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Old 12-13-2011, 09:39 AM
 
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I'm looking through the real estate listings, and I'm noticing that most of the listings that fall into my price range are in the NW and SE. Are these bad neighborhoods?
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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it's not that easy...

The city is divided into four quadrants for address numbering. The hub is downtown at Division and Fulton. within each quadrant are numerous neighborhoods--some are steady, thriving and safe, some are challenged, faltering and not-so-safe. Many are somewhere in between.

Many of the suburbs also fall into the NW, SW, SE, NE addresses and they are as varied as you might imagine!

I would suggest using some of the online crime statistic web pages, college town safety web pages and even Google Maps street view to get some idea of how a neighborhood looks.

Also, you can ask here about specific areas, intersections, etc. (not specific addresses!) and many will at least give you their personal opinions.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The city is divided into four quadrants for address numbering. The hub is downtown at Division and Fulton. within each quadrant are numerous neighborhoods--some are steady, thriving and safe, some are challenged, faltering and not-so-safe. Many are somewhere in between.
Defintely. There are plenty of areas in NW and SE that are as safe or safer than any of the suburbs, and each quadrant also generally has places where you're looking for trouble if you're there after dark.

You can generally safely make a first pass through a neighborhood's main roads anywhere in town during daylight hours, and let your instincts and eyes get a rough idea of what's going on there. GR is not Detroit or Flint in that regard.

For the older/more urban areas, Rapid Growth Media has some neighborhood guides here:

Grand Rapids' Neighborhoods

The newer (60s and later) neighborhoods near the fringes of town like Westside Connection or Michigan Oaks are a bit too non-trendy to make that list, but often have good housing values if you aren't worried about public schools.
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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I'm looking through the real estate listings, and I'm noticing that most of the listings that fall into my price range are in the NW and SE. Are these bad neighborhoods?

Not exactly. There are some very nice areas on both the NW and SE side...there are also some very crappy areas. It would really just depend on where exactly.

Also the SW side doesn't really have a ton of housing, at least in GR proper. It turns into Wyoming/Grandville etc pretty fast.
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:53 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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I concur, the directional denominations are not a useful way to search for houses really. You'd be better off doing the following:
1) Do you have kids? Want public schools? If so, use something admittedly arbitrary to find the top 4 or 5 school districts in an area. Within that sub-set you're probably fine no matter which you choose, but below that I would personally steer clear. One I've steered folks to is US News ratings of high schools (as nearly everywhere has decent elementaries... it's the high schools that struggle, so they're a great indicator of district stability).

2) Do you want to live in an urban style neighborhood of single-family homes? If so, I would look at Grand Rapids neighborhoods (use the Rapid Growth link posted above) and East Grand Rapids. My favorites are East Hills and Heritage Hill, but there are other great neighborhoods.

3) Do you want some land? Use grar.com to find places selling vacant land, and then look at homes nearby. It stands to reason that places selling multi-acre parcels will also have homes on relatively large lots.

4) Downtown G.R. is a lifestyle of its own. You might look there if you like condo living with walking amenities. You'll still need a car in my opinion as we don't have a full-service grocer within the downtown walking radius, but you could get away with doing that on a periodic basis and walk to lots of other things (including your job perhaps).

There are lots of choices, all near the city... but I wouldnt' use the NW/SE/SW/NE to narrow down your choices.
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:45 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Hey, I'm a west sider, would be more than happy to help out! Although I must admit, the west side really does range in terms of how nice things are. Personally, I would go with the west side of GR any day.
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