SVG’s Weekend Guide to ArtPrize!

SVG’s Weekend Guide to ArtPrize!

It’s that time of the year again! Art Prize, the international art competition located right here in downtown Grand Rapids, begins on Thursday, September 24th, and runs through October 12th. While exhilarating, the task of navigating through large crowds to view countless art venues can be a tad overwhelming, so we’ve created an easy weekend guide for everything you need to know to make your experience fun and stress-free! Before starting out, stop by any Grand Rapids Meijer location or Art Prize voting site to purchase 2 bus wristbands for $5. This pass gives you unlimited bus rides for all 19 days of Art Prize and can be used on the Silver Line, DASH, and The Rapid. Also, be sure to download the updated Art Prize mobile app available for Apple and Android. The new version allows you to create lists of specific pieces you’d like to see and then share them with your friends and family. You can even map out your own routes! FRIDAY  4:00pm If you’re not already downtown, catch the Silver Line or DASH to Michigan Ave near DeVos Place and check out Art Prize’s West Side and North Monroe route along the Grand River. Enjoy beautiful river views from both the historic 6th Street Bridge and the pedestrian Blue Bridge. Don’t miss the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum or the adjacent Ah-Nab-Awen Park where you can enjoy a break on the lawn and take in the outdoor exhibits.  7:00pm Stop for dinner at one of the many bustling restaurants downtown, but be sure to call ahead and make reservations if possible. For casual dining in a relaxed setting, check...

Clark Place Condominiums

Clark Place Condominiums

[youtube=http://youtu.be/UdRwoMUvA3s] Clark Place Condominiums fills two of the much needed niches in the Downtown Grand Rapids condo market – luxury condos and generous floor plans of about 3,200 square feet per unit at a VERY reasonable price. Some of the great features at Clark Place include: Loft-like character with high ceilings, exposed brick and large picture windows Extra large kitchens featuring solid stone countertops, stainless appliances and ceramic tiles floors Large walk-through closets with custom shelving adjoining each bedroom Your own private secure garage. Thick concrete walls between units for maximum sound proofing  Amazing price per square foot! A park-like common area with multiple grills. A 100 seat amphitheater, perfect for summer concerts. Great location near downtown and main corridors. Pets welcome! (Restrictions apply for certain breeds of dogs) Don’t miss your opportunity to live in the hottest new Downtown Grand Rapids Condos, Clark Place Condominiums! Call us at 616-284-1528 to schedule your showing appointment! Clark Place Condos are currently listed by Brad Veneklase with Parkland...

Welcome To Downtown Grand Rapids

Welcome To Downtown Grand Rapids

Hello and welcome to Downtown Grand Rapids! A thriving, vibrant city that is constantly growing, changing and adapting all while staying true to its roots. In order to appreciate downtown, you have to know downtown.  There are 5 major corridors to the downtown area: Central, Heartside, West Fulton, Heritage Hill, and Midtown. Central cooridor is where all the action happens. DeVos Performance Hall, City Headquarters and tons of local shops and boutiques can be found here, giving you endless options to entertain yourself, friends and family.  This is the prime location for living!  You are steps away from where everyone wants to be.  The Grand River also runs through dividing central downtown from the other sections. Heartside is where the original Grand Rapids started.  Here you will find historic buildings with outstanding handcrafted detail and if you’re lucky, the person who did it!  This part of town carries major art galleries, trendy restaurants, St. Mary’s Healthcare and is quickly becoming a hot destination spot for locals and tourists alike. Also in Heartside is the infamous Van Andel Arena where the Grand Rapids Griffin’s hockey team plays and major acts come to perform such as Elton John, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and more. West Fulton is best known for its nature elements at the John Ball Park Zoo.  The Zoo is a large attraction with its exotic animals and fun events.  This is also a large residential community with families, students and long-time residents all in the same location.  West Fulton also bridges downtown to the start of NW Grand Rapids and is a desirable location for those who are...

Monroe Center

Monroe Center

Most cities have that core section – where everything happens and everyone wants to be. Monroe Center is arguably the number one hot spot in downtown Grand Rapids. What once used to be a grassy area, Monroe Center Ave. is now bustling with entertainment, shops, and restaurants and is one of the busiest parts of the city. Constructed in the early 2000’s to be a ‘walking street’ for pedestrians, Monroe Center Ave. dissects through the city on a diagonal angle making it a gateway to numerous other parts of the city. It also was changed from walking-only to both walking and motor friendly. Rosa Parks Circle spearheads the start of Monroe Center with a statue of the famous Rosa Parks and a large space used as an amphitheatre for concerts in the summer, an ice skating rink in the winter and place to meet up with friends no matter the season. Just East of Rosa Parks circle is the new Grand Rapids Art Museum. Hosting artists as well known as Andy Warhol and as local as ArtPrize entries. Monroe Center holds city charm due to its brick road and original building facades as you venture down the street. Condo buildings such as McKay Tower, Peck, Front Row, City View and more are available so you can truly experience what it is like to live in the heart of the action. If you live in Grand Rapids or are just visiting for the day, Monroe Center is definitely a place you will want to...

The Fitzgerald Residence

The Fitzgerald Residence

Luxury Living starts here. The Fitzgerald boasts unique features and designs of the highest quality. The Fitzgerald puts you in downtown living but in the most intimate way. Each residence has hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile showers, and professional design. While The Fitzgerald is in the midst of vibrant downtown life, your condo was made to ensure privacy and peacefulness. Though the city is right outside your door, you will still have all the conveniences of living in a traditional home. Live Luxuriously, call and make an appointment today. Click Here To See Condos At The Fitzgerald That Are For Sale   http://youtu.be/T1RWqhduWuM?hd=1 Information: Price Range: $179,900-$799,900 Address: 27 Library City: Grand Rapids State: MI Zip: 49503 School District: Grand Rapids Amenities Central Air City Water/Sewer Exterior Home Maintenance Public Park Nearby Snow Removal Parking Garage Fitness Center Library...

Grand Rapids Downtown Condo Values? Who Knows?

Grand Rapids Downtown Condo Values? Who Knows?

Right now Grand Rapids Real Estate values are all over the place. Some neighborhoods are doing great other still are falling and trying to find their way. Downtown Grand Rapids Condos are no different as some building are finding their stride and other might still have room to fall. Be careful to understand value and what bring value over the long run before decided to buy in one building over another. [youtube...