Rockford

Rockford

Rogue River Grand Rapids by Lincolnblues on FlickrNestled next to the scenic Rogue River, Rockford offers natural beauty with the small town charm of an upscale bedroom community for Grand Rapids. Excellent schools and a thriving community spirit attract attention and make Rockford a very popular spot to raise a family.

Beautiful single-family homes as well as townhouses and condominiums are located in lovely settings surrounded by mature trees. There are inviting subdivisions offering plenty of value for quality and square footage, because this area is one of the top ten affordable housing markets in the country.

Rockford is just 10 miles from Grand Rapids’ dynamic downtown district where a spectacular array of cultural and entertainment activities beckon including the Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, St. Cecilia Music Society and Grand Rapids Ballet. From dramas and comedies to touring Broadway productions, theater lovers can choose from the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Actor's Theater, Circle Theater, Heritage Theatre Group and Broadway Theater Guild.

Learn about local history at the Van Andel Museum Center, view breathtaking paintings at the Grand Rapids Art Museum or the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.  And don't forget a visit to the John Ball Park Zoo or the Children’s Museum which will thrill the kids!

Rockford is a lovely community throughout the four seasons. Spring and summer bring gorgeous flowers and lush landscaping, fall is spectacular with the leaves changing color in the crisp clean air, and winter brings sparkling snow and the rushing Rogue River is rimmed with glittering ice. Canoe a lake or river, hike the White Pine Trail through breathtaking natural splendor, and devoted anglers will thrill to some of the finest fishing around on the designated “Country Scenic” Rogue River. And boasting 10 local golf courses, Rockford is a golfer's paradise. Lake Michigan is only 30 minutes away, offering waves and deep waters for boating, swimming and skiing plus charming lakeside villages featuring quaint shops, restaurants and historic attractions.



The Rockford calendar is filled with community events like Art in the Park, Harvest Fest, Rogue River Blues Fest, Sweetheart Splash, Start of Summer Celebration, Picnic Pops, The Farmer's Market and more. There's always something to do in Rockford. Shop the village boutiques, enjoy the parks, walk the local trails or take a class from Rockford Community Services, alone or with the kids.

Look no further because Rockford is a great place to call home if you want to experience all the pleasures the Grand Rapids Metro Area has to offer! 

 

LOCATION

Rockford is located approximately 10 miles north of Grand Rapids, far enough to feel like a small town but close enough to take advantage of the big city amenities.

There’s excellent medical care available at four Grand Rapids major medical centers and a broad economic base consisting of manufacturing, service and retail sectors. The economy is expanding, it’s a great place to incubate a new business and Fortune magazine has named Grand Rapids the "tenth best city for business in the US" offering access to a thriving region of more than a million people. It’s not only a great place for business, but our area is also one of the best places in the country to retire according to CNN Money.

 

TRANSPORTATION/AIRPORTS

Rockford, as part of the Grand Rapids Metro Area, the second largest in Michigan, sits at the heart of a modern transportation infrastructure that makes it fast and easy to get wherever you’re going. Rockford is set along US-131 traveling north-south offering easy access to Indiana as well as the far northern reaches of the Wolverine State and near I-96, one of Michigan’s major highways, which travels east towards Lansing and Detroit as well as west to Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan, then south towards Chicago. There's also a web of well maintained state and county secondary routes which makes commuting to work or school a breeze.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport, in nearby Grand Rapids, is the primary air transportation facility serving the entire West Michigan region. The airport is located at the intersection of 44th Street and Patterson Avenue SE and offers nonstop service to major domestic destinations, with continuing service available to points around the globe. It is the state's 2nd largest airport with over 170 daily flights providing service to more than 5,000 passengers.

There are two Greyhound bus stations in Grand Rapids as well as an Amtrak station where the Pere Marquette train begins its daily service between Grand Rapids and Chicago.

 

BRIEF HISTORY

Built around a sawmill on the Rogue River constructed and owned by Smith Lapham, the area became known as Laphamville. In 1856 it was first platted as Laphamville on state records.

By 1865 the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Company had begun a railroad extending northward through the village. The railroad had been advising the residents to adopt a shorter name, and when a newly arrived resident from Rockford, Illinois proposed the name of his former town, the new name was narrowly approved. It was renamed Rockford in 1865 and incorporated as the Village of Rockford in June 1866 with 315 inhabitants.

 

ABOUT EDUCATION

Rockford Public Schools are among the finest in Michigan. The district is a Blue Ribbon Exemplary school district, and one of the very few districts with ALL of it's schools earning the distinction. The district achieved straight A's for SEVEN years in a row through the Michigan Department of Education's “Education YES!” accountability program. Boasting a variety of preschool programs, fourteen AP courses, a nationally recognized fine arts program, championship sports, a Spanish Immersion program, Rockford also has a wide range of elective classes including choir, band, orchestra, drama, five foreign languages, science, math, technology, art and communications. Rockford School District is a Michigan gem, and one of the reasons area homes are in demand.

The area is home to twelve colleges and universities including Aquinas College, Calvin College and Cornerstone University, all private christian schools, each with a campus on the east side of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Community College maintains an extensive campus downtown with facilities in other parts of the city and surrounding region.

Grand Valley State University, features a main campus in Allendale with just over 15,000 students while continuing to develop its presence in Grand Rapids with an expanding downtown campus on the west bank of the river. Ferris State University has a campus downtown that includes both the Kendall College of Art and Design and the Applied Technology Center while Davenport University, a statewide educational institution, has one of its main campuses in downtown Grand Rapids.

Western Michigan University, about an hour away in Kalamazoo, is one of the top public universities in the state and one of the top 100 in the nation. There are 255 different degree programs including 165 bachelor’s degree, 62 master’s degree and 25 doctoral programs. WMU has a student body of approximately 30,000 students with satellite campuses scattered throughout the region offering both day and evening classes for working professionals.

 

 

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Bob & Lisa Novosad
The Novosad Team, LLC, Keller Williams Realty
630 Kenmoor SE, Suite 101
Grand Rapids MI 49546
(616) 575-0140
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