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Old 11-17-2009, 11:13 AM
 
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We're starting our house search, as we recently moved to GR from the Northeast. We have lived in both types of neighborhoods -- country (1+ acre) and city (walkable to everything) .

We really like EGR, Ottawa Hills, and several other quiet neighborhoods in SE & NE. We're looking for a home under $300K.

We intend to send our kids to Christian school (likely GR Christian). My question is about EGR. If we are not concerned about school districts, what are the benefits of buying in EGR and thus paying the higher taxes?

Obviously, walkability to Gaslight, the DW market & the lake are nice, but are there other factors we should consider? Would Ottawa Hills or Marywood or Michigan Oaks all compare equally with EGR if schools weren't a factor?

Thanks for your local advice! We have been here a month and are still getting a feel for each area's uniqueness.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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If we are not concerned about school districts, what are the benefits of buying in EGR and thus paying the higher taxes?

Obviously, walkability to Gaslight, the DW market & the lake are nice, but are there other factors we should consider? Would Ottawa Hills or Marywood or Michigan Oaks all compare equally with EGR if schools weren't a factor
All those neighborhoods border EGR. If you won't be sending the kids to EGR schools anyway, there are no other reasons to live in EGR proper. You'll get a lot more house for your money in those other neighborhoods and pay far less taxes. In Ottawa Hills especially, you're neighbors will be very comparable to the likes of those in EGR.
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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EGR taxes buy you leaf pickup, road and sidewalk upkeep (without special assessments), your own police/fire department (but who cares, right?) and your own city government (theoretically there are benefits... like access to governmental officials, it's a small town).

The other argument would be stability of the housing stock. The schools are a property value stabilizer. So even if you're not going to school, when you go to sell your house, odds are, someone looking to go to school will buy it.

All that said, I tend to agree... people primarily move here for the schools. If you're not shopping for that, it might be too expensive and not worth your time.
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:04 AM
 
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The other argument would be stability of the housing stock. The schools are a property value stabilizer. So even if you're not going to school, when you go to sell your house, odds are, someone looking to go to school will buy it.
That's a very important point to consider. If you were to sell your house, there will almost always be a market for it in EGR because of the schools. But, if you are in it for the long haul, those areas just outside of EGR are very stable and you will definitely get more for your money.
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