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.
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:
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
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
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 &
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
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.
The difference between a profitable, seamless
transaction and a break even, miserable experience is often a fine line.
areas of expertise your Realtor should possess.
SEARCH for Homes in Greater Grand Rapids Area: