East Grand Rapids is one of the finest communities in the entire state of Michigan.   EGR is known for excellence and a certain amount of exclusivity.   Considered by many to be the finest place to live in the region, real estate is sought after and tends to be pricier than some other options.  Compared to some other suburbs, East Grand Rapids has a rich history, and offers a wide range of historically and architecturally significant types of housing that hold their value over time.

East Grand Rapids, MI housing and real estate info

In many ways, “East” is a small town.   The population of just over 10,000 lives in a total of around 4,000 homes from every era and architectural type.  The average year built of EGR homes is 1946, with 80% of homes having been built prior to 1960.

While originally settled in the 1830’s, the Village of East Grand Rapids was established by residents’ vote in 1891, and was eventually incorporated to a home-rule city in 1926.  In the late 1800’s, one of EGR’s primary attractions was as a summer getaway on the shores of Reeds Lake.  Fun seekers came by foot, horse-drawn cart, and eventually street car.  From 1897 to 1955, the Grand Rapids Street Railway Company owned and operated Ramona Park in the area adjacent to what is now the commercial district called Gaslight Village.  For more information, the East Grand Rapids municipal page hosts a great chronicle of its history, which you can find here.

Living in East Grand Rapids

While maintaining its small town feel, East Grand Rapids has the conveniences of sharing a border with a strong metropolitan center.   Grand Rapids, a regional center of culture and commerce, is the principal city of an MSA with a million people over 4 counties.  GR has a reputation for being a great place to raise a family, having a fast-growing economy, and attractive place to conduct business for international companies, large privately-held firms, and philanthropists.  These economic drivers allow for the area to feature world-class amenities while clinging to its ‘small city’ roots. The Right Place is a source of more great information on the region.

In town, East Grand Rapids proudly cultivates its strong business district (Gaslight Village), great choices for parks and other outdoor activities, and award-winning schools.  East Grand Rapids Public Schools offer outstanding opportunities for academic achievement, extracurricular activity, and elite athletic programs to thousands of kids.

For more information, or to discuss making the move to East Grand Rapids, call me at 616-439-1190 or mike@grar.com.