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About City of Grand Rapids, MI.


Grand Rapids' Neighborhoods Offer Something for Everyone
 
With its culturally diverse neighborhoods and activity centers, Grand Rapids offers something to satisfy every homebuyer’s wishlist. Founded in 1826 by a Detroit-born fur trader, the city continues to attract newcomers seeking the neighborhood diversity and cultural amenities that thrive in Grand Rapids today.

Potential homeowners have a variety of neighborhoods to consider when choosing a new home. Center City boasts some of the Midwest’s major cultural venues, including the state’s oldest community theater, the Civic Theater, and Grand Rapids Public Art Museum, with a permanent collection of more than 5,000 exhibits. The large walking mall at Monroe Center offers boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants for residents and visitors alike.

Often referred to as the “Greenwich Village of Grand Rapids,” Eastown prides itself on its more progressive, funky, hip reputation. Peppered with boutique restaurants, coffee houses, and blues’ bars, this area attracts an eclectic mix of residents, as well as visitors looking for a more active nightlife.

Southeast of Center City, Heartside offers the Van Andel Arena, with its concerts and local hockey and football games, as well as the Avenue of the Arts, where creations of local artists are displayed in galleries and shops. A center of fashionable shops, Heartside was named to the National register of Historic Places in 1982.

Perhaps the neighborhood offering the most diversity in population, the shops and restaurants of the Garfield Park-Alger Heights-Grandville Avenue district reflect the area’s cultural identities in their offering of ethnic cuisine and art, as well as businesses.

The West Fulton neighborhood is home to the John Ball Park and Zoo, as well Grand Valley State University’s local campus and numerous “mom-and-pop” stores and businesses. Every year, the area comes alive during the Pulaski Days festival, which celebrates the life and accomplishments of Polish-born United States war hero General Casimir Pulaski.

Heritage Hill is the city’s first historic district, and boasts Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May, the architect’s first Michigan commission, as well as dozens of other architectural gems. The neighborhood association hosts an annual tour, highlighting the homes of the area. Generally an affluent area, this neighborhood is home to many of the city’s professionals and entrepreneurs.

Take a look at Grand Rapids, and you'll be sure to find someplace that's just right for you.
 
 

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