Blu Living Blog

Real estate investing

Here is a quick video we made with some free advice for those wishing to get into the world of real estate investing – a field we have a wealth of experience with. If you or anyone you know is considering purchasing a rental property or any other kind of real estate investment, take a…

West Michigan Housing Shortage

*This information was taken in part from GRAR, our regional real estate board. We often field the question, “Why is there such a shortage of inventory in West Michigan, and how long will this continue to be the case?” There are a number of factors that have contributed to state of the current housing market…

Calvin College

With no less than 15 colleges and universities, Grand Rapids enrolls tens of thousands of students per year in technical, undergraduate, and graduate programs. One college has been around for over 100 years and is associated with the Christian Reformed Church. Join Blu House Properties as we profile Grand Rapids’ own “world-class Christian college:” Calvin…

Grand Rapids coffee

Have you ever been sitting at home on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon wanting to run out to a local coffee shop, but you don’t know what’s still open at odd hours? Worse yet, you know they are open, but you don’t know how much longer you have until they close. “No worries!” you say…

Every Michigander has experienced the congested beach escapade. You know the one we’re talking about: lugging your heavy cooler, umbrella, and beach chairs on the hot sand while dodging crowds of people. You finally get a glimpse of a tiny opening and whoosh — in comes another family. It can take the enjoyment out of…

Did you know that over the past two decades, Grand Rapids has been quietly building medical infrastructure that it now ranks as one of the best collection of medical facilities in the Midwest? Come join Blu House Properties as we take you inside Grand Rapids’ own Medical Mile, and share our insider information to the…

While most people consider Eastown to be Grand Rapids’ quirkiest and hippest neighborhood, an area just west has been slowly gaining traction as the city’s coolest neighborhood. Join Blu House Properties as we explore Grand Rapids’ coolest neighborhood: East Hills.   While East Hills doesn’t have the notoriety that Eastown does, it definitely has boundaries…

Musketawa Trail

Has the city life been getting the better part of you? Tired of traffic, construction, and noise? We have a simple solution for you: take a run, walk or bicycle ride on the Musketawa Trail. Our insider tips will have you appreciating and enjoying everything the trail has to offer. Join Blu House Properties as…

Did you know that Grand Rapids has a world-class art school located downtown? Grab your pens, paper, canvas, colored pencils, easels and paint kits and follow us as we take you inside one of Grand Rapids’ most beloved colleges and learn about what makes it great. Founded in 1928 by a well-known Grand Rapids furniture…

Kent Trails

Did you know the Grand Rapids area has around 100 miles of off-road, paved, non-motorized trails for public use? Grab your water bottle, sweatband, bicycle or running shoes and hit a portion of what makes Grand Rapids great: the Kent Trails. Stretching for 15 miles, Kent Trails makes use of former railroad grades for a…

Are you dreading the thought of going through another brutal Michigan winter? Dreaming of a tropical paradise? Wanting to go to some exotic, far-flung locale? Look no further than taking one of 24 direct flights from Grand Rapids’ own, world-class Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR). Grab your water bottle and travel pillow as we…

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With hundreds of millions of dollars in neighborhood development taking place over the past several years, the West Side has become Grand Rapids’ hotspot for new restaurants, breweries, shops and apartments. Join Blu House Properties as we take you inside some of the places that make the West Side the “best side.” The West Side…

Haven’t you heard? There is some fierce competition for who puts together the best concoction of hops, malt, yeast and fermentation. With over 50 breweries in the metropolitan area, Grand Rapids has definitely earned its reputation and title as Beer City, USA. We believe this title should be Beer Region, USA. West Michigan arguably has…

Looking for a quirky, unique packed with unique, historic homes and local businesses? Look no further than Grand Rapids’ popular Eastown neighborhood. Join Blu House Properties as we take you inside and explore the neighborhood we started in and still call home! Stretching from Fulton Street to the north, Fuller Avenue to the west, Franklin…

Want to eat some tacos, barbecue, pho, ice cream, sushi and pizza in one afternoon? Good news: you don’t have to drive all over town to sample these dishes–they are all in one spot; Grand Rapids’ Downtown Market. Walk, run, bike or drive with us as we eat our way through Grand Rapids’ very own…

waterfront Homes

In Michigan, we are blessed with a lot of water. From small ponds, big lakes and beautiful rivers – there is not a shortage of places to find a waterfront home. There are a lot of perks to living on the water. In the summer you can enjoy the luxurious life that living on the…

Grand Rapids Childrens Museum

Did you know there is a fun place right in our backyards where children can play and learn at the same time? You may have guessed it – we are referring to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Maybe you need a new place to take your children, or maybe you are young-at-heart and are looking…

Grand Rapids Public Museum

Want to see what Grand Rapids was like in the 1890s? Having an urge to see our sky as it was hundreds of years ago? Look no further than the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This beloved institution moved into its current location in 1994 after a generous donation from Jay Van Andel. Come with us…