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Old 01-24-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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Hi - My husband and I are relocating to GR from NY. We would like to rent a place and try to start a family. It would be great if you could suggest neighborhoods with the following criterias:

quite and safe
family oriented
dog friendly
not too far from GR (less than 15 miles)
Prefer newer or renovated properties, but not a deal breaker
Suburban area (not in the middle of wilderness)

I've browsed around and East GR seems to be a great place but don't see many listings for rentals. Also, since we don't have kids yet we're not concerned with the school district.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Cumming, Georgia
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Good places to start: Forest Hills and EGR schools, both is located next to GR on the east side. We live in FH schools with a bike trail system that goes on for miles. It's a dog friendly area.

Did you check out grar.com Check for the residential rental search on the left side. You can search by schools, house size, etc.

Welcome to West Michigan!

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Old 01-25-2010, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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There's a new fairly nice rental complex on Spaulding near Fulton Drive in the Forest Hills area. Stone Falls I think? But if you're trying to "start a family" (I assume meaning you don't have kids and won't need schools for five years), you might want to look at renting in Heritage Hill in the city.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Byron Center is a nice area with a connecting bike trail and a new highway not far from the city. Still rural but feels like a city.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:01 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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EGR is fantastic, but there aren't many rentals, your search was correct.

You might consider calling a local realtor. Most of what rents in EGR are homes that are also for sale but have been sitting on the market in the current recession. Realtors would know where those are.
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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If schools aren't an issue, there are some very suburban and safe parts on the fringes of Grand Rapids proper- going around the map- the neighborhoods bordering East Grand Rapids on the east, south of 28th Street, west of Walker Ave/Covell Ave, and north of about 3 Mile Road.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Huntersville, NC
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The Standale/Walker area is really nice (where I live). If you look at the zip code on a map (49534) it's still called Grand Rapids, but we have our own school district - Kenowa Hills Public Schools - which is much, much better than GR public. Most of the houses have large properties (1/2 an acre and up), and because it's mostly post WW2 development, it doesn't feel like a suburb in the traditional, McMansion sense. The downside is that its not really a neighborly sort of place; it's not very walkable and there isn't a real downtown. The upside is being within 10 minutes of downtown GR, being close to fantastic parks like Blandford Nature Center and Millenium Park, still having access to Grand Rapids public transportation (the bus system comes here), and having good schools. We're also close to the Fruit Ridge area, which is still all rural - mostly orchards. It's kind of fun. Go 10 minutes one way, you're in an urban district with clubs, big art scene, museums, etc. Go 10 minutes the other way and you're looking at good old fashion rural midwest .
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:06 PM
 
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Actually, academically Grand Rapids public was rated pretty high, no way I would send my kid there though!
Sparta, Rockford, Kenowa Hills, Ada, Byron Center, Forest Hills, Grandville, Cascade, and Wyoming come to mind.
Personally I would avoid E. Grand Rapids, you pay alot for what you get, Sparta is a nice town but the taxes are more than E. Grand Rapids, my choice would probably be Byron Center, they have a lot of tax money and business' that have moved in because of the M6 interchange and the population has not caught up yet.
Or you can rent my house in Sparta as I am moving my family to Texas due to a job opportunity.
Andy
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Old 02-01-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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Good places to start: Forest Hills and EGR schools, both is located next to GR on the east side. We live in FH schools with a bike trail system that goes on for miles. It's a dog friendly area.

Did you check out grar.com Check for the residential rental search on the left side. You can search by schools, house size, etc.

Welcome to West Michigan!
I checked this website out and the only house for rent they had listed was 2,200 a month with 5 bedrooms. Very pricey and huge. Imagine the heating bill.

There's lots more stuff on Craigslist, but these days I've heard you have to be careful of people whose houses are in foreclosure and are renting them out illegally. The article I read said you had to call the bank that held the mortgage on the house to find out its status before you rented. Otherwise you might find yourself without a place to live on short notice.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Cumming, Georgia
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I checked this website out and the only house for rent they had listed was 2,200 a month with 5 bedrooms. Very pricey and huge. Imagine the heating bill.

There's lots more stuff on Craigslist, but these days I've heard you have to be careful of people whose houses are in foreclosure and are renting them out illegally. The article I read said you had to call the bank that held the mortgage on the house to find out its status before you rented. Otherwise you might find yourself without a place to live on short notice.
I just checked, here's 12 listings of rentals on GRAR selecting Forest Hills schools and nothing else. It range from $800/month to $5,000/month.
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