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Here’s The Truth About Canton Michigan and Plymouth Michigan Prices

Canton Michigan and Plymouth Michigan are two powerhouse metro Detroit suburbs, but there’s often a misconception about the two that makes them seem interchangeable, and I'm here to tell you that’s not the truth.



As I mentioned, Canton and Plymouth are both well known and desirable communities to live in Metro Detroit, but what I’m noticing is they’re often described as if they are the same place, not only in a geographic sense and amenities, but for prices too. Despite their close proximity, I’m going to smash that assumption respectfully, because they couldn’t be any more different. I want to talk about how these two suburbs in Metro Detroit are different in a financial sense and how they’re the same to help you make the most well informed decision possible if you’re planning to plant your roots in one of these areas.


Also, I’ve created several videos about things to know, pros and cons, etc. pertaining to Canton and Plymouth in the past that I'll be sure to linked below, so you can get a well rounded idea of these two communities.


Average Home Sale Price:

Canton Michigan vs. Plymouth Michigan


plymouth michigan and canton michigan

Kicking this off by taking a look at this graph provided by the multiple listing service, it outlines the average sale price over the last 3 years in Plymouth township (in green), Plymouth (in yellow), as well as canton township (in red). Plymouth has its own city and township, whereas Canton is just a township. Plymouth township comes in at just over $446,000 with a 7.1% increase, Plymouth sits at just over $432,000 which was a 4.8% decrease and canton twp sits at just over $395,000 which was a 2.3% increase. So in terms of averages, you can save quite a bit of money living in canton in the home price department versus Plymouth, while of course being able to take advantage of the amenities both communities offer since they are right next to each other. In a housing market where homes are pretty expensive, saving nearly $37,000 from one area to the next is huge for any homebuyer out there. I mean that’s the cost of a new car these days, and I know you want a new one don’t lie to me. Or you could donate it to the Andrew fund, your choice of course.


Before I dabble in property taxes, I wanted to put a visual to how far you can stretch your dollar in each of these areas because data and graphs are super cool and all, but seeing how it translates to real life is pretty important I'd say (view video above for visuals). I’m going to take a rough average of those 3 areas I mentioned that I included in the graph based on current inventory, and it comes out to be roughly $445,000. So that price and below is what I'll show you to get a sense of how these areas size up to one another.


Home Comparison:

Canton Township Michigan


Canton Township Michigan

Taking a look at this first home in Canton Township, it was on the market for 10 days before it sold, it has 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, one being a half, 2,714 square feet, situated on 0.08 acres, and built in 2003 with a 2 car garage. This neighborhood is in the cherry hill village area and has a monthly HOA of 65 dollars a month, and is the Plymouth canton school district. Taking a look at the images, it gives off a historic colonial feel. We jump inside, I apologize in advance  for the picture quality, it’s not me, it’s the person who took them I promise.


We have a spacious formal living room off the front door, but at least there’s some separation to the entrance in my opinion. Down the hall we have bathroom number one, we pop out to the kitchen that has stool, a little dining area in the back and an open concept that is good for entertaining, then we jump to the primary ensuite which fits a large bed, has those tall ceilings we all know and love, a sizable bathroom with double sinks and a jacuzzi, a long with a standing shower and ample storage throughout. Then we have some other living space upstairs, which i don’t think could be made to be a bedroom since you need to walkthrough to get to another bedroom, a few images of the bedrooms, that have extra closets, another bathroom, a much larger bedroom to say the least, a lot of room for activities there., with yet another bathroom, a walk- in closet, and a garage off the back. This may seem like a goofy set up with the yard if you’re not familiar with this area, but they did that to pack as many homes in there as possible, the yards become nonexistent, but the subdivisions tend to have sizeable parks to make up for it, but don’t let this be how you see canton, because there are plenty of larger lots, I have a home tour video in a new construction neighborhood i did a little while back that I can include below too.


Home Comparison:

Plymouth Township Michigan


Plymouth Township Michigan

This next home is located in Plymouth township, it was on the market for 37 days before it went pending, and that may seem like a lot in today’s world. But it’s off of a main road, next to commercial space and across the street from a school. It doesn’t make this a bad option, but it dwindles down the buyer pool a little bit because not all people would like that no matter how far back the home is situated from the road. Thai home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, one being a half, 1,875 square feet, with an additional 850 square feet being finished in the basement, situated on over half an acre, with a 2 car garage and built in 1995.


Taking a look at the images, I think this first picture was strategically captured to eliminate the surroundings. Stepping inside, We have such a cool layout, the natural wood dining table, the darker floors, lighter cabinets and all the natural light flooding in. a nicely situated living room with a fireplace. A powder room which is located on the main level I believe, a bedroom with tall ceilings, a bathroom with a window letting in some of that natural light we love, another bedroom that’s being utilized as an office, then another bedroom and bathroom, then to another bedroom that’s redded out, that’s a new word we’ll use, then we jump downstairs with a pool table, this space gives off a dive bar feeling with the flooring being used, shelves and a bar waiting to be stocked, the furnace, then we jump outside to see the brick patio, and a wide open yard with great privacy despite the homes surroundings which is a very nice touch. I really didn’t expect that when I first looked at these images. A couple overhead shots showing the main road, nearby businesses and school field across the street.


Home Comparison:

City of Plymouth Michigan


City of Plymouth Michigan

Last but not least, a Home in the city of Plymouth. I can tell you before even looking at it, your dollar will not go as far when we jump into the city limits, but it’s a good visual for everyone out there to compare and contrast what’s best for them. This home is closest to the intersecting streets of Ann Arbor trail and main street which make up Plymouths downtown space. This home was on the market for 19 days before going pending. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1200 square feet, along with 825 finished square feet in the basement. With a 1 car garage, situated on 0.11 acres and built in 1969. Taking a look at the images, despite it being smaller than the other homes, I’m a huge ranch person, I think stairs take up a lot of space, and that olive green color is coming back in style. For those of you watching, do you prefer a colonial or a ranch home, and why? Stepping inside, this home is staged very well. Starting with the living room and a fireplace, that seamlessly transitions into the dining space, and the kitchen. Huge fan of this home's layout and the way it’s showcased. Large laundry room with countertops off the kitchen which is also marketed as a chefs kitchen. Then we step into the primary bedroom with a king bed, then we move to the bathroom , as well as another bedroom, with a good sized closet form the look of it, then the last bedroom is being used as an officer space, jumping downstairs we gave another living room space that looks great for entertaining, and ellipticalling, which is probably a word I’m sure. Then a bathroom downstairs, then we pop upstairs briefly then outside to see the one car detached garage, then the set up they have for the backyard. Then an aerial shot of the home situated one house away from the corner. 


So with all that being said and the examples shown, it’s clear there’s some differences when it comes to home prices in those areas. Based on the 3 houses, which one would you live in and why?


Property Tax Estimate:

Canton Michigan vs. Plymouth Michigan


After seeing my videos for a little while, we know home prices aren’t everything, there’s also the property tax aspect we need to keep in mind. In terms of the cost of living in general, it’s pretty seamless into each community, so the main focus here is on housing. I’m going to bring up the Michigan property tax estimator as I always do, and if you have never seen this yet, I’ll link below. They just gave the calculator a new modern look so you don’t have to follow along anymore to a program that belonged in the Smithsonian.


Property Tax Comparison:

Canton Township Michigan


Going through the prompts, we’ll put Wayne county, canton township, and Plymouth/canton schools, click search, and Jumping back to the average home price I pulled form the areas of $445,000, I'll take 50% of that which is $222,500, and put it into this blank and hit calculate, then it brings up a primary residence annual tax amount of $8,902, and a non homestead amount of $12,947 if it were to be a rental or second home. And this is a high estimate as I mention time again but more accurate than what the listing throws at you. For example, the home listing I showed pictures of in canton twp has an annual tax amount of $6,200 a year.


So people will look at that and think that’s not too bad, submitting an offer now, without realizing that’s the amount the current owner is paying, not what you will be paying, it will uncap and jump to an amount in the $8K range.


What’s the best way to estimate the tax amount? Reach out to the local assessor in the area where the house of interest is, or use a high estimate like this and plan for the worst and hope for the best. Just don’t trust the listing, because good God look at the difference i just shared.


Property Tax Comparison:

Plymouth Township Michigan


Using that same amount and doing Plymouth township this time in the same school district, it pumps out an amount of $7,300 for a primary residence and $11,356 for a secondary home. Not a huge difference in pricing, but if you want to save money, here’s a way of doing so.


Property Tax Comparison:

City of Plymouth Michigan


Lastly I’ll throw in the city of Plymouth with the same amount and it pumps out $9,554 for a primary residence and $13,599 for a secondary. So when comparing the city and the twp, that’s over a $2300 difference. Again, I’ve beat a dead horse with how frequently I mention this for each area and video I create, but it’s so so so important, I want to tattoo this on your brain.


Based on what I Mentioned, where would you live in these areas and why? Drop your thoughts in the comments


If you’re looking to buy, sell or invest in either of these two wonderful cities or in Michigan in general, don’t hesitate to reach out, I’d be happy to be your go-to resource. Until next time!


MENTIONED LINKS ⬇️


Michigan Property Tax Calculator: https://treas-secure.state.mi.us/ptes.


Cheers,

Andrew


Andrew McManamon is a Michigan REALTOR® with Signature Sotheby’s International Realty and provides real estate services to Buyers, Sellers and Investors throughout SE Michigan including Livingston County, Oakland County, Washtenaw County, Genesee County & beyond. Andrew has become one of the pillars of Michigan real estate. Prior to his real estate career Andrew was responsible for managing a senior living facility in Brighton, Michigan as a dining supervisor and an activities assistant. Andrew’s passion to help people is unlike any other, and he continues to strive to be best resource he can be. Andrew graduated from Cleary University in Howell, Michigan with a double major and currently resides in Brighton, Michigan.



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