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Old 12-11-2009, 05:37 AM
 
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Good morning,

We are relocating to Michigan in the next several months. We are looking at the Grand Rapids area. My job is actually south of GR. We have 2 small children who will be starting school over the next 2 years. We are looking for kid friendly, safe neighbhoods, with excellent schools. I have read a good deal about EGR and the Forest Hills area but have found very little in depth info on the cities on the South Side. Specifially I was hoping someone could comment on Byron Center and the surrounding area. I have been looking on the web and have found what looks to be like a great little community called Providence Lake Landing that has some beautiful homes in our price range. From mapping services there appear to be other communities in that area that are centered on what appear to be small man made lakes.
Can anyone comment on Byron Center or Providence Lake specifically? How would these areas compare to EGR and the Forest Hills school district? How long is the commute to down town GR? What child friendly activties and resources are in the area.
Thanks
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Good morning,

We are relocating to Michigan in the next several months. We are looking at the Grand Rapids area. My job is actually south of GR. We have 2 small children who will be starting school over the next 2 years. We are looking for kid friendly, safe neighbhoods, with excellent schools. I have read a good deal about EGR and the Forest Hills area but have found very little in depth info on the cities on the South Side. Specifially I was hoping someone could comment on Byron Center and the surrounding area. I have been looking on the web and have found what looks to be like a great little community called Providence Lake Landing that has some beautiful homes in our price range. From mapping services there appear to be other communities in that area that are centered on what appear to be small man made lakes.
Can anyone comment on Byron Center or Providence Lake specifically? How would these areas compare to EGR and the Forest Hills school district? How long is the commute to down town GR? What child friendly activties and resources are in the area.
Thanks
In general....

BC more conservative, FH and EGR more liberal.

FH and EGR have more "status" than BC.

BC more country, EGR is city, FH is in between.

EGR is about 3 miles from downtown GR, FH and BC about 10 miles depending on where in those areas you are.

All are low crime.

Can't say about kid stuff...our 5 run from 20-30 in age.

One lives in Hopkins which is even further south. If you like horses, hunting, Ted Nugent, NASCAR and Larry the Cable Guy...Hopkins would be a good fit.

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Old 12-11-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Once you get south and/or west of about Grandville & Wyoming, you start hitting some pretty solidly Dutch areas that can seem a little bit closed to people whose names don't start with Van or end with -stra. They're nice areas with good people, but it can be two to five times as hard to get to know your neighbors in that area if you didn't grow up here. (and that compared to the usual Midwestern reserve you'll find anywhere in the area)

EGR and Forest Hills tend to draw a more diverse (though still pretty white) population base that's more used to and welcoming of newcomers. Parts of Forest Hills even have a pretty sizeable number of refugees from the former Yugoslavia who ended up there during the civil war.

If you want south side and less insular, I'd look in the Caledonia area and the southern parts of Cascade Township. There are some good areas in Kentwood, but I hear the schools there aren't what they used to be.
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:06 PM
 
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Default We moved here 3 years ago from Buffalo NY and looked at

all the area's you're looking in. We finally settled in the Georgetown Shores area of Hudsonville, which is west of Byron Center. We couldn't be happier. We love our elementary school and have become good friends with the neighbors. If you look at school scores, you'll see that Hudsonville is consistently high, right up there with Forest Hills. We are close to a YMCA (8 min or so). We're about 20 min. from downtown GR but only 5 min from the best mall in the area (rivertown crossing). Loads of shopping and restaurants in the area too. We are in a pretty low crime area too.

BTW- Georgetown Shores is a fairly big man made all sports lake that has a couple of other smaller lakes within the same area.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:58 AM
 
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In general....

BC more conservative, FH and EGR more liberal.

FH and EGR have more "status" than BC.

BC more country, EGR is city, FH is in between.

EGR is about 3 miles from downtown GR, FH and BC about 10 miles depending on where in those areas you are.

All are low crime.

Can't say about kid stuff...our 5 run from 20-30 in age.

One lives in Hopkins which is even further south. If you like horses, hunting, Ted Nugent, NASCAR and Larry the Cable Guy...Hopkins would be a good fit.

An excellent summary. The OP will find all that they are looking for in any of the three communities. I would add though that when it comes to schools, EGR and FH are on another level and simply have no competition in the area.
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Old 12-18-2009, 06:27 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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On that note....

US News "Top Public High Schools" in America.

Michigan had 1 "gold" school (the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills).

Here are the silver and gold schools in Michigan, sorted by "college readiness index" (a proprietary measure developed by US News intended to measure how ready their students are for college. It takes into account AP participation and pass rates). High numbers are better.

1. Bloomfield Hills International Academy - 100.0
2. Grand Rapids City High - 53.3
3. East Lansing - 44.4
4. Rochester Adams - 41.8
5. East Grand Rapids - 41.4
6. Black River Public School (a Holland charter school) - 40.8
7. Ann Arbor Pioneer - 40.6
8. Okemos - 39.7
9. Troy High - 39.1
10. Forest Hills Central - 37.6
11. Nortville - 36.8
12. Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy - 35.4
13. Spring Lake - 35
14. Ann Arbor Huron - 33.8
15. Detroit Renaissance - 32.4
16. Grand Haven - 32
17. Midland Dow - 26.6
18. Forest Hills Eastern - 26.4
19. Houghton - 26.3
20. Big Rapids - 20.3
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