If you’ve visited Kalamazoo, then you don’t need further convincing. If, however, you haven’t been to Michigan’s 11th biggest city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit, here are a few reasons Kalamazoo will make you a great home.
The Bigger Picture
Kalamazoo, which occupies 25.11 square miles, has a good mix of rural tranquility and urban conveniences. You can easily find country homes for sale in Kalamazoo, MI that are less than 15 minutes drive to downtown. You can also find the modern conveniences you want, just without the traffic and noise that comes with big city living.
If want to immerse yourself in a more cosmopolitan experience, both Chicago and Detroit are 150 miles to the west and east respectively of Kalamazoo – near enough for a day trip. For lovers of the great outdoors, Kalamazoo has plenty of places to go on an outing or an adventure.
Even with a population of just a little over 76,500, Kalamazoo offers a great range of eating options. From banana bread French toast at the Crow’s Nest to a Plainwell ice cream cone at the Spirit of Kalamazoo, there are many places to find tasty treats, filling meals, and traditional Michigan eats in the city.
There is also no better place to find a good brew. Considered the premier beer destination of the Midwest, Kalamazoo offers awesome choices. Keep an eye out for Oberon towards the end of March and pay a visit to the Beer Exchange to test out an excellent variety of draught beers.
Kalamazoo also hosts several annual festivals where residents and visitors get the opportunity to try out local favorites and exotic food. Make a point of attending the Boiling Pot Music Festival and Taste of Kalamazoo.
The variety of restaurants offering exciting new eats can be credited to the presence of Western Michigan University. The young community serves to inspire local chefs to create exciting new flavor combinations.
Kalamazoo is the place to be if you enjoy the great outdoors and sport. Hiking is popular, with the Kalamazoo Nature Center a great place to frequent. It has 13 trails running through a variety of habitats and terrain, including forest, ponds, and prairie. The Kal Haven Trail will take you to South Haven via a path that passes through several small communities and historical places.
Collegiate sports is a big deal here with the WMU Broncos being the local favorite. Residents also keep their eye on non-collegiate baseball, hockey, and soccer teams. You can find multiple sports arenas to visit including the Waldo Stadium, University Arena, and Kanley Track.
The United Tennis Associations Boys 16 and 18 national tennis championships are held every summer at the Kalamazoo College. This is an important event on the sports calendar thanks to a long history of top players having come through, including Arthur Ashe, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, and Andy Roddick.
The Cost of Living
The cost of living is almost 20% below the national average and there are many very affordable houses for sale in Kalamazoo. Median home prices are around $124,000. Commercial space for businesses in downtown Kalamazoo and nearby Portage is also within means.
If you are looking to save on college fees, there are many local scholarship programs you can take advantage of. With Kalamazoo having such a small population and the generosity of multiple sponsors, many students have enjoyed full rides.
If you are looking to move to Kalamazoo and want to find out what the local real estate market has to offer you, browse the featured homes for sale in Kalamazoo or get in touch with us today. Call 269-207-7894 or email Team(at)stirkrealtygroup(dotted)com.