Everything You Need to Know About Relocating to West Michigan
In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway popularized Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast in his book of short stories, Up in Michigan. Almost 100 years later, travel magazines and tourists still laud the rugged beauty and small-town appeal of Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast.
Search the internet for top beach towns, best places to live, most beautiful small towns, and you’ll find the Communities We Serve: Holland, Zeeland, Saugatuck, Douglas, Hamilton, Fennville, Glenn, Grand Haven, and Grand Rapids. What these lists don’t tell you is how cost-effective it is to live in this gorgeous, coastal region.
At Compagner Real Estate Consulting Group, we’re experts on Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast. As a result, we understand the important, lesser-known benefits of relocating to West Michigan. Here are four most significant benefits we think you’ll appreciate.
1. Live Comfortably in a Welcoming Community.
Holland along with most of the towns along Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast are small. Tourists come and go with the seasons. Moving to the area you will experience the warmth of small communities.
The cost of living and unemployment in West Michigan is relatively low. The stable local economy allows people to comfortably own their homes, shop at the area’s boutique store, and dine at cozy restaurants downtown.
2. Enjoy an Active Lifestyle Full of Outdoor Activities.
The West Michigan coastline contains more than 300 miles of beaches, providing easy access to swimming, sailing, boating, and fishing opportunities.
Towns near the Gold Coast boast bike-and-walking paths and hiking trails. For example, downtown Holland has pedestrian-friendly snowmelt sidewalks and streets. Whether you’re on the water or in town, you’ll easily be able to stay active year-round.
3. Receive World-Class Medical Care.
Health conditions are a part of life. However, in West Michigan, they don’t have to restrict your lifestyle. We have a unique pocket of renowned medical professionals, hospitals, and clinics in the Grand Rapids and Holland areas, allowing local residents to enjoy some of the best available healthcare in the US.
Located on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile, Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center and Helen De Vos Children’s Hospital employ some of the nation’s most accomplished heart and medical specialists. These units are at the center of Spectrum Health Hospitals. They offer some of the best medical and surgical treatments in the world.
4. Experience West Michigan’s Famous Festivals.
Every year, the small towns near and along Lake Michigan’s host many fun festivals. For example, Holland’s Tulip Time Festival is held every May. In 2016, USA Today named it the year’s “Best Flower Festival.” The town celebrates its Dutch heritage for eight days and showcases millions of kaleidoscopic tulips in multiple locations.