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Old 09-26-2017, 05:32 PM
 
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Alright great people of GR, we need your help. We're a younger family with two babies relocating from Oregon to Grand Rapids at the beginning of November. We need a home, and a home in a GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD. Where do we need to stay away from? We're going to rent for the first year until we get our feet under us but neither of us have ever been to Grand Rapids. A place out in the country would be ideal and be able to commute into the city, but if we need to be in the city, then we need to know the good areas of town vs. the places we should steer clear from. Any advice or information would help. A visual aide would be most welcome... times ticking and we need to find a place soon for our family. Really appreciate your input, thank you!
Also- property management company recommendations?
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Old 09-26-2017, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Louisville
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Lets start with the basics - What is your intended budget for renting, and how many beds/baths are you targeting?
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Old 09-26-2017, 05:41 PM
 
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Well, 3 bedroom, Probably $1200 Max.
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Old 09-28-2017, 01:59 PM
 
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Anyone?
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Old 09-30-2017, 07:35 AM
 
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Grand Rapids is quite a large spread out metro area, bigger than a lot of transplants realize I think. It'd be really difficult to list all of the possibilities for you, or even tell you what neighborhoods to stay away from.

I will say $1200/month for a 3 bedroom sounds a bit low to get into a good home/neighborhood. I would try Zillow's rental side of their site and see what you find:

https://www.zillow.com/rent/

You can put in "Grand Rapids" but it just gives you the city of Grand Rapids, then you can click around on areas outside of that. I think you'll have to set your sites on $1500 - $1600/month and plan to purchase a home as soon as possible. You'll pay less for a mortgage payment than you will for rent right now on the same house because the rental market is so tight.

Then you can go to sites like crimemapping.com and see where the criminal hotspots are in GR.

I think once you've narrowed down a couple of options you can ask us here for input.
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:41 PM
 
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Look into Comstock Park.....it's about 15-20 minutes from downtown on the NE side. Very low crime in most areas. Schools seem to be ok (don't have kids so can't really judge), there's a shopping corridor on Alpine (locals complain about traffic on Alpine but it's really not that bad) and once you get past 4 Mile Road you're in what's known as the fruit ridge (apple orchards).
We bought a house here 2 years ago sight unseen from 800 miles away and have been very happy with our choice of area. Neighbors are quiet but friendly and there's a small "downtown" area that is surprisingly active.
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Old 10-01-2017, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The one bad part of the Comstock Park area is the York Creek apartment complex, but the druggies there are too unmotivated to cause trouble more than a block or so away from their homes. Otherwise, it's part of a bigger area including Walker and Grand Rapids proper west of about Covell Road that is perfectly nice big lot suburbia but tends to fly under the radar of most people in the area. There are parts of Walker and Comstock Park with lots of smaller 1950s-70s homes mixed in with some remaining farmland, and I'm guessing one of those might being your budget if you can find them.
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Old 10-02-2017, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Louisville
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The one bad part of the Comstock Park area is the York Creek apartment complex, but the druggies there are too unmotivated to cause trouble more than a block or so away from their homes. Otherwise, it's part of a bigger area including Walker and Grand Rapids proper west of about Covell Road that is perfectly nice big lot suburbia but tends to fly under the radar of most people in the area. There are parts of Walker and Comstock Park with lots of smaller 1950s-70s homes mixed in with some remaining farmland, and I'm guessing one of those might being your budget if you can find them.
The bad element of York Creek is contained to a smaller section of a very large apartment complex. It does not affect the community as a whole. I'm not sure it's really even worth a mention.
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Look into Comstock Park.....it's about 15-20 minutes from downtown on the NE side. Very low crime in most areas. Schools seem to be ok (don't have kids so can't really judge), there's a shopping corridor on Alpine (locals complain about traffic on Alpine but it's really not that bad) and once you get past 4 Mile Road you're in what's known as the fruit ridge (apple orchards).
We bought a house here 2 years ago sight unseen from 800 miles away and have been very happy with our choice of area. Neighbors are quiet but friendly and there's a small "downtown" area that is surprisingly active.
Good call! That area definitely flies under the radar. Plus you're close to Perrin Brewing Co and the new Elk Brewing location up there. (if you like craft beer). Plus the White Pine Trail is nearby and Scott Lake Golf Course.
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Old 10-04-2017, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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The northeast or northwest side but the further out from downtown the better, not that downtown is dangerous, certainly not during the day. GR is a pretty safe town.
I think the NE and NW sides of town are nicer than the SE or SW sides of town but of course that's subjective. Alpine Rd was mentioned, that's NW, then think Plainfield Ave. which is NE. If you're checking out Comstock Park, check out Belmont and Rockford a bit further north are nicer and near US 131 and a short ride to GR.
City of Walker is nice. Thats NW.
Good luck and welcome to Michigan!
P.S. Next summer make sure to visit Lake Michigan! Grand Haven State Park. :-)
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