Welcome to Westwood Common, winner of the American Architects Association (AIA) Award in 2001
for Best Place to Live in Detroit. Westwood Common, developed in 1996, is a special community of custom-designed neo-traditional homes. Located on a cul-de-sac, Westwood Common has nature preserves, a pond with a fountain, ravines, a delightful gazebo, picket fences, professional landscaping/maintenance, porches, decks, patios, sidewalks, and hidden garages. This neighborly environment creates grace and charm in this unique development. Robert Gibbs designed this conservation oriented community on just 5 acres. Sitting on a total of 17 acres, the community is organized around open space and preserved river basin and flood plains, with ponds and trails for walking and recreation for the residents.
Westwood Common is a neighborhood like an old-fashioned village, with houses clustered around a common area with sidewalks. Westwood Common is recognized under a concept called neo-traditional planning also known as new urbanism. The common area runs along part of the Rouge River and is surrounded by a beautiful wooded setting and a small pond with an aerator. It is truly a park-like setting with a play-scape set up for the kids and sidewalks in the front common area. The front porches remind you of the “New Orleans” life style of lazy afternoons in your chairs, watching the kids play.