This hip neighborhood offers a mix of quaint historic homes and a small-but-growing bunch of hot bars and restaurants.

The Lowdown

While visitors to Corktown may be familiar with Slow’s BBQ, Nemo’s sports bar, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, residents of Corktown enjoy the quiet neighborhood feel of this historic community. The neighborhood’s famous Victorian housing stock is concentrated on the tree-lined blocks south of Michigan, between 12th Street and the Lodge. Corktown is one of the closest neighborhoods to downtown, and offers a traditional residential setting with great amenities nearby.

The Nitty Gritty

Most of Corktown’s housing stock consists of single family Victorian homes, with some attached homes and a few loft developments mixed in. One of the city’s most competitive housing markets, sales are few and far between, with the rare move-in ready home going very quickly. Rentals are mostly by owner, so you’ll want to check Craigslist and ask around the neighborhood for some of these listings. With limited inventory, occupancy rates are high, but there are still bargains to be found.

Check It Out

  • Have a beer at LJ’s—an old neighborhood classic bar, while you wait for table at one of the neighborhood’s new hot spots.
  • Rumor has it that first-time visitors to Nancy Whiskey receive a complimentary whiskey. Ask your bartender nicely.
  • The Roosevelt Park Revival is hard at work cleaning up the park in front of the train station. Like them on Facebook for more info on upcoming cleanups, concerts and events.


About the Neighborhood 

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