2009 Best of the Good Life

We all strive for our share of living well. It starts with squeezing in a bit of down time between career demands and honey-do obligations. For domestic types, sprucing up the home is more leisure pastime than chore. In that pursuit, consider the winners of the 2009 Best of the Good Life as a step toward living well — at home.


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Best Landscape Designer:

Michael J. Dul & Associates, Birmingham; 248-644-3410.


Best Place for Retirement Living:



Best Community for a First Home:

Royal Oak


Best Area for a Vacation Home:

Northwest Lower Peninsula


Best Town for Garage Sales: (TIE)

Grosse Pointe and Birmingham


Best Downtown Shopping District:



Best Place for Penthouse Living:

The Willits, Birmingham.


Best Place to Stock Your Liquor Cabinet:

Holiday Market, Royal Oak; 248-541-1414, holiday-market.com.


Best Loft Building: (TIE)

400 Parent Avenue, Royal Oak; 400parent.com.

Willys Overland Lofts, Detroit; willysoverlandlofts.com.


Area Ready for Rediscovery:

Various Detroit Neighborhoods


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