Broadway Grand Rapids Slated for Stellar Season

August 8th, 2017 by Katie K Team

season-imageAs much as we love summer in Grand Rapids, the Katie-K Realtor team is equally excited for fall when Broadway Grand Rapids is slated to kick off a blockbuster season. Broadway Grand Rapids brings legendary stories and memorable music to the stage at DeVos Performance Hall through its partnership with Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Established in 1988, the organization’s mission is to bring in the very best of nationally touring Broadway productions.

The team at Broadway Grand Rapids has achieved that in spades this year, opening with Broadway sensation WICKED, through the award-winning BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Mark your calendars for an entertaining season for the whole family.

If you’re interested in supporting quality music theatre in Grand Rapids, consider a Season Subscription or Volunteering.

Get individual performance tickets here: http://broadwaygrandrapids.com/events

 

Broadway Grand Rapids 2017-2018 Lineup

 

wicked-tallWICKED – OCT 18 -NOV 5, 2017

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a decidedly different angle. So Much Happened Before Dorothy Dropped In!

 

les-mis-tallLES MISÉRABLES – NOV 21-26, 2017

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables.

 

mannheim-tallMANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS – DEC 12, 2017

Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features classics along with a selection of compositions from his groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America.

 

stomp-tallSTOMP – JAN 18-20, 2018


STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. Don’t miss it!

 

beautiful-tall_0BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – FEB 13-18, 2018

The inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

 

bodyguard-tall-2THE BODYGUARD – MAR 6-11, 2018

Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox.

 

 

king-and-i-tallTHE KING AND I – JUN 5-10, 2018

Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, directed by Bartlett Sher.

 


3 Ideas for Family Fun in Grand Rapids, MI

August 8th, 2017 by Katie K Team

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If you’re looking for family-friendly fun in Grand Rapids, MI, check out this list of the Katie-K Realtor team’s top picks. While our fair city has been recently feted for its burgeoning craft brewing and gastro-pub status, it’s long been a known as the hub for family outings in West Michigan. Here are a few of our favorite ways to entertain the wee ones:

1. Frederik Meijer Gardens – Tram Tour

Michigan’s second most popular tourist attraction … one of the world’s 100 most visited art museums … one of the Top 30 Must-See Museums on the planet.

These are just some of the accolades earned by Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, this 132-acre haven integrates horticulture and sculpture throughout its site, setting it apart from other more traditional botanic garden or art museum experiences.

During Summer season, FM Gardens hosts tram tours just for kids and their families. The 45-minute tour takes you on an incredible journey around the Sculpture park, exploring sculptures, plants and more.

Summer Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:45 am, 11:45 am, 1:45 pm, and 2:45 pm; Sundays, 1:45 pm and 2:45 pm

Screen Shot 2017-08-07 at 6.41.16 PM2. Heritage Architectural Tour

As Realtors, we might be a bit biased, but we find architecture in Grand Rapids fascinating. Start your tour with a visit the Meyer May House. This dazzling restoration of a 1909 Frank Lloyd Wright design provides the rare opportunity to experience a Prairie-style home just as Wright intended – complete with original furnishings.

Then, while in the Heritage Hill area, follow this HERITAGE HILL TOUR MAP for a self-guided walking tour.

Screen Shot 2017-08-07 at 6.48.37 PM3. ArtPrize for Families – Sept -20 – Oct 8

There is no age limit when it comes to art, which is why ArtPrize, Grand Rapids’ international art competition, is the perfect destination for you and your family this fall. With nearly 200 venues housing over a thousand pieces of art each year, you’ll leave with plenty to talk about around your dinner table. 

 

For more great event information in and around Grand Rapids, MI, visit: https://www.experiencegr.com


Foodies Unite: Visit Grand Rapids Restaurant Week Starting Aug. 9th-20th

August 4th, 2017 by Katie K Team

Grand Rapids Realtor Loves Restaurant Week

When people relocate to Grand Rapids, the Katie-K Real Estate team loves to show them why our fair city has the distinction of being named “Michigan’s Best Food City” and the “World’s #2 Food/Beverage Destination Experience.”

So we’re delighted to learn that even more restaurants are participating in the annual Restaurant Week by serving lunches as well.

This year, a number of the 60-plus participating restaurants will be serving lunch for just $14 per person for a 2-course meal. Add that to the scores of local restaurants offering earth-to-table meals at $28 per person for a 3 course dinner, and prepare to eat like a king, queen, or, well, a Grand Rapidian.

The 12 Days of Grand Rapids’ Restaurant Week: August 9-20, 2017

Yes, it’s true. Grand Rapids has had to extend it’s “week” to 12 days to allow epicurean locals and visitors to  have a fair shot of tasting the city in delicious new ways. Enhance your meal with locally crafted wines, brews and cocktails. You’ll see why Thrillist.com had this to say about Grand Rapids:

Grand Rapids has been making a huge mark on the Mitten, rising as the state’s best beer city and it’s finest place to eat, thanks to fine dining on pan-Polish/German/Latin cuisine at the farm-fresh UN of eating that is Grove, Euro-flecked beer/food-obsessed Green Well, Mediterranean-inspired comfort food and breakfast courtesy of Marie Catrib’s, duck-confit nachos at the gorgeous Brewery Vivant, and so, so much more. The whole “being a beautiful city” thing is icing on the cake.”

Restaurants donate $1 from each meal sold to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

To learn more about Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, visit: https://www.experiencegr.com/restaurant-week/

Take pictures of your meal and use #RWGR!

Check out the video:

Or Map of the Participating Restaurants:

 


Please Join Us For Five Open Houses In The East Grand Rapids Area This Sunday

March 10th, 2017 by Katie K Team

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If you’re in the market for a beautiful new home in the East Grand Rapids, MI area, please join us on Sunday, March 12th and tour five available homes – all of them just a short drive from Gaslight Village!

East Grand Rapids Properties

The Katie K Team will be showing these four highly sought-after homes in East Grand Rapids on Sunday, March 12th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

934-CAMBRIDGE_400x336934 Cambridge Dr. SE

$725,000 – Open House from 2 to 4 P.M.

The classically inspired architecture and priceless finishes with unparalleled attention to detail will captivate you the moment you walk into this home. This luxurious home is located on the sought after street of Cambridge in East GR.

See Listing


 

922Gladstone_400x336922 Gladstone Dr. SE

$699,500 - Open House from 2 to 4 P.M.

This Italian Renaissance-style home offers a smart and sophisticated atmosphere, with a two story foyer featuring black and white tile, white oak floors, and an in-home office.

See Listing


 

977Gladstone_400x336977 Gladstone Dr. SE

524,500 - Open House from 2 to 4 P.M.

This handsome brick colonial features a spacious living room, fireplace, updated kitchen, hardwood floors, and a formal dining room. The 2nd floor includes a master bedroom suite, 3 additional bedrooms & full bath.

See Listing


 

262Gracewood_400x336262 Gracewood Dr. SE

$634,500 - Open House from 2 to 4 P.M.

This traditional brick home features 5 bedrooms and 4 full baths, with a formal dining room and a beautiful view of the surrounding garden. The walkout level offers a rec room with fireplace and a family room, full bath, laundry, and more. Also features a 3 stall garage and workshop!

See Listing


 

958-Pinecrest_400x336958 Pinecrest Dr. SE

$795,000 - Open House from 2 to 4 P.M.

This spectacular and historic brick home features 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a lower level family room, laundry, workroom, and abundant storage space. The large custom kitchen has also been featured in a national design magazine.

See Listing


These homes are located right in the heart of this idyllic and historic neighborhood, featuring a close proximity to East Grand Rapids Elementary, Middle and High Schools. They are also within walking distance of the Gaslight Village shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as the marina at Reeds Lake.

We hope to see you this weekend at one or all of these fantastic finds in the Greater Grand Rapids area! If you have any questions about these homes, please feel free to Contact the Katie K Team.


Visit Downtown Grand Rapids During ArtPrize Eight

September 27th, 2016 by Katie K Team

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The Katie K team is excited to celebrate another year of ArtPrize and share one of the fabulous entries we’ve seen downtown in Grand Rapids, MI! ArtPrize Eight is well underway, and there’s still plenty of time to walk around the city and check out all of the different pieces and installations. Above, you can see just one section of the 288-inch wide painting ‘Four Play’ by artist Charles Yoder. The painting shows the transition of the four seasons in a woodland setting during four different times of day. This piece and more can be seen at the DeVos Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids, and makes an excellent starting point for your tour of the city.

ArtPrize is an independently organized, international art competition decided by public vote and an expert jury. Open by design, the contest features 1,453 artist entries from 44 countries and 40 U.S. states all across the downtown area of Grand Rapids, Michigan. ArtPrize runs from September 21st through October 9th, 2016. You can read more about ArtPrize Eight by visiting ArtPrize.org

Below, you can hear Katie talk about how great ArtPrize is both for residents of Grand Rapids and for visitors who may be thinking to re-locate here. Check out the audio clip via the player below:

 


3 Favorite Festivals in Grand Rapids and West Michigan

May 27th, 2016 by Katie K Team

Good times make Grand Rapids great. If you’re looking for fun and family-friendly events to entertain visitors this summer or just to get out and about, here are a few of Katie’s favorite festivals.

festivalGR_2016Attend the Festival of the Arts

June 3rd, 4th, & 5th, 2016

Make your way down to Calder Plaza on the first weekend of June for the 47th annual Festival of the Arts! Every year, Festival presents the best performers in West Michigan on six stages, both inside and out. Thanks to their generous sponsors, live music, dance, theatre arts, and more are all presented free of charge. Peruse the artwork for sale in Calder Plaza, find dozens of food booths operated by local nonprofit organizations, and maybe make a masterpiece of your own with provided art supplies. Also featured is the Festival Regional Art Exhibition, a juried show featuring the works of West Michigan’s finest artists. For more information on the Festival of the Arts, visit FestivalGR.org.


cherryNational Cherry Festival in Traverse City

July 2nd through 9th, 2016

Visit scenic Traverse City this summer and partake in their annual Cherry Festival! Every year, the city is host to a massive celebration of farmers, laborers, neighbors and anyone that comes together because of cherries and their important role in the local economy.

The National Cherry Festival has over 150 events and activities and 85% are free for all! Come and see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels air show, parades, concerts, the arts & crafts show, and more! Kids can enjoy events like pie-eating contests, turtle races and more! Visit CherryFestival.org for more information.


coast-guardCoast Guard Festival in Grand Haven

July 29th through August 7th, 2016

Experience this massive celebration of the men and women serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during their annual festival in downtown Grand Haven! Attendees can enjoy parades, food, ship tours, a car show, fireworks, a carnival, and more.

Bring the kids down for a great time on August 2nd for kids’s day, where there will be games, displays, storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts, and other fun activities for the whole family. Senior day is on August 3rd, where there will be a pickleball tournament, free lunch, bingo, live music, and informational seminars.

For the complete schedule of events and more information on the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, visit CoastGuradFest.org!


Brokers & Qualified Buyers: Please Join Me For an Open House Today at Fisk Lake!

May 25th, 2016 by Katie K Team

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Brokers and Qualified Buyers are invited to join us for an Open House on May 25th from 2 to 4 p.m. This gorgeous custom home is on one of Fisk Lake’s most desirable 1.38 acre lots with southeastern exposure & water views. The walk-out brick ranch has an inviting front entry, circular drive, 6400 sq.ft. & spacious 3-stall attached garage. Exquisite finishes throughout include polished hardwood flooring, custom wood detail & built-ins.

A newly finished kitchen features everything a culinary artist would need. Formal living room centered on a wood-burning fireplace, formal dining room, & intimate library den complete the living space on the main floor. The lavish master bedroom/bathroom suite recently updated also includes built-in drawers, closets & safe. His & her bathrooms have both been updated. Oversized windows offer breathtaking views of the lake and the morning sunrise.

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Two additional bedrooms are located on this floor. 2 spacious family rooms, computer rooms, & 2 bedrooms complete the finished lower level. A perfect floor plan equally suited to entertaining family and friends. A whole house back-up generator will protect you during weather-related conditions. A private dock, new retaining wall and magnificent landscaping will make you feel like you are in Northern Michigan. All within walking distance to the energy of Gas Light Village. And minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. Once in a lifetime does a home of this stature come along.

Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Fisk Lake!

2022 Robinson Road
2 – 4 p.m. Wed. May 25
1.3 Acres on Fisk Lake * 6,522 SF * 5 BR * 4 Full, 2 Half Bath $1,595,000


Get Your Tickets: Spring and Summer Serenades

April 12th, 2016 by Katie K Team

Grand Rapids has one of the most diverse collections of music and performance venues in the Midwest. Below, you can check out three of Katie’s favorite places to attend concerts in the spring and summer!

st-ceciliaSt. Cecilia Music Center

Royce Auditorium was first constructed in 1894 and has been called “the Carnegie Hall of the Mid-West.” Designed by famed Chicago Architect Henry Ives Cobb, the Auditorium is known for its intimacy with seating for less than 700, and the incredible acoustics.

St. Cecilia continues their Acoustic Café Series on April 14th with guitarist Leo Kottke, and ends May 5th with a performance by Alejandro Escovedo. Stop by their box office in downtown Grand Rapids for more info on upcoming performances this summer. Enjoy music from genres such as Chamber, Jazz, Folk, and more! For more information on upcoming shows, events, and to order tickets online, visit SCMC-Online.org.


fredrick-meijer-gardensFifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens:

June 1 – September 1, 2016

Spend a summer evening in the beautiful terraced amphitheater of the Fredrick Meijer Gardens, and enjoy intimate performances from groups like The Monkees, Of Monsters and Men, The Decemberists, Ben Harper, and more. This venue offers lawn seating and food, beverage and merchandise concessions, all surrounded by spectacular views of gardens and sculpture.

The series runs from June to September, and the full lineup is not yet announced. Meijer Garden Member Presale will begin on Saturday, April 30th and close Friday, May 13th. Sales will resume for members and the public on May 14th.

The annual Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens continues to bring the finest national and international musicians to West Michigan, thrilling music lovers across all genres and all generations. To see the full schedule of upcoming performances announced to-date, and for box office info, visit MeijerGardens.org.


DPH_InteriorDeVos Performance Hall

DeVos Performance Hall is a performing arts theater located in the heart of Grand Rapids and is home to The Grand Rapids Symphony, The Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Broadway Grand Rapids and Opera Grand Rapids.

Starting in May, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will come to DeVos Performance Hall as part of a brand-new North American Tour. This production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, and will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions now on tour. Performances will take place between May 18th through May 29th. For more information on upcoming shows and for ticket info, visit DeVosPerformanceHall.com.


Spirited Spring Things to do in Grand Rapids, MI

March 31st, 2016 by Katie K Team

The time to hibernate is over: it’s time to celebrate spring in our Grand city! If you’re looking for something different, here are three fun things you can do to “get out there” this spring!

market250Visit the Downtown Market

Fresh, Natural Produce, Informative Classes, and More!

The Downtown Market in Grand Rapids is a mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local produce. The expansive indoor facility features a 24-vendor market hall, and dozens of farmers and artisans line the outdoor farmer’s market shed.

There are many fun and exciting classes and events to attend at the market too, to see what’s happening next, Click Here to see their event calendar! Learn more about healthy cooking, urban farming, and more!


photo_mangiamoAttend a Wine Education Night at Mangiamo!

Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Want to learn more about wine? Attend a Wine Education Night at Mangiamo! This unique restaurant is housed in a beloved 19th-century mansion just east of downtown Grand Rapids. The Gilmore Collection has transformed the historic mansion into one of West Michigan’s best spots for fantastic Italian-inspired dining.

During the class, you can taste wines from all over the world and enjoy the beautiful setting. For more information, Click Here.


beeertours250Explore Beer City, USA

ExperienceGR’s Self-Guided Brewery Tour

Grand Rapids has certainly made some waves in the national and international beer scene. Voted 2012 Beer City USA and again in 2013, Grand Rapids is home to Founders Brewing Co., the 3rd best brewery in the world, and HopCat, voted both the #1 brewpub in the US and the 3rd best beer bar on Earth. ExperienceGR.com has a great self-guided tour on their website called the Beer City Ale Trail, with a printable map and over 40 breweries to check out all over downtown Grand Rapids and West Michigan. You can download and print out the map here.

For an organized, fee-based tour, check out Grand Rapids Beer Tours to see upcoming events.

We’d like to remind everyone to be safe and enjoy beer responsibly!

 


Grand Rapids Real Estate Market: If You Want To Sell, The Time is NOW!

March 17th, 2016 by Katie K Team

RMarch came in like a lion in Grand Rapids this year weather-wise, but even the recent warm-up hasn’t fueled the volume of inventory in the spring real estate market. That’s a fact the Katie-K real estate team can put in your favor if you’re even remotely considering selling your home.

“The supply and demand ratios are anything but parallel. It is most definitely a seller’s market.  Anyone thinking about moving in the next two to three years should be listing right now if they want to capture top dollar,” said Realtor Katie Karczewski, principal of Keller Williams’ Katie-K Team.

Katie and her team have seen several homes sell like hotcakes, with multiple offers and selling prices above list. While it makes it challenging for home-buyers in Grand Rapids, the hot market earned the city the designation of a 2016 “Market to Watch.” Katie’s team can help buyers be ready for fast response in the tight market, and can help sellers get top dollar. It’s an especially lucrative time to downsize.

Higher-end homes in East Grand Rapids, Ada and other upmarket Greater Grand Rapids areas have enjoyed very strong gains over the last year, Katie said. Between February 2015 and February 2016, the sold properties $500,000 and above are up 28%.  The pending properties for the same month are up 8.3% year-over-year.  The active properties in those parameters are 4.91% of the market.

“Interest rates remain at a historical low.  With an election year coming up we don’t know what will happen with rates,” Katie said, explaining the continued high demand and one of the reason’s she feels the 2016 market is optimal.

Last year, Grand Rapids Metro was a consistent outperformer with the latest growth rate of 3.8 percent, according to the NAR. The growth rate reflects the city’s burgeoning reputation as a great place to live, work, and visit. Grand Rapids’ latest fete was its inclusion as #20 on the New York Times’ “52 Places to Visit in 2016” list.

Grand Rapids Real Estate Stats from GRAR

For year-to-date new listings, residential has seen only marginal growth over 2015 with a 0.2% increase. As of March 10th, 2016, there are 1,668 residential listings.

So far this year, residential closed sales are up 18% (1,368), and sales volume — which is based on selling price — has risen by 28.5% ($236,598,996.)

Nationwide Optimism About Housing Market

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) over three-quarters of surveyed households would purchase a single-family home if they were to buy in the next six months, and 79 percent of renters would choose to buy outside of an urban area, according to the second installment of the National Association of Realtors® new quarterly consumer survey released March 15.

In NAR’s first quarter Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey, respondents were asked about their confidence in the U.S. economy and various questions about their housing expectations and preferences, including a question on if they were to purchase a house in the next six months, what type of home and in what area would they choose to buy.

The survey data reveals an overwhelming consumer preference for single-family homes in suburban areas. Most current homeowners (85 percent) and 75 percent of renters said they would purchase a single-family home, while only 15 percent of homeowners and 21 percent of renters said that would buy in an urban area.

If Grand Rapids reflects national consumer trends, that’s great news for suburban sellers.

If you’d like a Free Market Assessment from the Katie-K Team, Contact Us by email or call 616.575.0119.

 

 

 


 

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