Welcome to Franklin

Acre-sized lots and a casual pace of life await in this unspoiled enclave.

Quietly tucked away in an area bordering much larger suburban communities, Franklin is an under-the-radar gem for those who desire a traditional, old-school way of life.

Originally founded around 1825, the small village acquired its name in honor of Benjamin Franklin. In 1969, the area has the distinction of being designated Michigan's first historic district.

Although its history and lifestyle harken back to earlier times, the real estate in Franklin is pure luxury. Offering a genuine escape from faster-paced cities and suburbs, acre-sized lots—many of which occupy scenic ravine overlooks—are the rule in this part of Oakland County. Large, distinctive estates offer space and amenities to suit any want or need.

What to Love

  • Vintage, historic downtown 
  • Winding, scenic roads—no major thoroughfares run through the village
  • Huge, wooded lots with plenty of space to roam 

People & Lifestyle

While Oakland County boasts plenty of traditional settings, few spots equal Franklin's sophisticated, rural setting. Home to several affluent business executives—Quicken Loans co-founder and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert lives in Franklin—the median household income is $150,000.

To live in Franklin is to care about the town's beauty and its historical heritage. Many residents are active in the Franklin Garden Club and Franklin Historical Society.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

As Franklin Road enters the Village of Franklin from the north, it transforms into Main Street Franklin. 

Brick and wood-clad buildings preserve Franklin's historical roots—even the first gas station you see appears as if it’s from another era. Located within its colonial downtown is the cozy Franklin Grill, which serves locally-sourced cuisine in an old blacksmith shop dating back to the mid-1800s.

In the southeast corner of Franklin, across Telegraph Road, the tranquil setting gives way to a more hurried pace and the outstanding, contemporary dishes offered at Mandaloun Bistro.

Things to Do

Franklin’s most famous landmark, and one of the oldest in Oakland County, is the Franklin Cider Mill. The nearly 200-year-old mill remains an active apple press and cider bottler.

Franklin also features the Village Green, a central gathering place for the community, with movie nights in the summer and sledding in the winter.