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The Factory – Downtown Grand Rapids Co-Work

By SVG / April 2, 2017 /

A few years back, I spent some time with the fun people that work and enjoy life together at The Factory in downtown Grand Rapids. What a group! You might be wondering why I’m bringing this up now. I only spent about an hour at The Factory talking with three of their members. The purpose of that hour was to see the space and highlight it right here on the GR Downtown Condos blog. Initially, I thought I was helping them but, turns out, I was wrong! I ended up learning so much about co-working, collaboration and an all-out ‘cool’ work environment. During my tour at The Factory, I also was able to spend half of the time talking about a new marketing idea that one of the members had for his website: VNN. It was great to ask the Why? and How? questions of the marketing plan and pick his brain about how it was going to work. From this short, 30-minute conversation I came away with ideas and thoughts for our own team! I walked into The Factory hoping to promote a cool space and ended up collaborating right along with them. That’s what true co-working is all about:…

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New Downtown Condos Coming to Historic Grand Rapids Building!

By SVG / December 31, 2014 /

It’s official! The Olds Manor building located at 201 Michigan St NW will soon undergo an exciting conversion to a multi-use residential retail building called ‘The Rowe.’ Olds Manor, which is located just east of the Grand River next to the downtown post office, is downtown Grand Rapids’ last remaining major vacant building and has been owned by RDV Corp. since 2002, when it was purchased from Peter Secchia by Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel for $4.5 million. The building will undergo a complete restoration of its beautiful historic facade, along with the creation of an underground parking garage. When complete, The Rowe will feature dining and shopping venues on the ground floor, apartments on the third through ninth floors, and new condominiums on the upper two floors. The building originally served as a downtown Grand Rapids hotel in the 1920s through the 1960s. Construction on the new project is slated to begin in the Spring of 2015. For more information about condo developments in and around downtown Grand Rapids, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-1927  

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Clark Place Condominiums

By SVG / May 6, 2013 /

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 Realty 

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Marketplace Makeover Coming to Grand Rapids this Summer!

By SVG / March 25, 2013 /

Get ready, downtown Grand Rapids … city life is about to get a whole lot fresher! Picture this scene, if you will: You come home from work to your funky urban flat only to realize you don’t have any of the salad ingredients you need to make dinner. No worries – just stroll on over a block or two to the newly opened Grand Rapids Downtown Market, where farmer’s market vendors will be displaying fresh farm stand produce while a row of indoor marketplace vendors offer everything from artisan oils and vinegars to coffee and freshly popped kettle corn. Or maybe you need a bit of unwind time after a long day’s work – simply head on down for a stint at the spa that’s just below your condo unit. Don’t forget to indulge in a favorite cafe beverage while you’re out so you can enjoy some people watching! If you think you must be in Paris or Rome think again – you’re in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids! And this scenario will be just another everyday perk for GR’s city residents as soon as this summer, when two major housing and retail development projects converge on the Heartside…

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Markets and Grocery in Downtown Grand Rapids

By SVG / February 29, 2012 /

One of the biggest changes from living in a suburban home to a downtown condo is not having easy, quick access to your favorite large stores. Sure, you can get in your car and drive to the nearest Meijer, but isn’t it more fun to just walk down the street to your local market and pick up your small list of necessity items? Here is a list of local markets in the downtown area that can service you no matter which part of town you live in. Grand Central Market: Recently renovated and in the heart of downtown, this one is the most well known due to its location. Featuring homemade sandwiches and soups for lunch as well as standard market items. Fulton Street Farmers Market: One of the largest farmers market in town featuring local, fresh produce and products from area farms. This market is open year-round and is outdoors. It is getting a facelift though, and should be ready for Spring 2012. Franks Market: A family-owned meat market on the West side with lines out the door! Featuring specialty meats and standard market items. Lucky’s Downtown Market: Primarily a convenience/liquor store this market is expanding and now offers…

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ArtPrize helping Grand Rapids Real Estate

By SVG / September 26, 2011 /

This post was originally written on the Steve Volkers Group website. There is an equilibrium with exposure and success.  If someone doesn’t hear about a product, how are they supposed to know that it even exists?  ArtPrize is helping Grand Rapids in more ways than current residence could possibly imagine. Not only are we becoming the cultural hub for West and Mid Michigan, we are reaching out to the entire world in hopes to pull attention into the city, and letting the globe know that we are a thriving municipality.  ArtPrize brings a lot of attention to what we have to offer, opening venues from simple mom and pop restaurants to huge commercially known venues like the DeVos Performance hall.  But what does that mean for you, how could it help you sell your home? Buyers hate thinking that their investments will be void or come up a loss in the years to come, and since Grand Rapids is hosting such great events, it’s unlikely that someone who actually visits the city will see a dilapidated area, and will notice what we have to offer.  We have great and affordable downtown condos that we offer for those who strive to be in the thriving culture that Grand Rapids has to offer.  Local theaters, restaurants, museums…

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Downtown Condo Sales – Grand Rapids Press Update

By SVG / May 31, 2011 /

The Grand Rapids Press did a Great Artical this weekend about Downtown Condo Sales and the influx of new buyers as values have come down. If you have a chances and are looking to sell or buy it worth a read. Oh- they also highlighted our work in Downtown showing us with a buyer in one of our great Hillmount listing!! Thanks Grand Rapids Press! Read article here- GR Press Downtown Condo Market update.

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Helen Devos Children’s Hospital

By SVG / January 11, 2011 /

Today marks an exciting day for Downtown Grand Rapids! Helen Devos Children’s Hospital opens its door in a brand new, state of the art building. Helen Devos Children’s Hospital has been open for quite some time operating out of the Butterworth Spectrum Campus but now, it has it’s own home. This amazing building offers kids a place to grow, feel safe, and heal. For parents, it offers quiet space to gain strength through difficult times. There are also private restroom facilities and rooms to speak to the doctors and nurses taking care of their precious children. For our community, it offers a first-class hospital focused on making our futures better through the healing and helping of our next generations. My heart is overwhelmed with excitement for this opening as just over 2 years ago my life was changed forever with the blessing that is Helen Devos Children’s Hospital. With their skilled staff, my boys were given every chance to live and grow. Thank you Helen Devos Children’s Hospital for what you have done for my family and what you will continue to do for all the families in our community.

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ArtPrize 2010

By SVG / September 22, 2010 /

ArtPrize officially kicks off today.  Last years competition brought about large river serpents, larger than life tables and chairs, extremely large oil paintings, scultpures of all genres and murals of epic proportion. We can’t wait to see what this year brings about!

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Short Sales in Downtown Grand Rapids Video #1

By SVG / April 2, 2010 /

Downtown Grand Rapids is feeling the overall economic envirment as well as housing market. As hardship happens with move of job, loss of job and main other reason more people are finding themselves deciding if a short sale would work to sell there condo. With short sales in Union Square, Hillmount, and many buildings in Downtown Grand Rapids now is the time to talk to a professional that can help you through this propess. Take a couple min to watch our new video serice about Short Sales. If you need to sell as a short sale or want to buy a short sale we would be honered to help!

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