Grand Rapids Michigan Online Relocation Guide

Grand Rapids Michigan is a diverse metropolitan area comprised of

many local cities and communities that surround the city of

Grand Rapids.  The Grand Rapids metro area is the second largest

“city” in Michigan with a population around 1 million.

West Michigan is a beautiful 4 season area of Michigan that has lots

of hardwood forests, rolling hills, Lake Michigan shoreline, hundreds

of  lakes and rivers, and a thriving, diverse work environment with

educated workers.  We have 25 colleges and universities in our

area, including the new Michigan State Medical School on the

“Medical Mile” in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Getting To Know Grand Rapids:

Since pictures speak louder than words, we have links to photos

& videos of some of our local communities:

Ada Michigan is a small community southeast of Grand Rapids with

an excellent school system and lots of suburban homes.

Caledonia Michigan is a small suburban community that has farms

and a rural setting.

East Grand Rapids Michigan is a city bordering on Grand Rapids that has lovely older

homes, an excellent school system, and excellent city services, including

community events,leaf pick-up in fall, and over 100 miles of plowed city

sidewalks in the winter.

Kentwood Michigan is a suburban community southeast of Grand

Rapids with businesses, such as Steelcase, one of the nation’s largest

office furniture manufacturers and lots of suburban housing subdivisions,

both new and established, plus rental communities.

Lowell Michigan is a small community east of Grand Rapids with a

vibrant business community, excellent school system, and a mixture of

older homes and newer subdivisions, all centered around the Flat River.

Rockford Michigan is a small community north of Grand Rapids on the

Rogue River.  It is home to the global shoe manufacturer, Wolverine

Worldwide, but has a small town feeling with unique boutiques, shops,

and wonderful restaurants.  Many newer homes, established subdivisions

and older homes populate the Rockford area.

 

Quality of Life in Grand Rapids:

Grand Rapids Michigan Rated 5th Most Affordable Housing in US –

Aug 21, 2009 – CNN Money has rated the top cities in affordable housing.

Top Schools in West Michigan – June 15-2009 – Six West Michigan public

Schools were rated in the top 1500 schools in the nation by Newsweek.

Spectrum Hospital Ranks in Nation’s Top 100 – Nov 3, 2009

 

Fav Restaurants in the Grand Rapids Area:

Good Eats – Marie Catrib’s – Nov 20, 2009  In the East Hills Neighborhood

of Grand Rapids offers unusual fare in a friendly atmosphere.

Good Eats – Real Food Cafe – Nov 20, 2009  In Alger Heights and Northland

Dr locations offer great comfort food at great prices.

First Choice for Chinese in Forest Hills = First Wok – Dec 4, 2009 – Located in

the heart of Cascade, this Chinese Restaurant is one of our favorites.

The Grille Restaurant at Watermark Country Club – March 9, 2008 –

Serving fresh local foods when possible, this restaurant is always

busy.  Whether you stop in for a business lunch or have a quick

meal after you play nine holes, you can’t go wrong here.

The Monterey Grille in Caledonia – March 9,2009 – A great local place

for breakfast or an after work get-together at the sports bar.

Vitale’s Restaurant & Pub – Aug 23, 2010 – Casual dining in Ada and

other areas of  Grand Rapids – a very popular place to get your pasta fix.

 

Recreation in Grand Rapids:

Art Prize – Sept 24, 2009 – An annual event in Grand Rapids,

Art Prize took the city by storm this year with over $250K in prizes,

artists from all over the world bringing their art creations to GR.

Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey – May 11, 2009 – A Night at a Griffins

Play-off Game

White Caps Baseball Signals Spring – March 15, 2009 – Opening day

for the local AA Team is much anticipated in Grand Rapids.

Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park:

The Sculptures – Mar 9, 2008 Outdoor sculptures at Frederick Meijer Gardens

The Conservatory – Mar 9, 2008  The tropical conservatory at Meijer Gardens

The Children’s Garden – Mar 9, 2008 – The Children’s Gardens at Meijer Gardens

Butterfly Exhibit – Mar 9, 2008  Yearly special exhibit that draws thousands.

Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series 2010 – April 26, 2010 – 12 concerts

held at the Outdoor Amphitheater.

Grand Haven – Aug 24, 2009  – Coast Guard City is a great destination for

tourists and Michigan day trippers, like ourselves.

Golf in West Michigan –

Roselle Park – Nov 6, 2009 – Natural Habitat Refuge on the Grand River

with an observation tower, viewing deck, canoe/kayak launch, miles of

walking trails.

Grand Rapids Golf – With over 900 courses in West Michigan, it could

take a few years to play them all.  A few local golf course articles &

photos.

 

Real Estate Information for Buyers & Sellers:

You Want to Buy A House, Now What? – Oct 27,2010

Buyer question and answers

Which Mortgage Do I Choose? – Key questions to ask yourself and

lenders before you finalize your mortgage.

Buying Foreclosed Homes is NOT FUN! – May 6, 2008 – A few buying tips

on foreclosed properties. Be Aware. Be Prepared. Use a Seasoned

Buyer’s Agent.

Are you Looking for your Grand Rapids Dream Home? – May 13, 2008 –Lots

of internet searches for the perfect home are being done right now.

Sellers Beware! Avoid 11 Mistakes That Could Cost You Hundreds, even
Thousands of Dollars!

The difference between a profitable, seamless

transaction and a break even, miserable experience is often a fine line.

Top Ten Questions You Should Ask Before You List Your Home – Crucial

areas of expertise your Realtor should possess.

 

SEARCH for Homes in Greater Grand Rapids Area:

Grand Rapids Michigan- Homes for Sale

Ada Michigan – Homes for Sale

East Grand Rapids Michigan – Homes for Sale

Caledonia Michigan – Homes for Sale

Cascade Michigan – Homes for Sale

Kentwood Michigan – Homes for Sale

Lowell Michigan – Homes for Sale

Rockford Michigan – Homes for Sale

Waterfront Homes for Sale

Luxury Homes for Sale

Grand Rapids – Condos for Sale

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