Sherwood Forest

A historic enclave of century-old architecture with access to major metropolitan areas.

Welcome to Sherwood Forest

A historic enclave of century-old architecture with access to major metropolitan areas
 
Replete with winding streets lined with charming, historic houses, Sherwood Forest is a natural hideaway located a short distance from Downtown Detroit. Bordered by Seven Mile Road, Livernois, Pembroke, and Parkside, Sherwood Forest offers residents a stunning step back in history without losing all the modern luxuries of flourishing urban areas.
 
Named after Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, England, the setting of the Robin Hood tales, Sherwood Forest was first platted in 1917 by Manly Daniel Davis. With only an estimated 435 buildings, almost all of which date back to the 1920s or 30s, the association was formed in 1929 and designated as a Detroit Historical District in 2002.
 
Now, Sherwood Forest is a haven for any and all who seek a reprieve from the bustling epicenter of Downtown Detroit without losing access to city amenities altogether. Due to its heavily wooded streets and surroundings, Sherwood Forest feels like a retreat into the natural world, and the historic aura is only helped by the picturesque Tudor-style houses that dot the streets. A historical association with small-town vibes, Sherwood Forest appeals to those on the lookout for a more relaxed, composed pace of life — one spent in a quiet, comfortable neighborhood.  
 

Things to Love

  • Commitment to preserving the area’s history
  • Ample green spaces and parks
  • Charming architecture matched with excellent landscaping
 

People and Lifestyle

The roughly 2,000 residents of Sherwood Forest tend to be highly educated and hold either bachelor’s or master’s degrees. A significant portion of the population here is retirees and families, as the quiet lifestyle paired with the proximity to Detroit creates a wealth of options for many kinds of residents.
 

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

Adjacent to the Livernois commercial district, or the “avenue of fashion,” Sherwood Forest and the surrounding area offer many options in the way of dining, shopping, and entertainment. Take advantage of the gorgeous, walkable streets and admire the architecture while you’re out and about.
 
Less than two miles from Sherwood Forest, Gateway Marketplace offers over 340,000 square feet of retail and restaurant options sure to appease any visitor or resident. As if that weren’t enough, Ferndale’s shopping, dining, and entertainment are only a short distance away and offer even more. 
 
Take a short trip to the Livernois commercial district to check out Good Cakes and Bakes, a whimsical bakery. For a different vibe, head over to the world’s oldest jazz club, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, or even the Motor City Brewing Works for some local beer and numerous events held in its charming taproom.
 

Things to Do

The quaint streets of Sherwood Forest always have new and exciting experiences to offer, ensuring a lively quality of life and cultural appreciation for the whole family. There’s never a dull moment in the mellow community of Sherwood Forest!
 
One of Sherwood Forest’s premier festivals, Detroit’s Palmer Park Art Fair, takes place annually and offers great local art of all varieties as well as food and entertainment on the surrounding streets, creating a cultural extravaganza of local color. In the same vein, the Jazz on the Ave event offers great live music and food for any music-lover and jazz aficionado (or amateur) in an annual celebration of community and jazz.  
 
Home to more than 296 acres of activities and amenities ranging from a splash park to bike paths to handball courts, Palmer Park is an ideal destination for families, retirees, and more. For a more elevated excursion into nature, visit the Detroit Golf Club, which also offers fitness classes, tennis, and swimming in addition to a world-class golf course. To top it off, Sherwood Forest even boasts its own branch of the Detroit Public Library system.
 

Schools

Sherwood Forest is home to several excellent schools. Top educational activities include:
 
  • The University of Detroit Mercy, a university in the Catholic and Jesuit traditions
  • The School at Marygrove
  • University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy
  • Palmer Park Preparatory Academy
  • Detroit Public Schools Community District campus that includes a partnership with the University of Michigan
 
 
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