While walking down Ionia Street the savory smell of pizza from Georgio’s is apparent. People are laughing and enjoying themselves as bartenders at J. Gardella’s Tavern hand out delicious beer brewed nearby at various West Michigan breweries (internationally renowned Founder’s Brewing is just 2 blocks away). As you turn on Fulton and walk along the Grand River you hear the gentle burble of water flowing while people pose for pictures on the Blue Bridge in front of the beautiful Grand Rapids cityscape.
Grand Rapids is by no means as famous for its exciting lifestyle as places such as New York, Chicago, or LA. Yet to the people that live in this exceptional city, Grand Rapids has all the excitement and entertainment one could ask for.
Even if Grand Rapids may not get national attention for being the next big vacation spot (although it is Beer City USA), it is getting national attention for other reasons. According to Forbes writer Tom Van Riper, in 2012 Grand Rapids topped the list out of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas for being the best place to raise a family.
Van Riper devised a system taking into account important aspects of raising a family such as a city’s median income, overall cost of living, commuting delays, crime statistics, school quality, and housing affordability.
After ranking each city in all of these areas, Grand Rapids comes out on top! One of these aspects that Grand Rapids truly excels in according to Van Riper is its housing affordability.
Nearly 90 percent of the houses in Grand Rapids are affordable to the national median income family. According to mayor George Heartwell, “The housing bubble never burst because there was never any real bubble.”
With the relatively good condition the Grand Rapids housing market has sustained accompanied with a top third ranked school system, low crime rates, and an overall low cost of living, Grand Rapids is simply a smart area to invest in a home.
At the same time as being a smart place to live, Grand Rapids proves time and again to be an outstandingly fun place too. By boasting a growing downtown and nightlife scene, growing suburbs, a “Beer City U.S.A.” award, and unique events like ArtPrize in the autumn, Grand Rapids is shown to be the place to be for all age groups.
In the heart of all this action downtown lies Treadstone Funding, a mortgage lending company whose goal is to work with people pursuing their dreams of owning a home and to give the best customer service possible. By assisting its customers, Treadstone can help make living in one of the country’s best places to raise a family a reality.
Author: Chris Collins | Email ChristopherC@treadstonemortgage.com