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Enjoy FREE Museum Admission During Museums Free 4 All!

By SVG / March 20, 2015 / 0 Comments

Looking for a fantastic, fun and FREE spring event for the whole family? Look no further than Museums Free 4 All in Downtown Grand Rapids on April 26! The event, which is open to everyone, is hosted by Amway and grants patrons free admission from noon – 5pm at the following venues: Grand Rapids Art Museum Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Grand Rapids Public Museum Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. When you’re done making the rounds of your favorite museums, stop by Grand Rapids Art Museum’s Wege Plaza for special activities and the opportunity to win some great prizes! Free shuttles will be running to and from all participating museums. For more details, please visit the official Museums Free 4 All website! For more information about events and festivals taking place in and around downtown Grand Rapids, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-1927

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New Downtown Condos Coming to Historic Grand Rapids Building!

By SVG / December 31, 2014 / 0 Comments

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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SVG’s Weekend Guide to ArtPrize!

By SVG / September 18, 2014 / 0 Comments

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…

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10 Things to Look Forward to when Grand Rapids Downtown Market Opens this Saturday!

By SVG / May 3, 2013 / 0 Comments

After months of anticipation, it’s finally here, folks… The outdoor section of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market on Ionia Ave will officially open tomorrow morning at the stroke of 8:00 AM! This momentous milestone marks an exciting and fresh new chapter in the city of Grand Rapids’ downtown residential and retail expansion. Here are 10 things you can look forward to when the Downtown Market opens tomorrow: 1. Over 200 free parking spots! That’s right, an adjacent lot will have room for over 200 vehicles to park for no cost at all. If you want to take advantage of the convenience of the lot, you’ll want to get there early, though. For those who miss out, you can still get a close spot at the metered spaces available along Ionia. 2. 80 vendors offering up fresh West Michigan wares! B&B Farms, Crane Dance Farm, Fish Monger’s Wife, Great Harvest Bread Co., Klackle Orchards, Robinette’s Winery & Apple Haus, The Great American Bagel and Visser Farms are just a handful of names you’ll see when browsing the market. Leave yourself plenty of time to visit them all! 3. First LEED certified Outdoor Market in the country! Also known as ‘West Michigan’s first…

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Marketplace Makeover Coming to Grand Rapids this Summer!

By SVG / March 25, 2013 / 0 Comments

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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Grand Rapids Voted 2nd Best City To Live!

By SVG / March 22, 2012 / 0 Comments

Relocation America has recently come out with the results of the “Top 10 Places Cities in the US.” Grand Rapids was voted #2, just after Austin Texas. Current residence who live in Grand Rapids know that it’s a vibrant city, those who visit are influenced by the different cultures, dedication to the arts and a great place to start a business. Living in Grand Rapids has always been a blessing, and we are happy to call this city our home! Link: Grand Rapids Voted 2nd Best City in The US for 2011

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Markets and Grocery in Downtown Grand Rapids

By SVG / February 29, 2012 / 0 Comments

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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MoDiv

By SVG / February 29, 2012 / 0 Comments

One of my favorite new places downtown Grand Rapids is the MoDiv shops. The name hails from being situated on Monroe Center and Division. This is a new innovation in retail and I am very excited for it. Slated as a ‘retail incubator’, MoDiv is a large open space with glass walls dividing retailers. Companies range from a flower shop and paper studio to kitchen/household items and shoes and clothes. Some of the companies are well-known names like Wolverine and Eastern Floral and some are just starting out like Chai Boutique and 6.25 Paper Studio. MoDiv is appealing to retailers because it gives them the option to get their name known without all the overhead cost of owning or leasing their own space. Also, if someone is coming in to check out shoes at Wolverine, they might be drawn to see the other stores and become a new fan. If you haven’t been to the shops at MoDiv yet, take some time to check them out. You might find your new favorite store!

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The Downtown Grand Rapids Buying Process

By SVG / February 7, 2012 / 0 Comments

Buying Steps I work with a lot of first-time condo buyers who are eager to own their own home. Before they can sign on the dotted line, there are some steps that need to happen to confirm they will be successful downtown condo owners. Below is a short guide to buying your new condo. The first step is to speak with a mortgage lender if you will need a mortgage. If you don’t have one, your Realtor can refer one to you. The lender will discuss your current credit situation among other things to decipher whether or not you are financially stable to hold your own mortgage. Congratulations, you’ve been approved for a mortgage! Once you are approved, you can start your buying search. Your Realtor will be able to narrow down your search based on the criteria you are looking for. It is best to do research ahead of time based on listing price, location, size and other important items to determine what is best for you and your lifestyle. Once you review the listings your Realtor sent you, you can pick which ones you’d like to see in person. Some properties look very different in the pictures than they…

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Pet Friendly Condos In Grand Rapids

By SVG / February 7, 2012 / 0 Comments

Pet Friendly is a Great Thing! Love the downtown condo lifestyle but worried your favorite pet won’t fit in? Worry no more! There are numerous buildings downtown that are pet-friendly and offer green space for them to play and run around in. Most buildings do have pet restrictions though. These restrictions might include breed type, size, weight, age and number of pets per unit. Most associations are also strict on noise and making sure the building is enjoyable for all. If your pet likes to bark, you might want to make sure it won’t disrupt your neighbors. Here is a list of downtown housing that likes to see you and your pet! 38 Apartments 47 Lafayette Avenue 23 Boardwalk Condos CityView The Fitzgerald Fulton Flats The Gallery Apartments Hillmount Monroe Terrace Park Row Peck Condos Plaza Towers Riverhouse Union Square Please note this is not a full list. If you would like to see what is available in these buildings and others that allow pets, please contact me.

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