Farmington Hills is the second-largest city in Oakland County and consists of a collection of suburban neighborhoods surrounding the City of Farmington. This northern suburb is over 33 square miles and has a population of over 80,000. The city consistently shows up on lists of the safest and best places to live in Michigan and the U.S., and it's home to the Holocaust Memorial Center, the only Holocaust Memorial in the State of Michigan. Although Farmington and Farmington Hills have different services and addresses, the two cities are often considered the same community. These two cities combined were part of Farmington Township in the time of the Northwest Territory. The community's features include a recently renovated downtown, boutiques, a vintage cinema, numerous restaurants, exotic car dealerships, art galleries, and public parks, including Heritage Park. Farmington Public Schools serve both cities.
Farmington Hills is also home to many houses designed by Emily Helen Butterfield, the first licensed women architect in Michigan. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1907, Butterfield and her father, Wells D. Butterfield, established Butterfield and Butterfield's architectural office in Detroit. She led the Oaklands planned community project in Farmington Hills and designed many houses in the development. Butterfields thoughtful bungalows are notable for their two-story design and for the creative inclusion of evocative stylistic architectural elements that lent the homes formal interest and material richness. Butterfield and her father also designed the community's First United Methodist Church, a Neo-Gothic style, L-shaped building marked by a stepped tower and pointed stained glass windows. A 1925 "Storybook Tudor" style home she designed for Edward Beal, the Great Lake Land Corporation president, is currently being restored by two architects and preservationists and documented on this website.
The population of Farmington Hill is approximately 80,000, and the homeownership rate is 62%. From January 2020 through January 2021, 53 (+ 17.8%) properties sold, and the average sales price was $304,987 (+11.4%)