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The Lake House Muskegon | Andrea Crossman Group

Four Great Waterfront Eateries in West Michigan

West Michigan and the Lakeshore are home to a diverse group of cultures and the great restaurants founded by each. Whether your tastes buds long for Mexican, Dutch, or classic American, you’ll find some wonderful choices in the small towns that dot the Lake Michigan coast.

Spring will be just around the corner, it’s a good time to plan a few summer road trips and weekend getaways. There are lots of new places to try in every destination, but when the sun’s out, eating outside with a beautiful view makes any meal more enjoyable.

This week, to let a little sunshine through the winter clouds, we’re going to feature four of the best waterfront eateries in West Michigan. Although Michigan restaurants

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There are a lot of waterfront towns up and down the coast of Michigan with reputations as great vacation getaways or summer home locations. Places along the Michigan lakeshore such as South Haven, Holland, and Grand Haven draw big crowds, but they are not the only beautiful places on the Lake Michigan coast.

Located just north of Grand Haven and fed by the Grand River, the body of water known as Spring Lake covers just over 1000 acres. With an average depth of 18 feet and a maximum of 40 feet, Spring Lake has a large boating community – especially since much of its 25 miles of coastline presents beautiful locations for building sites and features many gorgeous waterfront luxury homes.

Spring Lake is also a typical small waterfront Michigan town,

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Winter Weather Can’t Cool the Hot West Michigan Housing Market | Andrea Crossman Group

Although the temperature is dropping and there’s a chill in the air, there is no evidence the housing market in West Michigan will cool off any time soon.

Throughout the year, real estate companies often release reports highlighting statistics and trends that can help buyers and sellers alike. These reports can provide valuable insight into the housing market and help with planning and decisions.

A recent quarterly report for West Michigan’s housing market shines a light on Lakeshore real estate and the details that clients and agents can expect for the near future.

Here are some of those numbers.

2458 – The number of reported homes on the market in West Michigan. Although this number rises and falls over time, the current figure shows a

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Whether it’s across town, to another state, or from one coast to the other, people relocate to new homes for lots of reasons. Some move to be closer to family, while others move for business reasons.

With its incredible natural resources, strong job market, and quaint coastal destinations, West Michigan is a great place to live. No matter why you’re looking to relocate, here are some of the best reasons to make the Lake Michigan shoreline your next home.

Quaint Coastal Destinations

Dozens of small towns, and some larger locales, pepper both the Lake Michigan and Lake Huron coasts. The upper Peninsula also features some very rural destinations for more adventurous travelers.

For those looking for quiet getaways, West Michigan offers

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De Boers Bakkerij and Dutch Brothers Restaurant | Andrea Crossman Group

This week on the Andrea Crossman Group blog, we’re going to begin a series of monthly spotlights on area businesses, restaurants, events, and other hot spots that make West Michigan a unique and beautiful place to live.

With its beautiful natural resources and waterfront towns, West Michigan features a diverse collection of events, eateries, and attractions all found along the Lake Michigan coast.

Perched on the shores of Lake Macatawa, Holland, Michigan is well-known for it’s Dutch Heritage. The town also features some of West Michigan’s most beautiful parks and beaches, with a thriving boating community and terrific fishing as well.

Holland’s Dutch heritage also means there are some unique attractions for residents and visitors alike

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There’s More to Michigan than the Lakeshore | Andrea Crossman Group

At more than 3200 miles, Michigan has more coastline than any US state except Alaska. Often called the Third Coast, Michigan’s shoreline features towering dunes, beautiful harbors, and waterfront towns both large and small.

The Michigan shoreline, and especially West Michigan, are often the draw for homebuyers looking for waterfront property along Lake Michigan stunning beaches, or on of the many smaller lakes that dot it’s coast.

However, Michigan has so much more to offer homebuyers moving within the state or those relocating to Michigan from somewhere else. West Michigan boasts several of the most popular destinations for homebuyers, including Lansing, Holland, and Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids and the surrounding area includes artsy

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West Michigan has one of the most beautiful shorelines in America. With its soaring dunes, clear waters, and some of the most incredible sunsets anywhere, the Michigan Lakeshore has something for everyone.

The Lake Michigan coastline is also dotted with towns ranging from big and vibrant, such as Holland and Muskegon, to small and quaint like Saugatuck and Pentwater. Each one has its own personality, molded by the communities that call them home.

Located just north of Grand Haven, the village of Spring Lake has some of the prettiest waterfront properties in West Michigan. Wrapped around the 1,000 acre body of water that bears its name, Spring Lake lies on the Grand River just two and a half miles from its exit into Lake Michigan.

With 25

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Big Red - Lake Macatawa Lighthouse 

There are quite a few ports around the Michigan coastline, each with it’s own distinct personality. Some are more industrialized, others provide a central hub around which small, waterfront towns thrive and vacationing families go to relax on the beach.

Located on the West Michigan shore, Lake Macatawa gives Holland, Michigan more than 1700 acres of watery back yard. At 6 miles long and 1.2 miles across at it’s widest point, Lake Macatawa is not the largest port in Western Michigan. However, it is one of the most picturesque, with an active boating community, stunning sunsets, access to the Big Lake, and beautiful waterfront homes.

Lake Macatawa is surrounded on all sides by the town of Holland, with the north side ending on the Holland State

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Holland, Michigan - West Michigan’s Big, Beautiful Small Town | Andrea Crossman Group

In the past decade, Michigan has received much recognition as the Best or Most Beautiful in several categories such as Most Beautiful Beach or Best Place to Live. In 2011, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which includes Glen Arbor, was even judged the Most Beautiful Place in America by ABC’s Good Morning America.

However, the Holland, MI, area has also been recognized repeatedly for its own individual attributes from sources as big as Forbes Magazine, who judged Holland to be one of the Prettiest Towns in America. A Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index marked Holland as Number 2 on its list of Happiest, Healthiest Places to Live in America.

Holland’s cost of living index is also lower than many other states, and lower than the US average in

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