Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

Downtown Grand Rapids...

Real Estate & Community Information



Downtown Grand Rapids MI real estate features plenty of architectural Downtown Grand Rapids MI homes. Just as important as finding Downtown Grand Rapids homes that you like the appearance of is also researching the community surrounding Downtown Grand Rapids real estate. Not only is it important for you to ensure that you like the structure of Downtown Grand Rapids homes for sale, but it is also important for you to like the community too since you’ll be living and working in it.

History

The Grand Rapids area has always been a beneficial place to live in. The early Mound Builders recognized the area’s worth as did the Ottawa Indians later on. The English settlers didn’t end up acquiring the property until the late 1800s when they gained it from the Ottawa tribe in the Treaty of Chicago. Since then, the settlers began to develop the land until it become known as a great agricultural area and later as a manufacturing metropolis.

Parks and Recreation

There are nearly 50 parks near the real estate in Downtown Grand Rapids, all of which have different features and amenities. For instance, some of the parks feature hiking and walking trails whereas others have dog trails for walking your pets. Some have recreation centers, lakes, streams, rivers and bike paths. No matter what type of outdoor activity you enjoy, you are sure to find a park that is tailored to your sport in the Grand Rapids area. 

Attractions and Activities

One of the biggest allures that homes for sale in Downtown Grand Rapids have is their close proximity to numerous attractions and activities. One of the most popular attractions is located at Calder Plaza. La Grande Vitesse is Grand Rapids’ iconic structure that tourists from all over the nation travel to see each year. Other types of attractions found in the area include family fun parks, museums, zoos and performing arts centers. 

Events

Many events take place in the area that the Downtown Grand Rapids home buyer can enjoy. There are arts and crafts festival, exhibitions, family fun nights and so many other events. Enjoy weekly wine tastings at the Bar Divsani, Trivia at JD Reardon's and many other regularly scheduled events. There is always something happening in Downtown Grand Rapids.

Bev Boerman will be able to help you find the best home for you in this area. Bev Boerman knows the area’s market so you don’t have to do as much searching.




The Grand Rapids Art Museum: located at 155 North Division. Offers over 6,000 works of art in the form of paintings, photographs, drawings, sculpture and decorative arts from artist's such as Rembrandt, Picasso and many more! They also have special exhibits featuring local, national and internationally know artists. Call (616) 831-1000 for admission prices and hours opened. www.gramonline.org

Grand Rapids Symphony: located at 169 Louis Campau Promenade, Suite 1. Presents classical, casual classics, pops, family series, coffee classics and lollipops concerts(for children) during its regular season Sept. thru May. In the summer the orchestra presents outdoor concerts called Picnic Pops at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Call 616-454-9451 www.grsymphony.org

Opera Grand Rapids: located 161 Ottawa NW Ave. Suite 20. Opera Grand Rapids presents four full productions per season from October through May, at DeVos Hall. Be entertained by the finest young national talent in principal roles and outstanding local artists as supporting cast. Call 616-451-2741www.operagr.com

Broadway Theatre Guild: located at 50 Monroe Ave. NW. The Guild presents Broadway touring productions at DeVos Hall. Admission varies with each show with prices from $25-$65. Call 616-235-6285. www.broadwaytheatreguild.org

Wealthy Theatre: located 1130 Wealthy St. SE. The Wealthy Theatre is a multi-cultural arts and education center inspiring respect and creativity among its neighbors and broader community. Call 616-451-8001 www.grcmc.org/theatre/

Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium at Van Andel Museum Center: 272 Pearl St. NW, (616)456-3663. Spectacular educational sky shows for all ages. Laser light shows set to popular music. State-of-the-art Digistar theater. Shows change several times a year. Admission charged. www.grmuseum.org

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA): located at 41 Sheldon Blvd. A multi-disciplinary contemporary arts center with thought-provoking programming in the visual arts, performance art, music, dance, film and literature. Artist's services are provided. Gallery admission free. UICA offers a variety of or regular exhibits and events, with film shows, art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances as well as readings and lectures. Call (616) 454-7000 for more information.www.uica.org

The Grand Rapids Ballet: This professional ballet company performs in the DeVos Hall and offers classical ballet with the accompaniment of a symphony orchestra. Recent performances include: The Nutcracker, and Cinderella. Call (616) 454-4771 for more information.www.grballet.org" 

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre: located on 30 N.Division Ave. This is the second largest community theater in the US and it offers six main stage and two children's productions from September through June. It's a treat for the whole family to enjoy watching in the historic downtown theatre. Call (616) 222-4000 for ticket information. www.grct.org

Heritage Hill Historic District: located five blocks east of downtown this Nationally recognized historic district includes more than 60 different architectural styles, including that of Frank Lloyd Wright. Call the Heritage Hill Association at (616) 459-8950 for information regarding self-guided tours and the annual Tour of Homes. Heritage Hill Site

La Grande Vitesse: Calder Plaza, Ottawa Ave, between Michigan and Lyon NW. La Grande Vitesse means the"great swiftness" or the "grand rapids." Internationally known sculptor, Alexander Calder, designed this piece specifically for this site. It was installed in 1969. It is one of the most familiar landmarks known to the locals as "The Calder".

Meyer May House: located at 450 Madison Ave. SE. One of the most complete restorations of Frank Lloyd Wright in existence today. It was built in 1908 and can be found nestled in the beautiful Heritage Hill District. Steelcase Inc. has restored this prairie-style home for all to view. Call (616) 246-4821 for more information.

Van Andel Arena: located at 130 W. Fulton Street. Is home to the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team, the Grand Rapids Hoops basketball team and the Rampage Arena football team. The Arena hosts several Musical Artist, Feature Ice Shows, Gymnastic shows and Truck Shows. The Arena has seating for up to 12,000. Call (616) 742-6600 for ticket information and show times. http://www.vanandelarena.com/

Van Andel Museum Center - Public Museum of Grand Rapids: located at 272 Pearl NW. Offers a spectacular peek into our "Furniture City" of the past along with a host of other marveling Michigan artifacts and wildlife habitats. The pearl of the museum lies within the magical 1928 Carousel that makes the young and young at heart take an exhilarating trip back in time. This 3-story Museum also features the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium where imaginations soar in their Digistar theatre during the sky shows and laser light presentations. To find out more about our City's Museum and/or the Planetarium call (616) 456-3977 for information regarding admission prices/discounts, featured exhibits and hours opened. Van Andel Museum and Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

Rosa Parks Circle, located on Market St. at Monroe Ave., created by internationally known artist, Maya Lin. Water is featured in the frozen, liquid and vapor states. Concerts are held on summer evenings and in the winter ice skates are provided free of charge for community skating (November - March). Ice Skating at Rosa Parks 

Voigt House Victorian Museum: located at 115 College Ave, SE. This elegant mansion was built in 1895 and is located in the center of the Heritage Hill District. This beautiful Victorian house belonged to Carl G.A. Voigt family and still contains their private furnishings and personal possessions. It is currently owned by the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Limited tour times are available. For more information regarding group tours, weddings, and other special events call (616) 456-4600.
Gerald R. Ford Museum: located at 303 Pearl NW. Is in honor of our own hometown Hero and country's 38th President. This museum offers a variety of exhibits from President Ford's life, to the 70's culture and to the Watergate Scandal that surrounded him during his administration. Many Bicentennial and Oval office items are also a treat to view. The Museum hosts a variety of educational speakers and artistic displays throughout the year. Call (616) 451-9263 for the latest itinerary, admission prices/discounts and hours. The Gerald R Ford Museum 

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum: located at 11 Sheldon Ave. Come explore the Museum that offers a "hands on experience". Their interactive exhibits encourage kids to explore and create on their own. Children can do anything from designing a bridge, learning about light and shapes from bubbles to making a meal in their life size kitchen. Call (616) 235-4726 for information on hours and admission prices. The Grand Rapids Children's Museum 
Bev Boerman
Bev Boerman
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