Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Coolest Small Towns in America

Saugatuck was rated one of the coolest small towns in America according to Yahoo Travel.

Saugatuck, Mich.
Pop. 954

A lake town where time stands still! One weekend in Saugatuck was all it took for Philippe Quentel. After two days of taking in arts and crafts homes, picket fences, and upper Midwest charm, he made the 140-mile drive back to Chicago, sold his art gallery—then one of the city's largest—and opened Affordably French, right in the heart of Saugatuck. To residents of this sleepy Lake Michigan town, Quentel's story is nothing new. Then again, little in Saugatuck is. Spared the big-box modernization seen by many of its neighbors, it retains a charm from another era. On Butler Street, 70-year-old Saugatuck Drug Store is the source for everything from Kleenex to kites. Chain restaurants are nonexistent. And to get to Saugatuck's white-sand Oval Beach, visitors cross the Kalamazoo on an 1838 hand-cranked chain ferry. "In old black-and-white pictures, Saugatuck looks just as it does now," says Lindsay Tringali, 31, owner of Bella Vita Spa and Suites, a clean-lined, six-room inn downtown. "Beyond some fresh paint and paved roads, it never changes."

For more information on living in this beautiful small town contact the Andrea Crossman Group.

No. Bedrooms Jun - Aug '10 y-o-y 3 months prior 1 year prior

2 bedrooms $109,500 +31.1% $82,450 $83,550
3 bedrooms $121,012 +27.4% $128,000 $95,000
4 bedrooms $175,000 +6.1% $134,770 $164,900
All properties $110,000 +10.0% $106,250 $100,000

The median sales price for homes in Holland MI for Jun 10 to Aug 10 was $110,000. This represents an increase of 3.5%, or $3,750, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 10% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have depreciated 21.4% over the last 5 years in Holland. The average listing price for Holland homes for sale on Trulia was $224,750 for the week ending Sep 08, which represents an increase of 2.8% or $6,087, compared to the prior week and a decline of 2%, or $4,635, compared to the week ending Aug 18. Average price per square foot for Holland MI was $97, an increase of 26% compared to the same period last year.

Average Listing Price $224,750 +2.8%
Median Sales Price $110,000 +10%
Average Price/sqft $97 +26%
Number of Sales 301 -23%

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