Clarkston Property Management

Located about 40 miles north of Detroit is the tiny city of Clarkston, Michigan. Situated in Oakland County, Clarkston is entirely surrounded by the city of Independence Township. The city was first settled in 1830 and incorporated as a village in 1884. Clarkston would later be incorporated as a city, but not until 1992. The first home was built in the town in 1830, and 1832 saw the second home and the first sawmill. The first church - the Methodist Church - was built on Buffalo Street in 1841. And in 1842 the Clark brothers drew up a map outlining the borders of a village and named it Clarkston.

The city of Clarkston is home to approximately 900 people. This little town has only around one-half square mile of total area. Clarkston has easy access to I-75 as well as Dixie Highway. The town also has great historical significance, and was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1976, and added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1979. In fact, an entire district - known as the Village of Clarkston Historic District - is considered an area of historic relevance. This district includes: Main Street, Church Street, Buffalo Street, Depot Street, Holcomb Street, Washington Street, Clarkston Road, Miller Road, and Waldon Road.

The median household income in Clarkston is approximately $57,630 while $39,500 is the estimated income per capita in the city. The median sales price asked for homes and condos in this area is about $173,780 while the median gross rent is $706 per month. Clarkston has a relatively low unemployment rate, as well as a low rate (when compared to other surrounding cities) of residents living below the poverty line.

Aside from being a historic landmark, the city of Clarkston is well known for a number of other things also. Several popular and/or famous people are from the area of Clarkston, including professional athletes, actors, industrialists, writers, politicians, musicians, and more. A few of the people on this list include actress Valerie Bertinelli, major league pitcher Steve Howe, industrialist Henry Ford, and musician Kidd Rock. The town has a history of appearing in television shows, such as an episode of the popular HBO series Hung, as well as an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network. Clarkston also offers a number of recreational and entertainment options for its residents and visitors alike.

In the summer Clarkston becomes a popular destination for crowds of people, especially food and music buffs. Home to two famous restaurants, the Union Woodshop and the Clarkston Union, people travel from near and far to taste what this town has to offer. Also home to the DTE Energy Music Theatre - an outdoor amphitheater that seats more than 15,000 people - the city of Clarkston sees some of the most popular musicians in the world perform. Another attraction that may be interesting to some tourists is the Clarkston Heritage Museum. Located in the Independence Township Library, the Clarkston Community Historical Society manages the museum. Objects found inside the museum include documents, historic photographs, and vintage artifacts that assist in telling the history of the village.

Clarkston is a place where the residents community are a main priority. Wanting to provide a safe and happy environment to public, the city offers parks and recreational areas for fun and entertainment. Depot Park is a small area located near Clarkston City Hall. Connected by a paved path to the sidewalk on Main Street, the park features a large play area and a relaxing gazebo. With a small beach for swimming and a boat launch next to the parking area, Deer Lake Park becomes a popular attraction during the summer months. Found on historic Clarkston Road, Clintonwood Park is a recreational complex with an unpaved pathway around a section of the property. The park includes a playground, picnic areas, and an ice rink for use by the public. Used by both children's leagues and adult leagues, Clintonwood Park also features basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and volleyball courts. Located alongside Crooked Lake just north of Clarkston is Independence Oaks County Park. The park extends outside of the city, with nearly twelve miles of trails. This recreational area offers playgrounds and picnic areas in addition to other nearby facilities. Found in the center of the park, the lake offers a chance to swim, relax on its sandy beach, fish, or rent a paddle boat and enjoy the relaxation of nature. Sashabaw Plains Park features a sheltered picnic area and horseshoe pit near a play area. The park also includes basketball courts, baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, and soccer fields. The Clarkston - Ortonville Bike Route is approximately nine miles long, and offers cyclists a paved pathway along Ortonville Road/M-15.

The Clarkston Community School District serves the city of Clarkston, as well as students from a number of surrounding areas. Founded in 1952, the headquarters of the school district are located in Independence Township. Though the city of Clarkston itself is small, recent years have seen over 8,000 students enrolled in the school district. The schools found in Clarkston Community School District include: The Early Childhood Center, Clarkston Elementary School, Independence Elementary School, Pine Knob Elementary School, Springfield Plains Elementary School, Bailey Lake Elementary School, North Sashabaw Elementary School, Andersonville Elementary School, Clarkston Junior High School, Sashabaw Middle School, Clarkston High School, and Renaissance High School.

Open six days a week and providing a variety of programs for residents of any age, the Clarkston Independence District Library is located on Clarkston Road. The library helps encourage reading with its summer reading programs for both children and adults. The library also offers book clubs, a teen art show, and family activities such as a petting zoo. Medical facilities serving the Clarkston area include: Clarkston Medical Group, Clarkston Health Center, Clarkston Lakes Family Medicine, McLaren Oakland - Dixie Highway Internal Medicine, M-15 Family Medical Center, and more. The Village of the City of Clarkston is, without a doubt, one of the best all-around small towns in the state.