Grand Rapids is a Great (If Not the Best) Place for Retirement Living

Ask any Grand Rapids resident and you’ll find they’re proud of their city. They have good reason to, however, as Grand Rapids is one of America’s greatest hidden gems. It’s a short distance from Lake Michigan, has a city feel without being overwhelming and offers robust entertainment options. 

Retirement in Grand Rapids is perfect for anyone who loves a mix of nature and city living. Spend a relaxing day by the lake and then get dressed up for an exciting night downtown. At our Keller Lake location, residents have access to all this with the added bonus of a close knit community. Opening in Fall 2021, our expansion at Keller Lake makes that best-of-both-worlds living even more enticing. 

Here are reasons why Clark makes senior living even better in Grand Rapids: 

Beautiful Lakes

Grand HavenMichigan is the Great Lake State, you know. Living at Clark, gorgeous Lake Michigan is just a short drive away, in addition to dozens of other inland lakes. Our new community at Keller Lake includes a peaceful lakeside walking path and green spaces that incorporate Michigan’s natural beauty. Having so much water surrounding it, the Grand Rapids area has multiple waterfront restaurants that offer outdoor dining during those beautiful summer months. Roses, Charley’s Crab, and Blue Water to name a few. Being close to so many lakes provides hours of entertainment, whether you plan a beach day, boat ride, bird watching, or a quiet lakeside walk.     

A Friendly Community 

You know that Midwest nice? It’s real and it’s what you can expect in Grand Rapids. The community is tight-knit, kind and supportive to one another. It’s common to run into a friendly face when you’re out, which is a great little perk in your day. The Grand Rapids retirement community at Keller Lake is particularly special, as it was designed with community at its core. The expansion offers the first town-square model in a West Michigan retirement community, which is a great way to socialize with your neighbors and meet new friends. 

Diverse Entertainment Options

Golf in West MichiganFor a city its size, Grand Rapids sure does deliver on entertainment. Most notably, ArtPrize. The event is a huge art competition and fills the city with gorgeous works of art once every two years. If comedy is more your thing, Grand Rapids’ Laughfest is a comedy lover’s dream come true. It’s a week full of comedy events, with big headliners, local talent, family friendly and free options. For those looking for a little leisure, West Michigan has dozens of top-rated golf courses surrounded by Michigan’s scenic beauty. 

Arts & Culture

When it comes to arts and culture, Grand Rapids has you covered. There are events and institutions for any interest. Grand Rapids Public Museum has an eclectic array of Grand Rapids and United States history, with unique items not found anywhere else. The Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts international artists and has a beautiful permanent collection. If you’re looking for a fun-filled outdoor concert, Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park hosts a popular summer concert series and the Grand Rapids Symphony has the Picnic Pops. Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park is not just for music, though. It’s famous for its annual butterflies exhibition, as well as the beautiful, larger-than-life sculptures that cover the grounds. If you’re an animal lover, the John Ball Zoo is a wonderful not-too-big, not-too-small attraction that’s great for all ages. There is also the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meyer Mayhouse, a hidden gem located in Heritage Hill. 

Shopping and Dining 

The Grand Rapids from five years ago looks nothing like the Grand Rapids today. In that time, the city has brought in multiple shopping and dining options for residents. There’s the tried and true Founders Brewing Company, a Grand Rapids brewing staple since the ‘90s, plus lots of newer options as well. Check out New Holland Brewing – The Knickerbocker for beer and spirits or the Detroit-based Atwater Brewing’s recent Grand Rapids addition. For shopping, there are plenty of unique options. Grocery shopping is more exciting with Trader Joe’s, Bridge Street Market and Grand Central Market to choose from. If you want to shop for gifts or for yourself, head to Breton Village, Woodland Mall or The Mitten State to pick up unique pieces.

Affordable Cost of Living 

City living is usually expensive. The great thing about Grand Rapids is you get the city experience without the big city cost. You also have access to Michigan’s lakes, parks and trails to explore whenever you want. Take a 15-minute drive outside the city and you can find lots of outdoor activities whenever you need a little nature in your life. You get the best of both worlds with the benefit of affordable cost of living. Go downtown for a show or head to Lake Michigan for a beach day. Where else do you get these options for this cost? Plus, at our new Keller Lake expansion, cost isn’t an issue when your social card is full of our free resident events. 

Modern Independent Living Apartment Homes at Keller Lake

Clark at Keller Lake Apartments - New Independent Living OptionsOpening in Fall, 2021, Keller Lake’s beautiful new community features 52 independent-living apartment homes. After researching the latest trends in senior living, the community has been thoughtfully designed for active older adults looking to live life to the fullest among a close-knit community of friends and neighbors.

This is West Michigan’s first senior living community designed on a town-square model, and this expansion includes an impressive assortment of amenities built specifically with today’s active older adults in mind. The Keller Lake plan includes modern, independent living apartment homes that offer spacious one-bedroom and two-bedroom options. Living spaces are complemented by open areas for entertaining, walking paths, a bistro, restaurant, and a piazza, among other unique features and amenities.

Recent retirees get the customization, independence and community they are looking for at Clark. To learn more about Keller Lake Apartment Homes and all that Clark has to offer, reach one of our senior living advisors at 616-278-6520 or marketing@clarkretirement.org.

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