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We have gathered a list of the Top Best Forest Hills Houses

( Ada-Cascade) to buy, based on price per square foot.

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.

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, not the

basement, even if finished.

 

Forest Hills Neighborhood in Fog

 

The list for November 2009 is 18 properties, down from last month.

The lowest price/Sq Ft for homes range from $40.51 to $137.56

here in Forest Hills.

The lowest list price is $59,900 and the highest list price is

$288,900 for November 2009 homes in Forest Hills School District.

This list could include properties in Ada Township, Cascade

Township, Grand Rapids Township, Lowell Township, and the

city of Kentwood.

Some of these homes may be bank owned foreclosures, short sales

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

The Top Forest Hills Homes to Buy by Price per Square Foot:

8245 Fulton St E            $59,900      1124 Sq Ft   $53.29/SqFt

6217 Acropolis Dr          $79.900      1316/SqFt   $71.59/SqFt

6381 Wainscot Dr SE      $80,000      1116 Sq Ft   $71.68/SqFt

5505 Whitneyville SE     $84,900     1536 Sq Ft   $55.27/SqFt

6342 Wainscot Dr SE      $84,900     1224 Sq Ft   $69.36/SqFt

 

6250 Architrave St      $ 90,000    1814 Sq Ft   $66.37/SqFt

2201 Shady Dr NE        $99,000     2444 Sq Ft   $40.51/SqFt

1791 Grand Ct NE       $118,900     1600 Sq Ft   $74.31/SqFt

6461 Cascade Rd        $119,900     2023 Sq Ft   $59.27/SqFt

1787 Park Trail NE      $119,900     1600 Sq Ft   $74.94/SqFt

 

2847 Winesap Ave      $139,900    1557 Sq Ft   $137.56/SqFt

2309 3 Mile Rd           $149,900     3340 Sq Ft   $70.54/SqFt

6931 Sandy Lane Dr    $159,900    2600 Sq Ft   $71.90/SqFt

1575 Bridgewater Ct   $164,900    2280 Sq Ft  $72.32/SqFt

3206 Oak Hollow Dr    $169,900   2509 Sq Ft   $67.72/Sq/Ft

 

8384 Fulton St E         $185,000  4575 Sq Ft   $71.90/SqFt

4287 Woodside Oakes $189,741  2736 Sq Ft   $69.35/SqFt

2328 Dean Lake Ave    $199,900  2757 SqFt    $72.51/SqFt

8801 Fulton St E         $288,900   4132 Sq Ft   $69.92/SqFt

 

Forest Hills Michigan Real Estate Articles 2009

 

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Home, please contact us at 1-888-240-1968 ext 0 or email us at:

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Forest Hills (Ada Cascade) MI Real Estate Absorption Report

Forest Hills is actually a school district in AdaCascade MI. This market

is always active. These Grand Rapids suburban communities have

wonderful neighborhoods, some new and some older with Top Ranked

Forest Hills Public Schools, and private schools, such as Ada Christian

& St Roberts that attract  many home owners.

This report will cover the Feb 1, 2009  to June 30, 2009 real estate

market activity.

Forest Hills Eastern High school Ada Township MI

          Forest Hills MI Listings over $300,000

The absorption rate for Forest Hills MI is 19.22 months, which means if no

new listings come on the market, it will take 19.22 months to sell the existing

$ 300K+ homes at the current rate of sale.  This rate is up from last

month, sold prices are still inching downward.  Inventory is ticking up, but

sales are holding fairly steady. Your Forest Hills home has a good chance

to sell if it is in good condition and priced correctly.

 

$300,000+ Homes

237 Active Forest Hills Listings

Average price of $611,882

Average price/square foot $198.88

Low price of $300,000

High price of $2,700,000.

Sold Forest Hills Listings 53

Average sold price $475,835

Average Sold price/sq ft $ 161.96

Lowest sold price $300,000

Highest sold price $1,325,000

Pending Listings 21

Forest Hills Active Listings $74,000 – $300,000

The Absorption rate for Forest Hills homes in this price range is 7.3

months, which means that if no new homes enter the market, at the

current rate of sales, it will take 7.3 months to sell all current inventory.

This is up slightly from last month, but still within normal range.

 

Forest Hills Active Listings 219

Average Active  Price $207,556

Average Active Price/SqFt $117.88

Average Active Days on the Market  113

High Active Price $300,000

Low Active Price $74,900

Sold Forest Hills Listings 127

Average Sold Price  $189,179

Average Sold Price/sq ft $97.44

Average Sold Days on the Market 97 Days

High Sold Price  $300,000

Low Sold price is $53,000

Pending Sales 52

Market Synopsis: Although the absorption rate is one of the lowest in

the area, for the under 300K homes, this market area is still seeing

some slight reduction in average sold price and price per sq ft.  With

more active listings coming on the market this summer, this will not

help current inventory sell faster or for more money.

 

Forest Hills MI Top Best Buy Homes ~ June 2009

 Forest Hills Market Report May 2009

Forest Hills Michigan Public Schools Update 2009

 

If you would like specific information about an Ada Cascade or

Forest Hills MI Homes, please contact me directly:

email: terry@terrywestbrook.com

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Photo of Forest Hills Eastern High School by Bonnie Westbrook

We have gathered a list of the top Grand Rapids Township Houses

 to buy based on price per square foot.  An added bonus, these

Grand Rapids Township Homes are in East Grand Rapids or

Forest Hills Public School system.  If you are new to the Grand Rapids

area, Grand Rapids Township taxes are lower than East Grand Rapids,

Grand Rapids, or Ada Township.

**Please note that this list can change daily as some homes sell,

prices are adjusted and other homes come on the market.  Check

back often or just subscribe to our blog to get up-to-date local

real  estate information that you want to know.

Meijer Gardens Entrance Grand Rapids Township MI

The total square footage is noted here, although only the

main floors are used to figure price per square foot.

Grand Rapids Township:

Lowest price per Sq Ft    $54.73

Highest price per Sq Ft   $157.75

June 2009  BEST BUY GR Township Homes

Highest list price is $ 139,900

Lowest list price is  $57,900

Top Best Buy GR Township Homes by Price per Square Foot:

 

 

4198 Knapp Ct            $ 57,900     1200 SqFt     $ 57.90/SqFt

2493 Dunnigan Ave     $74,000       1352 Sq Ft   $54.73/SqFt

2056 Galahad St         $104,900    1500 SqFt    $  87.42/SqFt

2847 Winesap Ave    $150,000    1505 Sq Ft   $ 96.33/SqFt

222 Elmer St               $109,900     1600 SqFt    $112.03/SqFt

68 Elmhurst Dr            $114,900    1322 SqFt    $114.90/SqFt

 

1874 Leffingwell          $119,900    1650 SqFt    $80.47/SqFt

3500 Vineyard Ave      $124,900     1347 SqFt    $113.55/SqFt

943 Patterson Ave       $129,900   1480 SqFt   $110.55/SqFt

4382 Knapp Ct NE       $130,000    1368 SqFt    $95.03/SqFt

1150 Farnsworth         $139,450    1600 SqFt    $157.75/SqFt

1039 Eastmont Dr        $139,900    1848 SqFt    $133.49/SqFt

 

In this area of Grand Rapids, as well as others, there are few

really great home bargains left on the market. If you have been

waiting for prices to start climbing and inventory to shrink, the

time appears to be here.

 

*Some of these homes may be bank owned foreclosures and

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

If you have questions about Grand Rapids Township or Grand

Rapids homes, please contact me directly:

1-888-240-1968 ext 0

email: terry@terrywestbrook.com

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Photo of Frederick Meijer Gardens Entrance by Bonnie Westbrook

A gorgeous  condominium on prestigious Watermark Golf Course is

 Just Listed!

Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3090 finished square feet of elegant

living, including an enclosed porch with golf course view, and many

upgrades make this a fantastic buy and a great home in Forest Hills

School District.

If you have been thinking about retiring and living the good life on

one of West Michigan’s premier golf links, you should take a look

at this quality built home.

 

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Offered at $500,000

For a private showing, please contact me at  888-240-1968 ext 0

or email terry@terrywestbrook.com

 

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We have gathered a list of the Top Best Forest Hills Houses

( Ada-Cascade) to buy, based on price per square foot.

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.

Check back often or just subscribe to our blog to get

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

top best buys in forest hills mi homes for sale

The total square footage is noted here, although only the

main floors are used to figure price per square foot, not the

basement, even if finished.

The list this month is 17 properties, up from last month.

The lowest price/Sq Ft for homes range from $53.67 to $73.78

here in Forest Hills.

The lowest list price is $57,900 and the highest list price is

$236,537 for June 2009 homes in Forest Hills School District.

This list could include properties in Ada Township, Cascade

Township, Grand Rapids Township, Lowell Township, and the

city of Kentwood.

Some of these homes may be bank owned foreclosures and

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

The Top Forest Hills Homes to Buy by Price per Square Foot:

 

4198 Knapp Ct NE             $ 57,900     1200 SqFt   $57.90/SqFt

2635 Chatham Woods       $59,400       817 Sq Ft  $72.71/SqFt

6225 Acropolis Dr SE          $59,900     1116 Sq Ft  $53.67/SqFt

2049 Rowland #4             $ 64,500     1150 SqFt    $56.09/SqFt

2493 Dunnigan Ave NE     $ 74,000     1352 Sq Ft   $54.73 /SqFt

 

378 Pettis Ave SE              $ 79,900    1300 Sq Ft   $61.46/SqFt

1417 Grand River Dr          $ 89,900    1248 Sq Ft   $72.04/SqFt

5505 Whitneyville SE         $ 99,900   1536 Sq Ft   $65.04/SqFt

6250 Architrave St            $ 99,998     1814 Sq Ft   $73.74/SqFt

6600 Cascade Rd             $104,900    1788 SqFt   $58.67/SqFt

 

8195 45th St SE                $124,500     2193 SqFt   $56.77/SqFt

6461 Cascade Rd SE         $139,900    2023 SqFt   $69.15/SqFt

5610 Ada Drive SE            $159,000    2437 Sq Ft   $65.24/SqFt

3012 Jeanlin Dr SE            $159,000  2548 Sq Ft    $62.40 /SqFt

6948 Maplecrest Dr           $165,000   3200 Sq Ft   $61.57/SqFt

 

3150 Hayward Dr SE         $189,900   2574 Sq Ft   $73.78/SqFt

4271 Woodside Oaks Ct    $236,537  3453 Sq Ft   $68.50/SqFt

 

If you would like to see a particular Top Best Buys Forest Hills

Home, please contact us at 1-888-240-1968 ext 0 or email us at:

terry@terrywestbrook.com

Grand Rapids Ada Real Estate ~ Westbrook Realty

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Newsweek makes its determination by ranking according to a ration devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge Tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number  of graduating seniors. All of schools on the list have an index of at least 1.000; they are all in the top 6 percent of public schools measured this way.  (Most rankings just use AP)

 

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West Michigan schools that ranked are:

Black River High School (Holland) Rank # 464  – 4th time on the list

East Grand Rapids High School   Rank #1011 – 4th time on the list

Forest Hills Central High School   Rank # 1088 – 5th time on the list

Lowell High School                    Rank # 1271 – 4th Time on the list

Jenison High School                 Rank  # 1292 – 5th Time on the list

Mona Shores High School (Norton Shores) Rank # 1185 – 2nd time on the list

 

We all want our children to go to award-winning schools. These are the top

high schools in the area, by Newsweek ranking standards.  Where you have

top high schools, you have an educated workforce, and typically higher

real estate prices because people want to live where their children will get

a great education.

 

Grand Rapids Real Estate Westbrook Realty

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Cascade Neighborhood Absorption Report

Tamarron Estates is an upscale suburban development with large

wooded lots, walking access to Thornapple Elementary School and

the Thornapple River Backwaters.  It is located just off of

Thornapple River Drive and Cascade Road in Cascade Township.

The house styles vary from large, comfortable ranches, traditional

two stories, to contemporary homes.  Many of the homes were built

in the late 1970’s to the mid 1980’s, though there is a new street

that has much newer homes on acreage settings.  Some houses close

to and surrounding this development are in the upper price brackets

in the Grand Rapids real estate market.

Leslie E Tassell Park Cascade MI

                     Tamarron Residential Real Estate 

                       May 2009 Market Report

                      2 Sold,  5 For Sale, 4 Expired

Tamarron Active Listings: 5

Tamarron Average Active Price – $ 571,680

Tamarron Average Active Price/SqFt – $ 162.20

Tamarron Average Active Days on Market – 67

Tamarron  SOLD Listings: 2

Tamarron  Average Sold Price $ 202,000

Tamarron Average Sold Price/SqFt – $ 79.07

Tamarron Average Sold Days on Market – 66

Tamarron Expired Listings: 4

Tamarron Average Expired Price – $ 518,725

Tamarron Average Expired Price/SqFt – $ 135.09

Tamarron Average Expired Days on Market – 167

 

At the current selling rate, we have a 12.5 month supply of homes

on the market in Tamarron in Cascade Township.

MARKET SYNOPSIS: Tamarron homes are selling but not at the

prices that sellers would like to see. Today’s market is accepting

homes under $80.00 a sq ft. This is a substantial price reduction for

this area.  As you  can see, the current sellers think their homes

will sell at $ 160/sq ft.

Expired listings weren’t selling at $ 135/SqFt.  If you have to sell your

Tamarron Estates home now, the market place is telling you that you

need to be under $100 a sq ft or less to see your home sell.

 

Cascade Township has seen tremendous growth in the last fifty

years, though the growth rate has slowed considerably since 2000.

The majority (82%)live in a single family home, and the median

value is  $220,00.  Household incomes in Cascade Township are the

highest among surrounding Grand Rapids areas at $ 87,290.  Most

people in Cascade Township prefer to live here because of the quality

housing, safe areas, and quality schools.

If you have questions about the value of your Cascade or Forest Hills

Home, please contact me directly:  terry@terrywestbrook.com or

call me at 1-888-240-1968 ext 0

 

Grand Rapids -Ada Real Estate Westbrook Realty

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Photo of Leslie Tassell Park by Bonnie Westbrook

The Ada area growth trends remain strong. Ada Township planner,

Jim Ferro states that the Ada population has grown by 20% since

2000. There is a new proposed 80 unit condo site – Villas of Ada

and Stone Falls of Ada – a 210 unit apartment complex, currently

under construction here. Both of these new developments are quite

close to Adacroft Commons.

                   Adacroft Commons Real Estate

                   May  2009 Market Report

                  2 Sold, 1 For Sale, 0 Expired

Adacroft Commons Entrance Ada MI 49301

Adacroft Commons Active Listings: 1

Adacroft Commons Active Price – $189,900

Adacroft Commons Active Price/SqFt – $94.38

Adacroft Commons Active Days on Market -12

Adacroft Commons SOLD Listings: 2

Adacroft Commons average sold price – $ 187,00

Adacroft Commons average sold price/SqFt – $95.99

Adacroft Commons average sold days on market -13

Adacroft Commons Expired Listings: 0

 

There is only one current home for sale in Adacroft Commons

listed on the local MLS board.  This is an extremely desirable area

to live, with its close proximity to Forest Hills Central Middle &

High Schools.  In the above stats you can see that homes are

selling for close to the list price, although average $/SqFt has

decreased slightly since 2008. 

 

 

If you have detailed questions or just need general information

about Grand Rapids or Ada Homes, please contact me directly.

terry@terrywestbrook.com

or call 1-888-240-1968 ext 0

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Adacroft Commons Entrance Photo by Bonnie Westbrook

Clements Mill is  a newer home development built by Eastbrook

Construction in the Ada MI area, started in 1999 and completed in

2003. Apart from newer homes, part of the appeal is the proximity

of  Forest Hills Central Middle and High Schools, Forest Hills

Woodlands 5/6 School, St Roberts & Ada Christian Schools, which

are within walking distance.

Clements Mill is midway between the Village of Ada and Forest Hills

shopping area at Cascade Road and Forest Hills.

Ada’s Clements Mill has seen steady to declining values in the short

time it has been built out.  This is largely due to the current over

abundance of houses for sale in a soft resale market.

                Clements Mill  Market Report

                          May 2009

          6  Sold,  5 For Sale, 3 Expired

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Clements Mill Active Listings: 5

Average Active Price: $262,900

Average Active Price/SqFt: $138.42

Average Active Days on Market: 113

Clements Mill Sold Listings: 6

Average Sold Price: $221,950

Average Sold Price/SqFt: $101.43

Average Days on Market: 89

Clements Mill Expired Listings: 3

 

Absorption Rate for Clements Mill homes is averaging

4 months, which is a low rate for Grand Rapids.  List prices

are about $40K above sold prices, which could be why

days on the market are high for active listings.

 

Forest Hills Michigan Top Best Buy Homes May 2009

Forest Hills Michigan ~ Public School Update May 2009

Forest Hills Michigan Absorption Report ~ May 2009

Forest Hills Michigan Absorption Report ~ April 2009

 

The Ada area growth trends remain strong. Ada Township planner,

Jim Ferro states that the Ada population has grown by 20% since

2000. There is a new proposed 80 condo units Villas of Ada

and Stone Falls of Ada a 210 unit apartment complex, currently

open & under construction here.  The Stone Falls of Ada apartment

project is adjacent to Clements Mill

 

If you have detailed questions about Ada Homes, Forest Hills

Homes or  just need further information, please contact me

directly:  terry@terrywestbrook.com  or call 1-888-240-1968 x 0

 

Grand Rapids Ada MI  Real Estate Westbrook Realty

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Ada Drive Walking Trail Photo by Bonnie Westbrook

Hidden Hills is an established neighborhood of homes off Cascade Road

and 30th Street in Cascade Township, Michigan, a suburb of Grand Rapids.

Home construction started here in the 1960’s housing boom in the Forest

Hills School District and has continued through to today. There are new

homes still being built in this neighborhood.

Mid-size homes with quality construction are the rule, this suburban sub-

division area has been a desirable  place to live in the Grand Rapids home

market for many years.

Tassell Pak Path 3

                          Hidden Hills, Cascade Township

                     Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

                                 May 2009

                  8 For Sale, 7 Sold, 3 Pending, 4 Expired

Hidden Hills Active Listings 8

Hidden Hills Average Active Price: $ 283,688

Hidden Hills Average Active Price Per Sq Ft: $ 117.56

Hidden Hills Active Average Days on Market: 82

 

Hidden Hills Sold Homes 7

Hidden Hills Average SOLD Price: $ 174,673

Hidden Hills Average SOLD Price Per Sq Ft: $ 89.83

Hidden Hills Average SOLD Days on the Market: 148

 

Hidden Hills Pending Homes: 3

Hidden Hills Expired Homes: 4

Hidden Hills Average Expired Price: $ 303,675

Hidden Hills Average Expired Price Per Sq Ft: $117.79

Hidden Hills Average Expired Days on the Market: 149

 

The current absorption rate is  4 months, which means we have

a 4 month supply of homes in the Hidden Hills market, IF no new

homes enter the market and homes sell at the current rate.

MARKET SYNOPSIS: Hidden Hills average SOLD home price has

dropped  about $120K and about $30 /SqFt in the last 14 months.

Time on the market has decreased slightly and we have 10 homes

sold since the first of the year.  Prices selling way below 2004 prices

is sobering news for Hidden Hills sellers but solid homes available at

bargain prices for buyers who want the Forest Hills School District.

Sellers:  You can’t get top price if your condition is vintage 1980’s.

Today’s buyers have too many choices to settle for outdated homes.

 

Forest Hills School District Average Sold Home Prices last 5 years:

2008 – $ 279,709

2007 – $ 269,445

2006 – $ 300,691

2005 – $ 282,173

2004 – $ 268,072

Forest Hills Michigan Top Best Buy Homes May 2009

Forest Hills Michigan ~ Public School Update May 2009

Forest Hills Michigan Absorption Report ~ May 2009

Forest Hills Michigan Absorption Report ~ April 2009

 

If you would like further information about Cascade Homes or

Forest Hills homes, please contact me directly.

Grand Rapids – Ada Real Estate Westbrook Realty

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photo of Leslie E Tassell Park by Bonnie Westbrook

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