Wyoming, Michigan is 14 miles southwest of Grand Rapids. It is a terrific suburban area with a population of about 75,000. The median home price is a modest $100,600, although the homes in the best neighborhood are much more. The median household income is $48,579. Unemployment in this area is only four percent, which is much lower than the national average.
The cost of living is two percent less than the cost of living in other cities in Michigan and 14% lower than the national average. The crime rate is lower than the crime found in nearby Grand Rapids and three percent lower than the national average. The median age in this city is 34 years old. This is five years younger than the statewide median age of 39 years old. There are 26 schools in the Wyoming area, which include 19 public schools and seven private schools.
All of the neighborhoods with the finest homes are located towards the southwestern part of the city. Families enjoy these parts of the city because of the larger houses built on big lots. Many streets in these affluent neighborhoods end in cul-de-sacs, so there is little traffic that passes by the homes, allowing kids to play safely in the street when the outside weather is nice.
Here are some of the best neighborhoods to raise a family:
- South Grandville
- Gezon Park/Chateau Hills
- Byron Center Park/Burlingame
This neighborhood is located around the intersection of 52nd Street SW and Canal Avenue SW. There are many tree-lined streets in this part of the city. Grandville High School is located in this neighborhood. Going further south from this area one finds many rural farms and plenty of open green space with a much lower population density.
The single-family homes are nice and large with up to five bedrooms and three bathrooms. They are usually built on more than one acre of land. Many have swimming pools to enjoy during summer. For those not wanting to live in a detached home, there are luxury condominium developments and townhouses in this neighborhood as well.
The median price of the homes in this neighborhood is $252,955. This is higher than over 82% of the other parts of Michigan and 58% above the national average. The majority (65%) of the homes are owner-occupied. Rental homes have a median rent of $1,260, which is 73% higher than the rents charged in other parts of Michigan.
Things to Do in South Grandville
On the south side of the Rivertown Parkway, there is an extensive shopping area that includes Grandville Marketplace, the RiverTown Crossings shopping center, Bucktown Shopping Center, and the Wilson Town Center. Golfers enjoy playing a round of golf at Maple Hill Golf or the Ironwood Golf Course.
Gezon Park/Chateau Hills
Just to the east of South Grandville is the area that includes the neighborhoods of Gezon Park and Chateau Hills. The Vanguard Charter Academy and the Marshall Elementary School are located in this neighborhood.
In the southern part of the Gezon Park area, there is a nice housing development built around a small lake. Huge mansions can be found in Chateau Hills, which are popular with senior executives and other highly-paid professionals and their families.
The median price of the homes in this neighborhood is $244,739. This is higher than over 82% of the other parts of Michigan and 58% above the national average. There are many rental properties that have a median rent of $1,080. This is 48% lower than the rents charged in other parts of Michigan.
Things To Do in Gezon Park/Chateau Hills
The area is named after the public Gezon Park that is 94 acres. It has baseball fields, football fields, basketball courts, picnic shelters, and playgrounds for the kids. There is a nice walking trail that goes around the park for about 1.3 miles. The Pine Golf Course and the Kaufman Golf Course are beautiful courses to play in this area.
Byron Center Park/Burlingame
Just south of the Wyoming City Center is the area known as Bryon Center Park found near the intersection of Byron Center Avenue SW and 36th Street SW. Adjacent to this area is the neighborhood of Burlingame. There are many public schools in this part of the city. It has Gladiola Elementary School, West Elementary School, Oriole Park Elementary School, Wyoming Intermediate School, and Wyoming High School. Wyoming Community College is also in this area.
The homes in this area are more modest tract homes with three or four bedrooms. Most were built between 1970 and 1999. Many luxury apartment complexes are built surrounding a small man-made lake. For those who prefer to rent, there are plenty of modestly-priced choices in this area, which keeps the rents low.
The median price of the homes in this neighborhood is $168,7941. This is higher than over 61% of the other parts of Michigan and 39% above the national average. Rental homes have a median rent of $1,0849. This is 49% lower than the rents charged in other parts of Michigan.
Things To Do in Byron Center Park/Burlingame
The popular public park in this area is Lemery Park. It has tennis courts and a basketball court. It also has sports fields for baseball and areas for fishing in Buck Creek
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