It depends what you consider interesting. GR is becoming a college town (Calvin, Aquinas, Kendall, GVSU, CC plus more) and as a result there are lots of young and hip parts of town with restaurants, bars, book stores, music, museums, art. If you have school aged kids, interesting neighborhoods might be those in better school districts like East Grand Rapids (EGR), Forest Hills or Rockford. If you're an empty nester and like to golf, there are some great condos on golf courses. So it really depends what stage of life you're in and what your interests are. EGR has a population of around 10,000 and is a walking community. Great public schools, fabulous new library, scenic (two lakes, walking trails), plenty of parks and recreational facilities. It's an established community with mature trees and stately homes. I could go on and since I am an EGR native. After having lived in other parts of the country for 25 years, I'm back in good ole EGR raising a family. And yes, EGR is close to downtown GR - a 5 minute drive or a 10 minute bike ride.