Why you'd want to live in Eastown
Eastown is a rather small area of Grand Rapids—taking up only 70 square blocks. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in character. Eastown has been described as the Greenwich village of Grand Rapids. This neighborhood is home to many local businesses and unique stores that sell antiques and one-of-a-kind items. Eastown’s proximity to both Aquinas College and downtown Grand Rapids makes it a popular place for college students to rent, which means plenty of great coffee shops and cheap dining options such as The Pita House, Mulligan’s Pub, and Yesterdog. The resident population of Eastown is incredibly diverse, but everyone has one thing in common—they care deeply about their neighborhood. The Eastown Community Association is a very active neighborhood organization committed to keeping business and home owners informed about community issues, promoting community events and initiating improvement projects. Their mission is “to foster a safe, diverse, and walkable Eastown neighborhood by creating opportunities for neighbors and friends to engage and connect.” With its distinctly bohemian feel, Eastown is a great place for buyers who are looking to avoid the crowdedness of downtown living without sacrificing the availability of entertainment options and a thriving community.