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Old 08-05-2009, 08:41 PM
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Hi all – I wrote an email a while stating that I was probably going to be moving to GR for a job relocation…
Well, the time has finally come. I’m looking for some apartment recommendations for those who have some experience within the area. My wish list would be as follows:

-Nearby or within walking distance of restaurants, shops, things to do, etc
- Non-college, yet young professional would be ideal
-Nice amenities, but this is something I could compromise on certain areas – ideally a w/d, parking, somewhere that is just overall nice, modern living area would be great

I would really appreciate any recc’s from people who have experience – even areas to start my search would be great. I’m thinking downtown may be a good bet. As always, this is much appreciated!!!
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:53 AM
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I'll be watching this thread closely as I'm about to accept a job in GR and will likely be moving there soon. I find the sites that have "customer" reviews of local apartments to be hard to weed through. Some sound like people venting due to sour grapes (are they exaggerating?), and some sound as if apartment employees are writing them! It'd be nice to get some good feedback on places that have historically had good things said about them from those in the area.
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:23 AM
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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If you want to be within walking distance of places and you're single, I'd recommend downtown Grand Rapids, or Heritage Hill (which is just next to downtown).

Problem is, there aren't a ton of amenities to be had. Heritage Hill is primarily 100-year-old home cut into apartments. Downtown is a mix of lofts and mid-rise buildings, some of which have amenities but they're not like moving to a complex with a pool and a health club.

I notice you also asked for a "nice, modern living area" so I guess I'll amend my suggestion for you, but leave it in print for others. Heritage Hill is not modern, but it's very nice.

Downtown will have some modern stuff (Hopson Flats, Icon on Bond, Boardwalk (http://www.theboardwalk.org/ap.asp - broken link)(though this may be switching to condos) and Hilmount (same... may be all condos) are all nice and newly remodeled downtown residences where you'll find single 20-somethings and 30-somethings walking around town and generally enjoying urban life.
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:14 AM
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The first place I would look is the plaza towers apartments. They are in the high rise downtown right by the river, and share the building with the Marriot hotel. It would be very modern and upscale feel. You would park in a secure parking ramp. I checked about 5 years ago and you could get a 700sq ft studio for $700 I think it was. The views are amazing though. I am not crazy about heritage hill area, I just don't like old run down drafty houses. I appreciate the architecture, but hate living in them. I am sure there are lots of other places down town, but not sure where they are, cause I moved out to kentwood, to a really nice appartment complex. The appartments were nothing special really, they were built around 1980, but had all new carpet paint and appliances when we moved in. It all the appartments are on a pond, and the employees were really helpfull and freindly. We were going to get a 1 br for $450 but the appartment we were supposed get was not ready in time so they gave a two bedroom for the same price! Oh this is Sandy Shore appartments.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:55 AM
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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I'm a big fan of the Boardwalk condo complex. I think they do some private renting, although mostly it's for purchase. They have a bar, a gym, restaurant...plus, it's within walking distance to the downtown nightlife.
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:51 AM
Location: West Michigan
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I read your post about advice for moving to GR and followed it over to here. In all honesty for a single lady of your age wanting a safe place to live and be close to amenities, I would consider moving to Grandville which is roughly 10 minuets from downtown GR. You can find condo's or apartments within biking distance and it is the new happening place for a plethora of restaurants and shops. It has a new what I call "giga-mall" in Rivertown crossings that is a huge attraction and within a mile of that mall is all sorts of resteraunts and strip malls. Granville is cleaner and safer than GR. (Not that down town GR is Detroit or anything). But GR is seeing its share of crime sprees and gang violence spike up again.

Good luck.
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:07 PM
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Just wanted to ask you how the move to Grand Rapids has gone with all the information that has been provided.

I am soon moving to Grand Rapids for a job with a home office, so your questions have been right on point regarding my situation. Any updates or suggestions for a 24 year old single male? Thanks in advance.
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