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Old 07-10-2012, 01:32 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

I've been lurking here for awhile as we plan our relocation to Grand Rapids from Germany. As we try to envision life there, we're focusing mainly on EGR because of the walking lifestyle, good schools, and the freedom it would give our children to visit friends, go to school, etc. on their own.

Could anyone tell me about the implications for living "behind" Reeds Lake in the Golden Triangle or in that general area? It seems like then you have to go around the lake to get to anything: school, shopping, your friends who live in the rest of EGR. And it's just far enough away to make walking and cycling significantly less convenient. That said, our children don't blink an eye to walk a mile here.

Are we missing something or does living there change the EGR experience quite a bit?

Or perhaps we should just admit that living in the US means doing a lot more driving (we haven't had a car for 8 years).

Many thanks for any input!
Rob
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:24 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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There are lots of families in that part of EGR too, so while you'd be slightly further from schools and Gaslight Village, you won't likely be all that far from friends.

You will need a car, as you've noted. You will drive more than other countries,as you've noted. But EGR offers a great walkable lifestyle compared to nearly any other community in the area. That said, if you're really interested in walkability, you might wish to look at the more central neighborhoods just south of the high school, or (if you want more space) off the south-shore of the lake in the Frederick, Princeton, Bonnell, Woodcliff areas. Those have lots similarly large to the Golden Triangle and are far closer to everything. You obviously pay for that proximity in taxes, but perhaps it's worth it to have one less car?

Either way, you'll find many great people on the "back" of the lake and I doubt you'd regret the choice. It's a great neighborhood.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Hi everyone,

I've been lurking here for awhile as we plan our relocation to Grand Rapids from Germany. As we try to envision life there, we're focusing mainly on EGR because of the walking lifestyle, good schools, and the freedom it would give our children to visit friends, go to school, etc. on their own.

Could anyone tell me about the implications for living "behind" Reeds Lake in the Golden Triangle or in that general area? It seems like then you have to go around the lake to get to anything: school, shopping, your friends who live in the rest of EGR. And it's just far enough away to make walking and cycling significantly less convenient. That said, our children don't blink an eye to walk a mile here.

Are we missing something or does living there change the EGR experience quite a bit?

Or perhaps we should just admit that living in the US means doing a lot more driving (we haven't had a car for 8 years).

Many thanks for any input!
Rob
The big issue with living in the Golden Triangle and biking/walking is crossing Cascade Road with kids in tow. It's 4 lanes and people drive pretty fast. But you can walk to Manhattan Park for some recreation. Walking to downtown from there could almost be considered a "workout" due to the hills and distance, but it's a beautiful area and a LOT of people use the Reeds Lake Trail around the lake for exercise.

But yes, it will feel a bit more "suburban" in that area than living closer to downtown (Gaslight Village). It's a lot more like Cascade/Forest Hills.

But since you pretty much have to own a car here, it's very convenient to everything.

You might want to strike while the iron is hot too. A quick perusal of EGR real estate on grar.com and most of the listings have "Sale Pending" on them.

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Old 07-10-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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You will need a car for sure. Back in 1999, we checked out some houses in the Golden Triangle before buying in Ada.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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What is considered the "Golden Triangle" in Grand Rapids? And Gaslight Village? A quick google search (on GV) gave me info on what's there, but not so much where "there" is.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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What is considered the "Golden Triangle" in Grand Rapids? And Gaslight Village? A quick google search (on GV) gave me info on what's there, but not so much where "there" is.
It's an area bounded by Cascade Road on the South, Fulton on the North, Woodward Lane on the West and East Beltline on the East.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=grand...gl=us&t=m&z=14

It's called that because you live in Grand Rapids Township and have lower property taxes than EGR, yet you're in EGR school district. It's typically hard to find homes for sale in that area, or the desirable tax status has been priced into the home.

Gaslight Village is Wealthy Street between Lovett and Lakeside Drive. It's a little quaint downtown shopping area, borders the high school and football stadium, Reeds Lake, etc.. Pretty cool area. Great place to grab a bite, a beer, ice cream and people watch.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:09 PM
 
Location: between three Great Lakes.
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Since your family members are avid walkers, here's something to keep in mind: the "golden triangle" has not one sidewalk in it. You can walk in the roads, of course, but that lack has always struck me as an uncivilized aspect of the area.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Thanks magellan
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:37 AM
 
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Thanks everyone -- it seems like we had the right feeling for the pros and cons of that area.

BTW, regarding walking, we had a funny comment from our realtor about a house being less attractive because it is tri-level and requires walking up steps from the garage to the kitchen when bringing in groceries. We just had to laugh because currently we walk all of our groceries home in a trolley or on our backs and then up into our apartment. Not to mention the two 90+ widows who live above us and do the same thing and then climb 1-2 full flights of stairs to their apartments! We may be in for a little culture shock and lifestyle change. :-)

Thanks again,
Rob
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Thanks everyone -- it seems like we had the right feeling for the pros and cons of that area.

BTW, regarding walking, we had a funny comment from our realtor about a house being less attractive because it is tri-level and requires walking up steps from the garage to the kitchen when bringing in groceries. We just had to laugh because currently we walk all of our groceries home in a trolley or on our backs and then up into our apartment. Not to mention the two 90+ widows who live above us and do the same thing and then climb 1-2 full flights of stairs to their apartments! We may be in for a little culture shock and lifestyle change. :-)

Thanks again,
Rob
It won't take long and you'll be just as spoiled as the rest of us Americans.
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