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Old 12-13-2011, 03:31 PM
 
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My fiance and I will be relocating to Grand Rapids from Austin in a few months. I am having a hard time finding information on a good location to live in.

We are both in our late 20's with no children. Like going out to restaurants and bars on the weekends, and like a more urban feel to living as opposed to the suburbs.

We are originally from the west side of Cleveland, and are looking for something similar in that housing is within walking distance to restaurants and shops in a city center atmosphere.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated. We have no preference over house or apartment.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:19 PM
 
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You need to come be our neighbor in East Hills. Sounds just like what you're looking for. We love it here! Great neighbors, best restaurants in the city, centrally located, close to downtown, diverse, great farmer's market, strong business districts, cool houses and apartments with tons of variety.

East Hills - Cherry Hill
East Hills Council of Neighbors
Uptown GR

Let me know if you have questions. There are other great places, but we love our neighborhood.
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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East Town, Heritage Hill, or just live downtown. Housing downtown is a bit more expensive but if you are splitting living costs between two incomes its really not bad.

East Hills is also nice as mentioned above.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:37 PM
 
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Thank you both for your input. Would you be able to recommend any apartment complex/building, or any specific streets to either avoid or look toward?
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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Hard to say for sure in terms of streets to avoid. None of the area's are bad, but it can vary a lot street by street. For instance in Easttown I would avoid living south of Wealthy, things are still a bit sketchy there. In between Wealthy and Fulton are fine. However if you go a bit close to downtown along Fulton things get a bit sketchy again. I wouldn't recommend East Fulton for that reason.

East Town, Heritage hill, or straight up live downtown. Downtown you can look at Boardwalk Apartments, Plaza Towers, 38 and others I can't think of right now. Just depends on how much you want to spend on rent.
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:31 PM
 
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If you are interested in renting a home, look at the John Ball Park area, and the area to the north. The area west of 6th Street Bridge is a good pick with easy bike path access to downtown. You can also check out the Fulton St area near Gold and National (just west of the river), it is very close to downtown but no hill to climb.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:35 PM
 
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I just moved to grand rapids from oklahoma. I don't live in easttown, but I drove by it and it seemed pretty nice. I'm about 20 minutes away.

I'm still trying to get settled in with knowing people and stuff too. If you don't know any one and interested in getting together, let me know.
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:30 AM
 
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Hi! I moved to Grand Rapids in mid-2011 from Cincinnati and so far I love it! Currently, I'm renting an apartment on the NE side, but I'm starting to look into buying a house and love East Town and East Hills. My main concern with this area is safety. Obviously, it's closer to the city so it wont be as safe as distant suburbs, but is it safe to walk around the neighborhood at night? I have a dog so this is a necessity.
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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Hi! I moved to Grand Rapids in mid-2011 from Cincinnati and so far I love it! Currently, I'm renting an apartment on the NE side, but I'm starting to look into buying a house and love East Town and East Hills. My main concern with this area is safety. Obviously, it's closer to the city so it wont be as safe as distant suburbs, but is it safe to walk around the neighborhood at night? I have a dog so this is a necessity.
East Hills is weird. It's generally safe for the most part, but there is the odd crime now and then. I lived there about 2 years and never had any problems personally. There was a shooting at the corner of Diamond and Fulton in about 2008 or so, obviously this was a few years ago and I haven't lived there since so I'm not sure how much its changed from a living standpoint.

Again, it's generally safe, but there are some wackos in the area. As a guy I never felt unsafe at night, but I would always walk my girlfriend out to her car etc. It's basically a mixed bag of students, young home-buyers and poor people.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:55 PM
 
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Before we moved to East Hills, we wondered a little about safety. After 3 years, it hasn't been the slightest concern. Neighbors on our street all care for each other and there haven't been any problems at all - we love it. I do get the "Crimemapping" reports in my email and sometimes there are things in the general radius, but nothing that concerned us or made us feel unsafe.
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