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Old 05-03-2022, 09:59 AM
 
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Are they safe? run down? growing? desirable?

Coloma
Stevensville
Bridgman
Sawyer
Baroda
Berrien Springs
Buchanan
Three Oaks

Looking for towns where we could find a home on about .5-2 acres of wooded land in a place with access to amenities. We're planning a trip to the general area soon; where should we concentrate our search?

Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2022, 05:41 PM
 
Location: SW Michigan
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Prices tend to be lower north and east of the St. Joseph River.
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Old 05-18-2022, 05:49 PM
 
Location: SW Michigan
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The whole coastal area from St. Joseph to New Buffalo is growing and costly. Check out the Berrien Springs, Buchanan and Three Oaks area. The Palisades Nuclear Plant by Covert is closing, loss of jobs for those living in that area north of Coloma and Watervliet, may depress real estate prices.
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Old 05-19-2022, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Brownsburg, IN
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My aunt and uncle live in Coloma. They raised their kids in St Joseph but moved to Coloma once they became empty nesters.

They love it. You have very easy access to larger lots in those areas. They own 3-4 acre wooded lot about 1-2 miles outside town.

My Aunt said the reason they liked it was access. Where they are located they can be at Lake Michigan in about 10 minutes. If they want a bigger beach, though they prefer private, smaller ones, they can get into towns like South Haven, St Joe and others pretty easily. There are other lakes in area that are smaller for fishing and such that are not far at all.

They can hop on 94 East to get to Ann Arbor/Detroit very easily/quickly in a few hours like when my cousin used to live in that area. They can also hop on 94 West and be in Chicago in a few hours. Want to get to Indy it's not hard to take US-31 or 94 to 65 and be in Indianapolis in 3 hours.

They don't like driving on interstates much so only do that when they have to travel to those cities, which isn't that often, but they have that option nearby. They also are getting on in age and have several hospital options that are not too far a drive.

I can tell you from visits that once off the interstate it's a small town, feels bigger than others you mentioned, but is small. It also has the rural feel very quickly without lots of traffic. Quaint downtown and though no Kroger or big end grocery store they have Dollar General for any quick needs. My aunt likes going to the Meijer in South Haven (20 min north) when she does her big shopping.

All that said it's cheaper in Coloma area in comparison to being closer to Lake Michigan. You also won't have as many tourists in warm months like you would any of the towns along or near the Lake. Coloma has always been safe when I've visited and they've not had any issues.

As for desirable it is not the next up and coming town. You will not see an explosion of growth there, it will be much smaller and in increments. However, I don't think it's run down at all. In fact if you drive around Big or Little Paw Paw Lake you'll see some really nice homes that are kept in good condition. It's very scenic. It also has a 3 screen movie theatre downtown and a couple of restaurants so again you have some options in town for entertainment.

I really don't know much about any of the other towns so I can't compare them for you, but hopefully that gives you a little perspective on Coloma at least.
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Old 07-18-2022, 02:09 PM
 
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Are they safe? run down? growing? desirable?

Coloma
Stevensville
Bridgman
Sawyer
Baroda
Berrien Springs
Buchanan
Three Oaks

Looking for towns where we could find a home on about .5-2 acres of wooded land in a place with access to amenities. We're planning a trip to the general area soon; where should we concentrate our search?

Thanks!

I'd be wary of Buchanan because it is part of the South Bend metro area, which to put as gently as possible, has seen its better days. With few exceptions, stay close to Lake Michigan (Benton Harbor is gentrifying, and Muskegon Heights is awful) you will do fine.


Go further east and the lake-effect snows kick in until they start abating near Sturgis and Battle Creek. Go inland and the towns get dumpy. Except for Buchanan you have lots of people from Chicago thinking much the same, and bringing Chicago prices with them.
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