Fabulous Downtown Holland, MI Restaurants

Downtown Holland, MI offers a host of fabulous restaurant options

With two of the members from the Michigan Homes and Cottages team having a history in food service, and with restaurants open for business, we thought it was appropriate to pass along great restaurant options our home town has to offer.

As you take a stroll down 8th St in Holland, MI, doing some shopping, or just enjoying the outdoors and the lake breeze coming off Lake Macatawa, the inevitable question is going to arise, “where shall we eat?”  Well, let us offer a few choices we like to patronize on a regular basis.  This is just the first of a multi-part series, starting with the southeasterly portion of downtown and moving west towards the lake.

Starting on the far east side of what would be considered downtown, you will come across a quaint little unassuming pizza joint, called Skiles Tavern.  Once inside you quickly realize why Skiles needn’t put a whole lot into flashy marketing. Upon first glance you’ll find a simple menu of nachos, tacos, a smattering of basic sandwiches, and a full bar, complete with canned beer–but the star of the show is the pizza!  Once you’ve had Skiles pizza, you can finally consider yourself a “local” in the know on the subject of best pizza in Holland, joining a group of regulars that have enjoyed the pies eaten on paper plates for decades.  The crust is thin, the toppings are plentiful, and the flavor is memorable (in a good way). The restaurant is usually bustling with people listening to the jukebox and playing pool, while waiting for their table to come available. Make this a stop after a day of boating or relaxing at the beach, you won’t regret it.  And while you’re there waiting for your pizza, pop a tab and poor yourself a cold one!

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Skiles Tavern

Heading west, on the same side of the street (south) is one of our favorite “go to” spots, Hops at 84 East.  An eclectic menu with anything from award winning burgers to more refined dishes such as the Sustainably farmed North Atlantic salmon, white bean hummus, asparagus, roasted carrots, bok choy, spring herb and ramp pesto, and grilled lemon.  The pizza is pretty good, too!  With what seems like a million beers on tap, a full bar with just about any liquor you can think of, along with a host of signature alcohol and non-alcohol drink options, Hops is a great spot if you’re not quite sure what you’re in the mood for.  The staff and management is knowledgeable and professional, and always makes you feel taken care of throughout the dining experience. Weekly live entertainment and several TV’s for catching a game, the restaurant ambiance is great for the entire family.

Hops at 84 East

Making your way just a bit farther west you’ll come across New Holland Brewpub, the flagship restaurant for the craft beer brewers and distillers of fine spirits.  New Holland Brewpub offers a more earthy flare to its menu, the cornerstone being the must have pepperoni pinwheels (I’m drooling just thinking about them).  A nice selection of meal-worthy salads, delicious sandwiches, and pizza that makes you feel good after eating it, New Holland has a host of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options in each menu category to keeping everyone happy.  On a sunny day, the outdoor beer garden and bar is a perfect place to eat and drink into the evening.  Weekly entertainment featuring local musicians, and friendly, hard working staff, New Holland is a must stop for at least one meal…and a beer…and maybe one more.

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New Holland Brewpub

Look for more restaurant options in the following blogs from Michigan Homes and Cottages, and as always stay healthy, stay safe.

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Important Things to Remember When Building Your Home Office

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By Erin Reynolds of diymama.net | erin@diymama.net

Important Things to Remember When Building Your Home Office

Have you thought about putting together your very own home office?  The advent of the Digital Age has changed the way we work in some very exciting ways, freeing up the modern employee to do things by whatever method works best.  Many individuals are now able to enjoy the comfort and familiarity of their own homes, as opposed to commuting to and from an office each day.  Workers can now spend more time with their families, live happier lives, and produce much better results for having done so.  However, what about those of us without the luxury of a dedicated workspace in our homes?  What does a person do when he or she lacks a readily-available “office space” that can be used for day-to-day productivity?  Why, we build our own, of course!  You can make just about any space into a home office, and for many of us, the garage is a prime candidate.  Whether you’re using an existing garage or plan to build a new one for the purposes of productivity, the right plan can make all the difference.  Check out these tips for creating your very own office space at home.

Invest in High-Quality Equipment

Think about it: You’re going to be spending a lot of time in your new home office.  The work you do in this office is going to dictate the paycheck you bring home, so it only makes sense to give yourself the proper tools for the job.

Now, there is certainly something to be said for budgetary limitations.  Not all of us have the capability of investing in top-of-the-line equipment for our home office.  The good news is that this isn’t required.  What is recommended, however, is that you take the time and spend the money on equipment that will help you get your work done to the best of your abilities.  Don’t skimp on things like your desk chair and a fast and reliable laptop, and definitely don’t skimp on something like your computer desk, for that matter.

Consider Building Your Own Office

For those who don’t have a garage they can easily cordon off, it might make sense to build a small structure that can be used as a home office.  Not only is this a great way to give yourself a fulfilling project, but it can help you to truly take ownership of your workspace, crafting a home office that is truly tailor-made to suit your needs.

Of course, things like building materials will need to be considered.  Wood, for example, is often less expensive to work with, but requires a bit more maintenance and regular upkeep over the years.  Steel, on the other hand, tends to be both lighter and stronger than its naturally-occurring counterpart.  Either option will produce a sturdy structure, but budgetary considerations might wind up impacting your choice.

Alternatively, if you’ve been thinking about buying a new house, you could always look into properties that would easily and comfortably accommodate your office needs.

Make Sure You Can Stay Connected

Unless you happen to have a home whose garage is ready to go and wired for the internet, you’ll need to get a little creative when it comes to connectivity.  Setting yourself up with a reliable internet connection is far from impossible, however.  Hardwiring is one option, but it might be a bit more costly to have an IT professional come out to your house and get you all set up.  A good alternative might be using your smartphone or a WiFi hotspot to piggyback off your data plan.  You’ll want to touch base with your phone service provider first, to make sure that your data plan can accommodate all the increased bandwidth, so as to avoid those notorious overage charges.

Work Your Way, Like You’ve Always Dreamed

Leaving the nine-to-five office grind behind doesn’t have to be a pipe dream anymore.  Not only are there more and more remote-work jobs popping up every single day, but your current employer might even let you spend some time working from a home office.

No matter what your circumstances may be, working out of a home office is certainly the way of the future.  With these strategies, you’ll be well on your way to working on your own terms, in no time at all!

Other For Sale in Sheldon Dunes, Holland

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Incredible 200' Of Private Lake Michigan Frontage

•  2996 sqft , 2 bath , 1 half bath , 4 bdrm other FOR SALE  USD2,500,000 .
MLS® 20016431

Incredible 200′ of private Lake Michigan frontage in a fantastic Holland location. Enjoy the cool lake breezes from the screened-in porch at this fun and friendly 4 bedroom 2 1/2 beach house with a mix of wide open spaces, traditional cottage feel, and water views beyond compare. The lower level is finished with a bunk room and modern spa-like bath. Geothermal zoned heating recently installed and more room for possible expansion. Stucco exterior makes for clean lines, and metal roof makes for lasting durability. Medium bluff height for easy access to the beach, and 1,000 feet of lot depth offers many options, including splitting the lot. Private and beautiful, this property is one of a kind, and a rare find along the Lakeshore. Schedule a visit and see what makes this area so special.
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2 Story For Sale in Park Township, Park Township

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Quiet Street In Popular Timberline Acres

•  3868 sqft , 3 bath , 2 half bath , 4 bdrm 2 story FOR SALE  USD499,900 .
MLS® 20014669

A stately, brick two-story tucked away on a quiet street in popular Timberline Acres. Enjoy relaxing by your pool in a private oasis protected by a dune. You’ll never run out of room in this 4 BD, 3 full and 2 half BA home with a spacious, updated kitchen with quartz countertops, and nearly 4,000 sq ft of finished living space. Ideal floor plan for work or play, with easy access to your back deck complete with retractable awning. On the main level, you will find a formal dining room with access to butler’s pantry, a quiet office with coffer ceilings, and a living room with a cozy, gas log fireplace. Custom finishes abound in this home and the second floor is no exception with built in arched nooks, an elegant master suite with cathedral ceilings, 3 more bedrooms, and 2 more full baths. Lower level is finished with a fun game/rec room, a wet bar and a half bath. This home is ready for its next lucky owner, don’t miss this one.

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Financial Hacks That Can Make Buying Your First Home So Much Easier

By Erin Reynolds of diymama.net | erin@diymama.net

Financial Hacks That Can Make Buying Your First Home So Much Easier

Buying your first home? If so, there are some financial moves you may not have considered that
could make that first home an even better investment. So, before you make your first offer, keep
the following tips in mind for a better home buying experience:
Get Started on the Right Foot

Getting everything organized and prepared before house hunting will help to ensure that you’re not spending more than you should.  Start by reviewing your credit report in case there are any mistakes that could lead to interest payments.  To make the loan application process run smoothly, be sure you have all your documents (W2s, pay stubs, etc.) ready in advance.  You should also connect with a real estate agent and figure out how much house you can afford to help you find a listing within your budget.

When it comes to researching mortgages, FHA loans are often the best option for first-time home buyers.  A PennyMac FHA loan may be ideal for home buyers who don’t have a long credit history and aren’t able to put 20 percent down.

Rent Out a Room to Cover Mortgage Costs

Looking for an easy way to offset your new mortgage?  Well, if you are shopping in the right areas, you can always rent out a room in your home (or your entire home) in order to generate extra income and supplement your mortgage payments.

Now, if you decide this is the right move for your new home, you should keep a few rental tips in mind. First, be sure to check with local ordinances and any HOA rules to see if short-term rentals are permitted, or you could end up facing hefty fines, as well as creating a negative relationship between you and your new neighbors.  You should also set a rental price that is comparable to other rooms available in the area, but still high enough to help out with your monthly housing payment and expenses.

Factor in Utilities and Home Maintenance Expenses

When you’re looking to make the best financial moves for your new home purchase, you have to think about all potential expenses.  That means taking a look at local utility rates, so you will know how much your new home will really cost you over time.  Average utility rates can clue you into your own costs, but you will also need to think about the size of your home, as well as any features that could drive those costs up.  For instance, older homes may come with a lower price tag if they need work, but without proper insulation, those older homes can raise your cooling and heating bills drastically.  When determining the price point for your home, you should also think about typical home maintenance costs, including emergency repairs.  After paying the down payment and other home purchase costs, like moving expenses, you should still have at least one percent of the home’s value in savings to help pay for unexpected repairs.

Test Drive New Neighborhoods Before Buying a New Home

Not sure whether you will love or hate your new neighborhood, or whether you can actually afford to live there?  When you’re unfamiliar with an area, it really can be hard to tell by just looking.  One way you can gain first-hand experience with a new neighborhood, however, is to spend a few nights in it.  Find a room or home in potential neighborhoods, and then set up some time to get to know your top choices.

While you’re there, be sure to look for signs of a good fit, such as proximity to parks, schools or local shopping.  You can also introduce yourself to current residents and get their take on what makes that neighborhood a wonderful place to live.  You’re likely to get some cons with the pros, but that will only allow you to make a better decision about which area is best for your new home. Of course, if you want to save on the price of that new home, you can also look for up-and-coming areas, instead of more established neighborhoods where home prices are bound to be more expensive.  You can also check in with a local realtor who can advise you on which areas are the best fit for your family.

A new home is almost always a good investment.  To make that investment even sweeter, however, you need to think outside of the box when it comes to finding the right home and finding ways to pay for it.  Use this guide to become a savvy new homeowner, and make the most of your very first real estate investment.

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2 Story For Sale in Park Township, Park Township

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Lake Macatawa Waterfront Home

•  2960 sqft , 2 bath , 1 half bath , 5 bdrm 2 story FOR SALE  USD1,150,000 .
MLS® 20012952

Lake Macatawa waterfront home with a permanent dock, and private lake frontage. Originally custom built, this 5 bedroom, 2 ½ bath open concept home with nearly 3,000 sqft of living space, has been recently renovated and upgraded with new wood and tile flooring, new solid surface counters, newer kitchen appliances, whole home electronics, and reconfigured main floor layout. The sellers added an amazing lakeside sunroom for relaxing and taking in the sites and sounds of Lake Macatawa, while staying comfortable in any weather. Main floor master suite with walk-in closet and modern bathroom with custom tile and Euro shower also has fantastic lake views. The home was built and designed by Jerry Mannes & Chuck Posthumus, and using only the finest methods. 2×6 construction, plastered walls, Certainteed siding, and zoned heating. Outside you will find a stamped concrete patio leading to the water’s edge, a dock with 5,000 pound lift, a yard with just the right amount of lawn, and a balcony for providing the best views of the water. Set in a convenient northside location and quick and easy access to Lake Michigan. Truly a special home in a popular, desirable location. Part of the Bay View association which provides a separate park and second access to the water, shared by a handful of neighbors in the area. Home built above flood plain.

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How to Turn Your Michigan Home Into a Destination

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By Erin Reynolds of diymama.net | erin@diymama.net

Vacation Rental Makeovers: How to Turn Your Home Into a Destination

 

Vacation homes have gained popularity over the years due to their affordable nature and the benefits of having a full kitchen and plenty of places to sleep. Families have benefitted from these homes all around the country because they allow for much more comfort and privacy than a hotel and are often cheaper. Recently, many homeowners have turned to creating a vacation getaway out of their own homes, offering up a stylish and comfy place for couples and families to take refuge during their travels. With the sharing economy booming right now, it makes sense to move into the world of renting, especially if you live in an area that gets frequent visitors.

There are some things to consider, however. Turning your home into a spot for paying guests often requires changes and updates, such as more places to sleep, added security with keyless locks, and safety features that will attract guests and keep them coming back. You’ll need to work out a budget for updates, look into changing your insurance to make sure you’re covered while guests are in your home, and figure out how best to fill the house with furniture and necessities so their every need will be taken care of. Here are a few things to think about when you want to turn your home into a destination vacation rental.

 

Add Spaces for Sleeping

 

Making an investment in your home — whether it’s an existing property or one you’re buying specifically to turn into a rental — can be a big jump, and it can create some anxiety when you’re spending a lot of money to get things ready. However, the right changes can get you a big return on your investment. Think about adding more places to sleep by utilizing pull-out couches and bunk beds; this is one of the first things a renter will look for. You can also update the kitchen and bathrooms or add a small hot tub or game room.

 

Anticipate Your Renter’s Needs

 

When someone rents out a place to spend their vacation, they typically want to have everything they need right there. The kitchen and bathrooms should be well-stocked, internet access should be provided, and there should be comfortable bedding to make their stay as enjoyable as possible. Think about how to make their time in your home fun, safe, and comfortable so that they will want to come back next year — and the year after that!

 

Work With a Good Agency

When it’s time to rent out your home, make sure you choose a rental management company that strives to provide quality service for all your guests. A top-notch agency typically ensures your home is professionally cleaned before each guest arrives, offers round-the-clock support, and consistently updates bookings so that you stay on track with who’s staying in your home and when. Working with a good vacation rental agency helps to ensure that guests’ stays are consistently enjoyable.

Keep It Safe

 

There are certain safety considerations to take when you own a rental home. From making changes to your homeowners insurance to ensuring that there are security upgrades, you’ll want to make your guests feel safe during their stay. You don’t have to spend a ton of money, either; by planting prickly shrubs beneath ground-floor windows and trimming taller ones to eliminate hiding places, adding motion-sensor lighting, and placing a keyless entry system on the doors, you can update the home’s security features without breaking the bank. If you’re willing to spend extra, you can also have a home security system installed.

 

Turning a home into a vacation rental takes some work, so give yourself plenty of time to get everything done, and start with a good budget to ensure that you can stay on track with updates and other changes. With some preparation, you can turn your house into a getaway in no time.

2 Story For Sale in Holland, Holland

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Lake Macatawa Home

•  1920 sqft , 3 bath , 3 bdrm 2 story FOR SALE  USD849,900 .
MLS® 20011661

Beautiful Lake Macatawa home with private water frontage and nearly 2,000 sqft. 1335 Bayview boasts 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths with amazing lake views and includes a second lot behind the home with a protected dock area in a lagoon. On a quiet street in the Central Park neighborhood, this home is truly move in ready—-freshly painted with all new flooring, new master bath, and extremely well maintained and updated. The bonus lagoon lot is perfect for your boats, wave-runners, or other watercraft with plenty of parking for guests, Super convenient location close Downtown Holland.

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Price dropped on 2258 South Shore Dr in Macatawa, Laketown Township

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Announcing a price drop on 2258 South Shore Dr, a 4152 sqft , 4 bath , 1 half bath , 4 bdrm 3 story. Now FOR SALE  USD1,695,000 . Macatawa Luxury
MLS® 19053343

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Price dropped on 13467 Windcrest Lane in Grand Haven Township, Grand Haven Township

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150' of Private Frontage

Announcing a price drop on 13467 Windcrest Lane, a 5023 sqft , 4 bath , 1 half bath , 5 bdrm 2 story. Now FOR SALE  USD1,900,000 . Grand Haven Waterfront!
MLS® 19035801

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