What are the best Grand Rapids city neighborhoods for families with young children?

Asked by Jonathan Ward, 15206 Fri May 16, 2008

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Adisla, Home Buyer, Grand Rapids, MI
Mon Nov 16, 2015
kentwood is a good city lots of diversity
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Kimberly A.…, , Grand Rapids, MI
Sat Aug 9, 2008
It all depends on what you want ina neighborhood and what you can afford. If you are a first time buyer. Purchasing in EGR,FHor Rockford may be out of your range. You can get more home and better diversity if you own in the City. The Grand Rapids Public schools offer all types of learning enviroments for your children. I recommend you ask a parent who has children attending school in the district and outside of the district(like myself) zi wouldl be happy to talk with you and anyone else who may have a question about Grand Rapids neighborhoods and its schools!
Thank you.
Kimberly Jones
Realtor-Grand Rapids
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Katherine Gr…, Agent, Grand Rapids, MI
Tue Jun 17, 2008
There are so many great city neighborhoods for families with young children - Riverside Park, Mulick Park, Alger Heights, Wilcox Park, Marywood, just to mention a few. These neighborhoods are all affordable (great homes for under $125,000) and charming but feed in the GRPS district. Great if you want to send your kids to private schools or move into a better school district when the kids get older. East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Rockford all have great, kid friendly neighborhoods (you just have to look a little harder in FH and Rockford than EGR) and the best public schools in the area. The downside is that homes cost more in these neighborhoods. Resale in EGR is going to better than anywhere else and people live there for the school district and the sense of community for both kids, teens and adults.
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Elliott, , Wilcox Park
Wed May 28, 2008
East Grand Rapids. You'll pay more for your home and pay higher taxes on it, but you won't regret raising a family there, especially if you like to get involved in your community. Schools are excellent, crime is low, and maybe best of all in this era of $4 a gallon gas, you can walk to everything....schools, churches, ballfields, ice cream shops, and the lakefront park.

If EGR is a bit spendy, consider Wilcox Park. It's just across the EGR city line, inside Grand Rapids proper, It's a great little neighborhood near Aquinas College on one side and the Farmer's Market on the other. Wilcox Park is a perfect place to play with your kids, or walk your dog, and there's a good Catholic elementary school on Wilcox Park Drive. You can walk to everything from the Post Office to the market to the bakery. And there's 3 different bus service lines within two blocks in any direction that will take you all over town, cheap.
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Tammy Stone, Agent, Grand Rapids, MI
Mon May 26, 2008
Each of the city neighborhoods has it's own unique appeal. It really depends on what you are looking for, and the neighborhood attributes that you are looking for as well as the school system. We have several great neighborhoods to choose from and like someone mentioned before, one of the best ways to find a neighborhood is to drive it and the surrounding areas. There are also several publications that talk about the Grand Rapids neighborhoods, give some demographics and their best features. If you would like a copy, I would be more than happy to send it to you.

P.S. Once you find an area that you may want to live in, research it on the web. There is a ton of information out there for you to take advantage of.
Web Reference:  http://www.seegrhomes.com
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Bob, Both Buyer And Seller, Grand Rapids, MI
Fri May 23, 2008
I've lived in GRR for most of my 40+ years. We have owned a home in Eastowne (city of Grand Rapids) for 18 years. This is a great walking community, close to downtown, with restaurants, bars, grocery stores all in walking distance. If schools are important, you may want to look at East Grand Rapids, adjacent to Eastown. The taxes are very high, but the schools are highly rated. Also a great walking community, though less diverse.
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Ethan, , Grand Rapids, MI
Thu May 22, 2008
Take a Saturday and drive through various neighborhoods until you see what you like. That is the best due diligence that can be done. One person's opinion on good might be another person's outlook on bad. Keep that in mind as you drive around
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