U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Michigan > Grand Rapids metro area
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 11-26-2012, 06:43 PM
 
210 posts, read 434,967 times
Reputation: 88

Advertisements

I am looking for a home with some land 2 to 6 acres suitable for existing/ or new orchard but in a good school district. Is it possible to combine some land and good schools? I do not need a huge house, 2,000 sq f of living space with a basement or walk out. Land is more important than the size of the home. For example, if we have 4,000 sq f home and 1 acre vs 2,000 sq f home with 4-5 acres , I would take the latter one giving quality of homes are very similar. Thanks. Reading about MI non stop. We will visit in December. I feel very good about it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-26-2012, 09:00 PM
 
157 posts, read 261,180 times
Reputation: 48
Plenty of Orchards near Ada. With Forest Hills Schools, that would be my pick for you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-26-2012, 09:55 PM
 
210 posts, read 434,967 times
Reputation: 88
Thanks
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-27-2012, 06:06 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
3,095 posts, read 5,624,476 times
Reputation: 4404
Quote:
Originally Posted by Swede in CA View Post
I am looking for a home with some land 2 to 6 acres suitable for existing/ or new orchard but in a good school district. Is it possible to combine some land and good schools? I do not need a huge house, 2,000 sq f of living space with a basement or walk out. Land is more important than the size of the home. For example, if we have 4,000 sq f home and 1 acre vs 2,000 sq f home with 4-5 acres , I would take the latter one giving quality of homes are very similar. Thanks. Reading about MI non stop. We will visit in December. I feel very good about it.
Ada is nice, but can be very expensive by Grand Rapids standards, especially for that much acreage, and land will be harder to find.

The Lowell and Saranac areas might be better places to look if you want orchard land. Lowell is just east of Ada (Lowell is cheaper than Ada), and Saranac is east of Lowell (Saranac is cheaper than Lowell). I've seen quite a few orchards in those areas that are no longer operating, which tells me that it was considered good orchard land at one time, but it just wasn't profitable for the small farms.

You could also look into the Sparta/Kenowa Hills areas. But there are many orchards in that area that are still operating, which makes me think that it would be harder to get ahold of good orchard land.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-27-2012, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
8,872 posts, read 17,742,937 times
Reputation: 3833
Quote:
Originally Posted by michigan83 View Post
Ada is nice, but can be very expensive by Grand Rapids standards, especially for that much acreage, and land will be harder to find.

The Lowell and Saranac areas might be better places to look if you want orchard land. Lowell is just east of Ada (Lowell is cheaper than Ada), and Saranac is east of Lowell (Saranac is cheaper than Lowell). I've seen quite a few orchards in those areas that are no longer operating, which tells me that it was considered good orchard land at one time, but it just wasn't profitable for the small farms.

You could also look into the Sparta/Kenowa Hills areas. But there are many orchards in that area that are still operating, which makes me think that it would be harder to get ahold of good orchard land.
I think a lot of the orchards in the Sparta "Ridge" area supply Old Orchard brands in Sparta. They have a huge operation now. Beautiful area, but I'm not so sure about Sparta schools.

The opportunities to own a large piece of land in a good school district are pretty good, Rockford, Forest Hills, Byron Center, Caledonia, Hudsonville, Spring Lake, Zeeland. Most of the good school districts in the area are suburban and have a lot of rural land along the fringes.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Michigan > Grand Rapids metro area
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top