Welcome to Ypsilanti
Affectionately referred to as "Ypsi" by its residents, Ypsilanti is home to a rich variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Here, the locals pride themselves on always being real—so now we're here to show the real Ypsilanti.
Get Funky in Ypsilanti
Self-proclaimed as a funky town, Ypsilanti is known for its unique locale and lively community vibe. The city has two main districts—Downtown and Depot Town—which both serve as hubs for local businesses. With these two historic districts in the heart of the city, plus Ann Arbor as a neighbor, Ypsilanti is truly a force to be reckoned with. Get just one glimpse of this special city, and we bet you'll never want to leave!
Does Ypsilanti sound like your next home town? Let's take a closer look around!
Selling Your Ypsilanti Home?
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Highlights of Life in Ypsilanti
A spirited college town
It's not uncommon to see college-aged students clad in green and white strolling through the streets of historic downtown Ypsilanti—these are Eastern Michigan University students! With more than 22,000 students enrolled, EMU's campus has become a vital part of Ypsi's overall community. The university's students have greatly contributed to the city's fresh arts scene, and they can often be found supporting small businesses and, of course, cheering on the Eagles at sporting events!
If want to show off your Ypsilanti swag, then you have to stock up on the Ypsi merch at Brick & Mortar Modern General Store. Here, you can soak up the sweet nostalgia of old fashioned candy and thoughtfully curated home goods, with the added bonus of knowing that 90% of the store's items are handmade by local talent. Depot Town features a collection of distinct shops, including Jim MacDonald's & Apple Annie's Antiques. Just as lengthy as its name, this antique store boasts an extensive lineup of vintage jewelry and one-of-a-kind finds.
An exceedingly bright spot on Ypsilanti's event calendar, ypsiGLOW is essentially a citywide dance party, with some of the wildest and most impressive costumes you can imagine. This parade and dance party duo event features art installations and luminary creations crafted by Ypsi residents themselves. Serving as yet another opportunity to put Ypsi's local talent on display, First Fridays Ypsilanti is a monthly art and culture walk, featuring a variety of art forms, live music, and plenty of food vendors. And if you really want to live like a Ypsi local, then you have to attend YpsiFest—this three-day community event celebrates Ypsilanti heritage and all the things that continue to make the city so lovable today!
It's no surprise that Eastern Michigan University dominates the post-secondary education scene in Ypsilanti, yet there are many specialty schools throughout the area that are worth checking out, too. ACTech High School is a reputable institution, particularly for its curriculum focused on fine arts and humanities. This high school's curriculum is designed to expose students to a more collegiate experience, with research projects and educational workshops added into students' day-to-day learning.
Wondering What's Around?
Our Favorite Local Picks
Unicorn Feed & Supply
Want a magical shopping experience? Add some sparkle to your home with this store's imaginative fairy gardens and terrariums.Add Some Sparkle »
Historic Water Tower
Yep, you read that right—Ypsilanti is widely known for its funny-shaped water tower. Topping both your list of must-sees in Ypsi and the community itself, this historic water tower is located at the highest point of the city.Take a Peek »
Ypsilanti Farmers Market
Created to increase community access to fresh and healthy food, Ypsilanti's two farmers markets are housed in the Depot Town and Downtown districts.Shop the Market »
Michigan Summer Beer Festival
Consider yourself a craft beer enthusiast? Come to this "Beer Fest" to try some sweet (or sour, or maybe even a bit strong) samples from more than 100 breweries and over 1,000 different beers.Visit the Festival »
Find Your Niche in Ypsilanti
There's no city quite like Ypsilanti, and we'd love to help you find a home that checks all your boxes. Get in touch with the Arbor Move Team today to start your next chapter, or check out some of our resources below to begin.
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