Waterford is a chartered township located in Oakland County, Michigan. With a population of just over 70,000, it ranks as one of the larger cities in the state and is made up of several smaller neighborhoods and unincorporated communities. Waterford is broken up into Clintonville, Drayton Plains, Four Towns, Huron Heights and Waterford proper.
One of the largest draws for people considering the purchase of Waterford real estate is the proximity of so many lakes. There are 34 different lakes that offer visitors and residents numerous opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. In addition, one of the city’s parks (Hess Hathaway Park) was recently named the Best Park in Metro Detroit. Drayton Plains Nature Center earned honors as one of the Top Ten Parks in Southeast Michigan.
Of course, there are more attractions to owning Waterford real estate than just proximity to nature and the numerous parks on offer. The city has a number of attractions, including the historic district of town. The downtown area is home to a significant revitalization effort, and now contains a broad variety of shops, boutiques, eateries, fine restaurants, art galleries, theaters and more.
The city of Waterford is served by three different school districts. The Waterford School District is the largest and encompasses most of the city. However, some parts are served by the Pontiac School District or the Clarkston School District. The Waterford School District has earned several awards, including the prestigious ARC Award. Students from the school district also earned the 2012 Scholastic Art Award.
Yet another perk for those considering the purchase of Waterford real estate is the proximity of the Oakland International Airport, which is located within the city. Of course, the city is also well connected to are freeways and state highways, making travel to other areas a breeze for residents.