We’re spoiled in West Michigan. We have it good, and we know it. We’re surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty and miles of coastline, we have a thriving job market, housing here is more affordable than most places around the country, and our culture was born out of that legendary Midwestern hospitality and graciousness.
These are just a few reasons why we call West Michigan “Home.”
Whether you’re relocating to the area from out of state or you are moving within Michigan to a new home for business or personal reasons, there are plenty of reasons why you should call West Michigan “home” too.
In the last year, more people than ever have discovered the joys of working from home. Many people have found they are more productive when they work remotely, even though the opposite seems more likely. Remote work has become more popular than ever, with many companies making it optional for their employees to come in to the office at all.
The remote work revolution has also affected home sales as people discovered they want or need space for a home office. Many people have come up with creative ways to use space in the home to build desks for homeschooling or entire rooms for home working environments. Others have chosen to move to a bigger home with space for a dedicated work environment.
With the remote work mentality taking hold, people have realized they no longer need to live within easy driving distance from the office. People can even choose to work from their second homes or vacation cottages if they choose.
Now, as people relocate away from traditional urban centers, a wave of “zoom towns” have appeared where people working from home can be just as effective using Zoom, Skype, and other video conferencing apps for meetings and face to face interactions as they were in their previous office environments.
There are a lot of reasons why West Michigan has become a popular destination for relocating professionals, retirees, and families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
There is a strong job market with companies like Steelcase, Herman Miller, Hayworth, and Amway all based out of the West Michigan area. The housing market is also in great shape, with more affordable homes and a lower cost of living than many other places.
Many West Michigan locations have become popular with Millennials too. The Greater Lansing area has become a popular destination for new Michigan first time home buyers and residents looking to take advantage of great job and schooling opportunities.
West Michigan residents also have easy access to summer and winter sports. With hundreds of miles of freshwater coastline, West Michigan is a paradise for fishing, boating, and other water-based sports.
Winter sports are also popular here, with a new Winter Sports complex in Muskegon where people can sled, snowboard, and even try the luge. Of course, with so many acres of state park and state lands, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are also popular cold-weather activities.
Urban centers are still an easy drive away from West Michigan. Although bigger cities like Detroit and Chicago are within easy reach, Grand Rapids has a lot to offer with wonderful eateries, museums, and entertainment centers like the Van Andel Arena attracting are world-class headliners.
With its incredible natural beauty, miles of beautiful coastline, and strong sense of community, West Michigan is a wonderful place to live and work. Affordable housing and great job opportunities make the area even more attractive to new home buyers or home builders.
If you are considering a new home, new job, or it’s just time to relocate, come for a look and see why you should call West Michigan your home too.