Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Real Estate & Community Information



The History of the Grand Rapids MI Real Estate Market Is Fascinating to Study: Grand Rapids MI homes are located in near the Grand River Valley that was settled during the early 18th century by the Anishinabek. These accomplished farmers and hunters lived in beautiful villages located near the Grand Rapids downtown area until they were relocated during the early 19th century by the United States government.

The first American settlers arrived in 1825 after surveyors established boundaries for the first Grand Rapids properties for sale. The settlers established residential neighborhoods near what is now Division Avenue. They were joined in the 1830s by a group of New England and New York State settlers who constructed many Grand Rapids homes on Leonard and Wealthy Streets.

The area's population grew during the middle of the 19th century after several settlers established thriving furniture factories and lumber mills. Most of these businesses continued to flourish after railroad service was established during the late 1860s in the area.

Grand Rapids continued to manufacture furniture products until World War II when the United States Army established several factories in the area. These factories were replaced during the 1960s by heath care, logistics and retail industries that play an important role in today's Grand Rapids economy.

Real estate in Grand Rapids now located in a beautiful Kent County community that offers Grand Rapids residents a diverse economy, friendly neighborhoods and low crime rates. These benefits make Grand Rapids real estate a wonderful value for anyone who relocates to the Grand Rapids area.

For more details about the interesting history of Grand Rapids homes for sale, please read this article written by the Grand Rapids City Council.

The Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department Offers Many Fun Recreational Opportunities: The Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department offers more than 250 indoor and outdoor recreational areas that are located within a 5-mile radius of many high-quality Grand Rapids MI homes. Some of these Grand Rapids facilities include a golf course, three swimming pools, seven urban hiking trails and more than 120 parks.

Moreover, the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department offers many recreational activities that are open to all Grand Rapids residents. For example, fitness enthusiasts can enjoy the yoga, power-flex, Zumba and other classes that take place at various locations throughout the year and are available to all city residents at low registration fees for these Community Education Classes. Children will also enjoy playing on one of the youth soccer and T-ball teams that are organized each year by the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department.

There Are Many Attractions Located Close to High-quality Homes for Sale in Grand Rapids: Home buyers will enjoy purchasing a home in Grand Rapids because there are many fun attractions & destinations located near affordable housing. Some of these Grand Rapids attractions include baseball games at Fifth-Third Ball Park with the WhiteCaps, John Ball Park Zoo, Blandford Nature Center and theater at several local companies, including Civic Theater and Community Circle Theater.

Grand Rapids Area Is Home to Many Year-round Fun Events: Grand Rapids LaughFest,  ArtPrize,  many (free) summer music events such as "Blues on the Mall" and "Jazz in the Park", and New Year's Eve music and ball drop in downtown, film festivals, the annual Festival of the Arts each June, River Bank Run each Spring. Nearby Holland Michigan, a 30-40 minute drive, features Tulip Time Festival each Spring. Grand Rapids home buyers can find details about other area events by visiting the event website maintained by the Grand Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Bev Boerman
Bev Boerman
Sales Executive