UPSCALE. CULTURED. FUN. The tree-lined suburbs of Oakland are a 20-to-40-minute drive north of downtown Detroit. Here, we appreciate the simple and chic. The unique cafe scene. A good meal. The outdoors. Shopping or a show. From the lively downtowns (Ferndale, Royal Oak, Rochester and Birmingham) to the Detroit Zoo, there’s plenty of fun and friends in the Oakland.