About the Central Neighborhood, Traverse City

The Central Neighborhood is your classic Midwestern enclave with historic roots and residences for small town living. The Central School (now an elementary school but the former Junior High and original High School) sits in the middle of Central Neighborhood and defines both the history of this area as well as the walkable nature of the city’s small town character.

image008The Central Neighborhood is defined by boundaries with Front Street to the North, 14th to the South, Division to the West, and Locust St. to the East. At one point it had split into two associations but now seems to be back to one.

The Central area has always been populated by business executives that worked in the downtown area and also at Munson Medical Center. There have also been a number of educators for TCAPS and GTACS who reside there and is noted for its’ many Victorian homes and the cobblestone streets of 7th and 8th.

image002Central Neighborhood Landmarks

There are several beaches and also cultural landmarks in and around Central Neighborhood. The Smithsonian Magazine ranked Traverse City, Michigan the #4 Best Town to Visit in the USA – “Traverse City probably should expect more tourists this summer. The northern Michigan city has made Smithsonian’s list of Top 20 best small towns in the U.S. to visit in 2015. Traverse City came in fourth on the list topped by Estes Park, Colorado; Nantucket, Massachusetts; and Stuart, Florida, respectively” – so it should comes as no suprise that there are several noteworthy landmarks in the vibrant, Central Neighborhood.

Clinch Park Beach

image014Next to the old Traverse City zoo and adjacent to the Clinch Park Marina, Clinch Park beach is a great place to get your tan on while squeezing in some quality people watching.

Over 1500 feet of sand along West Grand Traverse Bay, Clinch Park features picnic tables, lifeguards from mid-June to August (great for younger swimmers) and is just a short walk from downtown Traverse City restaurants and coffee bars. (From MyNorth TC Beaches)

The State Theater & City Opera House

Both of these historic performance centers trace their roots back to the early 1900’s and we a central part of a vibrant downtown arts environment. They have both been fully restored and are once again delivering film or live performances.

Munson Medical Centerimage020

A world class hospital within walking distance of the southern fringes of the neighborhood. What more can a family ask for.
While the main campus is still growing (possibly not UP however) the number of services offered are growing as well.

The Warehouse District

Anchored by the new Indigo Hotel and the Warehouse Marketplace this dynamic new shopping area close to GT Bay and the TART Trail is worth exploring.

Grand Traverse Bay, Downtown TC, The Carnegie Library (see above), State Theater, and Munson Medical Center are just a few of the landmarks in, or around, the Central neighborhood.

Perry Hannah, the founder of TC, is enshrined in bronze and the corner of 6th street and Union in Central Neighborhood.

Central Traverse City Schools


There are several public or parochial school choices for the Central Neighborhood. Here are a few:

Central Grade School

(Two blocks off the intersection of 7th and Union St.)

This is the largest (by square footage and population) elementary school in the district. It is also the oldest school having once served as the only high school in the Traverse City area. It currently houses a traditional K-5 school population along with the TCAPS TAG (Talented and Gifted Program) and several pre-school classes.

TCAPS Montessori at Glenn Loomis

(Located on Oak Street just a ½ bock from 14th Street)

TCAPS only dedicated Montessori school. Bussing is not provided to Glenn Loomis but the demand for this location makes it one of the larger schools in the TCAPS offerings.

St. Francis High School and Holy Angles Elementary

(On 10th and 11th Street just outside Central Neighborhood)

Both Holy Angles (k-5) and St. Francis High School (Grades 9-12) are award winning and high caliber parochial education institutions that are just part of what GTACS offers the TC community.

Middle and High Schools

West Middle School is located at 3950 West Silver Lake Rd. and the TC West High School is 5376 N. Long Lake Rd) The Middle schools house 6-8 grades with the two high schools serving the 9-12 graders. West High School is an academic award winning school with a complete offering of performing arts and athletic programs for all range of student interests.