East University the fourteen-story Landmark, catercorner from U Towers, and the thirteen-story Arbor Blu, which rises about the Pizza House restaurant. The wave continues: the new 14-story Six11 midblock between East University and Church will soon be joined by the under-construction Vic Village North and the planned Vic Village South .

Near Packard and Hill, older houses occupied by longtime residents mingle with large fraternity, sorority, and cooperative houses and student apartment buildings. More student rentals are sprinkled around "Lower Burns Park" west of Packard, though zoning changes seek to halt any further advance. Adults predominate in the 262-unit Ann Arbor Woods apartments on East Stadium.

Students from the immediate Burns Park area all go to Tappan Middle School, but then they split, with those north of Washtenaw going to Huron High and the rest to Pioneer. Students also are bused in to Burns Park from Arbor Pointe, with 280 apartments across from Washtenaw Community College, and the huge Glencoe Hills complex, whose 584 units extend from Washtenaw to Clark east of US-23. Students from these areas go on to Scarlett Middle School (except for a few living north of Clark who are in the Clague area) and to Huron High.



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