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See home sale prices by school district in Washtenaw County

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A correlation between schools and property values

Prospective homebuyers often consider the quality of the neighborhood school when deciding where to live.

Michigan’s School Choice policy and in-district transfer opportunities give families the flexibility to live in one school’s attendance area and have their children enroll elsewhere. But Martin Bouma says neighborhood schools are still an important factor in the house hunting process.

“It’s very important,” said Bouma, founder of The Bouma Group Realtors in Ann Arbor. “People in the know pay a lot of attention to that.”

Bouma has tracked the annual average sales price per square foot of single-family homes in local schools’ attendance areas from 2005 to 2016.

Scroll down to see which Ann Arbor elementary schools have seen the most drastic change in home sales prices over the past decade and take a look at how average home prices vary among Washtenaw County school districts.

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Some other considerations

In addition to neighborhood schools, proximity to downtown and the University of Michigan’s campus also drive home sale prices in Ann Arbor, Bouma said.

In most areas within the Ann Arbor Public Schools district, home sale prices have rebounded to 2005 levels, which was the peak before the housing market crashed, he noted.

“Most of the areas now – in Ann Arbor – are above the peak,” Bouma said. “When you get into the east side of the county, there that’s not so much the case.”

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Highest home prices by Ann Arbor elementary school attendance area

The list shows the Ann Arbor elementary school attendance areas with the highest average home sale price per square foot in 2016.

  1. Burns Park Elementary – $285
  2. Bach Elementary – $274
  3. Angell Elementary – $268
  4. Eberwhite Elementary – $247
  5. Wines Elementary – $220
Photo gallery: First day of school at Mitchell Elementary
Lowest home prices by Ann Arbor elementary school attendance areas

The list shows the Ann Arbor elementary school attendance areas with the lowest average home sale price per square foot in 2016.

  1. Carpenter Elementary – $129
  2. Pittsfield Elementary – $140
  3. Mitchell Elementary – $144
  4. Allen Elementary – $177
  5. Thurston Elementary – $179

With the exception of Thurston, these schools are on Ann Arbor’s southeast side.

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Greatest gains in home prices by Ann Arbor elementary school area

The list shows the Ann Arbor elementary school attendance areas that saw the greatest percent increase in average home sales price per square foot from 2005 to 2016.

  1. Bach Elementary – up 27.9 percent. Bach saw a 5 percent increase in average home sales price from 2015 to 2016.
  2. King Elementary – up 22.5 percent. King saw a 12.4 percent increase in average home sales price from 2015 to 2016.
  3. Burns Park Elementary – up 21.4 percent. Burns Park saw an 11.8 percent increase in average home sales price from 2015 to 2016.
  4. Dicken Elementary – up 19.9 percent. Dicken saw a 5.8 percent increase in average home sales price from 2015 to 2016.
  5. Lawton Elementary – up 18.6 percent. Lawton saw a 1.6 percent drop in average home sales price from 2015 to 2016.

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