Cascade, MI Real Estate News

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 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                        August 2008 Market Report                    4 For Sale, 0 Pending, 6 SOLD     Address                    Status       Price     Sq Ft    $/Sq Ft   DOM 6269 Bechalla ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Tamarron Estates is an upscale suburban development with large wooded lots, walking access to Thornapple Elementary School and  the Thornapple River Backwaters.  It is located just off of Thornapple River Drive and Cascade Road in Cascade Township.   The house styles vary from large, comfortable ranches, traditional  two stories, to contemporary homes.  Many of the homes were built  in the late 1970's to the mid 1980's, though there is a new street that has much newer homes on acreage settings.  Some houses close to and surrounding this development are in the upper price brackets  in the Grand Rapids real estate market.                 Tamarron Residential Real Estate                          August 2008 Market Report                      2 Sold, 1 Pending, 8 For Sale                   ...
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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")
Sellers are changing agents at the end of nearly every listing period hoping something will happen.  They want to sell but they do not always believe their current listing agent.  They want to believe their property is worth more than the neighbors or anyone Else's in the neighborhood because of some special feature that they like. I just had this happen.  I worked very hard to get the seller to understand what was happening in the market.  I had several offers but my client would not accept the offers.  So when it was time to extend the listing we mutually said goodbye.  Then they listed with another agent and lower the price to where I had been asking them to go. It popped up on my match list for one of my clients.  So my former listing was on the market two days and I had it under co...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
The Village of Cascade was formed over 160 years ago at the intersection of Cascade Road and the Thornapple River. Originally a part of Ada Township, Cascade sought separation in 1848. The first town meeting was held April 3, 1848 at Ezra Whitney's Public House. There were fifty voters present.      Cascade quickly began to grow, and in 1854 the first General Store and Post Office were built. St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Cascade Flour Mill were built in 1856. By 1876, Cascade's population had reached 1,200. In 1890, a Township hall was built. This original hall is still used for Township Board meetings and stands as the Township Museum. It is pictured below along with the historic marker placed in front.   Cascade Road was the old coach road to Lansing from the Grand Rapids area. ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
 We went on a fact finding mission the other day to investigate the new sign we had been driving by on Cascade Road, just south of Burton Street in Cascade, Michigan.  This area is having road construction right now so it is not easy to spot new activity. The sign was advertising The Villas of Cascade Condos. The new condo development was originally a group of 4 three story buildiings with rental units.  As the units empty, the current developer will tear each unit down to the studs and redo each to be a 2 bedroom condo unit.  The potential buyer has the option to pick colors, flooring,  and other options.  We took photos on our tour and spoke with the Project Manager, Duke Gray, who was  hosting an open house.  They have done a very nice job  of rehabbing the model condo unit, as you c...
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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")
You can think what you want about this market but some very unique trends are emerging.  More so now than before.  Buyers are becoming "Walk Away" buyers.  Many times offers are tossed out to see if the seller will take it.  It has nothing to do with long term housing needs.  Some of the choices are....that will work.  Many are looking short term which may be a real error in judgement.  That short term purchase of three to five years could end up being 10 or 15 in a home that "will work". Homes are one of the largest purchases a family ever makes.  It is a personal choice that impacts your daily life.  It is your sanctuary from the world.  It is your haven, your solitude and way of getting through tough days...by smiling when you come home to the home that meets your needs and feels lik...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Centennial Park Meadows Condominiums are located just off 28th Street and Thornapple River Dr. in Cascade, Michigan. The Condos wrap around  Centennial Golf Course and community. This private par 70 golf course has plenty of challenges for golfers at  every level.  This community also has a clubhouse and restaurant for golf members.  We have relocated several clients into this community and they find it a  wonderful place to live. Just minutes from 28th Street & Cascade shopping,  dining and amusements, you  are centrally located but tucked away from the bustle of the area for quiet, serene living.                                 Centennial Park Meadows Condos                             Real Estate Market Report                                          July 2008                        ...
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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 subdivision area has been a desirable  place to live in the Grand Rapids home market for many years.  Median prices for homes in the Forest Hills School District for 2007-2008 were $235,000.                               Hidden Hills, Cascade Township                      Residential Real Estate Market Report            July 2008     ~     12 For Sale, 3 Pending, 3  SOLD   Address         ...
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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. 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 Residential Real Estate                          Market Report July 2008          13 Homes For Sale (FS),  2 Pending,  8 SOLD Address    ...
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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 and near Watermark Golf Course  off Cascade Road.   If you don't like golf, or like to look at a well manicured course, or get defensive when a stray ball rolls  into your "yard" you probably would be better off not buying a home or condo here. Of course you would be missing 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. It is a premier course with a friendly group of players. The Single family homes and Condos make this a very attractive place to live. There is access off Cascade Road and Spaulding Drive,  you are close to the airport, close to 28th Street shopping, close to  I96 expressway and close to Cascade, Ada, and Forest Hills schools and shopping are...
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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 continues to date.   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, they are close to all the local amenities and shopping but no house maintenance.  Watermark Country Club, Forest Hills  & 28th Street shopping are a short distance away. The miles of Cascade-Ada Bike/Walking Trail  connects to downtown Cascade, pictured below.                                                  Quail Crest Condo Residential Market Report   July 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 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                        July 2008 Market Report                    4 For Sale, 3 Pending, 2 SOLD     Address                    Status       Price     Sq Ft    $/Sq Ft   DOM 6072 DelCano Dr  ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Tamarron Estates is an upscale suburban development with large wooded lots, walking access to Thornapple Elementary School and  the Thornapple River Backwaters.  It is located just off of Thornapple River Drive and Cascade Road in Cascade Township.   The house styles vary from large, comfortable ranches, traditional  two stories, to contemporary homes.  Many of the homes were built  in the late 1970's to the mid 1980's, though there is a new street that has much newer homes on acreage settings.  Some houses close to and surrounding this development are in the upper price brackets  for the Grand Rapids market.                 Tamarron Residential Real Estate                          July 2008 Market Report                      1 Sold, 1 Pending, 8 For Sale                                ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Cascade Lakes is a newer, upscale subdivision off Cascade Road in Cascade Township, MI.  Set on wooded lots with rolling terrain, and lots of privacy, these executive style  homes are close to Forest Hills Schools, shopping, bike/walking trail, and the village of Cascade, Watermark Golf Course is just a short jaunt down the road and downtown Grand Rapids is ten to fifteen minutes away.     Cascade Lakes Residential Real Estate Market Report July 2008                           1 For Sale, 0 Pending, 0 SOLD Address                             Status     Price      SqFt     $/SqFt     DOM 2228 Cascade Lakes Cir      For Sale  450,000   3054   147.34     31 117 Cascade Homes have sold this year  ~  Average price is $311,410       If you would like further information about Grand Rapids or C...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Watermark Country Club in Cascade Township has a wonderful pool facility.  We are not members but being members of the golf course we are allowed to use the facility several times a year at a small charge.  Yesterday was POOL DAY!!   Our grandson, Jeffy is up from Indianapolis for his yearly "Grandparents Camp Week" with us. The pool is one of his favorite  places to go. It was in the eighties and humid---perfect pool weather, even though the clouds looked menacing.  We had tried on Monday but got rained out before we could get wet. The pool staff keeps  a sharp eye on the weather and close the pool if a storm threatens.  Watermark haslunch available poolside and we had hamburgers and a hotdog to keep our energy up for the big day.   We took a couple of pictures, so you can see what a g...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Cascade Lakes Cascade Township MI June 2008 Real Estate Market Report Cascade Lakes is a newer, upscale subdivision off Cascade Road in Cascade Township, MI.  Set on wooded lots with rolling terrain, and lots of privacy, these executive style  homes are close to Forest Hills Schools, shopping, bike/walking trail, and the village of Cascade, Watermark Golf Course is just a short jaunt down the road and downtown Grand Rapids is ten to fifteen minutes away.       Cascade Lakes Residential Real Estate Market Report June 2008                           1 For Sale, 0 Pending, 0 SOLD Address                                        Status            Price         SqFt       Cost/SqFt     DOM 2228 Cascade Lakes Circle      For Sale       450,000      3054       147.34            31   117 Cascade H...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
CAscade Woods Cascade MI Real Estate Market Report June 2008 Cascade Woods is an established neighborhood of large, executive  style homes. 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 Residential Real Estate                          Market Report June 2008    ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Caravelle Village Cascade MI Real Estate Market Report June 2008 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 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 June 2008 Market Report                            8 For Sale, 0 Pending, 0 SOLD     Address                    Status       Price    ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
         THE GRILLE RESTAURANT AT WATERMARK COUNTRY CLUB                 The Grille is the closest restaurant to us and because I am at the golf course  A LOT, we eat here on a pretty regular basis. I usually have the chicken salad  but my wife always gets the lake perch. She says they are the best lake perch she has ever orderd, bar none. Believe me, she has tried lake perch all over, even in Switzerland.          THE FRONT DOORS TO THE GRILLE RESTAURANT LOCATED AT                        5500 CASCADE ROAD SE, GRAND RAPIDS MI                                                  PH 616-949-9125  They have a great casual menu, you can eat at the bar or on the patio (weather permitting). And the dining room serves a list of wonderful entrees. They recently put in a wood fired pizza oven, which...
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