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Expanding and Improving the Belknap Neighborhood

The Belknap neighborhood sits high atop the northeast side of the city and provides one of the more picturesque views of Grand Rapids. This area is home to a vibrant community filled with history and the growth of modern architectural appeal. With plenty of green space including Belknap Park, Lookout Park, and Coit Park, this part of town offers space to both relax and play. Recent years have witnessed a spike in Belknap condo and home developments, offering high-end and spacious living arrangements for couples and families alike. Despite having immediate access to Grand Rapids’ downtown, your experience in the Belknap neighborhood will give you the unique calmness that other parts of town could be missing. New Development Announced for Belknap In the Summer of 2018 plans for the further improvement of the Belknap neighborhood was announced in the form of a new affordable housing development headed by Third Coast Development and PK Housing & Management. This endeavor is a part of a continuing effort to advocate reasonably priced housing for a growing downtown population. South of Trowbridge Road, and between Prospect and Lafayette, this project will include a total of 50 units and sit just a stone’s throw away…

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Bridge Street Market – Now Open!

With the August grand opening of the Bridge Street Market, Grand Rapids has added an upscaled, top-notch grocery store to the West-Side of town. This facility is one of the newest developments to hit the area, and it is fully focused on building the culture and community surrounding neighborhoods. A large draw of the Bridge Street Market is its ability to provide fresh and affordable foods to a growing population of downtown Grand Rapids. With a large number of different brands and health-conscious options, this store is ideal for the local foodie.  At first glance, you might mistake the market for a Whole Foods, but to many shoppers’ surprise, the Bridge Street Market is, in fact, a Meijer brand store. As soon as you enter the sliding doors of the front entrance, you are hit with an inspiring wave of modernism and eco-friendly ambiance. With an expansive selection of food and friendly staff, the process of shopping into an enjoyable experience; and the large selection of craft beers and liquors make ideal weekend take-homes.     If you are interested in living in one of the more remarkable areas of downtown Grand Rapids; the West-Side of town offers every amenity…

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North Monroe Celebrates a Summer of Films

North Monroe has witnessed a rapid expansion of condos and developments over the better part of the past 30 years. Previous warehouses and industrial buildings have been developed into a bounty of elegant condominiums. These properties have distinct character, making use of exposed brick, beams, and pre-existing structures dating all the way to the 19th century. As you walk the North Monroe Neighborhood, enjoy stunning views along the Grand River. This area has plenty of green space and parks that make for a beautiful sunset over Grand Rapids and its’ most westerly buildings and rolling hills. One of the popular events of North Monroe is the “Movies on Monroe” summer film series. During the hot summer nights, enjoy your share of films broadcast over the silver screen; located in a decorated North Monroe Parking Lot. With films for all ages, this event allows you to view a multitude of acclaimed films. Enjoy family favorites like Shrek and The Princess Bride, all the way to more advanced movies including Saving Private Ryan and The Big Lebowski. According to Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Movies on Monroe is, “the premier outdoor film series in Grand Rapids.” Their website elaborates that all films are…

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Northeast Grand Rapids Adds a New Gordon Foods Store

On the northeast side of downtown Grand Rapids sits the neighborhoods of Belknap and The Medical Mile. Home to medical professionals, students, and families alike, this area sits atop one of the more magnificent views of the city. A recent addition to this part of town is the September 2018 grand opening of a brand new Gordon Foods grocery store. Located on the corner of Michigan and Diamond Street, this store is designed to accommodate the growing population of the northeast side. In an interview with MLive, Brandon Ryan, Senior Manager of Sales, Marketing, Merchandising & Digital Experience at Gordon Food Service revealed that the format of this new store was heavily influenced by the design and options of grocery stores in New York City. “We took some trips to Manhattan, looked at some of those urban retailers and said, ‘well how are they doing it? What are some of the things they bring, and what are their stores designed like?” — Brandon Ryan With plenty of fresh produce, a diverse selection of deli meats, and plenty of health-conscious foods, this full-service grocery store is perfect for the busy urbanite on the go. If you are interested in living on…

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City Center Neighborhood – Events in the Heart of the City

The past decade has witnessed the rise of “Art Prize,” a two week celebration that attracts artists from around the world. The annual festival is one of Grand Rapids’ proud creations, and allows for the unique experience of discovering awe-inspiring exhibits across each corner of the city. Each Fall, Art Prize attracts thousands of artist and onlookers with the certitude of incredible art displays, and City Center is the premier location for this event. As Winter breaks and Spring is in full bloom, set your sights on LaughFest; by far Grand Rapids’ most hilarious event. Hosted by Gilda’s Club, this ten day event attracts national comedians, with the sole mission of spreading laughter and raising money for a great cause. With all proceeds helping the Gildas Club of Grand Rapids, the festival attracts an average of 50 thousand attendees every year! In an interview with John Gonzalez of MLive, Shawn Ruetz of Gildas Club explained that the donations raised during LaughFest amount to about, “ten to fifteen percent” of Gildas Club’s general operating budget. “Laughfest allows us to bring a lot of visibility to Gildas Club, and allows us to be able to provide free cancer and grief support to…

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Heritage Hill – Architecture Everywhere

Condos in the Heritage Hill Neighborhood provide the unique experience of living in beautiful modern-era properties, all while being enveloped by mid-19th-century homes. Walking around Heritage Hill, you will gain an appreciation for a few of Grand Rapids’ most coveted architectural gems. Once the pinnacle neighborhood of town, this district was reserved solely for the Grand Rapids rich and elite. However now, Heritage Hill is home to a diverse population with thriving ethnic and economic backgrounds. Each May, be sure to take an annual tour of the surrounding historic homes. Hosted by the Heritage Hill Association, this annual experience is both entertaining and educational to all ages. On your tour, you will experience properties including the Meyer May House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908. This home remains a stark visual contrast to the popular homes at the time and aesthetically ushered in prairie style architecture to the early twentieth century. Just a short distance from central downtown, heritage hill offers all the benefits of a downtown lifestyle, with the close-knit fondness of a suburban neighborhood. Contact us today, and we will help you find your next condo in this wonderful part of town.

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