Forest Hills, MI Real Estate News

By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Forest Hills is actually a school district in Ada Cascade MI. This market  is always active. These Grand Rapids suburban communities have wonderful neighborhoods, some new and some older with Top Ranked  Forest Hills Public Schools, and private schools, such as Ada Christian  & St Roberts that attract many home owners.   This report will cover the Sept 1, 2008  to March 29, 2009 real estate market activity.           Forest Hills MI Listings over $300,000   The absorption rate for Forest Hills MI is 18.9 months, which means if no new listings come on the market, it will take 18.9 months to sell the existing homes at the current rate of sale.  This rate is up from last month, sold prices are about the same. Inventory is ticking up, but sales are holding fairly steady. Your Forest Hills h...
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By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
(Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate)
   We picked up two loaves of bread the other day from one of our favorite local bakeries, Great Harvest Bread Company.  Let me tell you, there are few things more singularly delicious than sinking one's teeth into a soft, freshly baked piece of bread.  And when it's challah or cinnamon bread, two of my favorites...well, it's like a little slice of heaven here on earth. :) As we enjoyed a little break, my husband made a passing remark which went something like this...'just six things'.  Now if you knew my hubby, you would appreciate that he is a man of relatively few words, so one learns to pay attention when he dispenses them.  So, I inquired about what he was referring to.   Well, he was looking at the label on the bread loaf and noted how simple the ingredient list was. Remember the ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Cascade Woods is an established neighborhood of large, executive style homes in Cascade Township, MI. Most of these homes were built in the 1960's and 1970's, although there are a few newer homes that were built recently in the area. Close to the village of Cascade and the Thornapple  River, this heavily wooded area has  been a Grand Rapids desired suburban place to live for  decades.   Part of the Forest Hills School District, which draws many families, there is also the river and it's picturesque appeal.  The drive down Thornapple River Drive between Ada and Cascade in the fall is one of the prettiest drives in the greater Grand Rapids area.    Cascade Woods  Absorption Market Report                           March 2009     8 Homes For Sale,  0 Pending,  4 SOLD, 12 Expired   Cascade W...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
The Residences at Watermark are located on Watermark Golf Course  just south of Cascade Road.   Yes, I play Watermark golf course every chance I get.  Watermark is a premier course with a friendly group of players.  It  has an excellent grounds staff and a great pro shop staff, as well.  Watermark single family homes and condos make this a very attractive place to live. Quality built homes with access off Cascade Road and Spaulding Drive, you are close to the airport, 28th Street shopping, I96 expressway and close to Cascade, Ada, and Forest Hills schools and shopping areas.                                 Watermark Residences                  March 2009 Real Estate Market Report For Sale: 7 There are 7 active Watermark Homes  currently on the market. The average Watermark Homes current...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
The Residences at Watermark are located on Watermark Golf Course  just south of Cascade Road.   Yes, I play Watermark golf course every chance I get.  Watermark is a premier course with a friendly group of players.  We have an excellent grounds staff and a great pro shop staff.    Watermark single family homes and condos make this a very attractive place to live. Quality built homes with access off Cascade Road and Spaulding Drive, you are close to the airport, 28th Street shopping, I96 expressway and close to Cascade, Ada, and Forest Hills schools and shopping areas.                                   Watermark Residences                  February 2009 Real Estate Market Report For Sale: 7 There are 7 active Watermark Homes  currently on the market. The average Watermark Homes current a...
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By Mary Kent, Grand Rapids to the Lake Shore
(Five Star Real Estate )
Homes are selling! See the statistics below for homes sold and closed between 1-1-09 through 2-11-09. Broken down by school districts: Forest Hills~ Priced from 76,000-900,000 (32) total sales year to date East Grand Rapids~Priced from 42,000-975,000 (10) total sales year to date Grand Rapids~Priced from 4,000-375,000 (146) total sales year to date    Call or email me anytime to see how you can get your very own SOLD sign! Mary Kent 616-915-3987 http://www.kentcountyhome.com
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Hidden Hills is an established neighborhood of homes off Cascade Road and 30th Street in Cascade Township, Michigan, a suburb of Grand Rapids.  Home construction started here in the 1960's housing boom in the Forest Hills School District and has continued through to today. There are new homes still being built in this neighborhood. Mid-size homes with quality construction are the rule, this suburban sub- division area has been a desirable  place to live in the Grand Rapids home market for many years.                              Hidden Hills, Cascade Township                      Residential Real Estate Market Report                              ~      January 2009     ~                              9 For Sale, 6 SOLD, 2 Expired   Hidden Hills Active Listings 9 Hidden Hills Average Acti...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Cascade Neighborhood Absorption Report Caravelle Village is an established subdivision built in the late 1960's  and 1970's just south of Burton Street, east of Kraft Avenue and west of Cascade Road in Cascade Township.  These Grand Rapids Homes have the traditional mix of two stories, tri-levels and ranches.  A desirable place to live with median priced homes, Forest Hills Schools, and close to 28th shopping and restaurants. Originally built by a variety of builders, the  homes here are quality construction in a safe neighborhood and close to the historic village of Cascade and 28th Street shopping.            Caravelle Village Residential Real Estate                        January 2009 Market Report                    4 For Sale, 7 SOLD, 4 Expired   Caravelle Village Active Listings: ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Many experts will tell you that all real estate is local. Just how local do you get?  I just did a little research for a client this weekend and thought I would share it with you.  Forest Hills is a strong local market and homes continue to sell here,  but we have still seen a decline.  Home values may be stable in one neighborhood and falling in another. This is all predicated on how badly people want to live in an area. I did research on an "average home" in Forest Hills.     The search parameters were: Forest Hills School District Two Story Homes Sold  2200- 2600 square feet   The statistics for this search can be found at our Grand Rapids Real Estate Blog   If you would like a list of Top Best Buys in your area, please contact us through email or our website. Grand Rapids Ada Real E...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
We have gathered a list of the top Forest Hills Houses to buy.  Please note that this list can change daily as some homes sell, prices are adjusted and other homes come on the market.  Check back often or just subscribe to our blog to get up-to-date local real estate information that you want to know.       The total square footage is noted here, although only the main floors are used to figure price per square foot.  The lowest price/Sq Ft range from $54.68 to $74.56 here. The lowest list price is $79,900 and the highest list price is $236,537 for January 2009 homes in Forest Hills School District.  This list could include properties in Ada Township, Cascade Township, Grand Rapids Township, Lowell Township, and the city of Kentwood.     The Top Forest Hills Homes to Buy by Price per Sq...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Adatowne is a popular entry level home market in the Ada area of the Greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area. Part of the appeal is the proximity of Ada Elementary, Forest Hills Central Middle and High Schools, Ada Christian Schools, St Roberts School and being close to the village of Ada. Adatowne is an established subdivision, started in the early 1970's by E.L. Ladd Builders of Ada. I have held many open houses in these new plats  and sold many of the homes as new construction - to be built. If you doubt the power of your home as an investment, a basic ranch (about 1000 sq ft) sold  for $ 19,900 in 1975.    Adatowne Residential Neighborhood in Ada, Michigan         November 2008 Real Estate Market Report                        8  Sold, 1 Pending, 5 For Sale        Adatowne Active List...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Ada Woods is an established development of homes in Ada, Michigan,  just west of Ada and south of Fulton Street (M46).  Ada Woods started  out as an E.L. Ladd development,  but towards the end of the project many lots were sold to other builders and completed by individual owners.   The dates of building range from 1980's to 2005.  Most of the homes  have more square footage and more amenities than Adacroft Commons, its  adjacent neighborhood.  As with Adacroft Commons, there is designated common land in the development that remains heavily wooded and in a natural state.   This development is in the Forest Hills School System and  close to several private schools.                                      Ada Woods Real Estate  Market Report                                       November 200...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
The East Village subdivision off  Ada Drive in Ada Township is a fairly new development. The new housing construction started in 2005 and is still continuing to date. You can buy a resale home or a new home in this centrally located housing development.  Near both public and private schools, East Village is also close to  Forest Hills and 28th Street shopping areas. The Ada Bike or Walking Trail also connects this area on Ada Drive with the village of Ada, Grand Rapids, and the village of Cascade. East Village is also close by the expressway for easy access to many different parts of our greater Grand Rapids area.  Large, executive style homes with many amenities and extras are the rule in this neighborhood. If you would like to start with a brand new house, this may be the place for yo...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
The Quail Crest Condo development is located west of Spaulding  and north of Burton Street in Cascade Township.  There is an entrance off Spaulding Avenue and off Burton Street. This condo development was started in the late 1980's and continued building into the late 1990's.  The condos are spacious with cathedral ceilings and many have finished lower levels with extra bedrooms and baths. This area has been very attractive for retirees, as they are close to all the local amenities and shopping but no house maintenance. Forest Hills Public Schools are the school district,Watermark Country Club, Forest Hills  & 28th Street shopping are ashort distance away.  The miles of Cascade-Ada Bike/Walking Trail  connects to downtown Cascade, downtown Ada, and 28th St.                              ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Forest Hills Plat in Grand Rapids Michigan is a well established home neighborhood located just west of Forest Hills Drive and just south of Fulton Street.  Built in the late 1950's and 1960's by R.D. Brooks, this development has a community outdoor pool, community association, and common park area for residents who  belong to the association.  This report also includes The Vineyards, which is a newer subdivision just north of Forest Hills Plat. It is in Grand Rapids Township, prestigious Forest Hills Schools, and  close to the I96 Expressway for fast access to many parts of the city.  Just minutes away from the Forest Hills shopping area, 28th Street retail corridor, and about 10 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids or Gerald R. Ford Airport. A very desirable suburban area to live in, va...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Forest Hills Gardens is located between Ada Drive and Hall Street just west of Forest Hills Central High School.  This well established development of about 200 homes was built in the 1960's and 1970's with a few of the homes bordering on Paradise Lake, pictured below. Many of the homes are still occupied by their original owners, though  the neighborhood is starting to turn over with younger families being attracted to the quiet neighborhood in an excellent location, close to  local public and private schools. It is literally walking distance to Forest Hills Central Middle and High Schools.  Ada Christian is a short distance away on Ada Drive.  Forest Hills & 28th Street shopping are just minutes away by car.         Forest Hills Gardens Residential Real Estate               Sept 2008 ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Caravelle Village is an established subdivision built in the late 1960's  and 1970's just south of Burton Street, east of Kraft Avenue and west of Cascade Road in Cascade Township.  It has the traditional mix of two  stories, tri-levels and ranches.  A desireable place to live with median priced homes, Forest Hills Public Schools, and close to 28th shopping  and restaurants. Originally built by a variety of builders, the homes here are quality construction in a safe neighborhood and close to the  historic village of Cascade and 28th Street shopping. FYI The Ice Cream Shoppe is just down the street.                  Caravelle Village Residential Real Estate                        September 2008 Market Report            4 For Sale, 1 Pending, 6 SOLD, 2 Expired     Address                P...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
The Residences at Watermark are on Watermark Golf Course  just south of Cascade Road.   If you don't like golf,   get defensive when a stray  ball rolls into your "yard" you  probably would be better off not buying a home or condo  at Watermark. Of course you would bemissing out on the best golf course in Grand Rapids (no prejudice  here, just  the facts, folks) Yes, I play Watermark golf course every chance I get. Watermark  is a premier course with a friendly group of players.  We have an excellent grounds staff and a great pro shop staff. Watermark single family homes and condos make this a very attractive place to live. Quality built homes with access off Cascade Road and Spaulding Drive, you are close to the airport, 28th Street shopping, I96 expressway and close to Cascade, Ada, a...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
The reasons may be obvious to some but many buyer's still prefer to buy directly from a sellers' agent thinking they are going to get a better deal.  Well maybe  the little video clip will help you understand tha facts...who do you think the sellers' agent represents? Click play and find out.
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
Have you ever thought about why you like being a Realtor?  I like many aspects of being a Realtor among those things I like is one very unusual feature. I like people so that is an easy transition.  In real estate we meet a cross section of people from all walks of life.  We get to see all types of structure...good and bad, but interesting.  We get to see decorating concepts...and some that are very special in a twisted way. I once represented a guy who used brown beer bottles and cemented them into the front of the house as siding.  Can I share it took a while to sell!  But people have some fascinating hobbies.  So I get to learn all these unique and sometimes varying interesting things.  I have purchased a few of the items from clients that they didn't want to move or were parting wit...
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