This area includes the neighborhoods straddling Platt Road south of Packard and winds its way eastward past Showcase Cinemas and as far south as the intersection of Carpenter and Merritt. Young families find the neighborhood near the school appealing: the prices are modest for Ann Arbor, and shopping and schools are nearby. Houses range from small three-bedroom ranches to a few two-story colonials on modest lots on both sides of Platt.
The 210-home Turnberry subdivision on Packard just west of US-23 is slightly more expensive and caters to an older crowd. The affordable Colonial Square Cooperative on Platt attracts a mix of older families, retirees, and a few young families. The branching trails of the Scarlett-Mitchell Nature Area provide breathing space near the school. Mitchell’s area extends across US-23 to include the apartment complexes that mingle with the big-box stores and restaurants on the west side of Carpenter.
Farther south in Pittsfield Township are Arbor Meadows, a 408-lot manufactured-housing community, and the Oakengates and Willow Pond subdivisions, set amid older individual homes on large lots. Mitchell children go on to Scarlett Middle School and Huron High.