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Neighborhoods - Allen

Allen Elementary serves varied neighborhoods of sturdy brick ranches, colonials, and tri-levels on the east and southeast sides of the city. Allen School itself lies behind historic Cobblestone Farm and year-round city recreation favorite Buhr Park, which features a swimming pool, outdoor ice rink, and sports fields. Many small ranches here were built in the 1950s as the area was hooked up to Ann Arbor water and sewer services.

The single-family neighborhoods north of Washtenaw have a split personality: unpaved streets and large, wooded lots give the homes on Chalmers and Woodland a country feel, in contrast to the bigger, newer houses of the Woodcreek subdivision. As the City Guide went to press, construction had begun on the new South Pond Village south of Woodcreek, with 73 sizable new homes and a small park that preserves a wetland on the site. The same contrast is visible north along the river, where tract mansions tower over the smaller, custom-built homes of the post-WW II Thornoaks sub. South of Michigan Ave. is the Hickory Pointe subdivision with its 65 homes, 5 parks, and swim club.

The Allen district includes the ranch-style 103-unit Carleton Court apartments at Packard and Platt. Students also are bused in from 3 huge rental complexes south of I-94: the 582-unit Pines of Cloverlane and 440-unit Hamptons of Cloverlane, both off Michigan Ave., and the affordable 609-unit University Townhouses co-op on Ellsworth.

Depending on their neighborhood, Allen grads go on to Scarlett or Tappan, and from there to Huron or Pioneer.



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