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Old 01-03-2018, 10:33 PM
 
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Hi everybody,
My family and I are considering moving to Grand Rapids area and wanted to see from you guys which areas are the safest, tend to get More snow and overall beautiful. I have an even more interesting one and would love to move into a neighborhood that decorates big time at the Christmas season as we love to do that and have always wanted to be in a very festive neighborhood like that.

We are looking for a polar opposite of where we live now. We're tired of 75° and no rain, thunder or snow and we're ready for real weather and outdoor adventures in your beautiful state. I am originally from Southern California but my husband is from New Jersey and loves the snow and cold and I am personally totally ready to get out of here.

Thanks in advance and can't wait to hear from you all
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:43 AM
 
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There are plenty of safe parts of metro GR with an 'Up North' feel, and they can be very different from each other. What else do you want- commute to job centers? Social vibe? Access to good schools (and public or private)? How close to shopping and entertainment?
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Old 01-04-2018, 02:18 PM
 
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There are plenty of safe parts of metro GR with an 'Up North' feel, and they can be very different from each other. What else do you want- commute to job centers? Social vibe? Access to good schools (and public or private)? How close to shopping and entertainment?
Thank you for your response. Our daughter is homeschooled so schooling is not a big deal. What we're more looking for is a rural feel but not too far away from the city for entertainment and shopping, etc. Also we're looking for the areas that tend to get more snow specifically during the lake effects and at Christmas time are very festive and decorated if you know what I mean?

Also does everybody drive all wheel drive or 4wheel drive and can you use studded tires or is that even legal anymore?

Thanks again
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Most areas are good about plowing major roads during and after snowfall. My first Michigan car was a Ford Escort- smaller lighter vehicles often have an advantage in their stopping distance compared to bigger ones, and my little POS never went into a ditch while the SUVs around me did. While I wouldn't go that small these days, living in the lake effect snow belt is not the same as having to cross one of those high mountain passes regularly.

I'd probably look a the Grand Haven-Spring Lake area. Nice small towns close to the lake for maximum winter snow and summertime beach fun, and generally less insular than some of the areas around Holland. Not too far from GR for mid-sized city things, and you'll probably find reasons to go to closer Muskegon as well. And once you get north of Muskegon, you start to get properly Up North.
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:49 PM
 
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Most areas are good about plowing major roads during and after snowfall. My first Michigan car was a Ford Escort- smaller lighter vehicles often have an advantage in their stopping distance compared to bigger ones, and my little POS never went into a ditch while the SUVs around me did. While I wouldn't go that small these days, living in the lake effect snow belt is not the same as having to cross one of those high mountain passes regularly.

I'd probably look a the Grand Haven-Spring Lake area. Nice small towns close to the lake for maximum winter snow and summertime beach fun, and generally less insular than some of the areas around Holland. Not too far from GR for mid-sized city things, and you'll probably find reasons to go to closer Muskegon as well. And once you get north of Muskegon, you start to get properly Up North.
Thanks again so much. In both of those towns you mentioned what should we expect to pay for a 3 or 4 bedroom, 2+ baths in a good neighborhood?
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Old 01-05-2018, 10:59 AM
 
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Thanks again so much. In both of those towns you mentioned what should we expect to pay for a 3 or 4 bedroom, 2+ baths in a good neighborhood?
I'd say a decent house in the Grand Haven area with those specs starts at around $250-$300K. If you have a budget of more than that your options increase a lot. I commute to Grand Haven from Grand Rapids every day. My car is front wheel drive. Sometimes I have to take it slow with everyone else, but I really don't run into problems or need special tires.

I'd also look at places in Robinson Township, and Grand Haven Township. Maybe even as far inland as Allendale. Allendale is a bit more suburban as it's closer to Grand Rapids, but there are several new housing developments that are nice and it get quite a bit of snow.
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Old 01-05-2018, 02:41 PM
 
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If you are looking for that quaint old fashioned look, try the Cherry Hill historic district right in Grand Rapids.

I really love the area along the shore south of Grand Haven (near Kirk Park). That close to the lake will be very cold though. In the summer you will think you moved to Heaven rather than Grand Haven

I find Allendale, flat plain and bland. Given the options in the area, I would never consider Allendale. Plus you have to put up with college kid hooliganism.
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:56 PM
 
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If you are looking for that quaint old fashioned look, try the Cherry Hill historic district right in Grand Rapids.

I really love the area along the shore south of Grand Haven (near Kirk Park). That close to the lake will be very cold though. In the summer you will think you moved to Heaven rather than Grand Haven

I find Allendale, flat plain and bland. Given the options in the area, I would never consider Allendale. Plus you have to put up with college kid hooliganism.
Allendale is not bad West of 56th Avenue. But it's pretty exurban, with no real downtown.

I would also consider Ada and Rockford for rural/small-town charm areas with quaint downtowns. You'll get plenty of snow in both. Many, many neighborhoods with kids that decorate a ton during Christmas. Or even Lowell.

Grand Haven and Spring Lake are also great. I'd agree with mjlo, 3-4 bedrooms with 2+ baths in a nice neighborhood will start in the low $200's, and low $300's for new construction.
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Hi everybody,
My family and I are considering moving to Grand Rapids area and wanted to see from you guys which areas are the safest, tend to get More snow and overall beautiful. I have an even more interesting one and would love to move into a neighborhood that decorates big time at the Christmas season as we love to do that and have always wanted to be in a very festive neighborhood like that.

We are looking for a polar opposite of where we live now. We're tired of 75° and no rain, thunder or snow and we're ready for real weather and outdoor adventures in your beautiful state. I am originally from Southern California but my husband is from New Jersey and loves the snow and cold and I am personally totally ready to get out of here.

Thanks in advance and can't wait to hear from you all
Welcome Juliette and you'll be surprised by how many ex-Californians you'll run into here.

Also, most people do not drive 4WD's or AWD's, although they are nice to have. I don't know anyone who has studded tires, but I don't live in a rural area (suburban GR). Unless we have a really bad string of ultra-cold snowy days, most of the roads are pretty much cleared by the county road commissions within a day or so. We had record low temperatures earlier this week and a lot of snow, and the roads were pretty bad for 2 days (but drive-able). Today they were dry and there were huge lines at all the car washes (getting all of that salt off).

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Old 01-12-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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Welcome Juliette and you'll be surprised by how many ex-Californians you'll run into here.

Also, most people do not drive 4WD's or AWD's, although they are nice to have. I don't know anyone who has studded tires, but I don't live in a rural area (suburban GR). Unless we have a really bad string of ultra-cold snowy days, most of the roads are pretty much cleared by the county road commissions within a day or so. We had record low temperatures earlier this week and a lot of snow, and the roads were pretty bad for 2 days (but drive-able). Today they were dry and there were huge lines at all the car washes (getting all of that salt off).
That sounds great. Can you tell me about the weather, is there plenty of sunny days even in the winter because I've heard around the Great Lakes there are days or weeks or longer with gray gloomy depressing weather. Or is that typically just during a storm or lake effect?

We can handle the cold and lots of snow but we definitely need some sunny days to re-energize and recharge the batteries if you know what I mean

Thanks again so much
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