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Old 05-23-2012, 09:47 PM
 
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Hiya folks. I'm originally from Wyoming, MI, went to school at GRCC, but at 19 moved to Kansas.

I plan on moving back to the Grand Rapids area sometime this year, but I'm not familiar with many of the other suburbs in terms of cost of living/housing prices and all that adult-type issues since I left the state so soon after graduation.

Wants/Needs/Ideas
*I will be finishing school probably online or at GVSU/Davenport & working PT, maybe in Wyoming, just off 131 near M6.
*He'll be working as well, probably painting/home repair type stuff
*Will be a couple looking to start a family in a few years.
*Mixed couple - I'm white, he's mixed, I'm looking for an area that won't judge that too hard - here in KS it's pretty common place
*Cost will be a factor, but he's pretty handy. We're thinking about looking at foreclosures in decent areas.
*EGR/Rockford is out of reach, cost wise. Wyoming, Kentwood type pricing is probably best, but again, not super familiar with the many suburbs surrounding GR.
*A little bit of land would be nice, or on the outskirts but near a highway, but I know that's not super realistic. It would just be nice to have a yard for a garden, etc
*I'm looking to find a halfway decent school district. I know we won't be able to afford an EGR or forest hills school, but I'd prefer something that performs at or above average, at least.
*Downtown area is a consideration, as long as is safe and at least has off street parking/small yard
*Would like an area/neighborhood that has a nice area for good weather type stuff, just walking, enjoying the outdoors - nice parks or trails

Any specific cities, neighborhoods, areas for an idea? I might stick with Wyoming, but I'm also not exactly sure how much it's changed since I've left.

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Old 05-24-2012, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Hiya folks. I'm originally from Wyoming, MI, went to school at GRCC, but at 19 moved to Kansas.

I plan on moving back to the Grand Rapids area sometime this year, but I'm not familiar with many of the other suburbs in terms of cost of living/housing prices and all that adult-type issues since I left the state so soon after graduation.

Wants/Needs/Ideas
*I will be finishing school probably online or at GVSU/Davenport & working PT, maybe in Wyoming, just off 131 near M6.
*He'll be working as well, probably painting/home repair type stuff
*Will be a couple looking to start a family in a few years.
*Mixed couple - I'm white, he's mixed, I'm looking for an area that won't judge that too hard - here in KS it's pretty common place
*Cost will be a factor, but he's pretty handy. We're thinking about looking at foreclosures in decent areas.
*EGR/Rockford is out of reach, cost wise. Wyoming, Kentwood type pricing is probably best, but again, not super familiar with the many suburbs surrounding GR.
*A little bit of land would be nice, or on the outskirts but near a highway, but I know that's not super realistic. It would just be nice to have a yard for a garden, etc
*I'm looking to find a halfway decent school district. I know we won't be able to afford an EGR or forest hills school, but I'd prefer something that performs at or above average, at least.
*Downtown area is a consideration, as long as is safe and at least has off street parking/small yard
*Would like an area/neighborhood that has a nice area for good weather type stuff, just walking, enjoying the outdoors - nice parks or trails

Any specific cities, neighborhoods, areas for an idea? I might stick with Wyoming, but I'm also not exactly sure how much it's changed since I've left.
Kentwood. It's probably the most culturally diverse area in Grand Rapids, and priced decently. Has a lot of older 1960's type neighborhoods all the way up to newer subs.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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You might also consider Grandville._
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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Kentwood. It's probably the most culturally diverse area in Grand Rapids, and priced decently. Has a lot of older 1960's type neighborhoods all the way up to newer subs.
Do you know any sort of cross-roads for a decent area in Kentwood? I know it has the reputation of being, well, somewhat shady.

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You might also consider Grandville._
I know some places in grandville are fairly expensive, especially due to the mall and the area there being built up, do you know of any specific areas in grandville where maybe houses are older and/or prices a bit lower?
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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Do you know any sort of cross-roads for a decent area in Kentwood? I know it has the reputation of being, well, somewhat shady.
52nd & Kalamazoo. There are some nice, reasonably priced areas in Kentwood.

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I know some places in grandville are fairly expensive, especially due to the mall and the area there being built up, do you know of any specific areas in grandville where maybe houses are older and/or prices a bit lower?
Immediately SE of Wilson & Prarie and north of Buck Creek. Modest homes, nice area.
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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52nd & Kalamazoo. There are some nice, reasonably priced areas in Kentwood.
What he said. It's a mixture. The only places that seem to be shady are those that have a high concentration of apartment complexes. There are a bunch of nice neighborhoods like Princeton Estates, Bailey's Grove (huge), Crystal Springs (also huge), with a mix of price ranges.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Wyoming, MI
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I have relatives who live in Wyoming in the subdivision that's right next to Oriole Park and that seems to be a nice subdivision with very affordable housing.

There are also some parts of Wyoming that are in the Grandville school district, and I think the most affordable subdivision that in this category is on the west side of Byron Center between 44th and 52nd, where you can enter at Ancient, Parkview or Windview. There is also a subdivision across from that one on the east side of Byron Center (enter via Ancient or Easy Street), which is a little bit more expensive but you may be able to find a good deal under this housing market.
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