Midwest Living Review
Built in the 1920s for Detroit's wealthiest residents, Palmer Park is still a beautiful, well-maintained neighborhood. Actually several different neighborhoods, Palmer Park is a blanket term for the area between 6 Mile and 8 Mileroads and Woodward and Livernois avenues. Composed primarily of sprawling Tudor homes, Palmer Park features large lawns, big trees and a strong sense of community. Palmer Park's design was actually taken from the English style of winding roads, dense gardens and vast green spaces. In the winter, there's a holiday house tour, and in the summer, a huge neighborhood picnic. Craftsmanship is evident in these homes, from the leaded glass windows and slate roofs to the heavily molded plaster walls. Most homes are between 3,500 and 5,000 square feet, though the Bishop Gallagher house comes in at a whopping 40,000. Once the private residence of Detroit's archbishop, its turrets and Tudor architecture suggest Hogwarts. On a sunny day, there's always a group engaged in a covert photo op of the grand estate. Or leave the camera behind and enjoy a leisurely walk or drive through the neighborhood. Home to professionals, academics and free-thinkers, the area is adjacent to two local universities, several major thoroughfares and, most important, the best grocery store in Detroit. Palmer Park is also the name of an area park undergoing revitilzation.