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Old 06-25-2009, 07:33 AM
 
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We are moving from SE Michigan to GR and are considering a home on the NE side of town, near Knapp's Corner. The house is on a side street off of Knapp, about 2 miles east of the E Beltline.

We had really wanted to move to EGR- we like the character of older homes, walkability, etc. However, the homes there in our price range seem to be either a) too small (we have a pile of kids) or b) need a lot of renovation. Not to mention the taxes!

Anyway, we love this house off of Knapp but I'm not sure about the area. It's a new build neighborhood (Mosaic properties, I think?) but it doesn't seem like a cookie-cutter McMansion kind of place. I know it's safe here, of course, and the neighborhood seems active with kids, but is this soul-deadening suburbia land? What's the general impression of this area? Boring? Interesting? Is it close enough to parks/bike paths etc so that people use them often?

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Old 06-25-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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There's a nice GR Township park on the Beltline next to the fire department.
I don't think you could walk there or anything, but it should be a very short drive.
We take our kids there routinely during nice weather and there are always other families there.

Suburbia is what it is though. You either are ok with it, or you aren't.

I don't think it's "soul-deadening" by any stretch, but I don't prefer it either. We opted for a smaller home in EGR for that reason. It's a tight fit, let me tell you, but for us it's been worth it.
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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We are moving from SE Michigan to GR and are considering a home on the NE side of town, near Knapp's Corner. The house is on a side street off of Knapp, about 2 miles east of the E Beltline.

We had really wanted to move to EGR- we like the character of older homes, walkability, etc. However, the homes there in our price range seem to be either a) too small (we have a pile of kids) or b) need a lot of renovation. Not to mention the taxes!

Anyway, we love this house off of Knapp but I'm not sure about the area. It's a new build neighborhood (Mosaic properties, I think?) but it doesn't seem like a cookie-cutter McMansion kind of place. I know it's safe here, of course, and the neighborhood seems active with kids, but is this soul-deadening suburbia land? What's the general impression of this area? Boring? Interesting? Is it close enough to parks/bike paths etc so that people use them often?

thanks-
Blackberry? I hear it's a great family neighborhood. We actually live not far away and the elementary school, Knapp Forest, has some top notch teachers and administrators. The parents are also very involved with the school. If you're homeschooling, it might be tough to fit in though. The new bike path along Grand River Ave (just about a 1 mile East) is great for running and biking.
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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Yes, I think that's the name of the development. There's a school just down the street- not sure the name of it- but it's new and everyone speaks highly of it.

Yes, we homeschool (for now) but may send the kids to school later. Do you mean it might be hard to fit in b/c everyone else sends their kids to Knapp Forest or because there's a bias against it?
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Yes, I think that's the name of the development. There's a school just down the street- not sure the name of it- but it's new and everyone speaks highly of it.

Yes, we homeschool (for now) but may send the kids to school later. Do you mean it might be hard to fit in b/c everyone else sends their kids to Knapp Forest or because there's a bias against it?
No, not a bias against home-schooling. Just that a lot of the stay-at-home parents seem to form social bonds around the school and their kids' activities.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:22 PM
 
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As the name suggests, we moved here last year. After moving from the Chicago area, we located not far from the development that you mention. We like it here. Although it is suburbia, the neighborhood does not have the same suburban feel to it that you would experience in Chicago or Detroit. It is much more spread out and relaxed. If your kids like nature and outdoor sports, they will love it here. There is a park, Roselle Park, along the Grand River Trail Bike Path. The kids can hike, fish, or even climb a silo. On any given day, they might see deer, fox, turtles, hedgehogs, etc. Definitely different from the big city. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:41 PM
 
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If you decide not to home school, my daughter attends Forest Hills Eastern school, actually Knapp Forest, and I can say it's an AWESOME SCHOOL. Our child attended a private Christian school two years ago, and Forest Hills Public Schools outscored even the high academics and extra curricular activities that are offered, physical education (3 times per week), art, music, and lots of parent participation. The administrators and teachers are wonderful! Check the school out, you will not be disappointed. We live very close by the school...excellent. I even considered at one point homeschooling too. I give the Forest Hills Public School an "A" in all aspects.
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:48 AM
 
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My girlfriend lives in this area. I am at her house all the time and we love this area. It's fairly close to downtown but it's country enough to do what you want. I would say go for it!

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