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Forest Hills students have posted outstanding MEAP scores

for  the 2009-2010 year.  The Forest Hills students placed at

the top of  the Kent County District and the State of Michigan

charts.

In Mathematics, Reading Science, and Social Studies the

percent of Forest Hills students continues to be higher

for every test than what was achieved overall by students

in the District & State.  Some of the results already meet

the federal requirements of No Child Left Behind mandate

of 100% proficiency by 2014.

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You can view Forest Hills Public Schools test scores here.

As state and federal governments have raised expectations

for student performance, Forest Hills students have recorded

higher levels of achievement.  The school staff, parents and

students should be be proud of the effort and accomplishment

for this year’s test scores.

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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,

some homes go through a lengthy approval process, 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    $43.03

Highest price per Sq Ft   $98.85

September 2009  BEST BUY GR Township Homes

Highest list price is $ 259,900

Lowest list price is  $  59,900

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

3426 Nottingham Dr   $ 59,900      1392 SqFt   $43.03/SqFt

3165 Windcrest Dr      $110,000    1209 SqFt    $90.98/SqFt

1890 Leffingwell         $110,900     2128 Sq Ft  $52.11/SqFt

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

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

 

2811 3 Mile Rd NE      $119,900   1257 Sq Ft    $95.39/SqFt

1787 Grand Ct NE       $119,900     1600 Sq Ft  $76.19/SqFt

1773 Park Trl NE         $121,900    1600 Sq Ft   $76.19/SqFt

3333 Park Ridge Ln     $129,500    1600 SqFt    $80.94/SqFt

2847 Winesap Ave      $139,900    1557 Sq Ft   $89.85/SqFt

 

3574 Michigan St NE   $144,900    1470 Sq Ft  $98.57/SqFt

2309 3 Mile Rd NE     $159,900    3340 SqFt    $75.25/SqFt

2870 E Sandrel Ct     $164,900    1780 SqFt    $92.64/SqFt

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

2755 Pinesboro Dr    $169,900    1907 SqFt    $89.09/SqFt

 

2782 Pinesboro Dr    $179,900    2420 SqFt    $98.85/SqFt

150 Morningside Dr  $210,000    2224 SqFt    $94.42/SqFt

2983 Canyonside Ct  $249,900   3748 SqFt    $86.23/SqFt

201 Shore Haven Dr  $249,900   2600 Sq Ft   $96.11/SqFt

2711 Bridge Place Dr  $250,000   2534 Sq Ft  $98.66/SqFt

3348 Oak Hollow Dr   $259,900   3365 Sq Ft   $97.52/SqFt

 

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

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

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

time appears to be here.  List price and price per square foot are

both higher for all homes this month.

We are NOT including Short Sales in our Best Buy List this month.

We feel they are not feasible for most buyers as the time delays in

negotiating with the lenders are running 3-9 months.

*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

Photo of Frederick Meijer Gardens Entrance by Bonnie Westbrook

Looking for a great home in Forest Hills School District?

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch with finished basement and large

fenced back yard is being painted and re-carpeted top to bottom.

If you would like to choose your colors and  floor covering,

give us a call.

frt elevation best sm web

Sneak preview, this home in a nice NE Grand Rapids neighborhood will

be listed soon.  Many updates, good condition.

back yard best sm web

If you would like further information about this home,

 please contact me directly at:

1-888-240-1988 ext 0 or email: terry@terrywestbrook.com

 

Grand Rapids MI Real Estate  – Westbrook Realty

Copyright 2009  All rights reserved

photos  by Bonnie Westbrook

The Residences at Watermark are located on Watermark Golf Course  just

south of Cascade Road.   Yes, I play Watermark golf course every chance

I get.  Watermark is a premier course with friendly players.

It  has an excellent grounds staff and a great pro shop staff, as well.

Watermark single family homes and condos make this a very attractive

place to live. Quality built homes with access off Cascade Road and

Spaulding Drive, you are close to the airport, 28th Street shopping,

I96 expressway and close to Cascade, Ada, and Forest Hills

schools and shopping areas.

watermark residences entrance grand rapids mi

                              Watermark Residences

                 May 2009 Real Estate Market Report

For Sale: 7

There are 7 active Watermark Homes  currently on the market.

The median Watermark Homes current active price is $ 579,900

The average Watermark Homes current price per sq ft is $ 267.15

The average days on the market for active Watermark Homes is 216

The high price is $ 2,700,000 and the low price is $ 369,900.

Sold: 1

There has been 1 Watermark Sold Homes since Jan 1, 2009.

The average Watermark Sold Home price is $ 440,000

The average Watermark Sold Homes price per sq ft is $206.57

The average days on the market for Watermark Sold Homes is 73.

Pending: 0

Expired: 6

At the current rate of sales, we have a 35 month Absorption rate at the

Watermark Residences.  This means that it will take 35 months for the

current listed homes to sell based on the current rate of sales.

Watemark buyers don’t seem to be interested at the present prices.

The listed avg. price/square foot is about $60 more than the only sale

so far this year.  The $2.7 million home does inflate the figures a tad

but price/sq ft should be similar.  Summer may see more activity but

I see overpriced homes and buyers just aren’t buying overpriced homes.

 

Additional articles about Watermark Residences:

Watermark Residences March 2009 Market Report

Watermark Residences December 2008 Market Report

Watermark Residences October 2008 Market Report

Watermark Country Club ~ Pool Time

 

If you would like further information about Watermark Residences

Cascade or Forest Hills Homes, please contact me directly:

1-888-240-1968 ext 0

terry@terrywestbrook.com

Grand Rapids – Ada Real Estate  – Westbrook Realty

Copyright 2009  All rights reserved

photo of Watermark Residences Entrance by Bonnie Westbrook

We have gathered a list of the 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 up again to 14 properties, from 12 last month.

The lowest price/Sq Ft for homes range from $54.68 to $73.78

here in Forest Hills.

The lowest list price is $63,900 and the highest list price is

$236,537 for April 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:

7117 Oakbrook St SE        $229,900    3776 SqFt    $60.88/SqFt  TFLA

8195 45th St SE                $134,500     2193 SqFt   $61.33/SqFt

4198 Knapp Ct NE             $ 63,900     1200 SqFt   $63.90/SqFt

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

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

7965 Sandy Hollow Dr       $159,900   4342 Sq Ft   $36.83/SqFt

5505 Whitneyville SE         $109,900  1536 Sq Ft   $71.55/SqFt

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

6948 Maplecrest Dr           $194,900   3200 Sq Ft   $72.72/SqFt

2509 Shagbark Ave SE     $224,900  3017 Sq Ft    $74.54/SqFt

3426 Nottingham Dr NE    $ 69,900   1640 Sq Ft    $62.41/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

Copyright 2009 All rights reserved

Forest Hills is actually a school district in Ada Cascade 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 Sept 1, 2008  to March 29, 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 18.9 months, which means if no

new listings come on the market, it will take 18.9 months to sell the existing

homes at the current rate of sale.  This rate is up from last month, sold

prices are about the same. 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.

 

There are 224 Active Forest Hills Listings in the over $300,000 category with

an average price of $628,678.   The Average price per square foot of Active

Listings is $201.55 with a low price of $300,000 & a high price of $2,700,000.

There have been 69 Sold Forest Hills Listings in the over $300,000 category

with an Average price of $491,382.  The Average Sold price per square foot is

$ 163.75. The lowest sold price is $309,900 & the highest sold price is

$1,325,000.  There are 14 Pending Forest Hills Listings in this category.

 

  Forest Hills Listings $100,000 to $300,000

The Absorption rate for Forest Hills homes in this price range is 8.56

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

current rate of sales, it will take 8.56 months to sell all current inventory.

 

There are 197 Forest Hills Active Listings with an Average  Price

of  $214,962.  The Average Active Price/SqFt is $120.32 and the

Average Active Days on the Market are 123.  The High Active Price is

$300,000 and the Low Active Price is $104,900.

There have been 124 Sold Forest Hills Listings in the last 7 months.  The

Average Sold Price is $193,873 with the Average Sold Price per square foot

at $102.24.  Average Sold Days on the Market is 109 Days.  The high Sold

price is $299,900 & the low sold price is $104,500.  There are 37 Pending

Sales in this category.

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 reduction in sold price and price per sq ft.  With more active listings

coming on the market in the spring, this will not help current inventory

sell faster or for more money.

 

Ada Cascade Market Report December 2008

Ada Cascade Market Report October 2008

Ada Cascade Market Report Sept 2008

 

If you would like specific information about an Ada Cascade or

Forest Hills MI Homes, please contact me directly.

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Grand Rapids Ada Real Estate  ~ Westbrook Realty

Copyright 2009  All rights reserved

Photo of Forest Hills Eastern High School by Bonnie Westbrook

Adatowne is a popular entry level home market in the Ada area of

the Greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area.

Part of the appeal is the proximity of Ada Elementary, Forest Hills

Central Middle and High Schools, Ada Christian Schools, St Roberts

School and being close to the village of Ada. Adatowne is an

established subdivision, started in the early 1970’s by E.L. Ladd

Builders of Ada.

I have held many open houses in these new plats

and sold many of the homes as new construction – to be built.

If you doubt the power of your home as an investment, a basic

ranch (about 1000 sq ft) sold  for $ 19,900 in 1975.

 

Adatowne Residential Neighborhood in Ada, Michigan

        March 2009 Real Estate Market Report

                    4  Sold, 3 Pending, 3 For Sale

Ada bike trail arch under RR

Adatowne Active Listings: 3

Adatowne Average Active price – $158,433

Adatowne Active average price/SqFt – $105.14

Adatowne Active average days on market – 51

 

Adatowne Pending: 3

Adatowne Sold Listings: 2

Adatowne Average Sold Price – $ 119,000

Adatowne Average sold price/SqFt – $ 91.00

Adatowne Average Sold days on market – 40

 

MARKET SYNOPSIS:  Absorption Rate for Adatowne is 4.2 months,

which means it would take 4.2 months for the 3 active listings to sell,

if no other homes entered the market, according to current sales

statistics.  The price per square foot here really tells the story: Active

listings are averaging $ 105/sqft and sold are averaging $ 91/sqft.

With the new trend of consumers downsizing and the popularity of

Forest Hills Schools, the real estate market should remain strong

and viable for Adatowne homes, as long as they are in "great

condition" and priced at less than $100 sq ft.

 

If you would like more information about Ada or Grand Rapids

Homes, please feel free to contact me directly.

 

Adatowne Market Report Sept 2008

Adatowne Market Report Jan 2009

 

Grand Rapids Ada MI Real Estate Five Star Real Estate

Copyright 2009 All rights reserved

Photo of Ada MI walking path by Bonnie Westbrook

Cascade Woods is an established neighborhood of large, executive

style homes in Cascade Township, MI. Most of these homes were

built in the 1960’s and 1970’s, although there are a few newer

homes that were built recently in the area. Close to the village of

Cascade and the Thornapple River, this heavily wooded area has

been a Grand Rapids desired suburban place to live for  decades.

Part of the Forest Hills School District, which draws many families,

there is also the river and it’s picturesque appeal.  The drive down

Thornapple River Drive between Ada and Cascade in the fall is one

of the prettiest drives in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Leslie E Tassell Park Cascade Township MI

   Cascade Woods  Absorption Market Report  

                        March 2009

    8 Homes For Sale,  0 Pending,  4 SOLD, 12 Expired

Cascade Woods Active Listings: 8

Cascade Woods Active average price – $285,025

Cascade Woods Active average $/SqFt – $112.48

Cascade Woods Active average days on market – 119

 

Cascade Woods Sold Listings: 4

Cascade Woods average sold price – $142,500

Cascade Woods average sold $/SqFt – $ 61.80

Cascade Woods average sold days on market – 80 days

 

Cascade Woods Expired Listings: 12

Cascade Woods Expired average price – $386,650

Cascade Woods Expired average $/Sq/Ft – $ 135.77

Cascade Woods Expired average days on market – 187

 

The Absorption Rate for Cascade Woods Homes is 4 months,

Which means if no new listings come on the market, it will take

4 months to sell the existing inventory.  The average sold price

per SqFt is half of the Active listings Price /SqFt.  It could reflect

foreclosures and homes in poor condition that have sold over

 the last 7 months. 

Or it could be home condition which is slowing the sales of

older homes in this area.  You can see that the expired listings

had their homes priced $100K over the average list price.

Will the spring market see an uptick in prices paid for Cascade

Woods homes?

 

Today’s buyers do not want to do ANY updates, which includes

painting, new kitchens & baths, new flooring. If your Cascade

Woods home hasn’t  sold, it is probably condition,  which gets

us back to price.  If you don’t want to improve your home, you

won’t get the same price as people who have updated and kept

their home current according to recent trends.

 

Cascade Woods December 2008 Market Report

If you would like further information about Grand Rapids or

Cascade Homes, please contact me directly.

 

Grand Rapids -Ada Real Estate Five Star Real Estate

Copyright 2008  All rights reserved

photo of Leslie E Tassell Park on the Thornapple River by Bonnie Westbrook

The Residences at Watermark are located on Watermark Golf Course  just

south of Cascade Road.   Yes, I play Watermark golf course every chance

I get.  Watermark is a premier course with a friendly group of players.

It  has an excellent grounds staff and a great pro shop staff, as well.

Watermark single family homes and condos make this a very attractive

place to live. Quality built homes with access off Cascade Road and

Spaulding Drive, you are close to the airport, 28th Street shopping,

I96 expressway and close to Cascade, Ada, and Forest Hills

schools and shopping areas.

 

watermark entrance sm

                              Watermark Residences

                 March 2009 Real Estate Market Report

For Sale: 7

There are 7 active Watermark Homes  currently on the market.

The average Watermark Homes current active price is $ 799,043.

The average Watermark Homes current price per sq ft is $ 260.32.

The average days on the market for active Watermark Homes is 153.

The high price is $ 2,700,000 and the low price is $ 179,800.

 

Sold: 7

There have been 7 Watermark Sold Homes since May 1, 2008.

The average Watermark Sold Homes price is $ 491,714.

The average Watermark Sold Homes price per sq ft is $193.81.

The average days on the market for Watermark Sold Homes is 71.

Pending: 0

Expired: 18

At the current rate of sales, we have a 8 month Absortion rate at the

Watermark Residences.  This means that it will take 8 months for the

current listed homes to sell based on the current rate of sales.

 

If you would like further information about Watermark Residences

Cascade or Forest Hills Homes, please contact me directly:

1-888-240-1968 ext 0

terry@terrywestbrook.com 

 

Watermark Residences February 2009 Market Report

Watermark Residences January 2009 Market Report

Watermark Residences December 2008 Market Report

Watermark Residences October 2008 Market Report

 

Watermark Country Club ~ Pool Time

 

Grand Rapids – Ada Real Estate  – Five Star Real Estate

Copyright 2009  All rights reserved

photo of Watermark Residences Entrance by Bonnie Westbrook

Watermark Country Club in Cascade Township has a wonderful pool facility.

We are not members but being members of the golf course we are allowed

to use the facility several times a year at a small charge.

Yesterday was POOL DAY!!   Our grandson, Jeffy is up from Indianapolis for

his yearly “Grandparents Camp Week” with us. The pool is one of his favorite

places to go.

It was in the eighties and humid—perfect pool weather, even though the

clouds looked menacing.  We had tried on Monday but got rained out before

we could get wet. The pool staff keeps  a sharp eye on the weather and closes

the pool if a storm threatens. Watermark has lunch available poolside and

we had hamburgers and a hotdog to keep our energy up for the big day.

We took a couple of pictures, so you can see what a great place it is.

view of pools

This is a shot of both pools, the adult pool with slide tower in back, and

the kid’s pool in front. There is a putting range behind the storage

building in the background for the kids to use.

kids pool

The kids pool is THE MOST popular area – a small slide, 2 water shooting

animals to ride,and the dumping pails tower in the center make this fun

for big and little children.

lunch area

The pool house has a men’s and women’s locker room with showers,

toilets and changing stations.  An additional restroom is located close

to the pool. Grilled burgers and other lunch favorites are available until

the pool closes at 8 pm.

sand & play structure

The sand box is a draw for big and little children.  A small play structure, a

large play fort with slide, and a swing set are all set in this huge sand box.

Jeffy is on the right heading for the water spigot, he is excavating a water

trench with buckets and shovels.

TW at the driving range

That’s me taking a few swings at the driving range – just over the fence

from the pool.

The Watermark Residences

The Grille at Watermark

Watermark Country Club

If you would like further information about Forest Hills Homes, please

contact me directly:  1-888-240-1968

Terry@TerryWestbrook.com

Grand Rapids Michigan Real Estate Westbrook Realty

Copyright 2009  All rights reserved

Photos of Watermark pool area by Bonnie Westbrook

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