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 waterfront destinations such as New Buffalo, Holland, and Pentwater. Further North, vacation destinations like Harbor Springs, Mackinaw Island, and Traverse City are a short drive away and each offers unique cultural differences and wonderful attractions for solo travelers, romantic getaways, and family adventures.
Beautiful Coastline and Beaches
With more than 3,000 miles of coastline, Michigan has more waterfront than any other state except Alaska. From the Indiana border to the west all the way around to Ohio on the east side, state and local parks give residents and tourists alike some of the country’s most beautiful places for recreation and relaxation.
Holland State Park includes gorgeous walking trails, fine sand beaches, and some of the most stunning sunsets of anywhere in America. Further north, Sleeping Bear Dunes and the surrounding area were designated as one of the most places in the entire United States.
Big City Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
Although much of the area is rural, Grand Rapids is just a short drive from most West Michigan towns. Grand Rapids has a small, big city feel, with many of its best eateries accessible on foot.
Although it has a small, more accessible feel, Grand Rapids still attracts some big-time entertainment to venues such as the Van Andel Arena and Devos Performance Hall. Chris Stapleton, Metallica, and Cirque du Soleil are just a few of the big-time acts that have recently rocked the house.
For those looking for fine dining and shopping, Grand Rapids also features options like Ruth’s Chris Steak House for the carnivores out there, Mediterranean cuisine at San Chez Tapas Bistro, and The Kitchen by world-famous Chef Wolfgang Puck.
Wines and Vines
Several Michigan locales have become popular with vineyards and wineries, including Traverse City’s own Mission Peninsula. From its position near the 45th parallel, the Mission Peninsula provides growers with some of the very best cool-climate wines.
By keeping the spring growing season cool and the fall harvest season warm, the surrounding waters influence the taste and create wines with unique tastes and character that differ greatly from their Napa Valley siblings.
For a first-hand taste of the Mission Peninsula’s products, try a variety from growers like Two Lads Winery, Mari Vineyards, Blackstar Farms, and many more. Wine tours complete with a driver are available for those who want to enjoy more than just a sample.
West Michigan has a lot to offer those looking to relocate for any reason at all. Whether relocating to be closer to family, or starting a new job in the Midwest, Michigan’s West Coast has a lot to offer young couples, retirees, and single homeowners alike.
If you are looking to move and would like information on any of the homes we currently represent, please reach out to the experienced team at the Andrea Crossman Group and let us help you find your perfect home.