Grand Rapids, MI was recently named as one of West Michigan’s “cool cities” by Michigan’s Governor, Jennifer Granholm. It is a city rich in heritage, culture and history. Grand Rapids, Michigan combines the best in big city sophistication without the laden weight of crime, excessive consumption and over-crowding. Grand Rapids, Mi is truly a lifestyle city…a place which offers something for everyone with plenty of green space to stretch out and enjoy it!In fact one of the little known facts about Grand Rapids is the number of parks in it’s downtown area and surroundings. It’s a surprising bit of freshness and vitality in a city of this size. Grand Rapids has over 2000 acres of parks scattered throughout the community which make it a delight to walk about and give the city an easy sense of relaxed spaciousness. A visit to
Grand Rapids, Mi would not be complete without a stop at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This unique botanical enterprise is the embodiment of the personal vision and creativity of one of Grand Rapids, most venerable families…The Meijer family. Fred Meijer, the owner and business entrepreneur who started the Meijer chain of grocery stores has chosen to share his largess with the community through this gift of beauty and distinction. In addition to the parks and recreational facilities, Grand Rapids, Mi is situated in close proximity to one of the world’s largest bodies of fresh water…Lake Michigan! The sandy shores of Lake Michigan offer some of the world’s most beautiful beach fronts and shorelines. One of the most striking elements of Michigan’s coast is eclectic variety of scenery. You can enjoy the stark dessert beauty of the sandy dunes and just a little further down the coast find yourself peering over a rocky crag to a gravity defying drop below, or become immersed in the magic of the deep woods.
The area is also replete with a number of smaller inland lakes which are great summer getaways and tourist resorts.In addition to spectacular lakeside sunsets and quaint historic towns, the West Michigan community incorporates some of the
Midwest finest offerings of cultural and dining options.
Downtown Grand Rapids and the surrounding area offer a surprising variety of eclectic dining choices. Ranging from the 5 Star Rated 1913 Room located in the stately Amway Grand Plaza hotel to the fun and lively bistro tapas dining experience of San Chez restaurant, there is something for everyone whether your taste runs toward the exotic with Indian, Chinese and Vietnamese style restaurants or you prefer a good ole burger complete with the trimmings you’ll find something to tickle your palette in Grand Rapids, Michigan.If you’re into sports, you will find Grand Rapids and the surrounding communities have much to offer year round. Grand Rapids has some of the best golf courses in the Midwest.
During the summer when the leaves give a spectacular show of glorious color, hiking and biking in the area is an unforgettable experience. The city has carefully cultivated and planned a number of pedestrian and bike trails in various communities. In addition there are several options for skiing, snowmobiling, fishing and hunting. Because West Michigan has so many lakes, rivers and streams, a boating enthusiast will find many sources of recreational opportunities as well as a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the areas beautiful scenery.Now for those who like their recreational pleasure indoors, Grand Rapids, Michigan has much to offer.
For the discerning shopper, Grand Rapids has several large malls with nationally acclaimed anchor stores. Rivertown Mall, located in the adjacent community of Grandville, Michigan offers a multi-tiered shopping experience as well as several outlet malls and restaurants close by. Woodland Mall located in Kentwood, Michigan is a an upscale mall which has added a number of entertainment options within the last couple of years.
The area is also home to a number of museums including the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum and the New Grand Rapids Arts Museum which is being hailed as the nation’s first Green Built museum. In fact, it has been estimate that Grand Rapids has more square footage under construction which is LEED certified than any other city in the United States!Grand Rapids is also home to Michigan’s only professional opera and ballet companies. World class productions are put on at the
DeVos Hall and talent from across the nation performs in one of the country’s largest indoor arenas, the VanAndel Arena. These offerings are enriched by performances by students in several of the areas many colleges and universities. Calvin College has hosted a nationally acclaimed Lecture series, the January Series which has hosted innovators, world leaders and visionary thinkers from all over the world. Grand Rapids, Mi is a great community in which to live, work and play. If you are relocating to the area and would like some additional information, please contact us to receive a FREE Relocation package. Our office is located in the Northwest section of Grand Rapids. We are a full service real estate company available to assist with purchasing or selling properties in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the surrounding communities.
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