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Old 04-25-2018, 08:45 PM
 
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My husband and I are relocating to West Michigan with our two kids. My husband's from the Petoskey area which is where we also used to live. We've been in New England for six years and are excited to come back home to Michigan; now we're looking for a place within about a 30-min. commute to GR that would be a good fit for people accustomed to northern Michigan and more rural areas (outdoor activities, water sports, snow sports, fishing, small-town vibe, etc.).

I had assumed Holland or Grand Haven would be good fits because of their proximity to Lake Michigan, but Rockford keeps coming up as well. In fact, I've heard people say that Rockford would be their top pick of the three. I'm trying to get a sense for the vibe of these three different areas and which might be the best fit, and also know if there is any area I might be missing.

We'll be looking to spend around $200-$250K on a house and hopefully have a little bit of land or some proximity to water, biking/hiking trails, or woods. We had looked at Ada too, but it seemed a bit out of our price range.

I know somewhat similar topics have been covered on the forums before, but some of those threads are also old, so I thought I'd ask again! Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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My husband and I are relocating to West Michigan with our two kids. My husband's from the Petoskey area which is where we also used to live. We've been in New England for six years and are excited to come back home to Michigan; now we're looking for a place within about a 30-min. commute to GR that would be a good fit for people accustomed to northern Michigan and more rural areas (outdoor activities, water sports, snow sports, fishing, small-town vibe, etc.).

I had assumed Holland or Grand Haven would be good fits because of their proximity to Lake Michigan, but Rockford keeps coming up as well. In fact, I've heard people say that Rockford would be their top pick of the three. I'm trying to get a sense for the vibe of these three different areas and which might be the best fit, and also know if there is any area I might be missing.

We'll be looking to spend around $200-$250K on a house and hopefully have a little bit of land or some proximity to water, biking/hiking trails, or woods. We had looked at Ada too, but it seemed a bit out of our price range.

I know somewhat similar topics have been covered on the forums before, but some of those threads are also old, so I thought I'd ask again! Thanks in advance!
Rockford is great but $200 - $250K is not a lot to spend in the Rockford area, especially if you want acreage and/or proximity to water. You might try a little further North like Cedar Springs, Sand Lake or Newaygo. Either those areas or East to Lowell. I was going to suggest Spring Lake but I don't know what you'd get for under $250,000 there.
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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the Holland/Grand Haven you can get a lot of house for the $200-$250k range
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Old 04-26-2018, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I suspect Rockford keeps coming up because it's a hillier area, and was harder to fully clear cut for farming back in the day compared to western Ottawa County, which is very flat and farm-filled once you get past the coastal dune areas. So more big trees and lots of inland lakes give it something of an 'up north' feeling.
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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the Holland/Grand Haven you can get a lot of house for the $200-$250k range
Have you looked at the MLS recently? I show only 5 homes for sale between $200-$250 in Holland (West Ottawa school district) and Grand Haven.
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:09 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the replies, everyone! Very helpful. I know real estate will be a bit of a challenge, but we've seen some properties that look appealing for what we need.
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Old 04-27-2018, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Have you looked at the MLS recently? I show only 5 homes for sale between $200-$250 in Holland (West Ottawa school district) and Grand Haven.
I was saying for $200-$250 you can get a lot for the money (1,700-2,000 sq/ft, 4 beds 3 baths on a decent sized lot)
I was looking on Zillow in Holland and found about 18, about half were new construction
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Old 04-27-2018, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I was saying for $200-$250 you can get a lot for the money (1,700-2,000 sq/ft, 4 beds 3 baths on a decent sized lot)
I was looking on Zillow in Holland and found about 18, about half were new construction
Oh yeah, most of those are Allen Edwin Homes, I didn't count those. #junk
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Wyoming Michigan
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The amazing thing about West Michigan or Greater Grand Rapids is that it is still relatively small and you can go to this places pretty easily without a long commute. I live on the South Side of Grand Rapids and visit Rockford, Holland and Grand Haven pretty frequently. With the local real estate market being so hot I would not limit my choices to a few areas. But that is just my personal opinion.
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Old 05-29-2018, 02:20 PM
 
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Thanks, GrandRapidsNative, that's great to know!
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