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Current Caledonia MI Absorption Report

Absorption rate for Caledonia MI Market is  currently 12.75 months,

which means if no other homes come on the market, it will take

12.75 months for the current inventory to sell at the current

sales rate.  This stat is almost half of last month’s figure.

Ruehs Park Caledonia Michigan

There are 170 current active listings, from $39,000 to $1,284,900

in Caledonia MI.

The current average Caledonia home listed price is much higher

[about $323,358] than the average sold price [$181,175].

21 Pending Home Sales, and 59 Sold Homes since Jan 1, 2009.

The average sold price/Square foot is $ 95.30

Sold High $875,000   Sold Low – $34,000

There are 6 homes in million dollar + range listed, so this skews the

figures somewhat in the upper brackets.

The Caledonia market is much brisker this month.  Sales have doubled

this month over the previous 5 months sales total.  Newer and higher

end homes are selling, though over 1/3 of the sales were under $100

a sq/ft.  

Average sold price per square foot rose this month for the first time in

months. There are some excellent buys in Caledonia but they are

disappearing fast.  Don’t wait until they are gone.


Caledonia April 2009 Real Estate Market Report

Caledonia May 2009 Absorption Report

Caledonia Michigan Video Tour

Caledonia MI Top Best Buy Homes June 2009


If you have any questions about Caledonia or Grand Rapids MI

homes,please contact me directly through my web site.

Grand Rapids  Ada Real Estate  ~ Westbrook Realty

Copyright  2009 All rights Reserved

Photo of Ruehs Park Caledonia Michigan by Bonnie Westbrook

Grand Rapids has musical action on Friday nights this summer. From

June 19th through August 28th,  The Grand Rapids Art Museum is

offering  live music on the Rosa Parks Circle Stage.  An indoor/outdoor

event that will flow from the Art Museum galleries to the Peter

Wege Plaza and Maya Lin’s Ecliptic Park.

The GRAM will be offering special viewings, art-related talks, food

at the Cafe Terrace and demonstrations during the summer nights

in Grand Rapids.   Free to GRAM members, $5.00 for non-members, and

all park and plaza activities are FREE.

So come to downtown GR for a Friday night music and art infusion,

beginning at 5pm.

Live Music Line-up for Summer 2009


  • June 19…….The Concussions (high energy surf music)
  • June 26…….Grupo Aye (salsa music)
  • July 03………DJ SuperDre (minimal techno/hip hop)<?li>
  • July 10………Organissimo (organ trio)
  • July 17………La Famiglia (hip hop fusion)
  • July 24………Side Pocket (fusion and sophisticated R&B)
  • July 31………Nobody’s Darlin’ (bluegrass music)
  • August 07…The Groove Merchant (original cutting edge urban beats)
  • August 14…Pangea (steel drum band)
  • August 21…Power Play (classic funk and rock)
  • August 28…Ensemble Al-Asdeka (middle eastern fusion)


    Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids Real Estate

    This 4 day event in downtown Lowell, Michigan is the highlight

    of summer activities. There are so many things to do, it is difficult

    to choose.  There is literally “something to interest everyone”,

    from craft fairs, car rumbles, pontoon tours, Barb B-Q cook off,

    cruise-in, fireworks, parade, flush tank, street entertainers,

    farmer’s market, beer garden, and the final event – The DUCK RACE!


     Main Street Lowell MI


    The 2009 Lowell Riverwalk Festival is  scheduled for July 9,10,11, & 12.

    Come on out to Lowell and join the fun!


    Thursday July 9, 2009

    Free Concert at the Showboat Stage – 7:00-9:00 pm  Stolen Horses Band

    Showboat Cash Bar – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Duck Ticket Sales – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


    Friday July 10, 2009 Riverwalk & Downtown

    River Valley Credit Union Arts & Crafts – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Commercial & Non Profit Vendors – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Englehardt Friends of the Library Used Book Sale – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Duck Ticket Sales –6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Street Entertainers – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Historic Pontoon Tours – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Grilling & Chilling on Avery Street –- 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Showboat Cash Bar – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Center Stage Entertainment Featuring “Lazy Blue Tunas” – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Late Night Shopping/Merchants – Until 8:00 pm


    Saturday July 11, 2009 

    Riverwalk & Downtown

    River Valley Credit Union Arts & Crafts – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Commercial & Non Profit Vendors – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Englehardt Friends of the Library Used Book Sale – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Good Chevy Buick Youth Zone/Children’s Area – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Lowell Community Wellness Health & Fitness Fair – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Duck Ticket Sales – 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

    “FROM the Heart Parade” & Rumble the Riverwalk – Registration 9:30 am and Parade 12:00 pm

    Bill & Paul’s Kayak Fun on the Flat River at the boat launch – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Grilling & Chilling on Avery Street – 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

    Street Entertainers – 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

    Bill & Paul’s Kayak & Canoe Race on the Flat River at the boat launch – 10:00 am

    Flush Tank – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Laurels of Kent Pet Parade – 2:00 pm at Laurels of Kent

    Historic Pontoon Tours – 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Jaws of Life Demonstration – 2:30 pm on Avery St/Police Station

    Center Stage Entertainment Featuring “Alive & Well” & “Bronk Brothers” – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Showboat Cash Bar – 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Laurel’s of Kent Fireworks – 10:15 pm at Stoney Lakeside Park

    Saturday – Lowell Fairgrounds

    Brian Mead Memorial Cruise-in – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm Awards

    Pauly’s Brew B-Q Throw-down – Registration 8:00 am

    Jaws of Life Demonstrations – 4:30 pm at the fairgrounds

    Motorcycle Poker Run from the Fire Station – 8:30 am

    Antique Fire Truck Muster – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Flat River Antique Tractor Club Pull – 5:00 pm


    Sunday July 12, 2009

    Lowell Fairgrounds

    Pauly’s Brew B-Q Throw-down – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    BBQ Food & Commercial Vendors – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Beer & Cocktail Garden – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Under the Big Tent

    Lowell Area Farmers’ Market – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

    State Farm Insurance Duck Race – 12:30 pm on the Grand River

    Entertainment in the Garden – Featuring Bob Van Stee, Jimmie Stagger – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm


    Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids Real Estate

    Rockford Michigan will be celebrating the 4th of July by having

    a Children’s Bike Parade, outdoor concert and a fireworks display.

    Like most small towns across America, this is the time to show your

    patriotism by decorating your bike, riding in the parade so your

    proud parents can take pictures.  In Rockford, you get to

    relax by the Rogue River for an outdoor concert and a great

    fireworks display.


    Main Street in Rockford

    July 4th Schedule of Events:

    Children’s Bike Parade  1:30 pm registration, 2:00 pm parade begins – Downtown Rockford (Squires St parking lot)


    Garden Park Concert – 7:30 pm – 10:00pm The Oxymorons Band


    Fireworks Display -  Over the City at dusk ( approx 10:15 pm)


    Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids Real Estate

    Most of the events will take place at Kentwood City Hall  4900 Breton Rd, unless noted.  Join the fun in Kentwood to celebrate our Independence Day !

    Kentwood City Hall best

    July 4th Kentwood Events Schedule:

    Pancake Breakfast 7:00-10:00 AM Kentwood Activities Center \355 48th St SE Cost $5  Children 5 & under free

    Parade  9:30 AM  – Starts at the Family Fare Parking Lot ( 52nd & Eastern)

    Carnival  6:00 – 10:00 pm   Games, Inflatables, Carnival Rides, Cake Walk,

    Food Vendors, Pony Rides, Climbing Wall, Airbrush Tattoo Artist ++++

    Live Music – 8:30-10:00 pm    Mustang Band – country music

    Sky Diving Show  8:50-9:00 pm

    Fireworks Display – 10:15 pm


    Kentwood City 4th of July Information – Please check their site for more details.


    Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids Real Estate

    The Cascade Community Foundation is again sponsoring FREE CONCERTS in Cascade Michigan at Leslie Tassell Park in July & August.

    Location: Thornapple River Dr & Cascade Road on the Thornapple River

    When: 2nd & 4th Thursday of July & August 2009  7 PM


    Leslie E Tassell Park from the Bridge


    The 2009 Events Scheduled:

    July 9th – The Scottville Clown Band – Over 40 Clowns – A fun family event!


    July 23rd – Come On Over! -  From the popular Children’s TV show


    August 13th – The Great Lakes Chorus – Barbershop Quartet


    August 27th – Boogie Woogie Babies – A Revue of all the great girl groups!


    Alternate Rain Location – Cascade Public Library – Wisner Center

    Cascade Township Information


    Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids Real Estate

    Ada July 4th Celebration

    Friday July 3rd:

    Fireworks   Dusk    7590 E Fulton @ Ada Drive ( Downtown Ada across from Amway)  ***Note new place this year!!***

    Saturday July 4th:

    Pancake Breakfast     8:00AM   Ada Fire Station

    4th of July Parade     10:00 AM  Ada Village Green

    Entertainment/Activities    1:00- 3:00    Ada Village Green


    Cascade Library


    Cascade Township July 4th Celebration

    Friday July 3rd:

    Fireworks   Dusk    7590 East Fulton @ Ada Drive ( Downtown Ada across

    from Amway)  ***Note new place this year!!***

    Saturday July 4th:

    Friends of the Library Book Sale   8:30 AM – 3:30PM   Cascade Public Library

    Bicycle Parade  10 AM   Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church

    **Parade Participants must wear a bike helmet – forms available 8:30-9:45 AM at Back Parking Lot of of Forest Hills Admin Building – lineup begins at 9:45AM at church parking lot.

    Main Parade   10:30 AM  Cascade Rd SE to 28th St, west up 28th St to Jacksmith

    Street Fair Begins   11:30 AM Free Games , Rides for kids & adults, elephant rides, train rides, animal petting zoo, Food Booths, Clowns & more.. Cascade Library Grounds

    Live Music by Pirate Pete & The Barnacles   12:-12:45 PM   Stage at Library Grounds

    Canoe Race     1:00PM  Tassell Park to Camelback Bridge ( register at Tassell Park 12:30 PM )

    Cascade Chorale     12:55 – 1:15 PM    Stage at Library Grounds

    Live Music by Pirate Pete & The Barnacles   1:15PM-2:00PM   Stage at Library Grounds

    Big Dog Taekwon-Do Demonstrations  2:10 PM – 2:30 PM  Stage at Library

    Live Music  Pirate Pete & The Barnacles  2:30 –3:15 PM    Stage at Library

    Closing of the Celebration    3:30 PM


    Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids Real Estate

    East Grand Rapids July 4th Celebration

    Saturday  July 4th:

    Parade 11:30 am – 12: 30 pm  Starts at Woodcliff Bldg, travels along Lake Dr, Lakeside  and Wealthy to Gaslight Village

    Concessions open  -  Noon to Late Evening

    Activities open at John Collins Park, Inflatables, live music, ++  Noon – 5 pm

    Water Ski Show    1:00-2:00 pm  by Grand City Show Skiers

    Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians Band  8:00 – Dusk

    Fireworks – Dusk   over Reeds Lake ( approx 10:15 pm)


    Evanston fireworks close up3


    East Grand Rapids 4th of July Information


    Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids Real Estate

    The Fainting Generals will be featured at Schuler Books & Music

    on Friday, June 26th, 2009  at 7:30 pm.  They will perform at the

    28th Street Store.

    The Fainting Generals is a Grand Rapids based band, that bills itself as:

    Garage / Surf / Glam & The World’s Best Franklin Pierce Tribute Band.

    For a little background, taken from their MySpace page, linked to above,

    Franklin Pierce was a  US commander of troops in the Mexican-American

    ‘War.  The Irish troops under his command were treated so badly by

    Pierce, they defected to the Mexican Army and fought against the

    US forces.


    If you haven’t got a anything special planned for Friday night, this

    might be a great band to check out.  They could be your new favorite,

    at the very least, you would have an air-conditioned place to get out

    of the heat, get an iced latte at the cafe and read a good book.


    auto biography of benvenuto dellini



    Live Music with Une Voix – An elegant piano duo

    6:30 pm to ??


    Westbrook RealtyGrand Rapids Real Estate

    Copyright  2009 All rights reserved

    We have gathered a list of the Top Kentwood Home

    Buys.  Please note: This list can change daily as some

    homes sell, prices are  adjusted and other  homes come

    on the market. The homes listed below are probably

    dated and would need updating with new carpeting,

    paint, and kitchen-bath redos at a minimum to bring

    them to current market standards. They might need major

    repair work done, such as new roofs & mechanicals.

    *Some of these homes may be bank owned foreclosures and

    not habitable as is or available for a mortgage in present condition.*

    kentwood mi top best buys in homes 3-09

    Check back often or just subscribe to our blog to get

    up-to-date local real estate information that you want to know.

    The total square footage is noted here, although only the

    main floors are used to figure price per square foot.  The

    lowest prices/Sq Ft range from $25.25 to $55.93 in

    Kentwood this month.

    Homes on the list this month are still bargain

    prices.   Kentwood & Wyoming have been hit hard by the

    automotive shutdowns and subsequent job losses.

    June  2009  BEST BUYS in  Kentwood Homes

    The lowest list price is $34,900

    the highest list price is $103,900

    Top Kentwood Homes to Buy by Price per Square Foot:

    6654 Andale SW       $ 60,000     1548 Sq Ft   $48.08/SqFt

    2261 76th St SE        $ 49,900      1620 Sq Ft   $30.80/SqFt

    6410 College Ave SE $ 90,000    1760 Sq Ft    $51.14/SqFt

    1509 Kendall St         $59,900     1500 Sq Ft    $55.93/SqFt


    3685 Giddings Ave     $69,900    1470 Sq Ft   $47.55/SqFt

    1681 52nd St SE        $ 34,900    1382 Sq Ft   $25.25/SqFt

    35  Maplelawn St SE  $ 39,900     792 Sq Ft    $50.38/SqFt

    311 Nora St SE           $44,000     960 Sq Ft     $45.83/SqFt


    2705 Ridgemoor Dr    $ 60,000    1505 Sq Ft   $39.87/SqFt

    68 Nancy St SE           $74,900     1368 Sq Ft   $54.75/SqFt

    1612 Sunny Creek      $82,500     2367 Sq Ft   $56.51/SqFt

    3394 32nd St SE        $85,000     1696 Sq Ft   $50.12/SqFt


    5034 Marwood Ct       $89,000     1968 Sq Ft   $45.12/SqFt

    5393 Newcastle Dr     $90,000    2696 Sq Ft   $50.53/SqFt

    439 Pine Place St        $99,850    1750 Sq Ft   $57.06/SqFt

    1049 Springwood Dr  $99,900    2200 Sq Ft   $45.41/SqFt


    5818 Pinetree Ave     $103,900   2200 Sq Ft   $47.23/SqFt

    5713 Haughey Ave     $ 35,900   768  Sq Ft     $46.74/SqFt

    5733 Averill Ave SW  $49,900     1096 Sq Ft   $45.53/SqFt

    5772 Crippen Ave      $56,900     1200 SqFt    $47.42/SqFt


    5810 Averill Ave         $64,000    1306 Sq Ft   $49.00/SqFt

    5706 Averill Ave         $69,400    1350 Sq Ft   $51.41/SqFt



    If you would like to view a Kentwood Top Best Buys Home,

    please call 1-888-240-1968 ext 0 or email us at:


    Grand Rapids Ada Real Estate ~ Westbrook Realty

    Copyright 2009 All rights reserved

    All information is subject to verification & no liability for

    omission or error is assumed.

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