If you crave a high-energy lifestyle filled with lots to do, see and experience, then downtown living is perfect for you. But with so much available to you in Grand Rapids, you may need some more direction on which aspects of downtown living you should absolutely take advantage of!
Interested in making the move downtown, or already living downtown but need some pointers on making the most of the downtown lifestyle? Take a look at Sara Visser’s, aka The GR Girl, top 5 tips and tricks for living in Downtown Grand Rapids.
1. EMBRACE LOCAL
One of the best perks of living downtown is being right in the center of all the best restaurants, bars, breweries and coffee shops. You can enjoy walking to dinner, becoming a regular at the corner coffee shop and trying a new beer at the brewery down the street. Plus, living downtown means you don’t have to worry about finding a place to park when you meet your friends for dinner.
2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE AMENITIES
If you’re living at 616 Lofts, let’s talk about all those amenities. After living in a Chicago apartment for 5 years with tons of amenities and now living in a house I can tell you those amenities should really be treasured. Enjoy the rooftop deck, community room and 616 PASS while you live downtown. Trust me—those amenities are pretty awesome.
3. GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
Don’t be shy and make a point to talk with your neighbors. You never know who you might meet and it’s important to build community. If you live at 616 Lofts, don’t miss out on those community coffee events or happy hour. Cheers!
4. CREATE A BUCKET LIST
I know you’re thinking a bucket list is a little silly, but hear me out. If you want to make the most of your downtown living, try making a list of some things you want to see, eat, drink and do. Being downtown means you have access to museums, shows and festivals, so create a bucket list of things you want to do while you’re living in your apartment.
5. GET INVOLVED
With all the latest developments happening in downtown Grand Rapids, now’s the time to get involved. Try volunteering with 616 Lofts community events or get involved with an organization you’re passionate about. There are some awesome things happening in this city!
616 Lofts residents—what are some of your favorite perks to living downtown? Share with us how you take advantage of all Grand Rapids and the 616 Lofts community on Instagram. Snap a photo of your favorite aspect of living downtown and tag @616lofts and #GRMI!
Meet Sara Visser
Sara Visser loves exploring the latest restaurant opening, trying a new beer at a local brewery or shopping at one of the local boutiques in Grand Rapids. After living in Chicago for 5 years working in Marketing & Advertising, she’s thrilled to bring her blogging experience to GR with The GR Guide. If you’re looking for the inside scoop on what’s new in Grand Rapids don’t miss out on 411 in the 616 each Monday morning.