Chelsea: A Small Town of Thriving Culture & Spectacular Living

Welcome to the bustling streets of small-town Chelsea, MI, where lush greenery intermingles with beautiful historic architecture, where neighbors and visitors gather downtown for festivals and celebrations throughout the year, where the arts thrive, and healthy living is a way of life. This is Chelsea, where rich history meets thriving modern culture in a small town of spectacular living.

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Spotlights of Chelsea

Downtown Chelsea

Downtown Chelsea is the gem of its social culture. Beautiful Victorian architecture and leafy trees line the streets, and residents and visitors alike browse quaint shops, bustling boutiques, local markets, and delicious eateries. It’s home to a plethora of exciting events throughout the year, from weekly farmers markets and live music to big festivals like the Smoke & Ale Fall Festival, Chocolate Extravaganza, Chelsea Fair, and the Hometown Holiday and Light Parade.

Arts & Culture

Chelsea is a city that truly cares about the arts. Top-notch theatrical performances can be enjoyed at the downtown Purple Rose Theatre. And the Chelsea Center for the Arts is home to numerous classes and activities for all ages, and even hosts an annual public art project. Another popular art hotspot is the Sculpture Walk of downtown, which features 12 unique large-scale works of art.

Nature & Recreation

Escape the bustle of town and head for the woods! Chelsea sits at the doorstep of the 25,000-acre Waterloo Recreation Area, home to beautiful and diverse Michigan wilderness that can be experienced by foot, bike, or skis over miles of breathtakingly scenic trails. Fishing and boating on its quiet lakes are also common, and campers find solitude beneath the stars. Chelsea is also home to three city parks—Timbertown, Pierce Park, and Veteran’s Park—for those seeking an in-town retreat.

Chelsea at a Glance

Getting Around

Ann Arbor: 25 min
University of Michigan: 30 min
Ann Arbor Municipal Airport: 30 min
Detroit: 1 hr
Highways: 1-94, Route 52


Population (2014): 5,211
Population Growth Since 2000: +18.5%
Zip Code: 48118
County: Washtenaw
Mean Home Price (2013): $236,365

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Living in Chelsea

Chelsea is a small town full of big possibilities! But what is it really like to live in Chelsea?

The Homes

Chelsea offers a wide range of home sizes, styles, and prices. The median home value of Chelsea is just $202,000, so there are definitely some affordable options out there, but if you're looking for luxury, you can certainly find that, as well. There are homes close to Downtown, homes on golf courses, and even homes surrounded by acres of undisturbed natural beauty!

The Jobs

Chelsea is just a short drive from the thriving economy and diverse job market of Ann Arbor. Some of the largest employers in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County include the University of Michigan, Trinity Health, Ann Arbor Public Schools, Faurecia North America, Eastern Michigan University, IHA Health Services Corp., and Thomson Reuters.

The Schools

Chelsea public school students belong to Chelsea School District. Chelsea School District ranks among the best in Washtenaw County... and in the state! It's been named one of Michigan's best districts for athletics, for teachers, and for safety. Chelsea High School is also listed among the best high schools in the state.

The Amenities

Chelsea might be small, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in amenities. You don't have to drive to Ann Arbor to ensure all your needs are met, from shopping and dining to education. Chelsea is home to plenty of convenience stores, the Chelsea District Library, and even the Chelsea Community Hospital. There are even four golf courses within a 20-minute drive.

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Based on information from the MichRIC Board of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service through 07/23/24 10:01 AM.