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Old 03-30-2009, 04:11 PM
 
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Hey everybody,

First time poster, long time reader. Anyways my wife and I really love the Grand Rapids area with the downtown in particular. We had a showing at Union Square and Boardwalk condos and were really excited about the prospects of living in such a unique place. However, we are a little apprehensive of moving to either of these buildings because of our 4 year old daughter. We feel perfectly safe in the neighborhood; we just want to know if there are any other children living in the complexes. My wife and I are working professionals in our mid-20's and I am told there are plenty of home owners of that demographic in the community. Although this bodes well for the two of us, we do not want forbid our daughter from having close friends in the area as well. Anybody out there know in particular if either of these two buildings have many children living in the area? Thanks everybody and I really enjoy reading the various topics presented on this board.
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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Boardwalk is definitely not a family friendly building. It's pretty much a college dorm: loud, drunk young people, fire alarms in the middle of the night (more drunk people), and the construction isn't so good. There have been lots of problems with soundproofing and construction quality issues. I've known a couple people who lived there and moved out as quickly as they could.

Union Square is definitely a more mature crowd, but there are perhaps only one or two families with small children. It's mostly empty-nesters and younger professional types without children.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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I have a lot of friends living in the Boardwalk community. As a young woman with no children, I love the atmosphere, but it's definitely not kid friendly. To be honest, in all the time I've spent there, I'm not sure I've ever seen kids. Maybe once out by the pool.

To the above poster who referred to it as a college dorm, I think that's a bit of an exaggeration. Yes, it's mostly a younger crowd, but the noise level isn't out of control.

However, for raising a family, it might not be your best bet.
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