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I've watched that site for 2-3 years, seen places go for over $100K which makes you wonder why anyone would let them go for taxes and have seen what seem to be pretty nice houses go for $2500.
Being from Muskegon, I would mostly agree with this. The exceptions being Beachwood-Bluffton area which is awesome, and Norton Shores, which I suggested earlier.
My Dad's coming in a week or two to house hunt and has visits lined up for these areas. He's increased his price range a bit as well. Of these areas, what are the best/worst areas for fishing and recreation? Any areas you love or hate? Why?
TOWN - Body of water the house is on or near
Spring Lake - Spring Lake
Nunica - Hathaway Lake
Coopersville - Grand river
Grand Haven - Millhouse Byou
West Olive - Lake Michigan
Holland - Lake Macatawa
Saugatuck - Silver Lake
Fennville - Kalamazoo River
Grand Junction - Saddle Lake
St. Joseph - St Joseph River
Lawrence - Paw Paw River
Berrien Springs - Lake Chapin
Buchanan - St Joseph River
Coloma - Paw Paw River
Portage - West Lake
Three Rivers - Kaiser Lake
Three Rivers - St Joseph River
Delton - Crooked Lake
Schoolcraft - Little Paw Paw lake
Lawton - Huzzy Lake
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I lived in Norton Shores my whole life before college. It is excellent. And lakeside in Muskegon isn't bad. But still, I would avoid Muskegon.
There's a toilet in the kitchen!
The in-laws live on Millhouse Bayou in Grand Haven, though far enough back to not have boat access. FIL uses the public access at the end of 144th. The area is nice, not a bad drive to EL or even Detroit - takes me maybe 3 hours max to get there from downtown Detroit. Good amenities, the beach is great for kids. Grand Haven can be a total cluster on some summer weekends, like during Coast Guard fest.
The bridge/tunnel to get from Millhouse Bayou is small, so he should make sure his boat will fit in and out. But the Grand is great boating, easy trip downriver to Spring Lake, which as mentioned earlier can be ridiculously busy on weekends - like playing on a freeway. Nice to take the boat into town for dinner, see fireworks, etc.
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Pinky, Three Rivers proper is a bit of a shit hole. May want to skip that one.
I lived in Norton Shores / Roosevelt Park from 4th through 12th grades and my mom currently lives in Harbor Town. Norton Shores is very nice, if a lot whitebread. Could use some better restaurants though.
Good to know
The Kalamazoo River is a fantastic fishery. Fennville is alright. Lots of WT in Allegan County including some pretty back woods, cousin fucking, dirt floor shack areas.
i met your mom at dockers. she gave me her number but i threw it away.
Grand Haven - Millhouse Bayou
Some years you can get a boat under the bridge and some years you can't. Also (obviously) depends on the size of the boat. This year the water is up a little, but the last few my buddy's 19' bass boat would barely make it. If you go there, hop out of the car and go under the bridge, see for yourself.
You would have access to the Grand River & Bayous, Spring Lake, and Lake Michigan. You can also run up to Muskegon Lake and down to Lake Macatawa if you don't mind buying the gas and depending on Lake conditions.
Spring Lake and Lake Macatawa homes are very nice, but pricey. You can get a smaller house on Spring Lake but you need to be careful where because pleasure boaters will raft together on certain bayous and party like rock stars all weekend in front of your house.
Thanks...good to know
My Dad is not a white trash kind of guy (retired Navy Captain, very moral and responsible) so the Allegan County folk might just piss him off too much.
BTW, some zipcodes in Allegan County have a ridiculously high population of sex offenders. 11-1 in one zipcode.
this really helps
was the post about nickexperience's mom helpful at all? i'm just trying to benchmark my posts.
The lakes in Portage are decent for fishing and boating. Portage is also a decent area to live. I think West Lake connects to Austin lake, too.
Well, my Dad is single
They connect but I don't think you can really get a boat through the channel. You have to cross under Portage Road and there really isn't much clearance nor is the channel all that wide.
Well in that case, Jack's Restaurant / Bar in the Spring Lake Holliday Inn is where all the mature single people go to hook up FYI.
BTW, there is tons of great fishing here.
steelhead & browns off the beach, pier or trolling spring & fall
Awesome salmon run
Perch in June
Bass largemouth & smallmouth
Walleye in Spring Lake and Grand River
Drop-back for steel head further up the river all winter
random monster carp, cats and sheephead
Also, there are plenty condos that have docks and many well-maintained public launch ramps in case your dad wanted to trailer a boat and live in a nicer home that wasn't necessarily water front.
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I would be careful about location on a river. Flooding.
you eat walleye out of the Grand?
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9 years ago, we bought a 50 year old boring rancher on 1 and a half acres for about 220k on the Grand in Spring Lake. We had a major rehab done on it and I can't tell you how much we love it here. Grand Haven is 5 minutes away, Lake Michigan 40 min. by boat (mostly no wake speed) and Spring Lake itself is a nice little town. I lived on Lake Michigan for 15 years and I like this a whole bunch better. There are condo and house options available in the price range you mentioned. Great place to live. Hope to run into your dad someday at Stan's Bar!
Yes. There is flooding, annually near Riverside park in Robinson Township, VanLopik subdivision, specifically. I suspect there is flooding elsewhere too, which is why I live on a hill.
I have never personally caught nor eaten a Grand River Walleye.
Whoa- easy there tiger. I grew up there, and will actually be there next week for vacation. If Pinky's dad was looking to settle down and start crapping out kids, I'd probably suggest he look into areas around Portage or Kalamazoo but the lake properties in Three Rivers are pretty nice. My Vietnamese mom's house on a lake in TR is surrounded by people from Chicago that are snapping up the properties as vacation places. Also, a lot of the old seasonal cottages have been torn down and rebuilt into very nice looking year around places. Not sure what you consider a shit hole so you may have a different definition than I.
I said the city proper..i.e. within the city limits. The only area that looks halfway decent is closer to the HS. Houses within the city close to the river aren't all that great.
And I grew up in Sturgis so I'm well versed in what TR looks like. (Admittedly, it's gotten a lot better over the years...and Sturgis has declined big time.)
Don't be silly, everyone knows that gays are not allowed on the West side of MI - the Dutch don't allow that.
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