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Ada Park in Ada Michigan is going all out for Earth Day/ Arbor Day

this year with a Festival.  The celebration will start at  10 AM and

continue until 2 PM at Ada Park & Arboretum on Saturday,

April 24th, 2010.  Ada Park is located at 1180 Buttrick Ave.

Festival admission is free, although donations are accepted.

The Festival will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with exhibits

on trees, landscaping, native plants, invasive plants and insects.

Ada park entrance sign

Activities for all ages include:

  • Games
  • Crafts
  • Fishing in the pond

Activities are also free, except for one craft and ‘tree themed ‘ snacks.

Each group will receive a free white pine sapling as long as supplies last.

The white pine is Michigan’s state tree.

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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.

FHPS meadowbrook elementary entrance

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 believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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West Michigan has 4 seasons and fall or autumn is one of our favorites. 

The foliage on the trees is yellow, red, orange, shades of green, and

brown.  It all combines to paint  lovely colors all over our landscape.

We captured a few photos of the fall season here in Ada Michigan

on the Thornapple River this last weekend.  All were take from

Thornapple Pointe Golf Club near the Gerald R Ford International

Airport, just southeast of Grand Rapids.

In fact, we joke that it is the TCPB course here…….trains, cars,

planes, and boats can all be seen and heard from the course.

We had an airboat travel down the river while we were playing

but I didn’t get my camera out in time to catch it in a photo.

Fairway on the river Ada MI

Sand Trap Scenery Ada MI golf club

Thoranpple Pte river view

Fall Maple refl water

 

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National Senior Health & Fitness Day    May 27th, 2009    

Is it true that the words free and seniors just go together?  As I edge ever

closer to this category, it certainly seems so to me.  At the very least,

a free event should be well attended in this economy.  If you find yourself

available next Wednesday, here’s a couple of free options for education 

 and entertainment:

 

National Senior Health & Fitness Day    Wednesday, May 27           

Special Activities at Ada Park      9:00 – 3:00      Free

 

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center         9:00 – 3:00        Free

Healthy Living Lecture Series – by St Mary’s Health Center

Alternatives to Medication  10-10:45 am

Feeling Over-medicated?   11:00-11:45 am

Healthy Living 101            12:00-12:45 pm

Staying Sharp                   1:00-1:45 pm

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep  2:00-2:45 pm

 

Also: Vital Health Screenings and Neck Massages, Door Prizes

Kick off Fitness Walk begins at 8:30 am

100,000 adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations

throughout the U.S. as we celebrate the 16th annual

National Senior Health & Fitness Day.

The common goal for this day: to help keep older Americans healthy and fit.

Come on out to Ada Park or Forest Hills Fine Arts Center to take part in a

series of guided activities and presentations to promote your health. 

Or just come out to any of our local parks for some fresh air and exercise.

 

Ada park entr sign

 

Contact the Park office for details; 616-676-0520, adaparks@ada.mi.us

 

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Photos by Bonnie Westbrook

UPDATE:  The Stone Falls of Ada Apartment complex has went up fast.

Our last post was  in June.  The units are up and some are occupied. Not

all units are completed yet. In the short video here, you can see the

approach to Stone Falls of Ada on Spaulding Ave and just how big this

complex is.  There was a little excitement a few weeks ago when an empty

unit caught fire, the damage can be seen on our video tour.

I am leaving my original post, so you can the how fast the project has

went up.

Stone Falls of Ada Apartments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Post about Stone Falls of Ada:

A new 210 unit luxury apartment complex is taking shape in Ada, Michigan.

The new complex, named Stone Falls of Ada, is scheduled to be completed

in spring 2009. The Dayton Ohio based group that is constructing the

development, the Miller-Valentine Group,and their partners, Boston based 

Cross Harbor Capital Partners LLC reports that the complex will have one,

two, and three bedroom apartments ranging in size from 856 square

feet to 1460 square feet. The location of the project is on the east side

of  Spaulding Avenue just south of Fulton Street.  

stone falls of ada mi

As you can see, construction is well under way.  The buildings in the far

background are the Townhouses and condominiums of Clements Mill.  This

part of the Clements Mill project was sold to be completed as apartment

dwellings.  This is a fairly new feature in Ada Township.

Prior to this development 98 per cent of the homes in Ada Township were

single family residences.  There are a lot of apartments in the Grand Rapids

area but very few in Ada. It will be interesting to see if Ada is attractive to

renters.

Grand Rapids Ada Real Estate ~ Westbrook Realty

Copyright 2008 All rights reserved.

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. 

Ada Fall burning bushes

 

                Clements Mill  Real Estate

           Market Report November 2008

  21 Sold, 1 Pending, 5 For Sale, 8 Expired

 

Clements Mill Active Listings November 2008: 5

Average Active Price: $250,700

Average Active Price/SqFt: $118.14

Average Active Days on Market: 120

Clements Mill Sold Listings November 2008: 21

Average Sold Price: $276,223

Average Sold Price/SqFt: $123.39

Average Days on Market: 108

Clements Mill Expired Listings: 8

Average Expired Price: $269,275

Average Expired Price/SqFt: $ 130.94

Average Expired Days on Market: 152

Absorption Rate for Clements Mill homes is averaging 2 sold homes

per month for 2008 to date. With 5 current listings, there is a 2.5

month supply of homes on the market in Clements Mill, Ada MI.

 

Clements Mill Market Report Sept 2008

Clements Mill Market Report July 2008

Clements Mill Market Report June 2008

 

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.  Both are scheduled for completion by

spring 2009.

If you have detailed questions about Ada Homes, Forest Hills Homes or

just need further information, please contact me directly at:

1-888-240-1968 ext 0 

 

Grand Rapids Ada MI  Real Estate   Five Star Real Estate LLC

Copyright 2008  All rights reserved

Ada Drive Walking Trail Photo by Bonnie Westbrook

Ada Cascade MI Real Estate is always active. These Grand Rapids suburban

communities have wonderful neighborhoods, some new and some older with

prestigious Forest Hills Public Schools, and private schools that attract many

homeowners. 

 This report will cover the July to Nov. 2008 real estate market activity.

 

Forest Hills Eastern High school Ada Township MI

 

             Ada Cascade Listings over $300,000

There are 203 Active Ada Cascade Listings in the over $300,000 category with

an average price of $663,276.  The Active Listings have been on the market

for an Average of 150 Days.  The Average price per square foot of Active

Listings is $207.16 with a low price of $300,000 & a high price of $2,700,000.

 

There have been 68 Sold Ada Cascade Listings in the over $300,000 category

with an Average price of $550,287.  The Average Sold price per square foot is

$ 184.86 with Average Days on the Market at 124. The lowest sold price is

 $306,200 & the highest sold price is $1,500,000.  There are 9 Pending

Ada Cascade Listings in this category.

 

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forest hills mi market report 11-08

 

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forest hills mi market report 11-08

             Ada Cascade Listings  $100,000 to $300,000

There are 188 Ada Cascade Active Listings with an Average Price of 

 $205,252.  The Average Active Price per Sq Ft is $121.37 and the

Average Active Days on the Market are 104.  The High Active Price is

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

 

There have been 57 Sold Ada Cascade Listings in the last 4 months.  The

Average Sold Price is $196,586 with the Average Sold Price per square foot

at $111.22.  Average Sold Days on the Market is 96 Days.  The high Sold

 price is $290,000 & the low sold price is $104,500.  There are 21 Pending

Sales in this category.

 

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forest hills mi market report 11-08

 

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Ada Cascade Market Report October 2008

Ada Cascade Market Report Sept 2008

 

If you would like specific information about an Ada Cascade MI Home,

please contact me directly.

 

Grand Rapids Ada Real Estate  Five Star Real Estate LLC

Copyright 2008  All rights reserved

Photo of Forest Hills Eastern High School by Bonnie Westbrook

 

 

Ada Woods is an established development of homes in Ada, Michigan,

 just west of Ada and south of Fulton Street (M46).  Ada Woods started

 out as an E.L. Ladd development but towards the end of the project

many lots were sold to other builders and completed by individual owners.

  The dates of building range from 1980’s to 2005.  Most of the homes 

have more square footage and more amenities than Adacroft Commons,

its  adjacent neighborhood.  As with Adacroft Commons, there is designated

common land in the development that remains heavily wooded and in a

natural state.                    

                     Ada Woods Residential Real Estate

                           September 2008  Market Report

                    4 Sold, 0 Pending, 9 For Sale

  bike trail Railroad under pass in Ada MI


Address                Price     Status   Sq Ft  $/SqFt  DOM

6387 Scarborough Dr 199,900  For Sale  1666    119.98    106

6449 Scarborough Dr 184,900  For Sale  2060    89.75      55

6380 Redington Dr    339,900  For Sale  2325    146.19   202

6270 Scarborough     359,900  For Sale  2640    136.32    97

6217 Scarborough Dr 469,900  For Sale  2942    159.72    61

6405 Drumlin Ct       279,900  For Sale  2321    120.59    83

6400 Redington        339,900  For Sale  2692    126.26    73

6333 Redington        344,900  For Sale  2716    126.98     43

400 Adaway Ave        329,000  For Sale  2522    130.80    29

410 Lehigh Dr          359,900  Sold        2646    136.01    15

225 Grayfield Ct       323,000  Sold        2460    131.20   169

6296 Scarborough    360,000  Sold        2888    124.65     34

6459 Redington       370,000  Sold        3106    119.12   164

 

The average home sale for 2008 in Ada Township is $ 309,612.

142 homes have sold this year. 

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 unit – Villas of Ada

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

construction here.

Ada Woods is a popular home market in the Ada area. Part of the appeal

is the proximity of Ada Elementary, Forest Hills 5/6 School, Ada Christian

Schools, St Roberts School and close to the village of Ada and Fulton Street.  

 

Grand Rapids Ada MI Real Estate – Five Star Real Estate

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Bike Trail Railroad Underpass in Ada Mi photo by Bonnie Westbrook

Adatowne is a popular entry level home market in the Ada 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

    September 2008 Real Estate Market Report   

           8  Sold, 0 Pending, 3 For Sale

 

  adatowne residential neighborhood ada mi

 

 Address             Status      Price       Sq Ft       $/Sq Ft     DOM

6686 Adaridge  For Sale   179,900   1200      149.91        27

448 Adapointe  For Sale   174,900   1984        88.15         20 

6873 Adaside    For Sale    149,900   1264     118.59         12 

6705 Adaridge      Sold       143,900      1056      136.26      74 

7028 Adaridge      Sold       149,900      2116        70.84        8 

6869 Adaridge      Sold       115,000        988       116.39     20 

6885 Adaridge      Sold       124,000      1270         97.63     81  

6966 Rix St.           Sold       119,625      1052       113.71     119 (F) 

6674 Adaridge      Sold       142,000      1056       134.46     151 

6824 Adaside        Sold       142,600      1028       138.71     260

6767 Adaridge      Sold        154,500     1300       118.84       20

(F) = Foreclosure

144 homes have sold in Ada Township in 2008,

Average price is $309,407.  15% fewer homes have

sold in 2008 but the average price has increased by  3%.

 

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 development

 Villas of Ada  and Stone Falls of Ada – a 210 unit apartment

complex, currently under construction here.  Both new sites plan

on being open in 2009. 

 

If you would like detailed information about Ada Homes, please feel free

to contact me directly at 1-888-240-1968.

Grand Rapids Ada MI Real Estate Five Star Real Estate

Copyright 2008 All rights reserved

Photo of Rix Dr. by Bonnie Westbrook

We did some investigating the other day and took a field trip, so we

could report on the new Ada condos going up in Ada off

Ada Drive & Hall Street, The Villas of Ada.

The developer has a similar community in Grandville where we took

a tour of the models and community clubhouse. Until the club house

and condominum models are open here in Ada, estimated to be

early 2009, we thought you would like a sneak preview. 

We have put pictures and some information together on a visual

tour, so you can take an armchair tour of what the Ada condo

models will look like.

 Canterbury Sunroom

Canterbury Sunroom

 

Master Bedroom Abbey Model

Master Bedroom Abbey Model

 

We were very impressed with the consideration given to a mature life style.

For instance, in Villas of Ada there will be NO STEPS! Period. 

The plans have been adjusted so there will be more storage in the pantry,

and access to the garage attic will be easier.  The pool is kept open until

 November 1 and is kept heated  to 80 degrees.  The fitness center can be

 accessed 24 hours a day with a key, so you can exercise at 3 am,

 if you want to. 

A nice plus is the Ada Walking Path that can be accessed off Ada Drive

This path is now connected to Grand Rapids Township and Frederick

Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park at Forest Hills & Fulton.

As you can see by the photos, this will be an very nice development

 to live in.

 

 

Villas of Ada – The Abbey Condo Tour:  

 

Villas of Ada – The Canterbury Condo Tour: 

If you would like additional information about Ada homes, please contact me

directly at 1-888-240-1968 ext 0

Grand Rapids – Ada Real Estate  Copyright 2008 All rights reserved

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