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Old 10-12-2019, 05:55 AM
 
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Hi, everybody. I have a couple of questions about raising kids in Traverse City, specifically regarding kid sports and academic opportunities. I’ve searched these forums and the internet, in hope of finding more information, but I’m not having any luck. So, I’m hoping someone here might be able to help. 😊

1.) Are there AA or AAA baseball leagues for 11u/12u boys? If so, what are the team names? (This would help, as I could search for that team’s web page)

2.) What opportunities for club soccer are are there for 10/11u girls in TC? Looking for something more than Parks & Rec. I’m seeing sports offered at the high school level (on the West and Central HS pages), but I’m not seeing much below that.

3.) Schools—I’ve seen posts praising both West and Central school districts. If you’ve moved into the area with kids, which did you choose? Is one better equipped to differentiate academics, and challenge kids who are quick learners? Does one have better parent participation in the schools (a more robust PTA/PTO, higher parent volunteerism, etc)?

4.) Would you recommend particular family-friendly neighborhoods within a 30 min commute to downtown TC?


Thanks!
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:26 PM
 
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I can't help you with the names of the youth league teams, but there is what appears to be an active youth ( Little League age I'd guess ) baseball league at the ball diamonds on Munson Ave on the East side of town. When I drive by on a summer weekday there always seems to be games going on. Here is a link to TC Little League baseball: https://www.traversecitylittleleague...?tabid=1316862



There is definitely youth soccer going on. There are multiple fields on Keystone Rd, just South of the City limits. The place is jam packed on Saturdays, so they should have no trouble finding a soccer league.


Traverse City is a small town, 30 minutes puts you into neighboring smaller towns like Kalkaska, Kingsley, Honor, Suttons Bay, etc. I honestly don't feel like there are any bad neighborhoods in TC. It is more expensive to live within the city limits compared to the Townships, both in home purchase price and in property taxes. If you want to live within the close-to downtown neighborhoods, you'll pay a premium, but there are a lot of advantages to it. If you want to live on the Bay ( either West or East Bay ), you will pay a premium for that. It all depends on your budget, and your preferences.
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Old 10-16-2019, 08:48 AM
 
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Thanks, Joe_in_Mi! I will take a look at the Little League link you provided. I’m glad to hear there are so many great options for neighborhoods, and we’ll keep in mind the towns you suggested ��
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Old 10-16-2019, 02:48 PM
 
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Personally, I wouldn't want to live in Kalkaska,Kingsley, or Buckley, but I'm sure there are nice places to live in those areas, just a little too small for me. Honor/Beaulah area would be OK to me because it is close to the Lake Michigan shoreline, a lot of great nature stuff out that way. I do like Suttons Bay, it would be pretty easy to find some good little neighborhood enclaves close to TC that are in Leelanau County, and Suttons Bay seems nice, too. But there will be a lot of car commuting for everything if you live out in the surrounding areas. Driving in winter can be dicey at times, too.


Good luck in your search, you really can't go wrong, I've been in this area since 2008 and love it !
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Old 10-16-2019, 08:34 PM
 
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Yeah, from what I know you really should concentrate on areas in the Traverse City Area School District and not look at areas in the surrounding, much smaller, and less funded school districts. The pros of TC generally outweigh the cons.

The amount of academic options, activities, and extracurricular are much better in the TC Areas schools that most of the outlying districts. The only exceptions maybe Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids, but they are much much smaller districts.

You will want to consider living in TC proper versus the surrounding townships. As others have said property values and taxes tend to be less out in the township but you will likely end up driving a lot more to get to schools, shopping, amenities/services in town, and other events. With school-aged children and activities this can add-up. There is something to be said living 5-10 minutes from their schools versus 20-30 minutes as all the trip time can add-up.

That said you can probably get more house and more land out in some of the townships if you desire, or you can find more in-town living closer into TC.
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Old 10-21-2019, 07:55 AM
 
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Yeah, from what I know you really should concentrate on areas in the Traverse City Area School District and not look at areas in the surrounding, much smaller, and less funded school districts. The pros of TC generally outweigh the cons.

The amount of academic options, activities, and extracurricular are much better in the TC Areas schools that most of the outlying districts. The only exceptions maybe Suttons Bay and Elk Rapids, but they are much much smaller districts.

You will want to consider living in TC proper versus the surrounding townships. As others have said property values and taxes tend to be less out in the township but you will likely end up driving a lot more to get to schools, shopping, amenities/services in town, and other events. With school-aged children and activities this can add-up. There is something to be said living 5-10 minutes from their schools versus 20-30 minutes as all the trip time can add-up.

That said you can probably get more house and more land out in some of the townships if you desire, or you can find more in-town living closer into TC.
Thanks, DTWflyer. Good points re: drive times. Considering what I’ve read re: tourist traffic in the summer (and the amount of snow the area gets in winter), I’m guessing it’s easier to live w/i TC boundaries, but west of 31, as West TC schools, Meijer, etc are all outside of DT TC and we wouldn’t need to cross through downtown on a daily basis.
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Old 10-22-2019, 11:00 AM
 
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I live/work in the Traverse City area. Everywhere in the immediate region is within 20 - 25 minutes drive. Yes traffic on the main drag through town can be congested during heavy tourist times but local residents quickly learn how to bypass it using various side roads.

I can't help with the baseball but tbays dot org will fill you in on the largest area soccer teams.


I would personally (and did) move to the townships outside of Traverse City itself. But if you enjoy city living, there's nothing wrong with any neighborhood in the city really. You'll of course want to explore each neighborhood yourself before making a final determination.
As long as you stay within 15 miles of TC your drive will be 20 minutes or less. We chose to move to the south side of TC in the Kingsley school district. Excellent value for the money and the schools are smaller but highly rated.
I can be anywhere in the TC area within 12 - 20 minutes (Hospital, Meijer, Costco, Ice Arena, downtown, etc)

If you write with more criteria with what you're looking for, we can help guide you to a specific area. Small city lot? Suburban yard space? House size vs price range? Close to water? etc.
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