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Old 04-07-2018, 07:49 PM
 
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I've searched the forums but haven't been able to find concise answers regarding what we're trying to learn.
We spent the last few days exploring the area trying to get an in-person understanding of it.

Our wishlist is: less than 30 min commute to area just south of downtown, good schools, walkable/bikeable to local amenities, avoid the typical suburban/commercial sprawl, and some sense of community/place. Would like to spend under 350K for housing.

We've identified:
-Saugatuck/Douglas (which is where we're staying now), very hospitable and seems to meet our criteria, however not sure what the summer tourist season is like. Seems like it's also pricey.

-Holland, downtown south of the lake, seems to fit but have been warned by locals we've talked to that the schools are sketchy and we should stay away.

-Zeeland, very nice people...maybe a bit small. Good mid-point between GR and Holland.

-Grand Haven, pushing the commute time, but looks to have a good mix of everything we're looking for.


....and what else are we missing? South and West Grand Rapids don't appear to have solid schools, however we haven't looked closely and are probably missing neighborhoods because of that.

thanks!
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Old 04-08-2018, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I've searched the forums but haven't been able to find concise answers regarding what we're trying to learn.
We spent the last few days exploring the area trying to get an in-person understanding of it.

Our wishlist is: less than 30 min commute to area just south of downtown, good schools, walkable/bikeable to local amenities, avoid the typical suburban/commercial sprawl, and some sense of community/place. Would like to spend under 350K for housing.

We've identified:
-Saugatuck/Douglas (which is where we're staying now), very hospitable and seems to meet our criteria, however not sure what the summer tourist season is like. Seems like it's also pricey.

-Holland, downtown south of the lake, seems to fit but have been warned by locals we've talked to that the schools are sketchy and we should stay away.

-Zeeland, very nice people...maybe a bit small. Good mid-point between GR and Holland.

-Grand Haven, pushing the commute time, but looks to have a good mix of everything we're looking for.


....and what else are we missing? South and West Grand Rapids don't appear to have solid schools, however we haven't looked closely and are probably missing neighborhoods because of that.

thanks!
I'm a bit confused, are you looking to be within a 30 minute commute of downtown Holland? Or 30 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids?

You might add the "downtown" area of Hudsonville. Schools are pretty good and they're making a ton of improvements to the downtown area. And housing is relatively inexpensive. Downtown area of Grandville might also be good to check out.
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Old 04-08-2018, 03:01 PM
 
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Holland, thanks for asking
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Old 04-09-2018, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Holland, thanks for asking
Great, I would keep Hudsonville and Grandville on your list then. Both in good school districts. Zeeland is fine and also has good schools. Grand Haven and maybe even Spring Lake you could consider.

Saugatuck/Douglas is very cool for walkability but I have no idea what the schools are like. You might even try Allegan.
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:27 AM
 
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I know someone who has her kids in Saugatuck schools and is very happy with them.
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Old 12-02-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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. . . You might even try Allegan.
That guy that posted about the Allegan courts doesn't seem to think so.
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