dsc_0448Focus on Shorepointe Village at Grayhaven

By Daphene Hughes

 

For residents of the Shorepointe Village at Grayhaven neighborhood in Detroit, every day is a vacation. That’s because this east side community is situated on the Detroit River and all of the 41 homes have waterfront views. Some residents have a direct sightline to Canada, while others can glimpse downtown Detroit and Belle Isle, along with wetlands and wildlife.

“There are all kinds of wildlife around us when the canal freezes over,” said Michelle Segue, a Shorepointe resident and City Living Detroit real estate agent for the area. “Even the deer come over from Belle Isle. You might look out your window one day and there’s a herd of deer standing out in the middle of the canal. Little red foxes run along the canal. You can see them in the winter. We even have mink. We have everything from muskrats and raccoons to possums.”

It was Shorepointe’s natural beauty that drew Dr. Reginald Eadie to the community after searching all over the city for a new home. “Every day when I wake up in the morning, I’m looking at the Detroit River,” said Dr. Eadie. “To me, it just doesn’t get any better than that. It gives you the home away from home feeling every single day. In fact, people who come over to my home say that all of the time, like ‘Wow, I feel like I’m on vacation. I can’t believe I’m in the city of Detroit.’ “

Each home in Shorepointe Village is custom built, and currently there are 10 lots left. The houses average 3,200 to 4,000 square feet and each property has its own 30’ to 45’ boat dock.

“People who like boating, kayaking and canoeing, literally can walk out of their back door — and I’m not exaggerating — and walk 20 yards and they’re on the water,” explained Dr. Eadie. “So, anyone who enjoys that and enjoys the city life with an aquatic feeling, that’s the place to go.”

Another major attraction of Shorepointe is its proximity to downtown Detroit and other communities with bustling shopping and dining districts. “We’re 10 minutes from downtown,” said Segue, “so for people who work downtown or use downtown, it’s 10 to 12 minutes door-to-door. There are also a lot of businesses popping up in the Jefferson and Chalmers area. And, for shopping, you have the Pointes, St Clair Shores, Harper Woods has Eastland — nothing is too far away.”

In addition to being minutes away from everything that’s happening in downtown Detroit, Dr. Eadie says the location is ideal because you can get anywhere quickly. “I’m just minutes away from the Lodge (freeway), minutes away from I-94, and minutes away from I-75,” he said. “It’s very accessible.”

Established in 1998, Shorepointe Village is without a doubt one of the city’s hidden gem neighborhoods. Many prospective homebuyers are surprised to learn of the gated, waterfront community.

“I happened to be on a friend’s sailboat and he pointed the area out to me, because for some reason — like many other Detroiters or Michiganders — I had no idea that it existed,” Dr. Eadie said. “I was on a quest to move back to the city to be a part of the city’s revitalization. Being a native Detroiter, I just felt like it was the perfect time for me to live my belief and my expectation of myself and that is I’m a true Detroiter.”

“The thing that makes this community really strong is . . . for the most part, these folks have been diehard Detroiters,” said Segue. “And it’s been a really stable neighborhood. I would say 50 percent or more of people who live there now, lived there originally. They’re Detroiters, they’re committed, and they’re just great people.”

When all the available lots are purchased, Shorepointe will become a 51-home subdivision — making it an intimate and tightknit neighborhood. “It’s a very small community,” said Dr. Eadie. “All of the neighbors know each other. I’m sort of new to the neighborhood. And, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.”

For more information on Shorepointe Village at Grayhaven, visit: shorepointevillage.com.

 

 

norma_gs_sun-settingNorma G’s

By Daphne Hughes

One of the major benefits of living in the Shorepointe Village at Grayhaven community is the easy access to shopping and dining. Located in Detroit‘s thriving East Jefferson corridor, residents are just minutes away from a variety of stores, boutiques, coffee shops, and more. The eight-mile corridor between downtown Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park is one of the fastest growing areas in the city for small businesses.

Next year, the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood in the corridor will welcome its first sit-down, fine dining restaurant in more than 20 years. Norma G’s is being constructed in a former bank building and is expected to open in late spring. The restaurant will feature authentic Caribbean cuisine.

“Norma was my mom’s name,” explained the restaurant’s owner, chef Lester Gouvia, who was born in Trinidad. “I always tell people she took very simple things and she just made great meals out of it and she fed her family. It doesn’t have to be complicated. But, you have to put some love into it, and you have to just add some flavor, and you can produce some good food.”

Gouvia has been operating a popular food truck in the metro Detroit area with the same name — Norma G’s — for the past two years. He also has a catering service and has participated in restaurant pop-up events. The growth of his company has gotten a boost thanks to programs that assist small businesses in the city.

“I’d looked at some other places (for the restaurant), but being part of the Motor City Match program and also being one of the finalists in the Hatch Detroit contest . . . I got to meet a lot of different people and one of the groups that I met was actually a group out of the Jefferson-Chalmers area, the Jefferson East Business Association,” Gouvia said.

Gouvia, who moved to the Detroit area 20 years ago, is excited to use his culinary skills as a way of participating in the city’s resurgence. “I just thought that doing something in the city was going to be worthwhile, because I saw the transformation that was going to take place,” he said. “I want a lot of different people to come to me and to my place and really experience just a different atmosphere and different food. But it has to be eclectic. I don’t think you can be exclusive. I think you have to be open to a lot of different people. And really, that’s what the city should be about.”