In 1890, the Suburban Home Syndicate of Cincinnati acquired a fruit farm and orchards near 9 Mile and Campbell Roads. The syndicate developed new homes on these properties, and promoted them as the Urbanrest Subdivisions
. For a time, Urbanrest was also an official commuter stop on the Grand Trunk railway from Detroit to Pontiac. The name faded into memory when Ferndale
was officially declared a Village in 1918, and then incorporated into a City in 1927.