Highland is a chartered township, and located at the very edge of Oakland County, Michigan. Historically, the town dates back to the early 1800s. Today, it’s known as Michigan’s first designated equestrian community. Highland offers beautiful rural areas and holds a significant equestrian presence, with a population of just under 20,000 people.
Those interested in Highland real estate will find the area divided up into several distinct communities. While there are no incorporated areas, each of the town’s neighborhoods has its own character and its own special vibe. Clyde was once a railroad stop, and had its own post office in the 1800s. Seven Harbors lives up to its name, thanks to its location between three different lakes. Other neighborhoods within the town include East Highland, Highland and West Highland.
Perhaps the most notable Highland real estate can be found in Highland Recreation Area (covering 1/4 of the township). This state-designated area offers almost 6,000 acres of lakes, forest and wetlands, filled with local wildlife and birds. The high areas (called moraines) that originally gave the town its name are located here, as well. Haven Hill Natural Area is a National Natural Landmark and is also located within Highland Recreation Area.
Much of Highland remains rural, and the residents like it that way. In fact, most of the early 2000s was spent trying to maintain that character. The Highland Equestrian Conservancy helped achieve that goal, and was instrumental in getting the area designated as an equestrian community. However, that doesn’t mean that residents have no amenities – Highland offers all the benefits of city living, within a rural landscape.
Those buying Highland real estate will also find that the downtown area has been significantly revitalized, creating a 10-block network of unique restaurants, quaint shops, art galleries, boutiques and other areas to explore.