A Typical Gross Pointe Residential Home
Grosse Pointe is a coastal area in Metro Detroit, Michigan, that comprises five adjacent individual communities. The terms "Grosse Pointe" or "the Pointes" are ordinarily used to refer to the entire area, referencing all five individual communities, with a total population of about 46,000.
The Grosse Pointes altogether are 10.4 square miles, bordered by Detroit on the south and west, Lake St. Clair on the east and south, Harper Woods on the west of some portions, and St. Clair Shores on the north. The Pointes begin six miles northeast of downtown Detroit and extend several miles northeastward, in a narrow swath of land, to the edge of Wayne County. The name "Grosse Pointe" derives from the size of the area, and its projection into Lake St. Clair.
Grosse Pointe is home to the very rich, indeed. It is beyond bizarre that merely 6 miles away sits downtown Detroit and merely 2 miles outside of Detroit is the Ghetto. However, crossing the threshold from Detroit into Gross Point is the only entrance and exit out of the city that is not buffered by decline and stray bullets, but instead gently transitions into upper scale business complexes and restaurants until you run into the green grass lined shore of Lake St. Clair, with the $50 Million dollar mansions overlooking the waters. You’ll notice yachts in the waters and yacht clubs lining the shores as you continue on. Gated communities wrapped in gothic cast iron fences are well hidden by old, but perfectly manicured trees and huge gardens. The shopping is beyond luxury as well as the dining. Police patrol on horseback and hand out lollipops to the children. It is quaint and fussy. Pretentious and very exclusive.