Tidbits of Interest
The Rochester and Rochester Hills area has managed to preserve the flavor of its rural heritage, attracting an influx of newcomers to its fine residential communities set against a backdrop of rolling, wooded hills and natural water resources. Clinton River, tributary creeks, and abundant ponds grace a panoramic terrain that is uncommonly hilly for southeastern Michigan. Downtown Rochester offers a quaint, small-town setting complete with an old-fashioned railroad station, grain elevator, lovely parks, and historic sites. While more modern developments serve area residents, the proliferation of new retail centers and services line major streets to preserve the charming historic district.
Continuous development of subdivisions and residential communities provide an exceptional variety of attractive housing options, from single-family homes to luxury condominiums. Oakland University, based in Rochester Hills, is the only public university in the county. The stimulating and culturally rich atmosphere of a “college town” ensures first-rate performing and visual arts in such venues as the Meadow Brook Hall, Meadow Brook Art Gallery, and Meadow Brook Theatre. Rochester even boasts its own symphony orchestra.
In addition to outstanding events like the Meadow Brook Music Festival, Rochester is the scene of the Art & Apples Festival held each September. This multimedia juried fair has been ranked by exhibitors as one of the top 50 fineart events in the entire nation. The Rochester Community House offers enrichment classes for residents of all ages, while the Paint Creek Center for the Arts welcomes aspiring artists and visitors to its exhibitions. Superb recreational facilities abound in Thelma Spencer Park, Highland Trail, Stony Creek Metropark, and Bloomer or Bald Mountain State Parks.