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Old 05-21-2019, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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It just depends on where you're coming from. If coming from the American West or a major east coast area Holland is a bargain.
I would agree. Define "good price on housing."

Generally speaking, I would caution living in one of the lakeside resort towns year round. They're not known for having good school districts so they really empty out from October - May, like "ghost town" empty out. People physically board up windows or completely wrap them in plastic on some older homes in the winter, which adds a totally creepy vibe. The bright side is that grocery store prices and gas prices drop dramatically in the winter.

They're certainly vibrant the rest of the warmer season though. I'm generally talking about those towns that are more than 30 minutes from a metro area (New Buffalo through Saugatuck, Whitehall up to Leelanau). Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon area are all year-round cities. Even Grand Haven I've heard is somewhat weird in the winter.

Unless your goal is to have those areas completely to yourself and the locals. If you like outdoor winter activities, and don't like crowds, they're perfect.
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Louisville
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They're certainly vibrant the rest of the warmer season though. I'm generally talking about those towns that are more than 30 minutes from a metro area (New Buffalo through Saugatuck, Whitehall up to Leelanau). Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon area are all year-round cities. Even Grand Haven I've heard is somewhat weird in the winter.

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It's only weird in those areas that are "resortish" right along the state park, and the channel. The rest of the city including downtown still feels fairly normal.
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Old 05-25-2019, 04:25 PM
 
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It's only weird in those areas that are "resortish" right along the state park, and the channel. The rest of the city including downtown still feels fairly normal.
Unless you go out on a weekend night in the winter, and it feels like a ghost town.
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Old 05-27-2019, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Mi
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Holland has a weird vibe. If you’re not Dutch Christian reformed you’ll be treated like an outsider. Stick with Grand Haven or South Haven.
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Old 05-31-2019, 03:04 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. We would be coming from the Atlanta area. We just spent a week in South Haven but nothing struck us so far
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Old 06-04-2019, 03:28 PM
 
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South Haven dining options are also limited. Home prices in town near the lake are high. Outside of town in the township, home prices are lower.
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Old 10-19-2019, 04:28 PM
 
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We just purchased a home in South Haven and will be moving in early spring after my husband retires. Thanks for all the replies
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Old 10-22-2019, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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We just purchased a home in South Haven and will be moving in early spring after my husband retires. Thanks for all the replies
Congrats!
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