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Community of the Month: Turtle Creek

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This spacious, well-established community, with easy access to I-96, showcases Central Michigan’s rolling landscape.

Turtle Creek is a well-established community that features large home sites, mature trees and open spaces with community parks.  The affordability of Marion Township’s low taxes is appealing to those who work in adjacent communities.  Turtle Creek is close to M-59 and I-96, providing a middle ground between Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Detroit commuters.  The central location enables travel to downtown Ann Arbor in 30 minutes, downtown Lansing in 45 minutes, and an hour to Detroit.

Howell is a charming Main Street community listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 19th century Art Deco, Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne buildings are home to locally owned boutiques, antique shops, toy shops, home décor stores, theaters, bars and restaurants. In the summer and fall, local farms sell produce at an open-air farmer’s market in front of Howell’s courthouse. This community is near grocery stores, shopping malls and the Tanger Outlet Mall. The 270-acre Howell Conference and Nature Center hosts special events throughout the year, and its Wild Wonders Wildlife Park offers a safe, up-close way to observe the local animal and bird life. Within the city limits, recreation facilities include the Howell Aquatic and Fitness Center, an outdoor ice skating rink, a mix of athletic fields, a dog park, and the beach and boat launch at Howell City Park. The city celebrates its natural surroundings and vibrant downtown in several annual festivals, including a Balloon festival, the Melon Festival, a Halloween festival fondly titled “The Legend of Sleepy Howell,” and a holiday parade in late November.  The Genoa Walking Trail provides miles of hiking, and golf is nearby at Chemung Hills Golf Course. State recreation areas, including Island Lake, Brighton, Proud Lake and Pinckney, are excellent destinations for passive recreation.

Howell Schools are known for generating parental and community involvement, and students at Howell High School perform consistently higher on standardized tests than the state average. Children in Turtle Creek attend Southwest Elementary School, Parker Middle School and Howell High School.  According to bridgemi.com, the schools are ranked 215ths out of 507 districts.