Join Peter & Liz as they explore Berkley Michigan, and highlight some of the reasons why residents love this city with a small town feel.
LIZ - A city known for its small businesses, fantastic restaurants, and trend setting nightlife… Royal Oak masterfully blurs the line between work and play.
PETER - Join us as we explore why Royal Oak is an urban chic destination popular with young professionals and families of all ages, seeking the constant excitement this small metropolis has to offer.
LIZ - This is the Real Community Show!
LIZ - Hey neighbors, my name is Liz …
PETER – And my name is Peter, Welcome to the Real Community show...
LIZ – We’re your local realtors and community enthusiasts … here to showcase the areas
that we love, and call home.
PETER - That’s right, we want to be your guide to real community, and it starts right here with the city of Royal Oak!
LIZ - In 1813 the first settlers and wealthy expeditioners arrived to the marshy area now known as Royal Oak. And though the Village of Royal Oak was established in 1857, it wasn’t until the 1900s that population boomed with suburban expansion. Officially named a City in 1921, Royal Oak quickly became a premier suburb, thanks in part to the opening of the Detroit Zoo in 1928. The downtown businesses along Washington and Main Street grew in popularity after World War Two, but as shopping malls became more popular the city center struggled. The 1970s saw a resurgence in the city
with an emphasis on a diverse dining experience ...and Royal Oak’s reputation as a wonderland for foodies was solidified.
PETER - Today, Royal Oak is home to about fifty-nine thousand people, and is located primarily between Woodward Ave and Stephenson Hwy… south of 14 Mile and north of 10 mile, With a vision to create a community of excellence, Royal Oak School District serves approximately 5,200 students…
within it’s eight schools. The district includes six elementary schools … Royal Oak Middle School, and Royal Oak High School… which was named one of “Michigan’s top schools” by U.S. News... in 2018.
LIZ - Royal Oak’s city center offers a full range of culinary delights, perfect for a night out or brunch.
BBQ, sushi, Greek street food, Mexican, vegetarian and fine dining, plus many micro breweries.
Leave you with no shortage of choices... And with multiple movie theaters, bowling alleys,
and live entertainment venues, plus its premier Farmer’s Market, it’s no surprise Royal Oak is a hub of activity for young professionals and families alike.
PETER - Royal Oak is also known for its festivals and community events like Arts, Beats and Eats,
a unique presentation of art, music and food exhibits from the Metro Detroit area
and across the US. It draws nearly 400,000 people in four days every Labor Day Weekend…
LIZ - But Royal Oak isn’t all fun and games, it’s also home to many businesses large and small, including The Office Coffee Shop.. which helps foster the success
of entrepreneurs in the community. This hard working spot offers the best of both worlds… private offices and tables for rent along with business services for startups and entrepreneurs…
as well as an open to the public coffee shop serving Michigan roasted coffee and a healthy dose of community… keep watching this year as we release episodes that feature The Office Coffee Shop and other great small businesses in our community.
PETER – From upscale downtown lofts, to established neighborhoods and new construction…
It’s no wonder Royal Oak’s housing market continues to draw the attention of people from all walks of life, whether looking to rent or buy!
LIZ - That’s right… and if you’d like to find out more about available homes in this trendy city, head to
Realcommunityhometeam.com…where you can search all listed homes in Royal Oak, or anywhere in Michigan.
PETER - and before you go, click those like and subscribe buttons, because you won’t want to miss any of the great community content we have planned for this year!
LIZ - Until next time community, Keep it real!
John Nixon: Original Music
Erica Owens: Writing Assistance
M-1 Studios: Arts Beats and Eats Footage
Royal Oak Historical Society: Timeline Photos