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 a variety of different categories. With median home prices often running at nearly 30% less than the national average, Holland presents great options for individuals and families looking to relocate.
However, Holland’s lower costs are not the only draw for new residents, or for vacationing visitors. Located on the Western Michigan lakeshore, the Holland area boasts a wide variety of natural resources, environmental beauty, and recreational opportunities that can match most every lifestyle.
Although Sleeping Bear Dunes may have won an award, Holland has miles of lakeshore that rival the northern National Park for natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Holland’s own 142-acre State Park provides visitors with peaceful walks on non-motorized hiking trails, 2 sugar-sand beaches, and some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
The city of Holland itself has many reasons to visit as well. With its strong Dutch heritage, an abundance of windmills, wooden shoes, of course - tulips make a distinct connection to the city’s namesake provinces in the Netherlands.
One of Holland’s biggest events, Tulip Time, is held every Spring as the millions of dormant bulbs lining the city’s downtown and side streets come to life and paint the town in a wild festival of floral color. During the city-wide bloom, parades, shows, and the Tulip Time fair are also held to celebrate Holland’s European cultural connection.
Although current events forced the cancellation of Holland’s annual Tulip Time festival for 2020, the event will be back in 2021. Until then, there is a wealth of pictures available online that show the city blanketed in the beautiful, multi-colored blooms.
Although the town is located on the Lake Michigan shoreline, plenty of other destinations are within easy reach for residents. At 2 1/2 hours from both Detroit and Chicago, Holland residents are a short drive from a wealth of dining, shopping, historical, and other cultural and lifestyle attractions.
However, with only 30 miles separating the two zip codes, the bigger city of Grand Rapids has much to offer Holland residents as well. The city is big enough to draw major-league performers for events and concerts while still being small enough to make it easy to walk between its outstanding shopping and dining destinations.
Other cities and towns up and down the West Michigan coastline also have much to offer, with events and attractions such as Saugatuck’s Venetian Festival and Muskegon’s Winter Sports Complex. However, Holland’s central placement makes it the perfect launchpad for attendees.
Holland, Michigan is one of the Midwest and Great Lakes region’s hidden gems. With its abundant natural beauty and great quality of life, the area has so much to offer current residents as well as families and individuals looking to relocate.
For updates and information on housing and real estate opportunities in the Holland, West Michigan, and Lakeshore area, please reach out to the team here at the Andrea Crossman Group and let us help you buy or sell your next home.
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