What makes University Commons special is its wide array
of activities that includes recitals, classes, elegant dinners, Shakespeare reading groups and film discussion
groups, as well as presentations, lectures and workshops by various
guest speakers (many of whom teach at the University). These events
are held in Houghton Hall, a 17,000 sq. ft. community gathering
space and the social center of the community. There is also a
fulltime community director who ensures that residents have plenty to
do. The community has an
exercise room, a craft room, a woodworking shop, a library, seminar
rooms and a music hall.
There are three HOA
fees. The association fee, which covers grounds
maintenance, snow removal, sewer, etc., ranges from $275 to $734 per
month depending on a unit's square footage. The program
fee covers the coordinating of lectures, music programs and classes,
as well as the costs of maintaining the library and classrooms, and is $150 per month. The AT&T U-verse fee,
which is $85 per month, covers TV, internet and telephone
services. There is also a one time $500 association
membership fee which is paid when a home is purchased.
residents are still employed full time, and others are part-time
residents who travel throughout much of the year. Residents
are an eclectic
group, with everyone interested in staying in shape mentally and
physically and enjoying the close proximity of a vibrant university.
Arbor is a great town, and despite the cold weather, is highly rated
for its overall quality of life, including excellent medical
efficient public transportation and an emphasis on healthy living.
Winters see temperatures in the teens and 20s, and it snows up to 12 inches per month from November to
March. Summers are beautiful with temperatures rarely reaching
above the mid-80s. Humidity average 60% in the
afternoons, and the sun shines 180 days of the year.
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