I personally would stay away from Alger Heights. Your best bet is to contact a local real estate professional and discuss what you are looking for. I would recommend contacting my real estate agent, Bethany Bratt, to find a home that will suite your needs. You can contact her at: CELL: 616-915-9208. She is with Blu House Realty, which specializes in that part of Grand Rapids.
If you have any questions regarding financing, please let me know as I am a local mortgage banker here in GR and would love to assist you with your purchase.