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What We Love


Picturesque downtown with unique shops and restaurants.


Year-round community activities like art fairs, parades, and festivals.

The Vibe

Country living with the convenience of a modern city.

What We Don't Love


Finding a place to park is sometimes challenging, and it’s limited to just two hours.


Clarkston, as most people know it, is comprised of Independence Township and The City of The Village of Clarkston. With the downtown area designated as a National Historic Site, Clarkston has long been known as a picturesque and friendly retreat. Quaint historic buildings fill the downtown Village and feature boutique shops and restaurants.

These two cities work together to provide residents with big city amenities and quaint, small-town country living. Over 2,000 acres of parks and green space make Clarkston a treasure trove of outdoor activity and scenic beauty.

Real Estate

The median home price is $245,000, higher than the national average, but worth the price for this great community. Clarkston is a place that people move to and stay for a long time.


The charming Village downtown area is filled with a range of architectural styles housing boutique shops and restaurants. Thanks to the efforts of the residents and chamber of commerce successfully getting the Village of Clarkston declared a National Historic Site, many of this historic buildings will be preserved into the future.

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Clarkston offers plenty of varied entertainment including art galleries, movie theaters, beautiful parks, and more. Boasting not only big name stores, but also plenty of local boutique shops, salons and restaurants, Clarkston offers several options for great shopping.


Although Clarkston doesn’t have as many restaurants as some other larger cities, you’ll find some delicious upscale options like Andiamo, as well as homestyle fare like the barbecue at Union Woodshop.


Royal Oak is conveniently located in the hub of Metro Detroit, with easy access to freeways and just a short drive to Downtown Detroit. Average commute time to work is just 22 minutes, shorter than the national average of 25 minutes.

Economic Report

Median household income is just over $84,000. More economic and census information for Clarkston can be found here.

Outdoor Recreation

Clarkston has over 2,000 acres of parks and greenspace to enjoy. You can find space for peaceful contemplation, walking paths, playscapes for kids, soccer and baseball fields, or take your kayak out on the lake or river.


Clarkston Community Schools teachers work together to help each student achieve. Early Childhood education, Advanced Placement courses beginning in junior high help give kids a jump start toward post-secondary education, while an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Project Lead The Way provide a transformative learning experience for both students and teachers. For more information on the schools, please check them out at