Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Byron Township / Byron Center

Byron township was established in 1836. It is 36 square miles and has a population of 17,553 according to the 2000 census.

The Byron Center Chamber of Commerce was established to promote business growth and development. They host many activities for the township some of which include the 1st annual Christmas Walk 2008, Golf Outing, Scholarships, Leadership Recognitioin Award, Relay for Life in partnership with the American Cancer Society, and blood drives. The biggest event for the township is Byron Days. As most resident know, it is always the last weekend of July and includes a parade, 3-on-3 contest, concerts, fireworks, softball tourney, flea market, and pancake breakfast.

The Township is home to four parks as well as Kent Trails.

Whistlestop Park allows for Baseball, Softball, Walking, Soccer, Football, Volleyball and Picniking.
Bicentennial Park has Tennis courts, Basketball courts, Baseball and Softball fields and Skate Park.
Cutler Park has Tennis, Play area, Baseball, and Softball.
Douglas Walker Park includes a shelter, baseball field and soccer field.
Kent Trails crosses many townships and cities. It is 15 miles of non-motorized trail, great for walking, biking, and skating.

Byron Township also has many programs for all of its citizens. They have computer and water colour classes for seniors, fitness class for adults and tons of youth programs. Byron Center is a home of AYSO and Little League.

Byron Center Public Schools as well as Byron Center Christion Elementary and Middle School and South Christian High School all call Byron Township home.

Byron Township Library is an member of Kent District Library. Check out the link for hours of operation.

Fire needs are served by Byron Township Fire Department which has paid on-call employees as well as Cutlerville Fire Department which has three full time fire fighters during weekdays and on-call weekends.

Kent County Sheriff's Department serves as the police presence in Byron Township.

The "Byron Bugle" is a quarterly newsletter that is sent to all resident keeping them apprised of all of the townships activities. The link will lead you to past newsletters if you need to catch up!

All in all, Byron Township is a small area that has many qualities worthy of a second look and is a wonderful place to call home.

Monday, February 16, 2009

City of Grandville

The City of Grandville has a "Charting New Courses" slogan. Their core valuels are Faith, Family, Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility.

In 2008, Grandville celebrated it's 75th anniversary. During the celebration weekend, the mayor had the opportunity to dedicate Lee Street Park and then 500 resident continued the celebration at Fire Department.

Grandville has 16,500 residents and an amazing fire department. Check our the link for the full details and pictures of the vehicles they use to keep the city safe. The department also is involved in block parties, national night out, CPR training, open houses, pre-school tours, and safe kids coalition.

The police department has grown to 28 officers. Extensive commercial growth in the south end includes the Rivertown Crossings Mall, one of the largest malls in the state. The area around the mall now includes many new restaurants and other new businesses. The mall and other new businesses have made Grandville one of the top attractions in West Michigan. Each year, over 14 million people visit the mall alone with many more people visiting the other area businesses. The police department growth has kept crime rates low and quality of life high.

Downtown Grandville holds a gem! The Grandville branch of the Kent District Library.

The city has many parks including Wedgewood Park. It has a nice play area for the kids, covered pavillion for picnics and a rock lined creek which is a beautiful place for picture taking. Also, plenty ducks to feed!

The City of Grandville has an extensive school system, including public and private schools.

Since the opening of Rivertown Crossings Mall, which houses tons of stores, there has been an astounding influx of fine dining resturants including Kobe Steakhouse, Applebees, TGI Friday's, Red Robin, Logan's, Texas Roadhouse, Outback steakhouse, Carabba's, and Olive Garden.

Client Testimonials

Better than expected

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- Anne Baker 2517 Borglum


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"After trying to sell our house on our own, it was a relief to list it under an experienced realtor. John sold our house much quicker than we could have imagined."

- 3009 Barry St


Experienced and Helpful

"The experience of buying a home was very good, the help was very much appreciated."

- David and Michelle 2088 Jaclyn


Trustworthy and Professional

"John is a great realtor. He is knowledgable, trustworthy, and professional. We look forward to doing business with him again."

- Investors


Realistic Goals

"My unreal optimism mixed with John's realism make us a good pair."

- Investor


Helping Hand

"John was the best, he worked hard and we appreciate him for everything he did for us."

- Cathy Claflin Melvin Ct.


Love my new home

"I worked with RE/MAX to buy a house. They were very professional and unbelievably helpful. John DeVries helped me find my house and it's amazing how much he helped me. It didn't matter what my schedule was, he kept working hard and showing me houses until we found the right home. I am so happy with it and love it already. Thanks RE/MAX and John"

- Caleb Byron Rd.