The Four8 Foodies | Culantro Peruvian Eatery

Culantro, a new Peruvian restaurant in the space formerly occupied by The Broken Egg, opened on December 1, 2023. Recently, Studio Four8 stopped in for lunch, before we headed out to our afternoon appointments.

The original Culantro is located in Ferndale, and both locations feature original Peruvian fare. Dishes like pollo a la bras, lomo salted, and ceviche are permanent fixtures on the menu. 

Our meal started of a plate of the Patacones Picantes. Fried plantains topped with a spicy aji verde and pico de gallo.

Delicious, with a spicy zip to the sweeter plantain flavor

An order of the Carnipapas was well received. Marinated beef strips over wide French fries, topped with Chimichurri and garlic aioli.

The Aji de Gallina is shredded chicken in a yellow cream sauce, consisting of walnuts and Amarillo peppers. Taco Lomo features rice cooked with Canario Beans, garlic and aji amarillo, then served with strips of steak, tomatoes, yellow peppers and green onions.

A stand out on the menu was the Chicha Morada. It’s a sweet-tart Peruvian drink that derives its color from dried purple corn. This juice is garnished with chunks of pineapple and apple and spiced with cinnamon and cloves. A delightful sipping drink that went very well with the Carnipapas.

All in all, if you are looking to try authentic Peruvian fare, be sure to tuck into Culantro. Service with a smile, delightfully laid back atmosphere, and be sure to order the Chicha Morada.

Located at the corner of Main and Miller Streets, Culanatro is well located for foot traffic, downtown lunches, and a comfort food meal for dinner.

The Four8 Foodies | Karl’s Cabin

If comfort food and comfortable settings are what you are seeking, then Studio Four8 highly recommends a visit to the iconic Karl’s Cabin on Gottfredson Rd in Salem Township, MI.

As the name suggests, this “cabin” has all the comfort of your favorite grandma’s home – wood log style interior, fireplaces, soft lights and easy on the eyes. And just like you would hope, the delightful dishes that come from their kitchen as just the thing to make you relax and enjoy deliciousness at it’s best.

Karl’s opened for business in 1982 and immediately had a dedicated following of loyals. This all came to an abrupt stop last February when a fire closed the doors and the timing for repair and renovation was a big question mark. Well, the locals were thrilled with in November of 2023 they reopened to new systems, new interior, greater efficiency, and their trademark dishes still intact. From Maryland Crab cakes to Chili, Cabin Burgers to French Dip, their signature standards from starters to sweet desserts are back without even missing a beat.

New dishes with comfort as their middle name will be at the top of your list including a Michigan Whitefish sandwich that is yummy to the last bite! The popularity of this destination suggests reservations would be the best plan, but it is worth any wait at all. Karl’s is ready for you, and make it a go to for 2024!

The Four8 Foodies | Avalon Cafe

Eat Well. Do Good

Avalon International Breads, also known as Avalon Café, located at 120 E Liberty, on the corner of Liberty and 4th Street, is one of a handful of cafés to come from the original bakery started in 1997 in Detroit’s Cass Street Corridor. Originally started as a bakery focused on using 100% organic flour, their operations and locations have expanded.

This early fall, the Studio gathered for lunch at Avalon Café and enjoyed a relaxed setting, with a flavorful meal. Their coffee drinks menu is extensive, as is their overall drinks menu. Our lunch was on a Tuesday, and as of this note, Avalon Ann Arbor does $5 sangria on Tuesdays. As smooth and rich as the latte was, the sangria trended more to the citrus side of the flavor profile.  

The waiter serving our table was friendly, quick with answers and suggestions, and very attentive. Our meals arrived delightfully plated and with the freshest of ingredients. The breads, all baked by Avalon, had tremendous flavor, and were very fresh.

Avalon Café is open from 8a to 3p, Monday through Sunday and then on Friday and Saturdays, from 6p – 10p for their Avalon After Hours. After Hours sometimes features silent disco and drag queen bingo, so be sure to check their facebook page for events. https://www.facebook.com/avalonbreads.net

When you are in the area, consider stopping in for coffee with an old friend, lunch with colleagues, or a drink to usher in the weekend. 

3 Great Cider Mills Near Ann Arbor To Visit this Fall

Best Cider Mills Near Ann Arbor

Fall in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a time of vibrant colors, crisp air, and the sweet aroma of freshly pressed apple cider. For those seeking the quintessential autumn experience, the cider mills near Ann Arbor offer a perfect blend of nature’s bounty and family-friendly fun. Let’s explore our top three favorite cider mills in the area, each with its unique charm.

1. Wiard’s Orchard (5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti)

Topping our list is Wiard’s Orchard, a beloved destination for those who cherish the essence of autumn. Located in Ypsilanti, Wiard’s Orchard offers a full spectrum of fall delights. With u-pick apple orchards and pumpkins, visitors can relish the joy of selecting the perfect fruit right from the tree. And let’s not forget their charming cider mill, where you can savor the taste of freshly pressed apple cider. What sets Wiard’s apart is not just its apples and cider but also its delightful apple jelly and apple jam, available for purchase. These artisanal treats are a testament to the commitment to quality that this orchard embraces.

2. Erwin Orchards (61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon)

Erwin Orchards, located in South Lyon, is a close second on our list. Known for its expansive u-pick apple orchards, Erwin Orchards invites you to wander among the apple trees and pluck your own apples, ensuring you take home the best of the harvest. Their cider mill is another highlight, where you can indulge in freshly squeezed apple cider. And, to sweeten the deal, Erwin Orchards also offers a variety of apple jelly and apple jam options for you to savor. These flavorful preserves are a perfect accompaniment to your apple-picking adventure.

3. Three Cedars Farm (7897 Six Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48168)

For those looking to create lasting family memories, Three Cedars Farm in Northville is the go-to cider mill. This farm is a haven for kids and families alike, offering an array of activities that make for an unforgettable day out. From hayrides and train rides to a seven-acre corn maze and a barnyard playland, there’s something for everyone. Parents will appreciate that many of these activities are free, allowing kids to explore and have a blast without breaking the bank. Of course, there’s also a cider mill for enjoying that quintessential fall beverage and u-pick pumpkins to complete the experience.

The cider mills near Ann Arbor are a delightful way to embrace the season. Wiard’s Orchard, Erwin Orchards, and Three Cedars Farm each offer a unique experience, ensuring that there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of apples, cider, or simply making cherished autumn memories.

From Monica’s Desk | An Ode to Sweet Homes

Hi there! My name is Monica, and I am Studio Four8’s administrator doing the behind the scenes work for Studio Four8. One of the perks of being the admin to a real estate team as busy as mine is that you get to see a lot of amazing homes come and go, and it just so happens that my team brings in the coolest homes to ever touch the market. Here are some of my favorite homes that have crossed my desk this year.

9657 Marshall Road, Green Oak Twp 48178

Todd helped his clients purchase this home in March this year. The unique exterior instantly caught my attention with its interesting profile. The more of this home I saw, the more I was absolutely smitten. The view is breath taking. The loft and open lay out of this home is so cool! Can you imagine the smell of freshly brewed coffee slowing creeping up to the upper level bedroom as the sound of the loved one calling you from below to join them to watch the sun rise over the lake? I can! I only wish we could have gotten the photos of the view in the summer. What a wonderful home. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home sold for $525,000.

1620 Kearney Rd, Ann Arbor, 48104

Jeffrey listed this one in early February. I am such a sucker for any Mid Century Modern home, and I think it’s plain to see why. The clean lines of the roof line, the contrast between the wood and concrete, the long winding path leading to the home, this house is visually striking. Jeffrey is a major sucker for a mid century modern house as well, and has sold a ton of them. With a gorgeous interior to match, this 4 bed, 2.2 bath sold for $1,175,000. Lovely!!

307 Wildwood Avenue, Ann Arbor 48103

Oh. My. Gosh. When I imagine “cute as a button” I imagine 307 Wildwood. Sara listed this one in June and she told me that she knew it was going to sell very quickly. As always, she was so right. Every detail is just so cohesive visually appealing. I wasn’t the only one who adored 307 Wildwood. This 4 bed 2 bath ended up selling for a whopping $155,000 over list after only four days on the market.

Bonus house! 5424 Pine View Dr, Ypsilanti Twp, 48197

Sara listed this one very recently, in early August. I’m in love with the exposed brick, the French doors, and that beautiful sun room. Also that office, you really can’t ask for better than that. I can imagine getting distracted from work in that office, just by staring outside those lovely windows. The fireplace also captures my imagination- I bet its just wonderful in the winter. Again, I’m not the only one who adored this home, it went under contract after only 3 days on the market and is slated to close in early September.

Think your house could be my next favorite house we list? Or maybe you want to buy the next coolest house that crosses my desk? Give us a call! No matter what I know that Sara, Todd, Jeffrey, Dan, and Kayla will put tireless effort into showcasing the unique details that makes your home special or to find your perfect home.

The Four8 Foodies | The Dixboro Project

At Studio Four8, our team firmly believes in the significance of community engagement, and we have found restaurant highlights to be an invaluable avenue for fostering these connections. Interacting with our community through food allows us to establish genuine relationships and develop a deeper understanding of the local culinary landscape. By sharing our thoughts and experiences about local dining establishments, we not only provide valuable insights to our community members but also demonstrate our commitment to supporting local businesses.

These highlights enable us to connect with individuals on a personal level, sparking conversations and establishing ourselves as trusted advisors within the community. Through our engagement in restaurant highlights, we aim to create a vibrant network that not only strengthens community ties but also establishes us as a dedicated real estate team deeply invested in the overall well-being of the neighborhoods we serve.

The Dixboro Project

Ann Arbor locals of a certain age may arrive to the North East location with fond memories of its predecessor, the Lord Fox, long a favorite venue for Prom and Rehearsal dinners. 

They will remember the lovely setting, but everything else will astonish and delight. The restaurant and its connected coffee shop, known as Dixboro House and The Boro respectively, were completed in 2021 and despite being just 3 miles east of our office on Plymouth Rd., last week was our first opportunity to dine there together. What a treat!

The food is sophisticated and at the same time accessible, so it is an ideal restaurant for abi rthday brunch or business meeting. With vegetarian and gluten-free options as well as unique appetizers and truly delicious non-alcoholic cocktails, you can’t go wrong here regardless of with whom you are dining.

Every table has a lovely view of the gardens or wooded creek, and although the ceilings are lofty, we had no issues conversing together without shouting or being overheard. Pricing was on par with most of Ann Arbor’s lovelier restaurants, only with easier parking. Bonus that you can check out the Dixboro General Store on your way in and pick up a clever locally-sourced gift ahead of the holidays.

We hope to treat you to a meal here to celebrate your house closing or to thank you for a referral. In the meantime we highly recommend you check out The Dixboro Project, The Boro and the Boro to Go.

Nori Tempura

Once you’ve tried the tangy mushroom puree, you will crave it till your next meal here

Broccoli and Compte Agnolotti

Filling without being heavy and a perfect end-of-summer dish

Squash Gazpacho

The Soup du Jour was fresh and creamy

Ginger Sour

If you like ginger, this is a perfect spirit-free mix

Fresh Baked Cookie

Pro Tip: Ask for a fresh-baked chocolate cookie from the bakery as a take-home dessert

The Four8 Foodies | Bellflower Restaurant

At Studio Four8, our team firmly believes in the significance of community engagement, and we have found restaurant reviews to be an invaluable avenue for fostering these connections. Interacting with our community through food allows us to establish genuine relationships and develop a deeper understanding of the local culinary landscape. By sharing our thoughts and experiences about local dining establishments, we not only provide valuable insights to our community members but also demonstrate our commitment to supporting local businesses.

These reviews enable us to connect with individuals on a personal level, sparking conversations and establishing ourselves as trusted advisors within the community. Through our engagement in restaurant reviews, we aim to create a vibrant network that not only strengthens community ties but also establishes us as a dedicated real estate team deeply invested in the overall well-being of the neighborhoods we serve. So join us for our first review at Bellflower in Ypsilanti!

Bellflower is a contemporary restaurant in downtown Ypsilanti that serves seasonal, locally sourced dishes. The menu changes frequently, but you can always expect to find creative and delicious food made with high-quality ingredients. The restaurant also has a great selection of cocktails and wine.

Bellflower Restaurant | Ypsilanti, MI

The atmosphere at Bellflower is warm and inviting. The dining room is spacious and well-lit, with exposed brick walls and a generously sized bar. There is also a large patio that is perfect for dining al fresco.

The service at Bellflower is attentive and friendly. The staff is knowledgeable about the menu and can help you choose the perfect dishes.

We had the pleasure of dining at Bellflower recently and were very impressed with the food. We recently had lunch service here as a team. Their lunch service consists of a sandwich counter with a gumbo or soup also available. The sandwiches offered range from cold cuts, to pimento cheese, to fried shrimp and smelt, all served on fresh baked bread.

Open Monday through Saturday each week, Bellflower’s dinner service begins daily at 5p. Their dinner menu changes daily, based on the time of year, and ingredients available. Sourcing ingredients from a close by as possible, the food is fresh, flavorful, and delicious. A frequent dish on the dinner menu is a curry of some kind.

Overall, we had a wonderful dining experience at Bellflower. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was inviting, and company was excellent. We highly recommend Bellflower to anyone looking for a great meal in Ypsilanti.

If you’re looking for a special occasion restaurant in Ypsilanti, Bellflower is a great choice. You won’t be disappointed.

Planning a special meal? Be sure to visit Bellflower, and plan your dinner meal here.

Pro tip: there is a magical device on the wall outside the Bellflower main entrance that harkens back to the building’s past location of the Ypsilanti telephone exchange for Michigan Bell Telephone company.

Saline Real Estate Market Update | February 2023

Every month a member of Studio Four8 dives into the Saline Real Estate Market 2023 numbers and breaks down what that means for your local housing market. Stay in the know by subscribing to Studio Four8’s Youtube page.

Hey this is Dan with studio 48 at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company realtors let’s get right into that Saline housing data, shall we?

 Saline in February of 2023 saw 3.4% decrease in average sales price as compared to February 2022. This year the median sales price however was up 12% to $515,000 this year compared to $460,000 last February. 

Now the days on Market are actually down quite a bit as well, coming down 23.8% to 48 days on Market from last February. 63 days on Market, closed sales as well, up a little bit. 27 closed sales in February of 2023 which is an 8% increase than that we saw in February of 2022.

Now the percentile list price received dropped as well, 2.2% down to 96.4% from last year’s 98.6%. What this means for you is that Saline is seeing a little bit more activity in higher price points right now. That’s going to be what’s driving that median sales price up while the average sales price itself is dropping a little bit.

Now the days on market coming down tells me that we might see a little bit more of an increase in that average sales price as demand is heating up. More homes are selling, they’re on the market for less time. It also tells me there’s some significant demand, but that buyer demand hasn’t yet translated into selling, on average, over list. In fact we’re down a little bit. So what this means for you is going to be situation dependent, whether you’re buying, selling, what your needs are, and what your timeline looks like, quite frankly.

So give us a call here, we would love to chat with you about your situation and take this from data on a page to something that we can apply into your home search or your home sale at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company realtors.

Dexter Real Estate Market Update | February 2023

Every month a member of Studio Four8 dives into the Dexter Real Estate Market 2023 numbers and breaks down what that means for your local housing market. Stay in the know by subscribing to Studio Four8’s Youtube page.

Hey this is Dan with studio 48 at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company realtors let’s get right into that Dexter housing data, shall we?

So February 2023 as compared to February of 2022, Dexter saw a 5.4% increase in average sales price to $572,000 from $542,000 last February. Curiously, the median sales price dropped also, -5.4%, $458,000 this February as compared to $485,000 last February. Now we need to take that data with a grain of salt because closed sales, which is what this data is based on, were down significantly. -68%, almost -69% from February of 2022 to February 2023. February 2022 there were 16 closed sales, February 2023, only 5.

Now there are still some good insights from that, days on Market up significantly as well, more than 100% increase from 44 days on Market in February of 2022 to 90 days on market for those closed sales of February of 2023. This means as those homes are sitting on the market for significantly longer on average they were also receiving less of the list price in that final sale. So February of 2022, we were looking at 105% of list price on average now we’re looking closer to 97.5% of list price for a decline of 7.4%. So although there are some big changes in there, with only 5 sales that needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

If you’re looking to buy or sell in Dexter right now, it could be an interesting market. We’d love to talk to you about how this data affects you and your plans and together we’d like to make this data work for you and find a strategy that takes advantage of this data to help you make your next move.

Once again this is Dan at studio 48 with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company realtors.

Lincoln Consolidated School District Real Estate Market Update | February 2023

Every month a member of Studio Four8 dives into the Lincoln Consolidated School District Real Estate Market 2023 numbers and breaks down what that means for your local housing market. Stay in the know by subscribing to Studio Four8’s Youtube page.

Are you looking for the February 2023 market update for Lincoln schools?

Hey this is Dan with studio 48 at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company realtors.

Let’s get right into that Lincoln housing data, shall we?

So in February of 2023 Lincoln saw at 7.7% reduction in average sales price as compared to last February in 2022. Last February we were looking at $358,000 on average that’s come down to $331,000. What moved more significantly was the median sales price coming down 17% from $380,000 in February of 22 to $315,500 in February of 23.

 Now curiously, the percent of list price received actually went up this year, almost 1%, to 103%, whereas last February we were looking at 99.4%. This is telling us that although prices are down, means that that list price was down as well, on average selling above it. 

Curiously, the days on market have gone up as well, which might be contributing to that decrease in sales price. Days on Market February of 2023, looking at an average of 32 days that’s up more than 113% from 15 days on Market February of 2022.

Now the good news is that closed sales during the same period actually increased. February of 2022 we were looking at 16 closed sales in Lincoln, February of 23 we’re looking at 18 closed sales for a 12.5% increase. 

So that data in Lincoln’s telling me that maybe we’re seeing some more action in the lower price points bringing that median sales price down, days on market looks like it could be bringing the sales price down, but with those lower sales prices, the buyer demand is pushing the price back up over list on average. 

Now what does this mean for you? Well every situation is unique, so we would love to talk with you in detail about your situation and how we can make this data work for you to achieve your goals. At the end of the day you need to take this data that’s on a page and apply it with a plan to your situation.

Give us a call here my name is Dan at Studio Four8 at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder & Company realtors.