Grand Rapids Art Prize 2018

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Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2018/ArtPrize 10 is about to kick off this year! 

It will be held for 19 days, starting on September 19th and ending on October 7th.  There will be over 1,200 works of art on display this year!  This art is from around the world and can be any type of medium; paint, photography, sculpture, etc.  The opening ceremony will be at Rosa Parks Circle from 7-9pm on September 19th!

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At ArtPrize there are over 160 venues!  Some of the most popular venues to visit are the Van Andel Arena, Devos Performance Hall, The BOB, UICA, Founders Brewing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, and Fountain Street Church.

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There are many events during ArtPrize but here are a few that stood out to us:

9/20:  ArtPrize + Yoga at Ab-Nab-Awen Park from 7-8pm

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9/21 and 9/22:  African American Art and Music Celebration at Calder Plaza 5:30-10pm Friday and 10am-10pm Saturday

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9/22:  Westside Street Fair at Broadway and Bridge Street from 12pm-8pm

9/28 and 9/29:  The HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival 5-10pm on the Blue Bridge Friday and 12pm-10pm Saturday

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9/29:  Ferris Coffee + Hudsonville Ice Cream Family event at Rosa Parks Circle from 11am-3pm

9/30:  Final 20 announcement at Rosa Parks Circle from 1-1:30pm

10/5:  10th Annual ArtPrize Award Ceremony ta Rosa Parks Circle 7pm-9pm

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10/5:  Matt Giraud after party concert at Rosa Parks Circle 9pm-10pm

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10/7:  ArtPrize closing day, all venues close at 6pm

Some of the favorite pieces that are displayed every year are in the Grand River.  This year, Harvest Dome 3.0 will be located in the water off Ab-Nab-Awen Park.  This piece is a 24 foot orb constructed of seatbelts and soda bottles.  Other large pieces will be located at Grand Valley, Gillett Bridge, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Devos Performance Hall, The Blue Bridge, and Van Andel Arena/Griffins!

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 Find all of this information more at the Official ArtPrize page:  http://www.artprize.org/

Don’t forget to download the free ArtPrize mobile app to vote for your favorite pieces!

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WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE IN OUR GREAT CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS!

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Home Interior Trends

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Home interior trends change every year and with every individual’s home!  We wanted to take a look at what is currently trending in homes.  Do you have a home that follows one of these styles?  Do  you have a home that creates a new ambiance you think we should know about?  Share with us!

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Rustic Chic: 

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This style is popular in cottages, log homes, and craftsman styled homes right now.  It differs from modern farmhouse in that you can combine more detailed or distressed furniture pieces into your surroundings.  This look often involves white kitchens, wooden decorations, light fabrics on dark wood floors, sconces, light but warm walls, and pallet decor.  It can also have fabulous chandeliers and stone added to accent bigger rooms.  We love looking at Pottery Barn for some inspiration!

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Modern Farmhouse: 

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This style is popular in both ranch style homes and fixer uppers!  Can you say shiplap, mudroom, and edison bulbs?  This interior has warm, “worn” looking wood floors, cool and two-toned kitchen cabinetry, lots of oil rubbed bronze fixtures, barn doors, and galvanized metal decor.  Check out your local consignment stores for redone, rustic pieces and inspiration!

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French Provincial: 

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This can be anything from simple, to glamorous.  Mostly seen in larger homes, upscale apartments, and mansions, this style is classic.  It involves ornate and curved furniture, drapes, entryway pillars, ornate hardware, oval shapes, wallpapers, and chandeliers.  It can involve deep jewel toned accents or be completely done in shades of white and cream.  It has mixed metallics and sheen throughout.  Take a look around Pier One and World Market for this royal inspiration!

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Mid Century Modern: 

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Lines, angles, white, pops of color, and bold are what comes to mind with mid century modern.  Seen commonly in mid century styled homes, family to high end homes, and bachelor pads, this interior look is fun!  Flat bricks, geometric shapes, stone fireplaces, slate floors, and colorful carpetry or tile are some staples.  Rectangle glass inlay front doors and angled roof lines make up the exterior.  Credenzas, brass, chevron wood, mustard yellow, and colorful kitches are all also common!  Take a look around IKEA and West Elm for inspiration!

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Industrial: 

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Currently trending in loft apartments and basements, the industrial look involves cool and dark colors, exposed brick, metalwork, cement, natural light/glass, and wood.  It also often comes with an open, painted ceiling in black or grey.  You can find tons of inspiration at Joss and Main or Hayneedle!

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Summer Events Near Grand Rapids

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School is out for summer!!!  What are you and the family going to do?  Check out this list of amazing activities for the family to enjoy around the Greater Grand Rapids Area!

June 14-August 9:  WALKER/STANDALE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES at Walker Community Park every 2 weeks on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30.  Free!

June 22nd-September 14th:  Food Court Friday’s at Calder Plaza!

June 28th:  Maranda Park Party at Smith Ryerson Park from 12-2pm!

June 30th:  Bug’s Eye View from 11:30-1 at Grand Rapid’s Public Library, Main Branch!

July 1st-August 19:  Cook Carillon Concert Series at GVSU, a weekly concert from 8-10pm at the Cook Carillon Tower at Grand Valley.

4th of July Events:

“Grandville starts the holiday celebration  on July 3, with ball games and a Beer, Bands & BBQ event, in advance of a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts show, parade, carnival, live music, fireworks and more on July 4.

Ada celebrates with a parade, rides, food, music and fireworks . July 4.

Allendale  offers a pancake breakfast, parade, classic car show, artisan vendor fair, food, live entertainment and fireworks. July 4.

Dorr  starts the day with a pancake breakfast before segueing to a parade, carnival fairway and fireworks. July 4.

East Grand Rapids follows up its noon parade with a party on the shores of Reed Lake , featuring live music, food, kids’ activities, a water ski show and fireworks. July 4.

The Kentwood 4th of July celebration  includes a community pancake breakfast, 5K race/fun walk, parade, evening carnival and fireworks. July 4.”

(https://www.experiencegr.com/events/fourth-of-july/)

July 6th:  Free Friday at Blanford Nature Center!

July 7th:  Fireworks at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.  Party starts at 5pm!

July 12th:  Maranada Park Party at Kollen Park in Holland 12-2pm!

July 14th:  Daylily Show from 10am-5pm at Fredrick Meijer Gardens

July 19th:  Maranda Park Party at East Kentwood High School 12-2pm!!!

July 19-21:  Grand Rapid’s Balloon Festival by RE/MAX of Grand Rapids!  See our website for all the info here: http://www.grandrapidsballoonfestival.com/

July 26th:  Maranda Park Party at Bronson Park in Kalamazoo 12-2pm!

August 1-5:  Little Women at the Grand Rapid’s Civic Theater!

August 8th-19th:  Restaurant Week GR!  Many of Grand Rapids’ finest restaurants will have multi-course meals for a set price!  Experience them all and find out more here, https://www.experiencegr.com/restaurant-week/

Anddddddd even though it’s not quite a summer event, we wanted to let you know Art Prize 2018 starts September 19 downtown and runs until October 7th!!!

All dates referenced from:  https://www.experiencegr.com/things-to-do/summer/

Making your home GREEN!

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With Earth Day (April 22nd) and Arbor Day (April 28) coming up, we thought it was the perfect time to mention a few ways on how to help our environment by making your homes more green, or environmental friendly.

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Light bulbs:  “The energy-saving potential of LED bulbs can be assessed from the fact that in 2012 around 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S., and these accounted for savings of around $675 million in one year. By 2030, 3 out of 4 light bulbs will be using LED technology. This will reduce carbon emissions by 1,800 million metric tons. And could cut the demand for electricity by one-third.” (multibrief.com)  Based on an article from Ben’s Bargains, “You’ll outlay roughly $140 for 40 LED bulbs initially to replace your 40 incandescent bulbs. But you’ll save roughly $300 annually in energy costs. And one LED bulb will last about 20 times longer than an incandescent.”  So, not only are you saving the environment, eventually you’ll be saving money, too!

Recycling:  If you don’t have a recycling bin at your home…it’s time to get one TODAY!  Did you know recycling in your home is the top action you can take to not only improve the environment, but also the economy?  United States recycling levels are currently at 21.4%  (EPA funded Yale University study).  Once we reach 75%, it will be the environmental and CO2 equivalent of removing 55 million cars from U.S. roads each year.  It will also generate 1.5 million new jobs in the United States. (http://www.recycleacrossamerica.org/recycling-facts)  Items you can recycle are cardboard, paperboard, paper, plastic bottles, plastic jugs, newspapers, mail, magazines, plastic shopping bags, metal cans and foil, glass bottles and jars. (http://potluckpickup.com/recycling-guide/)

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Shutting off water:  Did you know that you can save up to 200 gallons of water just by shutting off the sink when you brush your teeth?  Or 6 gallons per day just by shutting off the water while you scrub your hands for 20 seconds?  North Carolina State has this awesome sustainability article that will show you all the ways to save water every day in your home:  https://sustainability.ncsu.edu/blog/changeyourstate/6-times-you-should-turn-off-the-tap-to-save-water/

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Unplugging electronics:  Did you know that even when your appliances and electronics are off, they still “bleed energy”?  By unplugging just 10 devices you can save up to $20 a year on electricity.  Do you have a screen saver on your computer?  That could be costing you $100 a year!!!  Use a power strip to control truly shutting off multiple devices at once.  Read more here:  https://www.mnn.com/green-tech/gadgets-electronics/questions/should-i-unplug-my-appliances-and-if-so-will-i-save-money

Energy Star:  Did you know that there is pretty much an Energy Star version of everything?  Even your DVD player can be energy efficient now!  By changing your home over to energy star appliances such as kitchen appliances, HVAC, laundry, and more, you can save the environment and save money!  Just for example, from their website, an Energy Star Washer can save you $45 a year and 3,000 gallons of water a year!!!  Read more on their website:  https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/waysToSave

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Spring Gardening in Grand Rapids!

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Happy March, everyone!  With Spring arriving, we thought we’d give you tips and tricks to get started on your home’s garden, as well as the opening dates for our local greenhouses!

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Motman’s:  Opening April 16th!

Countryside Greenhouse:  Opening April 2nd!

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Romence Gardens and Greenhouses:  Open now!

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W.W. Greenhouses:  Spring opening April 13-14!

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Here’s a guide of when to plant your vegetables here in Grand Rapids, courtesy of Urban Farmer Seeds:

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Beans:  Plant in ground, early-mid May.

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Carrots:  Plant in ground, end of April.

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Corn:  Plant in ground mid-end of May.

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Cucumbers:  Plant in ground mid May.

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Eggplant:  Start inside early April, move outside end of May.

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Kale:  Start inside mid March, move outside mid April.

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Lettuce:  Start inside mid-end of February, move outside mid April.

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Peas:  Plant in ground mid-end of March.

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Peppers:  Start inside mid-end of March, move outside mid-end of May.

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Spinach:  Start inside end of February, move outside early April.

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Squash:  Start inside early May, move outside end of May.

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Tomatoes:  Start inside end of March, move outside mid-end of May.

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Watermelon:  Start inside early May, move outside end of May.

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Do you need to add curb appeal to your home this Spring?  Let us suggest the following plants to keep the curb appeal coming back to your home year after year in the state of Michigan!

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Any color of Daylilies is sure to make the front of your home pop!  They are a very hardy plant, so if you don’t have a greenthumb—this is the choice for you!  Daylilies should flower for many weeks.

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The bright yellow of Daffodils will certainly add cheer to your yard!  Daffodils bloom early and can last through May.

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Blue Fescues are a type of ornamental grass.  They can grow between 6-12 inches tall.  To keep these grasses blue, they need plenty of water.

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The Purple Cone Flower, AKA Echinacea, needs full sun and partial shade.  These bright purple blooms will attract not only home buyers, but butterflies too!

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Hostas enjoy the shade and are very hardy plants.  They come in hundreds of different shades, colors, and sizes.  They have beautiful, green foliage…but will also flower in the summer!

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According to RE/MAX of Grand Rapids’ latest newsletter, home values are up 37% since 2008!  With values rising, we thought we’d give you a recap on how 2017 ended in home sales for your area!

Total Homes Sold Grand Rapids Oct-Dec 2017: 1,024
Total Homes Sold Wyoming Oct-Dec 2017: 256
Total Homes Sold Grandville Oct-Dec 2017:  62
Total Homes Sold Georgetown/Hudsonville Oct-Dec 2017:  233
Total Homes Sold Kentwood Oct-Dec 2017:  159


Don’t hesitate to reach out to Regal Home Group to get more information on the value of your current home, or to find a new home today!!!

Hot Spots for Date Night in Grand Rapids

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Grand Rapids is very well known for it’s craft beer scene, but it’s also becoming well known for it’s incredible restaurants!  With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d highlight some great spots for dinner on that night, or any night of the year here in GR.  From farm to table, bistro style, artisan, global inspirations and more, you’re sure to find a great place to dine here in downtown Grand Rapids!

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The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck is located in the Amway Grand Plaza!  The Kitchen & The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck specializes in global comfort food. The menu features a variety of signature recipes made with locally-sourced ingredients. The Kitchen has a welcoming and relaxed dining environment.  It’s perfect for a date night or business meeting!  We recommend trying their Steak Tartare, Grilled Scottish, or Shaved Asparagus Salad!  (http://wolfgangpuck.com/dining/the-kitchen-by-wolfgang-puck-grand-rapids/)

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The Butcher’s Union is located on Grand Rapids’ West Side!  With their website highlighting “meat and whiskey”, you can’t go wrong with one of their craft cocktails or their Roasted Pork Belly.  They work with local farmer’s to create a comforting menu and have a very welcoming ambiance.  With bourbon, rye, and wheat varieties just to name a FEW sippers, this is the place to go for casual dining with incredible menu selections!  (https://www.butchersuniongr.com/)

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Wheelhouse Kitchen and Cocktails is located in downtown Grand Rapids!  Labeled a Contemporary American Bistro, this dining experience is one you’ll remember!  From their famous French Onion Soup to the Indian Brook Trout, your tastebuds are guaranteed to entertained!  They also have a Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 3-6pm featuring both drink specials and a bar menu!  With the beautiful fireplaces and huge windows, this is a great choice for date night or a happy hour with friends!  (http://www.wheelhousegrandrapids.com/)

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Last we have Iron, located directly across from the Van Andel Arena downtown.  Iron features a casual dining atmosphere that embraces Midwestern culture, food, and hospitality.  We recommend sharing the meat or cheese board, then diving into their smoked pork sammie!  This is the place to go before or after any event at Van Andel to get a scrumptious bite to eat!  (http://irongr.com/)

For more information on any of these amazing Grand Rapids restaurants, check out their websites and their social media:

https://www.facebook.com/IronGrandRapids/

https://www.facebook.com/wheelhousegrandrapids/

https://www.facebook.com/butchersunion/

https://www.facebook.com/TheKitchenbyWP/

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Top 10 Grand Rapids Area Homes and Condos of 2017!

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Happy New Year from Regal Home Group!!!  We thought a fun way to start the year would be to recap the Top 10 most expensive homes and condos sold in the Greater Grand Rapids Area in 2017…and let me tell you, they are PHENOMENAL!!!  We will start with the homes from least to greatest in value, and then continue with the condos also from least to greatest in value.  Let us know which one you would buy!

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TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE GREATER GRAND RAPIDS HOMES:

10.  5755 18th Ave Hudsonville, MI $1,300,000

Bedrooms:  5 Total Baths:  5 full, 1 half  Sq. Ft:  6,158

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9.  8115 Alaska Ave SE Caledonia, MI $1,330,000

Bedrooms:  5  Baths:  4 full, 2 half  Sq. Ft:  6,735

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8.  2924 Pioneer Club Rd SE East Grand Rapids, MI $1,350,000

Bedrooms:  4  Baths:  3 full, 1 half  Sq. Ft:  4,608

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7.  5908 Whitworth Ct SE Grand Rapids, MI $1,350,000

Bedrooms:  7 Baths:  8  Sq. Ft:  8,615

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6.  6444 Tammarron Ct SE Grand Rapids, MI $1,370,000

Bedrooms:  6  Baths:  5 full, 3 half  Sq. Ft:  6,756

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5.  350 Plymouth Road SE East Grand Rapids, MI $1,432,500

Bedrooms:  7  Baths:  6 full, 3 half  Sq. Ft:  11,459

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4.  6801 Burton St SE Grand Rapids, MI $1,700,000

Bedrooms:  3  Baths:  4 full, 2 half  Sq. Ft:  9,183

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3.  7428 Biscayne Way Grand Rapids, MI $1,850,000

Bedrooms:  4  Baths:  4 full, 2 half  Sq. Ft:  6,759

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2.  5885 Montreux Hills Dr. Ada, MI $2,275,000

Bedrooms:  6  Baths:  6 full, 2 half  Sq. Ft:  12,071

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1.  5530 Michigan St. NE Ada, MI $3,200,000

Bedrooms:  6  Baths:  5 full, 1 half  Sq. Ft:  8,571

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TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE GREATER GRAND RAPIDS CONDOS:

10.  7880 SW Whistle Creek CT 16 Byron Center, MI $567,700

Bedrooms:  2  Baths:  2 full, 1 half  Sq. Ft:  2,292

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9.  2029 Talamore Ct 57 SE Grand Rapids, MI $569,000

Bedrooms:  3  Baths:  2 full, 2 half  Sq. Ft:  3,283

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8.  678 Croswell 3 SE East Grand Rapids, MI $590,000

Bedrooms:  3  Baths:  2 full, 1 half  Sq. Ft:  2,052

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7.  335 Bridge 2000 NW Grand Rapids, MI $595,000

Bedrooms:  3  Baths:  3  Sq. Ft:  1,892

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6.  335 Bridge St 1400 NW $625,000

Bedrooms:  3  Baths:  3  Sq. Ft:  1,892

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5.  335 Bridge 2300 NW Grand Rapids, MI $627,500

Bedrooms:  3  Baths:  2  Sq. Ft:  1,892

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4.  335 Bridge St 2400 NW Grand Rapids, MI $645,000

Bedrooms:  3  Baths:  3  Sq. Ft:  1,892

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3.  30 Peartree Lane 21 NE Grand Rapids, MI $678,515

Bedrooms:  4  Baths:  3 full, 1 half  Sq. Ft:  3,765

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2.  27 Library St 902 NE Grand Rapids, MI $1,150,000

Bedrooms:  3  Baths:  2 full, 2 half  Sq. Ft:  3,861

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1.  335 Bridge 3102 NW Grand Rapids, MI $1,300,000

Bedrooms:  3  Baths:  2 full, 1 half  Sq. Ft:  4,155

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WOW!!!  From the huge acreage to the biggest windows we’ve ever seen…all of these homes and condos amaze us!  The life of luxury is live and well in the Greater Grand Rapids area.  Want a piece of it?  Contact Regal Home Group today to see what luxury listings we can take you to!!!  And again, Happy New Year from all of us on the team.  We hope your new year brings you all of your hopes and dreams!

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December in Grand Rapids!

Happy December from Regal Home Group!  With the holiday season in full swing, there is so much to do in our beautiful area of West Michigan with many events being located right here in Grand Rapids!  Whether you’re looking for a family activity, date night, or guys/ladies night out…there is something for you to do this month!  The following is a list and details of activities in order that start this week!  Have fun in your city!

Downtown Market Christmas Tree and Decor Lot:  Open from December 4th-December 10th!  Hosted by Lenderink Tree Farms, find everything you need to make your home festive!

Uptown Holiday Shop:  This event starts on December 7th of 2017 at 4pm and ends at 10pm!  The event takes place in all four business districts in Grand Rapids:  East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street.   This gives you a change to shop local for your holiday gifts at over 150 shops!  There is also ongoing transportation through a shuttle!

Christmas Lite Show:  Open from November 22nd-December 31st!  Head to Fifth Third Ballpark to check out the lights from 5:30pm-9:30pm!  The price is $20 per person!  You’ll be amazed by over 2 miles of more than a million lights!

Brain-The World Inside Your Head:  Held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum from October 1 of 2017-January 7th of 2018.  See the following link for more details and pricing!  http://www.grpm.org/brain/

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around The World:  Held at Meijer Gardens from November 21 of 2017-January 7th of 2018, 42 displays show holiday rituals from the past and present!  This is held daily from 9-5 with hours varying near the holidays!  See their website for a variety of pricing options!  http://www.meijergardens.org/

Ice Skating in Rosa Parks Circle:  The ice rink is open at Rosa Park’s Circle from December 4 of 2017 to February 25 of 2018!  The charge to skate if you are under 17 is only $1!!!  Over 17 is only $3!!!

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Grand Rapids Drive:  From November 3rd of 2017 until March 24th of 2018, you can watch the Grand Rapids Drive play at the Delta Plex Arena!  This NBA G League team is now sponsored by both Gatorade and Nike!  To see the schedule and ticket prices visit http://grandrapids.gleague.nba.com/ !

Grand Rapids Griffins:  From October 6th of 2017 all the way until April 14th of 2018 you can check out the Grand Rapids Griffins!!  Our amazing hockey team keeps the action going on the ice all season at Van Andel Arena!  For scheduling and ticket prices check out their website at https://www.griffinshockey.com/ !

These are just a handful of December/Winter events available for you here in beautiful West Michigan!  To see even more events, check out https://www.experiencegr.com !!!  We hope you have a happy holiday season!!!

Regal’s Top Thanksgiving Recipes

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Hello, all!  We at Regal Home Group are loving the start of the holiday season!  With Thanksgiving coming up, our office of “foodies” is getting excited!  We decided that this week, we would share our favorite Thanksgiving recipes for you to try out next week!  Whether or not you celebrate the holidays, you can bring any of these recipes to the table with confidence!  They are Regal approved!

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We’ll start with one of our fabulous closing coordinators, Renae.  Her recipe is for a delicious pumpkin-cheese cake-cake!  She just tried this recipe recently at a family get together and exclaimed, “It’s the best thing I’ve ever eaten!”  Here you go (also you can see the recipe at http://flourmewithlove.com/2014/11/pumpkin-earthquake-cake.html):

Pumpkin Cake

  • 1 box of white cake mix (you DO NOT need the ingredients on the box)
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 C butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease a 9 x 13″ pan.  Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove top.  Mix in the softened cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar.  Stir in the butterscotch chips; set aside.  Mix the cake mix, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree together.  Pour into the prepared pan.  Spoon dollops of the cream cheese mixture onto the batter.  Take a butter knife and swirl the cream cheese mixture into the batter.  Bake for 40-45 minutes.  Allow to cool.  Slice, serve and enjoy!

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Next, we have our other incredible coordinator, Amy!  Her recipe is for a gooey, cheesy, broccoli casserole!  Amy loves this recipe because it has so many different textures and flavors!  It’s a great way to get the kids to eat their vegetables! 😉  See this link or follow the directions below (http://www.cooks.com/recipe/uk7vm7rz/old-english-broccoli-casserole.html):

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  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1 1/2 c. Waverly wafer cracker crumbs
  • 2 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 (5 oz.) jar Old English cheese
  • 1/4 c. sliced almonds

Melt 1/4 cup butter and mix with cracker crumbs. Reserve 1/2 cup crumb mixture for topping, press remaining crumbs into 8 x 12 inch casserole dish. Cook broccoli slightly less than time recommended on package. Drain and arrange over crumbs. Melt 1/4 cup butter; blend in flour. Gradually add milk; cook stirring constantly until thickened. Add cheese, stirring until melted. Add almonds and pour sauce over broccoli. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 8 servings.

Gerald and his family love this creamy, blueberry pie for Thanksgiving!!!

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  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter

Combine 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour and salt.  Add eggs and sour cream, stirring until blended.  Place blueberries in shell and spoon sour cream mixture over berries.  In another bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup flour.  Cut in butter until it resembles course meal.  Sprinkle this mixture over sour cream mixture and berries.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

Brad’s family recipe is full of flavor!  Here are the directions for his Deluxe Mashed Potatoes:

  • 5lb potatoes
  • 1pkg cream cheese
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 tsp season salt
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Peel and cook potatoes, mash to desired consistency. Fold in other ingredients.  Put in greased crockpot and bake on medium for 4-5 hours. Or put in oven for 1 hour at 350.  Dot with butter to finish.

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James’ recipe is for a Thanksgiving classic!  His twist on green bean casserole will surprise your taste buds!  See below or click this link (http://www.plainchicken.com/2017/06/cracked-out-green-bean-casserole.html#d1Gq4ofISIO1Xhs4.99) :

Cracked Out Green Bean Casserole - THE BEST! OMG! SO good! Green bean casserole loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Everyone RAVES about this delicious side dish! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Great for holidays and potlucks!

  • 2 cans (10.5-oz) Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 (1-oz) package dry Ranch salad dressing mix
  • 4 cans (14.5 oz. each) Del Monte® Cut, Whole or French-Style Green Beans, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 (6-oz) can French’s White Cheddar French Fried Onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.  Stir together soup, buttermilk, ranch mix, drained green beans, cheese and cooked bacon. Pour in prepared pan.  Top with Crispy Fried Onions.Bake for 25 minutes to 30 minutes.

Travis and his family like to keep things on the lighter side—but FULL of flavor!!!  Check out this recipe they love for butternut squash (https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/harvest-roasted-butternut-squash-quinoa-salad/)!

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  • 2½ cups butternut squash, cut into ½” cubes (about 1 half butternut squash)
  • 1½ cups red onion, cut into ½” cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • ⅓ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup pepitas
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 oz. crumbed goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons raw honey
  • dash of ground cinnamon
  • salt to taste

Preheat oven to 400.  Add the butternut squash and red onion to a baking sheet. Season with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Toss to coat.  Bake the mixture for 20 minutes.  In the meantime add quinoa and water to a small saucepan. Stir and bring mixture to a boil. Cover and reduce to simmer for 15 minutes until the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat, let the quinoa sit for 2 minutes then fluff the quinoa with a fork.  To make the dressing: in a small bowl, mix the apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive, raw honey, ground cinnamon, and salt to taste.  To a large bowl add cooked quinoa, butternut squash, red onion, dried cherries, pepitas, parsley, goat cheese, and dressing. Gently toss to mix everything together.

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Jake’s family loves this Thanksgiving Dessert Log!  It’s rich and light at the same time!  Follow the link or the recipe below!

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  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 egg, beaten and
  • 10 oz almond paste
  • 3 tablespoons of apricot jam
  • 1 orange, zested
  • confectioners sugar for sprinkling
  • sliced almonds for garnish

Preheat the oven 425 F and cover a rectangular baking sheet with a parchment paper.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry.  Cut the pastry in half lengthwise.  In a medium bowl, combine the almond paste with the 
orange zest and knead until blended. Divide almond paste into 2 even pieces and roll each peace into a log approximately 1 inch shorter than the length of puff pastry.  Place the almond log onto a puff pastry half. Brush the sides of the pastry with egg wash.  Fold 2 shorter ends of the pastry onto the almond log. Fold over 2 longer ends and flip the log so that the seam was at the bottom.  Transfer the logs onto a prepared baking sheet, brush with the egg wash and bake for about 25 minutes until slightly brown on top.  Meanwhile put apricot jam in a microwave-safe dish and heat for about 30 seconds until jam is runny.  Brush baked log with the apricot jam, sprinkle with sliced almonds and dust with confectioners sugar.

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Michi’s recipe is for the big bird!  For a flavorful, crispy skin and a moist turkey, follow this recipe below or on the link! https://www.yellowblissroad.com/best-thanksgiving-turkey-recipe/

How to make a thanksgiving turkey

  • One 11-pound turkey, thawed
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1 Tablespoon pats
  • 1 1/2 yellow onions, peeled and halved
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.  In a bowl, combine the salt, thyme, sage, paprika, pepper, and ground mustard until evenly incorporated.  Use a few paper towels to dry off the skin of the bird and inside the cavity.  Lift the skin over the turkey breast (on the side closest to the legs) and slide your hand under the skin separating it from the breast meat. Do this on both sides of the breast.  Insert three pats of butter under the skin on one side fo the turkey breast spreading them around evenly. Repeat on the other side.  Sprinkle the dry rub all over the turkey – breast, legs, wings, anything you can see. Using your hands press the rub into the skin a little. If you have any extra rub sprinkle it inside the cavity.  Place the onion halves and garlic cloves inside the turkey’s cavity.  Transfer the bird to your roasting pan.  Take a good sized piece of foil and place it over the turkey breast. (You want to make sure to the foil piece is big enough to fit over the whole breast.) Press down and mold the foil to the breast., let the ends stick out if the foil’s a bit big.  Place the turkey in the oven and roast for 2 hours. Carefully remove the foil from the turkey. Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees and cook the turkey for another hour, or until the internal temperature of the breast reaches 165 degrees F and the skin is golden and crispy.  Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest briefly before carving.

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It Feels Like Fall!

We may be a little bit late on this blog post, but going through October brought us to some cool Fall spots as a team that are open for just a bitttttt longer!  You will have to stop on in to Moelker Orchards!


We stopped into Moelker Orchards and left with so many goodies…including three bricks of their delicious fudge!  The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.  They even let us sample!  Moelker Orchards is located just west of Grand Rapids.  It is a family owned farm.  They have been around since 1907!!!  Check out their website to read their amazing history.  (http://moelkerorchards.com)



Not only does Moelker Orchards offer apples…they have pumpkins, peaches, plums, cherries, and more depending on what time of year it is!  Their pumpkin patch is great to go to in October and their apples are delicious this fall!  They also do different events and their customer appreciation day is coming up on December 16th!  Stop in for your free donut and coffee!!!


Last, Moelker Orchards has a bakery!  It’s called the Old Bell Orchard Bakery.   They have scrumptious donuts, rich fudge, and and mouth-watering pies!!!  They even offer a fundraiser that you can do with their fudge for your school, church, or other group!  Be sure to check out Moelker Orchards in person, and online with their website and social media!


Disclaimer:  None of the following businesses are directly correlated to Regal Home Group.  We are simply highlighting great places we think you’d enjoy!